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Kate Bartlett (written by) and
Michael Olmert (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 2000 (UK) See more »
This new, extra chapter of "Walking with Dinosaurs" (1999) focuses on an allosaurus later discovered in 1999 affectionately called "Big Al"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 nominations See more »
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Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (UK version) (voice)

Avery Brooks ... Narrator (US version) (voice)

Writing credits
Kate Bartlett (written by) and
Michael Olmert (written by)

Produced by
Joshua C. Berkley .... post producer
Tim Haines .... animation producer
Mick Kaczorowski .... executive producer
Original Music by
Ben Bartlett 
Film Editing by
Andrew Wilks 
Makeup Department
Shaune Harrison .... sculptor
Production Management
Anna Mishcon .... production manager
Jackie Williamson .... unit manager
Art Department
Josh Weston .... sculptor
Sound Department
Ashley Bates .... sound editor
Victor Chainey .... sound editor
Michael Danks .... sound editor
Simon Gotel .... sound editor
Michael Keinath .... sound re-recording mixer
Dave Lezynski .... sound editor
Joel Reidy .... sound editor
Andrew Sherriff .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Jamie Campbell .... physical effects
Richard Gregory .... animatronic designer
Jez Harris .... animatronics supervisor
Lindsay Harris .... animatronic designer
Stuart Leach .... animatronic designer
Jason Reed .... animatronic designer
Tristan Schoonraad .... animatronic designer
Ty Senior .... animatronic designer
Colin Shulver .... key animatronic advisor
Colin Shulver .... key animatronic designer
Carl Wilson .... animatronic designer
Visual Effects by
Avtar Bains .... digital artist
David Booth .... visual effects supervisor
Will Braithwaite .... software development
Adam Burnett .... technical director
Alex Burt .... animator: Framestore CFC
Darren Byford .... technical director
Peter Clayton .... animator
Ben Cronin .... digital artist
Michael Davis .... visual effects coordinator
Richard Dexter .... animator
Theo Facey .... technical director
Jane Gratkowski .... technical director
Timothy Greenwood .... visual effects supervisor (as Tim Greenwood)
Scott Griffin .... visual effects line producer
Karen Halliwell .... technical director
Rebekah Hay .... post production producers
Daren Horley .... digital artist
Daren Horley .... dinosaur skin designer
Wayne Howe .... animator
Sophie Lodge .... animator
Andy Lomas .... software development
Martin Macrae .... dinosaur skin designer
Virgil Manning .... animation supervisor
David Marsh .... CG model supervisor: Framestore
Mike Milne .... director of computer animation
Alex Parkinson .... software development
Sirio Quintavalle .... digital artist
Sharon Reed .... computer animation executive producer
George Roper .... digital artist
Carlos M. Rosas .... supervising animator
Pedro Sabrosa .... digital artist
William Sargent .... computer animation executive producer
Jane Thomason .... visual effects coordinator
Sean Varney .... 3D scanning
Fiona Walkinshaw .... post production producers
Angus Wilson .... digital artist
Kate Windibank .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
John Howarth .... camera operator
Tim Platten .... camera operator: macro photography
Peter Thorn .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Greg Smith .... additional editor
Other crew
Brent Breithaupt .... scientific advisor
Adam Britton .... scientific advisor
Paul Bybee .... scientific advisor
Ken Carpenter .... scientific advisor
Paul Chambers .... researcher
Dan Chure .... scientific advisor
Alexandria Freeman .... researcher
Vanessa Fry .... production secretary
Rebecca Hanna .... scientific advisor
Paul Ralph .... production coordinator

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USA:29 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The small herbivorous dinosaur that Al tries to catch, Othnielia, has been renamed Othnielosaurus since this special aired, since many fossils originally thought to have belonged to Othnielia had proved to be those of a different dinosaur. Othnielia is considered by some palaeontologists to be a dubious name.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the sick Diplodocus rises to its hind legs at the end of the chase, as it falls back down the dust of the impact appears some distance away from its legs.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (2015) (VG)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Documeterary.., 4 February 2002
Author: Rattrap007 from Evansville, IN

I have seen all 3 series of the "Walking with..." specials. They are all high quality and add more of a wild life nature show feel to it than they do a typical boring special on dinos.

Some really cool shots are in this film. For example:

When the baby Al and his siblings are feeding near a creek, we see them jumping up to try and catch dragonflies. One falls into the water. The scene is really cute. Yet also in on scene have a baby Al nip at the camera. This little touch makes this series so well done. Gets you out of the mind set of you are watching fake dinos and for a second makes you feel as though they are real.

Watch all of the Walking With series if you can get the chance.


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