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Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special (2000)

The Ballad of Big Al (original title)
The first half of this special is a recreation of Al's life, from birth through his death in adolescence.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (voice)
Avery Brooks ... Narrator (US version) (voice)
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Storyline

This new, extra chapter of Walking with Dinosaurs (1999) focuses on an allosaurus later discovered in 1999 affectionately called "Big Al", who died as a late adolescent/early adult of six years of age. Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who also narrated the original series. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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Country:

UK

Release Date:

25 December 2000 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Allosaurus got a complete visual make-over for this special. They look much different from their original appearance in the second episode of Walking with Dinosaurs (1999). See more »

Goofs

As Al swallows the lizard, its tail passes through his tongue. See more »

Alternate Versions

The American version splices _Big Al Uncovered_ between chapters of _The Ballad of Big Al_ alternatingly, so the effect is that you have a one hour show, instead of two 30 minute shows. See more »

Connections

Spin-off Big Al Uncovered (2000) See more »

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Amazing
7 June 2005 | by TerrordarSee all my reviews

I was honestly touched by this show, really. Both parts of it, how they entirely made the show in part 2, and the show itself in part 1.

Big Al is an amazing insight into the life of this creature, and what amazes me even more, was that I felt for the creature. I felt as though I was watching its life, and when Al died, I honestly felt bad for how it all ended for him.

I thought it was greatly done, just all in all. visually stunning, extremely informative, and it really does tell a story, a story that seems real.

For making me actually care about this, and for just such beautifully work (scientifically and story-line, which is also technically science :P) I give Big Al a 10/10.

And I'd like to say. Rest in Peace Big Al.


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