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David Attenborough's Natural History Museum Alive (2014)

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This documentary narrated by David Attenborough was filmed at the Natural History Museum, London, and uses state of the art CGI imagery to bring to life several extinct animals in the ... See full summary »


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This documentary narrated by David Attenborough was filmed at the Natural History Museum, London, and uses state of the art CGI imagery to bring to life several extinct animals in the museum, including Archaeoptery, the Moa Ratite bird (Dinornis) and Haast's eagle. The documentary was well-received, and won a TV BAFTA in the specialist factual category.

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Extinct Creatures Come To Life



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Right after sir Attenborough says "we've got a pretty good idea of what it looked like" regarding the dinosaur Diplodocus, it cuts to a closeup of its front feet, which are modeled incorrectly. They are flat and stocky, with the whole "palm" resting on the ground, and it has five claws. In reality, Diplodocus' feet were slender, tall and C-shaped in cross-section because they only stood on the tips of their toes. And all but the innermost toe lacked any sort of claw or hoof. See more »

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Watch out, watch out... there's fossils about!
27 September 2020 | by walkingwithprimevalSee all my reviews

What more can you really say about one of Sir David Attenborough's nature documentaries other than "It's GREAT!" It almost seems kind of pointless even having a lengthy discussion about them in any sort of great detail because everyone already knows that whatever this legendary naturalist decides to do for his next project, it's guaranteed to be a surefire hit every time (right?). This being the sixth instalment in his novelty series of 3D documentaries, Attenborough now takes us on a midnight stroll through the empty corridors inside London's Natural History Museum to narrow-down and showcase some of the most noteworthy, iconic and bizarre oddities their colossal collection's enormous exhibits have to offer.

This nicely put-together documentary extravaganza gives us a better insight into the expansive range of the numerous, fossilised skeletal specimens (both famous and obscure species) which the massive museum houses in its highly secured, archival storage vaults. For the most part, I thought the photorealistic-CGI reconstructions (used to portray the different types of extinct animals as they may have once acted in real-life) were alright for the majority of the runtime, even if they're a tad bit unconvincing at certain points (I assume it must've probably been something to do with having a few awkward camera angles here and there, making the computer-generated visual effects look a bit off at times).

Honestly, it's not the number one best documentary Attenborough's ever done and I don't really find it to be all that 100% interesting as I do with some of his other 3D-produced programmes; like for instance, the ones where he explores the beautiful Galapagos Islands (2013) and talks about the micro-ecosystems dominated by Monster Insects (2013). However, if you want to see him doing something that's a little bit different to what he normally does when he's out in the wilderness hosting as a proper wildlife presenter, then I'd suggest you check this out just to satisfy your own mild curiosity. If it's any consolation, I at least found it to be more entertaining to watch than I did with Werner Herzog's critically-acclaimed Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) which, coincidentally, also went through the 3D process.

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