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Release Date:
15 November 2001 (UK) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Marvelous Series, but just a microscopic notch below its predecessor See more (10 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 17)

Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (8 episodes, 2001)

Stockard Channing ... Narrator (U.S.A Version) (8 episodes, 2001)
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Series Directed by
Nigel Paterson (6 episodes, 2001)
Jasper James (4 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Writing credits
Kate Bartlett (6 episodes, 2001)
Jasper James (6 episodes, 2001)
Michael Olmert (6 episodes, 2001)
Nigel Paterson (6 episodes, 2001)

Series Produced by
Joshua C. Berkley .... post-producer: USA (8 episodes, 2001)
Sandra Gorel .... new media producer (8 episodes, 2001)
Tim Haines .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2001)
Jasper James .... series producer (8 episodes, 2001)
Mick Kaczorowski .... executive producer / executive producer: Discovery Channel (8 episodes, 2001)
Nigel Paterson .... producer (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Original Music by
Ben Bartlett (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Film Editing by
Greg Smith (8 episodes, 2001)

Andrew Wilks (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Production Management
W. Clark Bunting .... executive in charge of production: Discovery Channel (unknown episodes)
Claire Downey .... post-production supervisor: USA (unknown episodes)
Anna Mishcon .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Sara Yerman .... production manager: Discovery Channel (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Josh Weston .... sculptor (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Sound Department
Jovan Ajder .... sound designer (unknown episodes)
Chris Burdon .... dubbing mixer / sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Kenny Clark .... sound designer (unknown episodes)
Peter Crooks .... foley editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Andy Hunt .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (6 episodes, 2001)
Tacy Kneale .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (2 episodes, 2001)

Nick Ball .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Nigel Booth .... sculptural design: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Jamie Campbell .... physical effects (unknown episodes)
Richard Gregory .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Tamzine Hanks .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Jez Harris .... animatronics supervisor: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Lindsay Harris .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Annika Hellgren .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Jeremy Hunt .... sculptural design: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Reza Karim .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Charley Kingan .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Stuart Leach .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Waldo Mason .... sculptural design: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Bobbi Roberts .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Tim Rose .... puppeteer: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Tristan Schoonraad .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Colin Shulver .... key animatronics designer: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Karen Stone .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Maria Swindell .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Annabel Tait .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Richard Van Den Bergh .... physical effects (unknown episodes)
Jeni Walker .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Kevin Walker .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
Carl Wilson .... animatronics team: Crawley Creatures (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Matthew Leach .... vfx runner (8 episodes, 2001)
Alex Burt .... animator: Framestore CFC (6 episodes, 2001)
Mike Milne .... director of computer animation: Framestore (6 episodes, 2001)
Sharon Reed .... computer animation executive producer: Framestore (6 episodes, 2001)
William Sargent .... computer animation executive producer: Framestore (6 episodes, 2001)

