The Ballad of Big Al (2000)

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This new, extra chapter of Walking with Dinosaurs (1999) focuses on an allosaurus later discovered in 1999 affectionately called "Big Al", who died as a late adolescent/early adult of six ... See full summary »

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This new, extra chapter of Walking with Dinosaurs (1999) focuses on an allosaurus later discovered in 1999 affectionately called "Big Al", who died as a late adolescent/early adult of six years of age. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who also narrated the original series. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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The Apatosaurus is just a recycled animation model of Diplodocus, without back-spikes and with a different coloration. Since they were very closely related, the animators didn't need to build a completely new model for Apatosaurus. Similarly, the Othnielia and Dryosaurus are slightly tweaked and recolored variations of the original hypsilophodont model. See more »

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The Ornitholestes in this episode produce a different sound than in the original series. The sounds used in this special are actually the high-pitched noises that the Dromaeosaur made. The other dinosaurs retained their original sound effects. See more »

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The Ballad of Big Al is really the follow-up that greatly increases the class of "Walking with Dinosaurs".

Big Al MUST be seen in combination with the second part of the special (The Science of Big Al). This way you at last get an idea of what clues we have on Dinosaurs and how the clues have been put together to get an idea of how the Dinosaurs might have lived.

Using the clues found within the skeleton of an Allosaurus (Big Al), the team has put together something like "This is your life", Big Al. Big Al is born, grows up, hunts and dies. Although the story is (of course) only speculation, it is very interesting and put together with a lot of love. Unlike the series (Walking with Dinosaurs), the Ballad of Big Al really tells the viewer that this is only an assumption of Big Al's life while also letting the viewer in on many of the key reasons for this assumption.

All in all this is a great follow-up. It's just too bad that "Walking with Dinosaurs" didn't have more of Big Al and the qualities of the follow-up.


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