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Walking with Prehistoric Beasts 

Walking with Beasts (original title)
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Using the latest digital technology, the era between the dinosaurs and man is superbly recreated by the BBC and Discovery Channel in another winning production from the coalition.
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Kenneth Branagh ...  Narrator 8 episodes, 2001
Stockard Channing ...  Narrator (U.S.A Version) 8 episodes, 2001
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Where _Walking With Dinosaurs (1999) (TV)_ took us through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras, Walking With Prehistoric Beasts examines the various Cenozoic eras, when mammals began to dominate after the massive late Cretaceous extinction that killed 65% of life on Earth, including the dinosaurs. Written by Jonah Falcon <jonahnynla@mindspring.com>

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UK

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English

Release Date:

15 November 2001 (UK) See more »

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Walking with Prehistoric Beasts See more »

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GBP15,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 episodes)

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The most difficult episode to make was Walking with Prehistoric Beasts: Next of Kin (2001), as the Australopithecus' animation required significantly more attention to detail than that of any other animal. The animation crew had to study chimpanzees to get their movements right, and even creating a simple walk cycle proved problematic. Their anatomy is more human-like than the show's other creatures, which lead to further difficulties, as the joints of their limbs and their skin folds had to be meticulously checked. Both the effects team and their scientist supervisors had learned so much during this process that the animators were actually invited to help out with scientific papers on Australopithecus. See more »

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[Last lines.]
Kenneth Branagh: [narrating] We have since built museums to celebrate the past, and spend decades studying prehistoric lives. And if all this has taught us anything, it is this: no species lasts forever.
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Alternate Versions

The Discovery Channel broadcast edits all six episodes into one program, splicing in the documentaries Triumph of the Beasts and Walking with Prehistoric Beasts: The Beasts Within, and is narrated by Stockard Channing. In addition, many scenes of gore and sex have been removed. See more »

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A SHADE LESS THAN WALKING WITH DINOSAURS
8 March 2002 | by roypwebberSee all my reviews

I think WALKING WITH PREHISTORIC BEASTS is well-conceived on the whole, though some of the dramatic elements are a bit too contrived to be totally effective ( however, there are a few surprises now and then ). The biggest problem here is a feeling of "deja vu", simply because the structure mirrors the WALKING WITH DINOSAURS series, and the altogether too self-conscience gags; there is one instance per episode where the camera is played to by some action ( mud, broken lens etc. ), and the slow-motion / freeze-frame shots are hokey as well. While the fur / feather textures and animal reconstructions in CGI are quite well done, the faces of the saber-toothed cats in particular look something less than realistic. All in all, the BBC series is a worthy follow-up to DINOSAURS but slightly less. I would rate it a middle "A", compared to an "A+" for the preceding program.


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