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'Walking with Dinosaurs' - the Television Phenomenon

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Walking With Dinosaurs is the most successful television documentary series of all time. Not only did the show receive colossal viewing figures, to date it has led to numerous sequels, merchandising, books, a full-scale touring stage show and film, and changed the way documentaries were made forever. Inspired by the massive success of Jurassic Park, the series combined state-of-the-art computer animation with the style of award-winning documentaries made by the BBC Natural History Unit1.

Ever since the first statues of dinosaurs were made for Crystal Palace Park, people have been trying to see what dinosaurs looked like and how they interacted with their landscape. Walking with Dinosaurs was the first truly successful attempt to realistically bring dinosaurs to life in everyone's homes all around the world.

Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

The series of six 30-minute episodes was conceived by Tim Haines, who later founded his own company called Impossible Pictures. He convinced the BBC that it was possible to make a dinosaur documentary programme on a television budget. Interested in the project, the BBC provided Haines with the money to make a six-minute pilot to investigate whether his claims were practical. Haines did some basic location filming with a cameraman and working with Mike Milne, Director of Computer Animation at FrameStore, to bring his actions to life. This pilot convinced Jana Bennett, the BBC's Director of Television, to commission what was to become the most expensive factual series of all time.

Haines then consulted with a team of over 100 scientists. These experts had a wide range of specialities, including palaeobotany, palaeoentomology, palaeoclimatogy2 as well as palaeontology, to advise his team of documentary makers on not only the appearance of the dinosaurs based on the latest available research, but also their entire world; climate, plants and other surroundings.

The dinosaurs were modelled, scanned into a computer and brought to life in CGI by a team of 15 computer animators: nine animators, two programmers, one skin-designer and three technical supports. This was done with the aid of palaeontologists and studying other animals alive today. The series made full use of life-sized animatronic puppets in the close-up shots. It took 18 months to make the six-episode programme.

To make the series completely realistic, the series was filmed in real locations, closely matching the environments to those in which the dinosaurs actually lived. These were found all around the world, such as New Caledonia representing the Triassic, Californian redwood forests doubled for the Jurassic, and the lava fields of Chile became the volcanic Cretaceous. To encourage the belief that the dinosaurs were genuinely interacting with their environment, when the dinosaurs pass by, trees sway, footprints are left, splashes and other small interactions made, so that when the digital dinosaurs were added, they looked like they were physically in the environment. Shadows add the final touch.

Well, we're filming nothing. The animals, they're not there, and we've got to imagine them and we've got to do everything for them, because they don't yet exist. So we were going along, setting the camera up, filming an empty shot and then going around kicking up dust, knocking over trees, moving branches. All that kind of thing, all the things they would do if they'd bothered to turn up.
- Jasper James, Series Producer

The series made contributions in palaeontology, for instance an animatronic model of a Diplodocus head built to exactly recreate a Diplodocus' mouth was filmed eating ferns. It was discovered that the mouth was designed to perfectly strip foliage off ferns rather than bite them off.

Episodes

Every episode was narrated by Sir Kenneth Branagh.

Animals in Bold appear in more than one series.


EpisodeSettingDinosaursOther Prehistoric Animals
New BloodArizona
220 Million Years Ago
Late Triassic
  • Coelophysis
  • Plateosaurus
  • Placerias
  • Postosuchus
  • Cynodont
Time of the TitansColorado
152 Million Years Ago
Late Jurassic
  • Diplodocus
  • Allosaurus
  • Ornitholestes
  • Stegosaurus
  • Brachiosaurus
 
Cruel Sea Oxfordshire
149 Million Years Ago
Late Jurassic
  • Eustreptospondylus
  • Ophthalmosaurus
  • Liopleurodon
  • Rhamphorhynchus
Giant of the Skies Brazil and Western Europe3
127 Million Years Ago
Early Cretaceous
  • Ornithocheirus
  • Tapejara
  • Liopleurodon
Spirits of the Ice Forest Antarctica
106 Million Years Ago
Early Cretaceous
  • Leaellynasaura
  • Polar Allosaur
  • Muttaburrasaurus
  • Koolasuchus
Death of a DynastyMontana
65 Million Years Ago
Late Cretaceous
  • Didelphodon
  • Deinosuchus
  • Quetzalcoatlus

400 million viewers worldwide watched the series, breaking many national records, such as becoming the most-watched programme on America's Discovery Channel. Unsurprisingly following this success, Walking With Dinosaurs was one of the BBC's first DVD releases, for sale in 2000.

