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Alien Planet (2005)

The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Wayne D. Barlowe Wayne D. Barlowe ... Self
Curtis Clark Curtis Clark ... Self
James Garvin James Garvin ... Self
Jamie Hanes Jamie Hanes ... Self (as Jamie Haines)
Stephen Hawking ... Self
Jack Horner Jack Horner ... Self
Joan Horvath Joan Horvath ... Self
Michio Kaku ... Self
James Kirkland James Kirkland ... Self
George Lucas ... Self
John C. McGinley ... Narrator
Victoria Meadows Victoria Meadows ... Self
David Moriarty David Moriarty ... Self
Randy Pollock Randy Pollock ... Self
J. Craig Venter ... Self


The CGI or computer animated drama/documentary takes place on Darwin IV, a planet 6.5 light years from earth, with 2 suns and 60% of Earth's gravity. Having identified Darwin as a world that could support life, Earth sends a pilot mission consisting of the Mothership Von Braun and three probes: Balboa, Da Vinci, and Newton. This robotic fleet is responsible for finding and assessing any life forms on Darwin IV. Initially, the expectation is to find microscopic life, but the probes soon find themselves in the middle of a developed ecosystem teeming with diversity of life of all sizes. The drama on Darwin IV is motivated by real science missions, such as the NASA Origins Program and the NASA / JPL Planet-Finder Mission, as well as the European Space Agency's Darwin Project. "Alien Planet " is a cosmic expedition along side Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, Jack Horner, Craig Venter, and George Lucas, and NASA's Chief Scientist Jim Garvin. No longer just the domain of science fiction, "Alien... Written by Anonymous

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The program was based on the work of science fiction writer and illustrator Wayne D. Barlowe, specifically the alien lifeforms presented in his 1990 speculative fiction book "Expedition: Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV". The main difference is that the book is presented from the writer's point of view, as if he were an explorer on an alien planet, whereas this documentary focuses on robotic exploration probes. See more »

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Great fun of the imagination
19 March 2008 | by Scarlata1966See all my reviews

I just love this program and watch it quite a bit. Not only is it full of very imaginative creatures, but it does so logically. The makers realize that a biosphere of a planet must follow the rules of evolutionary descent and unity of common body plans. Things like bipedalism, bioluminescence and facial shape are kept consistent through all of Darwin IV's creatures. Their oddly shaped "eyes" are really creepy looking, kinda looks like the thing that Alec Baldwin turned himself into in BEETLEJUICE. Some of the creatures are bordering on the far-fetched, but they're so well-conceived and fun, who cares. My only criticism would be the name Darwin IV. It just seemed a little too obvious.

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Release Date:

14 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Iceland See more »

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Dolby Digital


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