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Mammoth Journey 

30,000 years B.C. In the middle of the Ice Ages, a mammoth herd migrates to escape the chilling winter. On their way, they encounter dangers like snow-covered bogs, cave lions, and the most dangerous predators yet- humans.
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Episode credited cast:
Kenneth Branagh ... Narrator (voice)
Stockard Channing ... Narrator (U.S.A Version) (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Karyn Drane Karyn Drane ... Primitive Human
Lorne Duquette Lorne Duquette ... Primitive Human
Rena Ermine Rena Ermine ... Primitive Human
Cory Generoux Cory Generoux ... Primitive Human
Vernon Knight Vernon Knight ... Primitive Human
Delvin Opissinow Delvin Opissinow ... Primitive Human
Samantha Seager Samantha Seager ... Primitive Human
Miltos Yerolemou ... Primitive Human
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30,000 years B.C. In the middle of the Ice Ages, a mammoth herd migrates to escape the chilling winter. On their way, they encounter dangers like snow-covered bogs, cave lions, and the most dangerous predators yet- humans.

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20 December 2001 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, Neanderthals were not unintelligent creatures. In fact, their brains were slightly larger than those of modern humans. See more »

Goofs

In one shot, when a male mammoth bellows at two cave lions eating a human corpse, its trunk sinks into and passes through one of its tusks. This error is fairly noticeable, as it happens in the middle of the screen and it curiously lasts for several seconds. See more »

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Kenneth Branagh: Mammoths will last another twenty-four thousand years. They are superbly adapted for this cold world. But when it gets warm again, the grassy plains they depend on will disappear.
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Featured in Monsters We Met: The Eternal Frontier (2007) See more »

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Dangerous journey of the mammoths
7 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have always been fascinated by dinosaurs, whether reading about them or seeing documentaries and films on them. Love documentaries, especially those of the national treasure that is David Attenborough, and admire Kenneth Branagh a good deal. So my expectations for 'Walking with Beasts' were quite big and that's an understatement.

Expectations that were actually mostly lived up to, a good thing for me having seen my fair share of wastes of potential recently. 'Walking with Beasts' is not one of the best documentaries personally seen (far from it), and there are better ones on the subject of dinosaurs. It is also not as ground-breaking as 'Walking with Dinosaurs', as far as dinosaur documentaries go, still a big achievement to this day. Standing on its own without comparing it to anything, 'Walking with Beasts' was very interesting and mostly very well done.

Once again the sixth episode "Mammoth Journey" is very good.

Sure "Mammoth Journey" isn't perfect. Sometimes the effects are on the stiff side in movement.

Did actually appreciate the storytelling approach "Mammoth Journey", and 'Walking with Beasts' in general, took and it made it entertaining and emotionally investable and it was never less than compelling. It did get in the way at times though too much of the documentary aspect, which interested and compelled throughout but there could have been more focus on the evidence and such to stop things from being too speculative.

However, when it comes to how it's written, "Mammoth Journey" does just as good a job entertaining and teaching, it's all very sincerely done and it never feels like a sermon. There are things here that are common sense and knowledge but one is taught a huge deal as wel (mostly the latter).

Kenneth Branagh's narration delivery is similarly spot-on, very sensitively delivered and very dignified, his expertise in Shakespeare helps the delivery. The narration is comprehensive and sincere, with a good balance of things known to me and things new to me (really like it when documentaries do that), as well as compelling.

Visually, "Mammoth Journey" may lack the awe-inspiring, almost cinematic quality one anticipates. With that being said, it is beautifully shot, shot in a fluid and non-static way. The sceneries and landscapes are handsomely rendered and mostly the dinosaur effects are impressive.

"Mammoth Journey" is appropriately scored, never intrusive or too low-key. There is fun, tension and pathos throughout and the dinosaurs, prey and predator, are like characters that one cares for in the same way they do a human. The documentary aspect is grounded and well researched, coming over as if there was evidence to corroborate what was said.

Overall, very good though could have been great. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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