Walking with Cavemen (2003– )

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The great follow-up to 'Walking with Dinosaurs' and 'Walking with Beasts', presented by Professor Robert Winston, explains the story of human evolution.

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Robert Winston ...
 Himself - Presenter (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Narrator (USA version) (4 episodes, 2003)
Christian Bradley ...
 Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)
Oliver Parham ...
 Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)
David Rubin ...
 Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)
Florence Sparham ...
 Various hominids (4 episodes, 2003)
Marva Alexander ...
 Various hominids (3 episodes, 2003)
Rachel Essex ...
 Various hominids (3 episodes, 2003)
Faroque Khan ...
 Various hominids (3 episodes, 2003)
Suzanne Cave ...
 Various hominids (2 episodes, 2003)
Ruth Dawes ...
 Various hominids (2 episodes, 2003)
Anthony Taylor ...
 Various hominids (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Various hominids (2 episodes, 2003)
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The story of human evolution is told through the stories of representative members of the various species leading up to modern homo sapiens. It is ongoing climate changes that force human ancestors to develop, one by one, the unique characteristics of the modern humans. Though earlier species were superbly successful in their environments they were unsustainable when the environment changes. Written by David Foss

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HORRIBLE Documentary!
14 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One Star. That's all this documentary deserves. I haven't felt this disappointed in watching a movie, let alone a documentary, in quite some time.

I'm a BIG fan of the "Walking With..." series, including it's Nigel Marvin spin-offs, for all their gleeful fun yet informative information. And although the subject of prehistoric man has never interested me nearly as much as other prehistoric creatures, the subject is still interesting and unique to explore. Having seen all the other docs from the series, I figured I need to see this one as well, especially after seeing relatively good reviews in other places.

Well for those of you who put up a good review of this doc... what were you thinking?! lol.

Though the information that they were able to get through was interesting, the presentation failed in every other way possible. It had a terrible flow, was incredibly unfocused in what it was trying to say (with information scrambled and sometimes out of of place), horrible effects (that includes the few moments of CGI and especially the makeup effects), and overused MTV-style camera effects.

Speaking of the makeup effects, one reviewer here mentioned how laughable the scene was when the cavemen come across this giant ape and how it looks a lot like a 70s man-in-suit horror movie. Well there are plenty of moments just like that were the people portraying the ape men looked ridiculous and acted ridiculous. None of this is helped by horrible camera positions and compositions.

The worst part of all is none of it is shown in an interesting or dynamic way, or looks remotely real. It doesn't even look like it was taken seriously. It also lacked any emotional punch that the predecessors of the series had. Remember the episode in "Walking With Dinosaurs" of the fate of the Ornithochirus (sp?)? That episode still gets me on the verge of tears every time I watch it. It's this sort of engagement with the subject that lacks here most of all. When you are more engaged in the subject and it's own personal story, even one that is just speculation, you care more about the facts surrounding it.

The only saving graces of this production are the fairly good narration (at least in the BBC version I saw) and the music. Otherwise, DO NOT bother even renting this one unless you want to have a good laugh (which I did frequently, but usually followed by rolling eyes). This does not belong on the shelf with the other "Walking With..." docs.

And does it make sense to learn that this doc was NOT produced or directly involved with the same people who did the others in the series? Hmmm...


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