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15 July 2001 (USA) See more »
After 65 million years... they're back.
The life of American dinosaurs is seen in amazing detail. The Feathered Dromeosaurs (Raptors) debut on this film along with the bizarre Therizinosaur... See more » | Add synopsis »
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John Goodman ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Pierre de Lespinois 
Writing credits
Georgann Kane (written by)

Produced by
John Copeland .... producer
Pierre de Lespinois .... executive producer
Pierre de Lespinois .... producer
Tomi Bednar Landis .... executive producer
Fran Lo Cascio .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Franke 
Film Editing by
Barrett Sanders 
Production Management
Julio Serna .... production manager
Art Department
Mark Dubeau .... creature designer
Sound Department
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
David Esparza .... sound effects editor
Shawn Kennelly .... foley mixer
Nancy Nugent .... sound editor
Michael Payne .... sound editor
Jeff Septoff .... narration recordist
Jonathan Sola .... sound editor (as Jonathon Wareham)
Liz Sroka .... re-recording mixer
Jonathan Wareham .... sound editor
Dave Winston .... sound
Special Effects by
Ali Pearce .... special effects assistant
Brian Pearce .... special effects supervisor
Cassie Pearce .... special effects
Kevin Turner .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Rob Aitchison .... digital artist
Christine Arboit .... texture artist: Meteor Studios
Manon Barriault .... visual effects coordinator
Robert Bock .... visual effects supervisor
Genevieve Boisvert .... visual effects coordinator
Michael Borhi .... texture artist
Jean-Christophe Boue .... digital compositor: Meteor Studios
Jean-Christophe Boue .... lighting artist: Meteor Studios
Yanick Bourgie .... digital texture painter
Philippe Brochu .... modeler
Shannon Casey .... visual effects supervisor
Pierre de Lespinois .... visual effects supervisor
Philippe Desiront .... Flame artist
Gina Di Bari .... lighting supervisor
Sebastien Dostie .... digital artist
Mark Dubeau .... art director
Stéphanie Dubé .... texture painter
Frederic Fortin .... technical director
Marie-Josee Gagnon .... lighting artist
Marie-Josee Gagnon .... modeler
Aaron Gilman .... lead animator
Joe Han .... senior animator
Suzanne Jandu .... digital compositor
Miae Kang .... lighting artist
Emanuel LaFrance .... digital compositor
Virginie Lamotte .... digital compositor
Nadine Lavoie .... digital artist
Jean-Pascal Leblanc .... digital artist
Jean-Pascal Leblanc .... matte painter
Christine Leclerc .... lead texture artist
Martin Leduc .... visual effects artist
Charles Marchand .... Flame artist
Charles Marchand .... digital compositor
Simon Marinof .... motion tracker
Omar McClinton .... visual effects production manager: Cantina Pictures, Inc.
Jamie Minett .... lighting artist
Thai-My Nguyen .... animator
Velislava Nikolova .... character animator
Lorne Nudel .... layout artist
Christophe Pacaud .... compositor
Christian Paradis .... texture & shading artist
Benoit Pelchat .... digital artist
John Poisson .... animation producer
John Poisson .... visual effects producer
John Poisson .... visual effects supervisor
Carl Prud'homme .... texture artist
Martin Pélissier .... visual effects artist
The-Hung Quach .... digital artist
Sébastien Quessy .... rendering artist
Jay Randall .... lead animator
Jean-Pierre Riverin .... lighting artist
Philippe Roberge .... digital compositor
Peter Skovsbo .... visual effects line producer
Martin Tardif .... lighting artist
Mark van den Bergen .... digital compositor
Don Waller .... digital effects animation director
Dennis Yoo .... CGI animator
Marie-Josee Auclair .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jami Levesque .... system support (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Bock .... camera operator
Animation Department
Steeve Boulianne .... animator
Charles Le Guen .... animator
Sean Mahoney .... animator
Thai-My Nguyen .... animator
Music Department
Chuck Ferry .... music editor
Edgar Rothermich .... music producer
Edgar Rothermich .... music recordist
Other crew
Kenny Davis .... production assistant
Mario Ghersi .... local production
Wade Woods .... production assistant

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9 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
When dinosaurs wore red-white-striped flags and sang happily together, "we're all Americans"., 1 June 2002
Author: VSG_79 from Bavaria, Germany

Oh – my – God. 5 million Dollars in the making, millions of Americans watching it on TV and above all, made in 2001, which means not so long ago.

