Walking with Prehistoric Beasts (2001– )
"Walking with Beasts" (original title)

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Using the latest digital technology, the era between the dinosaurs and man is superbly recreated by the BBC and Discovery Channel in another winning production from the coalition.

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Where _Walking With Dinosaurs (1999) (TV)_ took us through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras, Walking With Prehistoric Beasts examines the various Cenozoic eras, when mammals began to dominate after the massive late Cretaceous extinction that killed 65% of life on Earth, including the dinosaurs. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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It is not unusual for the narrator to refer to the different kinds of animals not by their proper genus or species names, but rather with broader terms (like the name of the group they belonged to), making it hard to identify the animals more precisely. For example, the giant rhinoceros Paraceratherium is simply called an "indricothere", and there is also the bizarre plant-eater Embolotherium, which is gets to be named "brontothere". This is true for all the "Walking with..." series, but the naming method began to get prominent in this show. However it also produced several dubbing mistakes for other countries; some dubs did not translate these animal names at all, others added one or two extra letters to the end of the names, while some translations tried to use more exact names for some of the animals, mostly ending up with incorrect or out-of-use terms - this can be forgivable, since in some cases, like with the aforementioned Paraceratherium, there are a handful of different scientific names that can be used. See more »

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Kenneth Branagh: [narrating] We have since built museums to celebrate the past, and spend decades studying prehistoric lives. And if all this has taught us anything, it is this: no species lasts forever.
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A milestone natural history series
8 August 2002 | by (UK & Germany) – See all my reviews

This series is truly awe-inspiring, besides being entertaining and educational to boot. The CGI graphics are so good that the creatures look completely real. And to the nay-sayer below who complains that `no human ever saw these creatures … blah blah … how do we know … blah blah … its like saying Thomas The Tank Engine is the real story of the British railway … blah blah' I say this: First if all, palaeontologists can tell a whole lot from fossils – everything from an animal's size and gait, right down to what it ate. Secondly, some of these animals (mammoths, sabre-tooth cats, woolly rhinos, giant elks) WERE seen by human eyes, and indeed cave paintings have proved to be another valuable source of information about these creatures. And thirdly, some of these creatures are so closely related to modern animals that it is possible to draw fairly sensible conclusions about what their social habits must have been like just by observing their modern relatives. Of course there's inevitably going to be an element of conjecture and speculation in a production like this, but at least it is educated, sensible and logical conjecture, and it's probably not far off the truth in most cases. My minor quibbles are pretty much the same as those already aired by other reviewers: I found it incredibly naff giving the sabre-tooth cats names - `Half Tooth' and `The Brothers'. Why not just call them Brian, Clive and Trevor instead? That would have been no more or no less silly. And some fascinating and truly bizarre prehistoric animals were completely overlooked or mentioned just briefly (the ancient horses being one example). But these are minor quibbles about an otherwise superb effort by the BBC. It gets 9 out of 10 from me.


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