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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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£15,000,000 (estimated)
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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Almost twice as many animators worked on the show as on its predecessor Walking with Dinosaurs (1999), due to the difficulty of animating mammals and other animals which would be more familiar to viewers than dinosaurs. 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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Referenced in Primeval: Episode #1.1 (2007) See more »

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Really one million years B.C.!
7 October 2002 | by j1stonerSee all my reviews

Even has some humans in it, but none resembling Raquel Welch, nor the phony language.

It's a live-action documentary in six parts, ranging from the meteor that extirpated the dinosaurs up to the Ice Ages. The Cenozoic Era, largely overlooked, but most important in shaping today's fauna (including us!)--much more relevant than The Big Show that was the dinosaur period.

The most interesting sequences are on the giant animals of South America, the development of whales, and the battles for control of land between the survivors of the apocalypse at the end of the Cretaceous period (parts 5, 2, and 1, if I remember correctly).

This was produced by the BBC, following its big success with Walking with Dinosaurs. It's got the same mix of imagined local filmed drama, a la Wild Kingdom, with some basic paleontological exposition. The live action stuff is mostly realistic and there seems to have been considerable research on the backdrop. Each part is based on the fossil records of a particular location. I doubt this sequel was such a big hit, but for the reasons I've suggested above (and the general unfamiliarity of what you'll see), probably more valuable and educational.


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