There were some criticisms of the series, particularly from Creationists and from rival palaeontologists. Creationists in America's Bible Belt were upset that the series promoted evolution, while many palaeontologists argued that the series was not 100% accurate and therefore as audiences would not know fact from fiction, speculation from spectacle, it was wrong. Yet the programme had been made for entertainment, not as an unchallengeable academic thesis, with the audience accepting that the show was intended as an entertaining 'best guess'. This did not stop disagreements over whether Placerias peed or if the series had exaggerated the size of different animals for dramatic effect.

The success of the series saw applications for university courses on palaeontology skyrocket. The BBC employed the techniques that it had pioneered on Walking with Dinosaurs in their subsequent documentary series, such as Supervolcano, Seven Industrial Wonders, Pompeii and Colosseum, which combined dramatic special effects with a cinematic effect. The BBC also commissioned a live palaeontology television series in 2001, Live from Dinosaur Island, filmed on the Isle of Wight. The Polacanthus model on display on the Isle of Wight's Dinosaur Isle museum is also closely based on the appearance of the Polacanthus in the television series.

Many of the experts behind Walking with Dinosaurs, such as Dr Dave Martill of Portsmouth University, would continue to work closely with animators on programmes such as the BBC's similar Planet Dinosaur (2012), which is unrelated to the Walking with Dinosaurs series.

The Ballad of Big Al (2000)

Following the original series' success, a follow-up 'Christmas Special' was inevitable. This, The Ballad of Big Al, was the dramatisation based on a well-preserved Allosaurus skeleton found in Wyoming, USA, in 1991. This is on display at the University of Wyoming Geological Museum. An accompanying Making of was also made, called Big Al: The Science. Both were narrated by Sir Kenneth Branagh.


EpisodeSettingDinosaurs
The Ballad of Big AlWyoming
145 Million Years Ago
Late Jurassic
  • Allosaurus
  • Diplodocus
  • Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus)
  • Othnielia
  • Dryosaurus
  • Stegosaurus
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Ornitholestes
  • Anurognathus

The Lost World (2001)

Following Walking With Dinosaurs' achievement of creating the most successful documentary series of all time, and having created both computer models and actual physical animatronic dinosaurs, it was perhaps inevitable that the logical next step would be an adaptation of the greatest dinosaur story of all time.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for creating Sherlock Holmes, wrote The Lost World in 1912. In it, an expedition led by Professor Challenger discovers living dinosaurs still in existence. This tale has been adapted for film and television many times, most notably in the 1925 take, but also in films made in 1960, 1992 and 1998, and a very loosely-based television series still on air at the time of the BBC's rendition.

The BBC version married the effects it had pioneered for Walking with Dinosaurs with their high-quality record on costume dramas to create a stunning historical two-part mini-series, broadcast on Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2001.


SettingDinosaursPrehistoric Mammals
London and Plateau in the Amazon
1911
Edwardian
  • Allosaurus
  • Pteranodon summerleensis
    - fictional pterosaur
  • Hypsilophodon
  • Iguanodon
  • Diplodocus
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Pithecanthropus challengeris
    - fictional 'missing link' apeman
  • Entelodont
    - prehistoric pig

Walking with Beasts (2001)

After the phenomenal success of the original series, it was inevitable that another would be commissioned. However, rather than simply doing the same again with more dinosaurs of different species, it was decided to pick up where Walking with Dinosaurs had left off – the extinction of the dinosaurs by meteorite. Walking with Beasts told the story of the subsequent rise of the mammals in a further six episodes. This was a far more challenging series to make, as feathers and fur are much more difficult to animate than a dinosaur's scaly skin, and the audience not only had high expectations, but people know how mammals move, so a greater degree of realism was required.

Despite these challenges, the series was more popular in Italy and Germany than Walking with Dinosaurs had been. Broadcast in November 2001, shortly after the ITV Digital's collapse had been rescued by the BBC to create Freeview, it was one of the first programmes shown on the BBC Freeview service to make extensive use of the BBCi Red Button facility, including live commentaries by the production staff. Inexplicably, this content did not make it to the DVD release.

Animals in italics are birds, not mammals.


