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‘Walking with Dinosaurs 3D’ Stars on How They Found Their Voices

Less then 24 hours after a snow storm hit Gotham, 20th Century Fox held a special screening of “Walking with Dinosaurs 3D” on Sunday morning at City Cinemas on 3rd Avenue.

Pic, a big-screen, live action follow-up to the 1999 BBC television series of the same name, cost a reported $65 million.

“Obviously this was an expensive movie because I cost $64 million,” Skyler Stone joked before the screening. “I can’t even stay and watch the movie because I just bought a yacht in the south of France.”

All joking aside, Stone, who voiced a Pachyrhinosauruses named Scowler, was happy to be a part of the high budget project.

“I’ve done a lot indie films where the director is like, ‘Ugh listen. We are out of crew guys. Can you help carry the camera equipment?’” Stone said. “And you do it because you believe in the project. But it’s nice to believe in a project and then find out that someone with money believes in the project too.”

Evergreen Films’ Mike Devlin explained that he and fellow producer Deepak Nayar started with the BBC about four years ago to develop the technology” for the 3D feature. “Three and a half years ago, I had hair like Mike and Mike looked like me,” Nayar then joked.

John Leguizamo, who voiced Alex (an Alexornis bird, which had a symbiotic relationship with the Pachyrhinosaurus) said that he made a concerted effort to eliminate all elements of his trademark accent during the three months it took to record his part.

“The hardest part about doing animation is coming up with a voice because I want people to forget all about John Leguizamo,” thesp said. “I want the audience to think that this voice can only exist within this creature.”

Leguizamo explained that finding Alex’s voice became easier once he discovered that Alexornis fossils were originally discovered in Mexico: “I thought, (this character is) from Mexico, so let’s give him a Spanish sound.”

No stranger to animated films, co-star, Justin Long said that giving his Pachyrhinosauruses, Patchi, a voice was “different” than his experience on “Alvin and the Chipmunks.”

“The animation (on “Walking with Dinosaurs”) was already complete when we came in to do the voice recordings,” Long explained. “So it was sort of like ‘What’s Up, Tiger Lily’ or ‘Mystery Science Theater’ where we were actually squeezing in dialogue during allotted time.”

After the 90-minute screening audience members, made up of mainly people under the age of 10, crossed 60th St. to decorate dinosaur cookies at Dylan’s Candy Bar.

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