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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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Credited cast:
Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (voice)
Avery Brooks ... Narrator (US version) (voice)
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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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25 December 2000 (UK) See more »

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Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special See more »

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Arizona, USA See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The Apatosaurus is just a recycled animation model of Diplodocus, without back-spikes and with a different coloration. Since they were very closely related, the animators didn't need to build a completely new model for Apatosaurus. Similarly, the Othnielia and Dryosaurus are slightly tweaked and recolored variations of the original hypsilophodont model. See more »

Goofs

When the female Allosaurus is struggling in the mud, her tail clips into the ground at one point. 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 »

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Referenced in Dinosaur World (2002) See more »

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Walking with dinosaurs episode 7
10 May 2016 | by tankaceSee all my reviews

Big Al Ballad is basically an extra episode of the Walking with Dinosaurs mini-series and it focuses on the life time of an Allosaur named Al, the originality in the name just kills me!! Anyway it is a great time revisiting the Late Jurassic and seen in a sense from the point of view of a predator, how was this environment. I love this documentary , because it feels like a 30 short movie with dinosaurs as the main characters and the fact that they made Al just an animal ,which it was and we still rooted for him ,is a sign of how well-made is this episode. Keep in mind that this, about 30 minutes long episode, makes you feel emotions for a creature ,which is dead for about a hundred forty five million year and there are directors today who can not achieve that with trained humans for the job! In the end just add it in your dinosaur documentary collection and show it to your kids.


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