EpisodeSettingMammals
New DawnGermany
49 Million Years Ago
Early Eocene
  • Leptictidium
  • Ambulocetus
  • Propalaeotherium
  • Godinotia
  • Gastornis
Whale KillerSahara
36 Million Years Ago
Late Eocene
  • Basilosaurus
  • Andrewsarchus
  • Embolotherium
  • Dorudon
  • Moeritherium
  • Apidium
  • Brontothere
Land of GiantsMongolia
25 Million Years Ago
Late Oligocene
  • Indricothere
  • Hyaenodon
  • Entelodont
  • Bear Dog
Next of KinEthiopia
3.2 Million Years Ago
Late Pliocene
  • Australopithecus
  • Dinofelis
  • Deinotherium
  • Ancylotherium
Saber-toothedParaguay
1 Million Years Ago
Early Pleistocene
  • Smilodon
  • Macrauchenia
  • Megatherium
  • Doedicurus
  • Phorusrhacos
Mammoth JourneyBelgium
30,000 years ago
Late Pleistocene
  • Woolly Mammoth
  • Megaloceros (Giant Elk)
  • Elasmotherium (Woolly Rhinoceros)
  • Cro-Magnon Man
  • Neanderthal
  • Cave Lion

Walking with Cavemen (2002)

Following Walking with Beasts, which dealt with how early man such as a Australopithecus evolved into Neanderthals and Cro-Magnon man, especially in the accompanying Making of documentary The Beasts Within, this natural follow-on series dealt entirely with cavemen and the ascent of man. Unlike the previous instalments, Tim Haines did not produce it, nor did Kenneth Branagh narrate it. Instead Professor Robert Winston starred. This meant that by filming a host for much of the time the budget could stretch much further, as fewer impressive (and expensive) effects shots were needed, especially as the cavemen are actors in prosthetics rather than CGI as in Walking with Beasts.

More educational than entertainment, it contains fewer creatures than Walking with Dinosaurs or Walking with Beasts. Some of the creatures in Walking with Beasts do make brief cameo appearances. The series seems almost a cross between 2001: A Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes.


EpisodeSettingMenBeasts
First AncestorsEthiopia
3.2 Million Years Ago
  • Australopithecus
  • Ancylotherium
  • Deinotherium
  • Basilosaurus
Blood BrothersEast Africa
2 Million Years Ago
  • Paranthropus boisei
  • Homo habilis
  • Homo rudolfensis
  • Dinofelis
  • Deinotherium
  • Ancylotherium
Savage FamilyAfrica and Asia
500,000 Years Ago
  • Homo ergaster
  • Homo erectus
  • Gigantopithecus
The SurvivorsBritain & Africa
30,000 Years Ago
  • Homo heidelbergensis
  • Neanderthal
  • Homo sapiens
  • Megaloceros (Giant Elk)
  • Woolly Mammoth

One cannot help but wonder whether the series would have been more successful if, instead of having episodes set three million years ago, two million years ago, half-a-million years ago and 30,000 years ago, they had an episode set in One Million Years BC. This was a time in which, according to Ray Harryhausen, cavewomen looked like Raquel Welch...

Walking with Dinosaurs: Specials (2002)

Two dinosaurs resurrected by the power of computer animation.

Having realised that it was cheaper to film a host rather than expensive CGI dinosaurs, two Walking with Dinosaurs specials were made. These featured an awful lot of zoologist Nigel Marvin, and had occasional glimpses of dinosaurs.

Somehow, Nigel has travelled back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. In the first episode he investigates the largest dinosaurs known, Argentinosaurus and Giganotosaurus, and in the second he looks for a very bizarre dinosaur nicknamed the 'Giant Claw', Therizinosaurus.

These episodes are also nicknamed 'Chased by Dinosaurs'. Sadly, none of the computer-generated predators actually catches and eats Nigel, despite his habit of sleeping in the age of the dinosaurs inside thin canvas tents, not bothering with defensive protection such as body armour, and walking around on foot, rather than inside armour-plated tracked vehicles.


EpisodeSettingDinosaursOther Prehistoric Animals
Land of GiantsArgentina
100 Million Years Ago
Middle Cretaceous
  • Argentinosaurus (giant sauropod)
  • Giganotosaurus (giant carnivore)
  • Macrogryphosaurus
  • Sarcosuchus
  • Pteranodon
  • Ornithocheirus
The Giant ClawMongolia
75 Million Years Ago
Late Cretaceous
  • Saurolophus
  • Protoceratops (herbivore)
  • Velociraptor (small carnivore)
  • Mononykus
  • Tarbosaurus (large carnivore)
  • Therizinosaurus ('Giant Claw')
 

Sea Monsters (2003)

Essentially 'Swimming with Sea Monsters', this highly enjoyable Walking with Dinosaurs three-episode spin off series' basic premise is that Nigel Marvin and his boat, the Ancient Mariner, are able to travel through time. The boat goes back and forth through prehistory in order for Marvin to have a swim in the seven deadliest seas of all time. The deadliness of the seas is defined by the presence of the monstrous creatures within them: sharks, sea scorpions, marine reptiles and mammals.

