On a unique underwater voyage spanning millions of years in prehistory, our dauntless presenter explores seven different seas, encountering an extraordinary variety of underwater life from ... See full summary »
Nigel Marven travels back in time to rescue exotic creatures on the brink of extinction. CGI is used to create animals no longer seen on earth, from woolly mammoths, and T Rex, to dinosaur-eating crocodiles.
This two-part series, a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs featured Nigel and his "team of fellow explorers" encountering prehistoric life over a large range of time, and seeing creatures not featured in the original series.
Based on the latest paleontological discoveries from all continents, veteran actor John Hurt narrates the gory, bleak stories of the brutal relationship between the ancient apex predators and their gigantic herbivorous prey.
The life of American dinosaurs is seen in amazing detail. The Feathered Dromeosaurs (Raptors) debut on this film along with the bizarre Therizinosaur. Each story is compelling and ... See full summary »
Brings to life some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures to ever inhabit the ocean. Combines animation with recreations in a prehistoric adventure. A journey to the ... See full summary »
Sean MacLeod Phillips
Using the latest technology the amazing lost world of the Cretaceous, Triassic and Jurassic periods of Earth's history, when the dinosaurs reigned supreme, is brought stunningly back to life. The series provides insights into how these mammoth creatures appeared, how they survived for millions of years and probes the mysteries of their sudden disappearance leaving only a fossil record to show they had ever existed!Written by
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Animation company Framestore completely rethought their standard working procedures to streamline production and meet BBC's demands. They have isolated their team from all other projects to focus entirely on the series, and allowed their computer artists to concentrate on their individual specialties instead of generalizing their talents over the entirety of the animation process. Two special video game animators were also brought in, who did incredibly fast work. See more »
A recurring animation error throughout all of the episodes is how the body parts and muscles of the CG animals clip through each other while moving. Wrinkles and skin patterns appear and disappear, and sometimes strange bulges stick out of the animals, seemingly moving independently from the surrounding flesh. This kind of error is perhaps the most noticeable on the shoulder region of the Diplodocus, as the shoulder muscles and the upper part of their front legs "merge" and separate repeatedly at each step. See more »
In 2008, the series was given a brand new narration as well as a commentary from scientists in an effort to try and correct some of the mistakes and outdated info presented in the original narration from 1999. However since the footage couldn't be edited, this version still retained a large number of errors, such as the raptors lacking feathers, Ornitholestes having a nose horn, Liopleurodon still being described as the biggest carnivore ever, and Ornithocheirus/Tropeognathus being oversized. They even recorded some commentary with paleontologist Thomas Holtz Jr. over how raptors were feathered in real life, but chose not to use the clip since the footage still erroneously showed the raptors with scales. Apart from these, this new narration contained some errors of its own, such as stating that dinosaurs, lizards and crocodiles were ichthyosaurs, and also reinterpreted some of the original storylines -- for instance, the last episode was moved from taking place 65 million years ago to 70 million years ago. See more »
The concept behind this series is so brilliant, you wonder why nobody thought of it before. Do a dinosaur documentary, but do it in the style of, say, "Mutual of Omaha's Wild America" or something.
The result is astonishing.
The thing is, you end up not marveling at the special effects but at the fact that *you do not notice the effects*. You'd swear the filmakers really did go to the future Petrified Forest to get their footage. It's unreal.
Simply put, this is what "Disney's Dinosaur" had mad delusions of being.
There were, granted, a few scenes that had me going "I... don't... know..." (most notably the mother sauropod laying her eggs with an ovipositor that'd shame the "Aliens" queen and then leaving them there), and the music tends to be *very* hyperdramatic. All complaints aside, this is true movie magic. And who can complain about that?
Note to teachers: In case you're thinking of showing this to the kids, I'd give this a PG-13. It isn't any more violent than your average animal documentary, but there's quite a bit of -gasp!- saurian sex.
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