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14 May 2005 (USA) See more »
The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Wayne D. Barlowe ... Himself
Curtis Clark ... Himself
James Garvin ... Himself
Jamie Hanes ... Himself (as Jamie Haines)

Stephen Hawking ... Himself
Jack Horner ... Himself
Joan Horvath ... Herself
Michio Kaku ... Himself
James Kirkland ... Himself

George Lucas ... Himself

John C. McGinley ... Narrator
Victoria Meadows ... Herself
David Moriarty ... Himself
Randy Pollock ... Himself
J. Craig Venter ... Himself

Directed by
Pierre de Lespinois 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Crabbe 
Steve Eder 

Produced by
Wayne D. Barlowe .... executive producer
John Copeland .... producer
James R. Cowan .... associate producer
Tomi Landis .... executive producer
Pierre de Lespinois .... executive producer
Pierre de Lespinois .... producer
Frances LoCascio .... executive producer
Frances LoCascio .... producer
Original Music by
Dean Grinsfelder 
Film Editing by
Brian Gonosey 
Bret Harding 
Pierre de Lespinois 
Art Department
Oliver Dear .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Robert Carr .... sound mix technician
David Esparza .... sound designer
Don Hale .... sound mixer
Ken Kobett .... sound re-recording mixer
Mike Olman .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Payne .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Russell Addis .... wrangler: Meteor Studios
Michael Alkan .... technical director lighting: Meteor Studios (as Mike Alkan)
Ian Allard .... digital artist
Ian Allard .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Ian Allard .... set texture artist: Meteor Studios
Sylvain Allard .... organic modeler: Meteor Studios
Majorique Archambault .... texture artist: Meteor Studios
Mathieu Archambault .... compositing artist: Meteor Studios
Seung Joon Bang .... technical modeling: Meteor Studios
Patrick Bergeron .... compositing artist: Meteor Studios
Mathieu Blouin .... lead animator: Meteor Studios
Reine Bourgault .... compositing artist: Meteor Studios
Reine Bourgault .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Russell Bowers .... digital compositor
Frederic Breault .... lead layout & tracking artist: Meteor Studios
Arnaud Brisebois .... assistant art director visual effects
Arnaud Brisebois .... assistant art director: Meteor Studios
Arnaud Brisebois .... colour designer: Meteor Studios
Arnaud Brisebois .... concept artist
Arnaud Brisebois .... matte painter: Meteor Studios
Arnaud Brisebois .... matte painting lead
Philippe Brochu .... organic modeler: Meteor Studios
Dany Brouillette .... system administrator
Sebastien Bruneau .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Nick Buccela .... compositing artist: Meteor Studios
Eric Clement .... lead visual effects: Meteor Studios
Patrick Comtois .... technical modeling: Meteor Studios
Richard Cote .... production coordinator: Meteor Studios
Marie-Cecile Dahan .... producer: Meteor Studios
Phil Dakin .... set texture artist: Meteor Studios
Dana Darie .... character setup: Meteor Studios
Charles De Gagné .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Charles De Gagné .... set texture artist: Meteor Studios
Jacques Desanlis .... holograms and POV look development: Meteor Studios
Jacques Desanlis .... supervising set designer: Meteor Studios
Eric Desaulniers .... production assistant: Meteor Studios
Eric Desaulniers .... wrangler: Meteor Studios
Charles Desilets .... I/O technician: Meteor Studios
Marc Desmarais .... texture artist: Meteor Studios
Marc-André Dostie .... texture artist: Meteor Studios (as Marc-Andre Dostie)
Maxime Ducharme .... layout artist
Jason Edwardh .... research & development software engineer: Meteor Studios
Richard Flores .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Richard Flores .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Marco Foglia .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Frederic Fortin .... research & development software engineer: Meteor Studios
Michel Frenette .... compositing artist: Meteor Studios
Benoît Gagné .... character animator: Meteor Studios (as Benoit Gagne)
Jean-Francois Gallant .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Francois Garcia .... producer: Meteor Studios
Jonathan Germain .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Eric Gervais-Despres .... research & development: Meteor Studios
Eric Gervais-Despres .... technical supervisor: Meteor Studios
Eve-Marie Gingras .... production assistant: Meteor Studios
Marc-André Guindon .... character setup: Meteor Studios
Dean Gula .... production coordinator: Meteor Studios
Meinert Hansen .... designer: Meteor Studios
Christopher Hartt .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Jamie Helman .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Matthew Herzog .... research & development software engineer: Meteor Studios
David Hubert .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Jocelyn Hudon .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Cody Kidwell .... wrangler: Meteor Studios
Jason Kreller .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Geneviève Labelle .... compositor
Emanuel LaFrance .... compositing artist: Meteor Studios
Yann Laliberte .... digital compositor: Meteor Studios
David Lalonde .... wrangler: Meteor Studios
Alexandre Lambert .... set texture artist: Meteor Studios
Nicolas Lamy .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Nancy Larouche .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Claude Lauzon .... compositor
Nadine Lavoie .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Christine Leclerc .... lead texture artist: Meteor Studios
Joey Lessard .... CGI supervisor: Meteor Studios
Joey Lessard .... character setup technical director: Meteor Studios
Jacques Levesque .... compositing supervisor: Meteor Studios
Jacques Marchand .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Jacques Marchand .... set texture artist: Meteor Studios
Patrick Martel .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Shawn McClellan .... character setup: Meteor Studios
Omar McClendon .... lead character setup: Meteor Studios
Jamie Minett .... lead lighter: Meteor Studios
Carlos Monzon .... compositing artist: Meteor Studios
Rene Morel .... texture artist: Meteor Studios
Jean-Francois Morissette .... layout & tracking artist
Juliette Mourez .... compositing supervisor: Meteor Studios
Juliette Mourez .... lead compositing artist: Meteor Studios
Jihyun Nam .... visual effects: Meteor Studios
David E. Nunez .... visual effects: Meteor Studios
Maxim Olivier-Adlhoch .... research & development software engineer: Meteor Studios
Marc-Antoine Paquin .... research & development software engineer: Meteor Studios
Shawn Patapoff .... character setup: Meteor Studios
Emma Pittson .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Antonin Plante .... character animator: Meteor Studios
Claude Precourt .... visual effects director: Meteor Studios
Yann Provencher .... texture artist
Martin Pélissier .... texture artist: Meteor Studios
Marlene Raiche .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Yves Rainville .... organic modeling lead: Meteor Studios
Philippe Roberge .... compositing artist: Meteor Studios
Guillaume Rodrigue .... I/O technician: Meteor Studios
Gabriel Rouette .... research & development software engineer: Meteor Studios
Neil Rubenstein .... visual effects: Meteor Studios
Pascal Ruest .... lead animator: Meteor Studios
Kevin Seivewright .... technical modeling: Meteor Studios
Kevin Seivewright .... visual effects: Meteor Studios
Cory Shaw .... main title designer & animator
Irene Smirnova .... texture artist: Meteor Studios
Laurent Solignac .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Phillip Stamp .... animation director: Meteor Studios
Phillip Stamp .... art director: Meteor Studios
Sylvain Thibodeau .... research & development software engineer: Meteor Studios
Sylvain Thibodeau .... set technical director: Meteor Studios
Francois Turcotte .... modeler: Meteor Studios
Corneil Vanderspek .... lighting: Meteor Studios
Radu Vintila .... I/O technician: Meteor Studios
Dan Wrightsell .... visual effects: Meteor Studios
Jami Levesque .... director of technology (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
J.P. de Lespinois .... grip (2005)
Dan Goetz .... assistant camera
Animation Department
Steeve Boulianne .... layout artist
David Hubert .... character animator
Editorial Department
Shursen Parsad .... on-line editor
Music Department
Dean Grinsfelder .... music editor
Tim Kelly .... composer: additional music
Steve Morrell .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Debbie Bledsoe .... assistant to director
Alec Schechter .... production coordinator