Avtar Bains .... digital effects artist: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Oliver Bersey .... digital effects artist: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Will Braithwaite .... research & development (unknown episodes)
Adam Burnett .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Darren Byford .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Steve Carey .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Simon Clarke .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Peter Clayton .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Oliver Cook .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Michael Davis .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Virginie Degorgue .... creature skin painter: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Richard Dexter .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Laura Dias .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Richard Ducker .... digital artist: character setup/rigging (unknown episodes)
Stuart M. Ellis .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Catherine Elvidge .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Theo Facey .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
David Fish .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Danny Geurtsen .... creature skin painter: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Neil Glasbey .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Jane Gratkowski .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Timothy Greenwood .... visual effects supervisor: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Scott Griffin .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Karen Halliwell .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Guy Hauldren .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Rebekah Hay .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Daren Horley .... creature skin painter: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Jason Horley .... creature skin painter: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Wayne Howe .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
David Hulin .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Eleanor Jackson .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
John Peter Li .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Chi Kwong Lo .... software developer: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Sophie Lodge .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Robyn Luckham .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Martin Macrae .... creature skin painter: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Virgil Manning .... animation supervisor: Framestore / computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Christian Manz .... digital effects artist: Framestore (unknown episodes)
David Marsh .... computer graphics supervisor: Framestore CFC (unknown episodes)
Thomas Parker .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Alex Parkinson .... software developer: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Steffan Perry .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Sirio Quintavalle .... digital effects artist: Framestore (unknown episodes)
George Roper .... visual effects supervisor: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Asa Shoul .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (unknown episodes)
James Studdart .... software developer: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Sarah Tosh .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Jon Turburfield .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Max Tyrie .... animation supervisor: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Sean Varney .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Jon Veal .... computer animator: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Fiona Walkinshaw .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Simon Whalley .... visual effects post-production: Framestore (unknown episodes)
Kate Windibank .... digital effects artist: Framestore (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Thorn .... assistant camera / photographer (5 episodes, 2001)
John Howarth .... photographer (3 episodes, 2001)
John Evans .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 2001)
Michael Pitts .... photographer (2 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Animation Department
Sophie Lodge .... animator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Mark Francesco .... assistant editor: USA (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Dominic Sewell .... music preparation (8 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Other crew
Leslie Aiello .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Robert McNeill Alexander .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Mauricio Anton .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Annie Bates .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Geoffrey Bell .... helicam operator (unknown episodes)
Bob Brain .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Steve Burns .... senior vice president: production: Discovery Channel (unknown episodes)
Paul Chambers .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Bob Chandler .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Margery Coombs .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Robin Crompton .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Anna Dufendach .... production assistant: USA (unknown episodes)
Richard Farina .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Patricia Fearnley .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Frank Fish .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Mikael Fortelius .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Scott E. Foss .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Jens-Lorenz Franzen .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Alexandria Freeman .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Vanessa Fry .... production coordinator / production staff (unknown episodes)
Philip Gingerich .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Samantha Henham-Barrow .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Claire Imber .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Mark Johnston .... production assistant: Discovery Channel (unknown episodes)
Adrian Lister .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Steven Long .... production staff (unknown episodes)
Herbert Lutz .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Tony Martin .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Greg McDonald .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Michael Morlo .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Maureen O'Leary .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Nigel Paterson .... location director (unknown episodes)
Shannon Pote-Marino .... production assistant: Discovery Channel (unknown episodes)
Donald Prothero .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Paul Ralph .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Randy Reiches .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Olga Soffer .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Hans Thewissen .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Alan Turner .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Mark Uhen .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Peter Ungar .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Tjeerd Van Andel .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
Larry Witmer .... principal scientific advisor (unknown episodes)
 

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Also Known As:
"Walking with Beasts" - UK (original title)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[Last lines.]
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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FAQ

Do the prehistoric animal reconstructions of the show still hold up?
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Marvelous Series, but just a microscopic notch below its predecessor, 13 March 2002
Author: John Panagopoulos (japamo@hotmail.com) from Malden, MA

Lacking cable, I was unable to see "Walking with Prehistoric Beasts" when it premiered last December on the Discovery Channel. Therefore, I had to wait impatiently until February 2002 to purchase the DVD set. My anxious wait was not in vain. "Prehistoric Beasts" is awe-inspiring, provocative, informative, and ambitious, very nearly the equal of its precedessor "Walking with Dinosaurs". The scientific knowledge, care, production, and preparation the BBC crew expended on this program was well invested and deeply appreciated, at least by this paleontology buff. I've watched the "episode" DVD and "making of" DVD at least three times already. I will never get tired of it.

Why a shade below "Dinosaurs"? Well, dinosaurs have a unique marquee appeal all their own - they are truly exotic, mysterious, and alien. While the creatures featured in "Beasts" were all special and impressive - from the forest ants and hopping Leptictidium to the titanic Indricotherium - they're still just a tad too familiar. Nonetheless, I enjoyed all six episodes for their professionalism, information, and naturalism (except for some self-conscious camera work, as for example when the indricothere calf knocks over a camera and a mammoth sprays mud on another one - which I actually found amusing). The CGI and animatronic work was phenomenal for the most part, especially in the mammoth sequences - they seemed just like living hairy elephants. Only some of the renditions - like the Smilodon kittens and a couple of the Australopithecines- seemed just a tad artificial. But that is definitely a minor quibble. Also, digitizing out the mating Australopithecines was a bit distracting. As with the mating stegosaurs in "When Dinosaurs Roamed America", they should have just cut away before the deed was consummated.

My favorite episodes were the "indricothere" and "woolly mammoth" ones, because I am a sucker for giant mammals (megafauna). It's a shame these creatures aren't still with us. Some, like the megatherium, doedicurus, and mammoth, were alive only a few thousand years ago!

To those who did not enjoy the "Walking.." series because it is based on speculation and conjecture, I say, suspend your disbelief and savor the daring and original attempts to re-create a lost world based on the most up-to-date information. It is so well-rendered that if it didn't actually occur that way eons ago, it should have!

Again, kudos to the BBC for both "Walking.." series and their accompanying books (which I also own). I recommend they continue this paleontological quest; they are many more prehistoric beasts to feature!

Out of 10, I would rate "Walking with Prehistoric Beasts" a 9.5!

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