But I can't get rid of the feeling those money-thirsty studio-bosses were sitting around thinking `hey, the BBC made a lot of money with this dino-crap, and money is money, right? So let's make one ourselves.' Well, they did. And they made everything most Americans want to see on TV: sex, crime, and a lot of patriotism. Watching this `documentary' (by the way, it is an insult to call it this way for all real documentaries) made me remember how good the BBC documentaries `Walking with Dinosaurs', `The Ballad of Big Al' and `Walking with Beasts' were. Of course, the scientific aspect was more or less secondary, because it was supposed to entertain and to show great pictures of a species that has been extinct for more than 65 million years, but they showed you something, they brought those dinos in your living room, they accompanied them sometimes for a lifetime and made it comprehensible what life must have been like those days.

`When Dinosaurs Roamed America' doesn't even bother using scientific terms, it doesn't bother explaining why things were as they were. All that matters is, that all dinosaurs just lived in America, they always have and always would (if they hadn't been struck by that bad, bad meteor). There were no dinosaurs outside of America, simply because nothing of the rest of the world did exist except America – right? No!!! What – the audience wouldn't have known where `Spain' was that 65 million years ago? Oh, I see, `we just want to show which dinosaurs were in America at that time'. The USA then weren't even at the place they are now!

So, if you can enjoy patriotic dinosaurs (and believe me, it is very, very, very hard to) and you are willing to watch mediocre, or to say the least: bad, special effects, then you might enjoy this boring piece of junk. The animations of those animals were so badly done via CGI, that it even hurt my eyes. The proportions weren't right and Triceratopses who lay on the ground, rolling around on their backs? My goodness, please tell them to stop! The dinosaurs looked as if they were made by CGI, and that's what they were: smooth surface, unbearable bad animation and wannabe `new' sound-effects that sounded so mechanical, that I really really doubt those dinos could have done it without a synthesizer at their claws.

What made the BBC documentaries so good/special/unique was, that they actually used mechanical puppets from time to time (especially with the close-up shots) and that's the same in the Hollywood-Blockbuster `Jurassic Park'. Here, everything was done by CGI, and you see it, you see it in every scene. And to be honest, it looks not just terrible, but ... well, there's almost no way to say it – except: it looked like crap.

But all that is crowned by a wannabe scientific (and cool at the same time) commentary who speaks of `how the animals turned on each other, how they get sexy and stuff'. Boy, even the Sesame Street could have come up with more accurate comments on dinos.

What remains is the impression that some guy in the office thought the BBC wasn't the only one who could do a documentary about dinosaurs, and since it sells, it is done. Mixed with everything an average audience wants (even patriotism and `standing-together-against-the-bad-ones among the dinos) and et voilà – here you have it. 5 million dollars blown in the wind, oh, not in the wind exactly, because it had a tremendous success and most people who watched it, actually thought it was good!

Scientific content: 2 %, special effects: 0 % (the first BBC documentary was in 1999, and that looked better than anything I've seen in `When Dinosaurs Roamed America'), entertainment level: -100 %.

When I see how many high ratings this show gets here on IMDB, I don't have to wonder why the BBC docs get an `American narrator' for US dubbing, although it's basically the same language. Why? Because most of the audience wouldn't notice a good dino-documentary when it bites them, but they cheer to everything that sounds and feels like American, and above all, that says `made in USA' beneath it.

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