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Way more flaws than qualities, 20 August 2013
Author: Voyou Nobodysbusiness from Turkey

The good part is simply the idea of exploring an alien planet, and the graphic result is correct. Just correct, technically; nothing great, as every occurrence of life is well isolated in its environment, so that there is always only one thing worth watching at once in any given picture.

Now for the many wrongs, in no particular order: The comment is awful; almost complete garbage in terms of content. It is either pure speculation presented as fact, biologists talking as if they actually studied the fake alien species, or useless clichés of point of views such as that it would be great/awesome/a breakthrough/major to discover life elsewhere. Thanks for the insights, guys. It may be the reason why I fell asleep in the middle and had to watch the rest the next day.

While a couple of comments are actually useful in their context, the narrated exploration / pseudo-scientific comment duality of the treatment deserves the movie. The visual part, good enough to keep you watching in hope that it will get better - the fiction is properly treated in crescendo, promising to be more eventful as time passes - is constantly interrupted by these boring people with their empty words. Some of them are just famous people, without the smallest spark of a reason to be there in the first place. Except to entrap some fans of theirs into watching. Beware George Lucas or Stephen Hawkins lovers: your idol will only appear for 3 seconds at the very beginning and 3 more at the very end of the thing, while the rest of us just get annoyed.

Talking about annoying, here is how you recognise a USA documentary from, for example, a European one: before every commercial break - and not only are there commercial breaks, but there are an incredible amount of them - they give you a sneak preview of what's going to happen. Ouch! Makes you wonder why bother to build some suspense in the first place. Or, more relevantly, why they were not simply taken out of the DVD version.

Now, the main disappointment for me is actually such a common rule that I shouldn't call it disappointing. It is the simple fact that every single time I see or hear something about exotic life, well, it's not exotic at all. It ends up being unimaginative parallels of Earth's most visible lifeforms. In that regard, Alien Planet falls particularly low. It starts with trees - complete with trunks, branches, leaves and sap - going to mushrooms, pack animals, running predators, all tagged with comments on their very terrestrial behaviours, be it deer duels, wolf pack hunting tactics, and so on. What a bore! I don't want to write pages on the subject but, for example, it's land exploration only, yet no thoughts are put into geology, very little into the weather, almost none into the notion of ecosystem... The objective is not to make us think about life, what it means, what it could be, how really alien it could be; it's all about trying to impress us with big critters 3D models on dull backgrounds.

It doesn't matter from which angle, either science or fantasy, such a world could be built. Imagination was not much put to use here. The only part which begins to be interesting, as in alien, is the amoebic sea. Put more stuff like this, alter your building blocks, populate your world with small and interacting creatures, natural hazards, exotic landscapes, remove all the talking people, then we'll talk again. In the meantime, when I want to be mesmerized by a strange and fascinating e.t. world, I'll go back to watching Dark Crystal.

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