Friendship and family themes make up MY PET DINOSAUR movie

Spielbergian fantasy film ‘’My Pet Dinosaur’’, from Emmy winner Matt Drummond, is now on Demand from Uncork'd Entertainment.

The film has been likened to early Steven Spielberg movies (specifically the filmmaker’s 1982 classic “E.T : The Extra Terrestrial” – largely because of its heart-warming family themes and its central yarn of a boy and a ‘creature’), and Drummond doesn’t deny the influence.

“Like many filmmakers Spielberg and [Robert] Zemeckis will always be a powerful influence, however it is the overlapping banter of children in these films that really drives the energy and has been most influential”, the filmmaker said in a recent interview.“Films like Goonies, and Stand by Me are timeless. What these types of films do is connect the audience to the magic of childhood. These are everyday families going through extraordinary circumstances; if you aren’t in a family just like this, then you at least know of a family like them. The accessibility of these films is a huge part of what make them so special.”

Drummond’s effects work on the film has been applauded, and he again used Spielberg as an influence.

“From a technological perspective, many of the innovations introduced by Spielberg, in particular his depiction of dinosaurs in a realistic way in Jurassic Park, was revolutionary, groundbreaking and still holds up to the visual effects we see in films today.”

A cross between ‘’E.T’’ and ‘’Monster’s Inc’’, ‘’My Pet Dinosaur’’ fixes on the unlikely friendship between a boy and a dinosaur.  Cast includes Jordan Dulieu, Annabel Wolfe, Christopher Gabardi (The Thorn Birds: The Missing Years) and Tiriel Mora (Farscape).

Featuring state-of-the-art visual effects, a heart-warming tale of friendship and the beautiful Australian countryside, My Pet Dinosaur is the perfect family treat.

“I don’t think there is one thing that I can pinpoint and say what I most enjoyed about the experience of doing my first film because I loved the whole process”, says the Sydney-based director. “I loved being on set and behind the scenes working with all the amazing people. All of it was a whole lot of fun. From meeting new people like other actors in the film, to seeing the makeup lady almost every day, to working with the sound guys, everyone that I met I created a bond and a friendship with.  I loved seeing everyone learn new things and being able to talk to anyone with confidence. I really believe that this was one of the aspects of creating my first film that made it such an amazing time and smooth process.”

‘’My Pet Dinosaur’’is now on iTunes.

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