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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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Outstanding Documentary See more (7 total) »



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:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The Allosaurus got a complete visual make-over for this special. They look much different from their original appearance in the second episode of "Walking with Dinosaurs" (1999).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the female Allosaurus approaches the Stegosaurus carcass, her reflection in the water is visible through the reflection of the skeleton in front of her. But the skeleton's holes are not see-through, so the holes of its reflection shouldn't be see-through either.See more »
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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.
Outstanding Documentary, 3 December 2005
Author: EugeneandSasha

This is without doubt one of the very best documentaries have ever seen. The Ballad of Big Al is a follow-up or extra episode for Walking With Dinosaurs. It describes the life of a particularly big Allosaurus, called Big Al, from the point where it hatches to it's death.

The amazing CGI seen in Walking With Dinosaurs was even better in The Ballad of Big Al. This documentary is missing absolutely nothing. It has breath-taking scenes as well as suspenseful and terrifying moments. I found myself often at the edge of my seat.

The story was well thought out and directed very nicely. The music and sound effects were top notch. Overall there are no real flaws in this documentary. There are absolutely no boring parts.

If you have the slightest interest in dinosaurs this documentary will definitely greatly satisfy you.

My Rating: 9.8/10

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