Today, I shall be reviewing a very interesting science fiction novel from 1995 called Raptor Red.
Written by American paleontologist Robert T. Bakker, the book is a third-person account of animals (dinosaurs in particular) during the Early epoch of the Cretaceous period in the Mesozoic era, taking place during approximately 120 million BC, in what will one day be the American Southwest, told from the point of view of Raptor Red, a female Utahraptor
. Raptor Red
features many of Bakker's theories regarding dinosaurs' social habits, intelligence, and the world in which they lived.
The book follows a year in Red's life as she loses her first mate, finds her family, and struggles to survive in a hostile environment (I won't spoil anything for those new to the book). As you can imagine, it can be quite intriguing to see a story told from a non-sapient animal's perspective. Bakker based his portrayals of dinosaurs and other prehistoric wildlife on fossil evidence, as well as studies of modern animals.
When released, Raptor Red was generally praised: Bakker's anthropomorphism was seen as a unique and positive aspect of the book, and his writing was described as folksy and heartfelt.
I, myself, have to say that it is very neat. It's sort of like the 2002 DreamWorks animated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. My point being that the nonhuman creatures don't speak like humans. And honestly, that makes it all the more enthralling. Another project to have this would be BBC's Walking with... series.
According to Bakker, the novel's success led to interest in a movie deal from Hollywood. According to Daily Variety a year after the book's publication, in 1996, producer Robert Halmi Sr. made deals with Jim Henson's Creature Shop for film adaptations of novels such as Raptor Red. However, no official project has been announced.
You know... I might actually agree to make a sort of adaptation of the book. Maybe not in feature-length film, but instead as a TV miniseries. Perhaps it could be traditional hand-drawn (cel) animation - an almost Disney-like style - with minor bits of CGI. Perhaps it won't be presented on neither the major educational networks nor Hallmark, but instead maybe on a family network like Cartoon Network (that'd be something awesome!). We might even have a well-known voice actor to narrate the whole thing... maybe the talented Grey Delisle?
Yet, if I'd choose something like CN, they'd probably insist CONSTANTLY for me to give it a bunch of pseudo-pop songs and make the whole thing loud, fast-paced, and bouncy - because they are afraid they'll supposedly lose the kids' attention. Fortunately, I'd say no over and over again. It's art, not a cash-grab. It'll be like another one of Cartoon Network's best works, Samurai Jack - which is coming back for a final season on Toonami on Adult Swim, by the way. I'll also insist on no voiceover dialogue from the characters (with the exception of the narrator). It would probably also be updated with new paleontological facts like feathers on specific dinosaur species.
But anyway, this is definitely an amazing book to check out sometime.