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Seasons:
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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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Unique documentary series about extinct mammals See more (10 total) »

Cast

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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
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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180 min
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Trivia:
The animators used guide-hairs to create the fur and feathers of the show's creatures. These were singly strands of hair whose animation the computer software copied onto the other hair strands around it. This process made animation much easier, as it didn't require all of the animals' hair to be animated separately, strand-by-strand.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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Unique documentary series about extinct mammals, 3 March 2003
Author: poc-1 from Cork, Ireland

Considering how many dinosaur documentaries have been made it is good to see the BBC filling the 65 Million year gap since the end of those big lizards.

Each episode is made in the form of a story as we follow a particular animal or group in its fight for survival. The science and behaviour of the animals is introduced as it intersects with the story.

I don't agree with one poster who commented that too much of the documentary is speculation. In fact if you check the BBC website, you can see that all claims are based on some evidence. Clearly it cannot claim to be completely accurate, and some compromises must be made. Many things, such as the colours and markings of the animals have to be guessed. However even then there are plenty of cases where there is good evidence such as cave paintings and fossilised skin. This includes Megaloceros and the Mammoth. We know so much more about mammals than dinosaurs that educated guesses about can be made using our knowledge of the appearance and behaviour of modern animals.

In most case the computer based rendering of the animals is utterly convincing. The filmmakers went to considerable trouble to integrate real locations with computer rendered animals. Real scenes with leaves rustling, splashes in the water and footprints in the snow were filmed leaving a space for the computer generated beasts afterwards. There are some less convincing ones such as the Australopithecines, which is a pity because the origin of mankind is one of the most important points on the timeline. One minor criticism is that occasionally the animals' movements look repetitive and unnatural. This is a small flaw and doesn't get in the way of the story.

Overall this is a highly enjoyable and well put together series.





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