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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 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 »
Factual errors: The Dryosaurus is shown having a hallux (innermost toe). The real animal lacked this.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dinosaur World (2002) (VG)See more »


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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Excellent follow-up, 13 May 2001
Author: Jonah Falcon ( from New York, NY

This sequel of sorts does the original series proud, with Kenneth Branagh as narrator. As with _Walking With Dinosaurs (1999) (TV)_, the dinos are mostly CGI, with the use of puppetry for close ups.

The advancement of Tim Haines' skill is obvious, with freer moving cameras, highlighted by Al's Fifth Year, in which a pack of allosaurs break up a diplodicus herd to get at a sick member. It's truly exciting, with a rousing score by Ben Bartlett, and excellent motion camerawork.

The discovery of Big Al, the "star" of the show, in 1999 couldn't have come at a better time, coinciding with the debut of _Walking With Dinosaurs (1999) (TV)_ in the U.K. - a follow-up was an obvious choice, especially since Allosaurs made their presence felt in the chapter "Time of the Titans" as well as "Spirits of the Ice Forest". This also gave viewers a chance to see more of Brachiosaurus, which only made a brief cameo in the original series, as well as some dinos not seen, like Apatosaurus.

Later in 2001 will see the debut of Walking with Prehistoric Creatures, and with the high video and aural quality of the Allosaurus special, it's warmly welcomed.

The DVD features an excellent documentary on the discovery of Big Al, and at a retail price of $19.99, getting both Allosaurus and the documentary is a real steal.

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