Unlike previous series, each episode takes place in at least two different time zones, which keeps things moving at an exciting pace. Even the presence of Marvin ensures that the audience gets an appreciation of the scale of the creatures involved. Each episode ends with a dramatic cliffhanger that makes the audience jump up shouting Yes! Nigel's finally been eaten! but at the start of the next episode, in true serial cliff-hanger style, it is sadly revealed how he survived4...

Animals in italics are not aquatic.


EpisodeSettingSea MonstersOthers
1The 7th Most Deadly Sea
The Ordovician
450 Million Years Ago
  • Giant Orthocones
  • Sea Scorpions
  • Armour-plated fish
  • Trilobite
The 6th Most Deadly Sea
The Triassic
230 Million Years Ago
  • Nothosaurs
  • Cymbospondylus
  • Coelurosaur
  • Tanystriopheus
  • Pterosaur
The 5th Most Deadly Sea
The Devonian
360 Million Years Ago
  • Dunkleosteus
  • Placoderm
  • 'Ironing Board Shark'
2The 4th Most Deadly Sea
The Eocene
36 Million Years Ago
  • Basilosaurus
  • Dorudon
  • Arsinotherium
The 3rd Most Deadly Sea
The Pliocene
4 Million Years Ago
  • Odobenocetops
3The 2nd Most Deadly Sea
The Jurassic
155 Million Years Ago
  • Liopleurodon
  • Leedsichthys
  • Metriorhynchus
  • Hybodus
The Deadliest Sea Ever
Hell's Aquarium
The Cretaceous
75 Million Years Ago
  • Xiphactinus
  • Giant Mosasaurs
  • Sharks
  • Hesperornis
  • Mosasaur
  • Elasmosaurus
  • Archelon
  • Tyrannosaurus
  • Pteranodon

Walking with Monsters (2005)

Following Sea Monsters, it was announced that Tim Haines and his company Impossible Pictures would make a prequel series 'to complete the trilogy'. This was the sixth series, following Walking With Dinosaurs and specials, Walking with Beasts, Walking with Cavemen, Sea Monsters and The Lost World. Sadly Cavemen, The Lost World and Sea Monsters didn't seem to count. It did, however, follow Sea Monsters' approach in having the first episode cover three different time periods, and the following two episodes cover two episodes each.

Walking with Monsters told the story of life before the dinosaurs, from the very beginnings and including the first animals to walk on land. It also used far more realistic computer-generated images than before, with them being used up close, rather than cutting to animatronic puppets.

This short series took three years and cost £3 million to make, which combined with the original episodes of Walking with Dinosaurs and Walking with Beasts meant that the three main series had cost approximately £15 million. Kenneth Branagh returned for the last time to provide narrating duties.


EpisodeSettingMonsters
Water DwellersChina
530 Million Years Ago
Cambrian
  • Anomalocaris (arthropods)
  • Haikouichthys (vertebrates)
Britain
418 Million Years Ago
Silurian
  • Cephalaspis (jawless fish
  • Brontoscorpio (sea scorpion)
  • Pterygotus (eurypterid)
Pennsylvania
360 Million Years Ago
Devonian
  • Hynerpeton (amphibian)
  • Hyneria (predatory fish)
  • Stethacanthus (predatory fish)
Reptile's BeginningsKansas
300 Million Years Ago
Carboniferous
  • Megarachne (giant spider)
  • Meganeura (giant dragonfly)
  • Arthropleura (giant millipede)
  • Petrolacosaurus (small reptile)
  • Proterogyrinus (amphibious reptile)
Germany
280 Million Years Ago
Early Permian
  • Dimetrodon (carnivorous pelycosaur)
  • Edaphosaurus (synapsid)
Clash of TitansSiberia
250 Million Years Ago
Late Permian
  • Inostrancevia (carnivorous gorgonopsid)
  • Diictodon (small dicynodont)
  • Scutosaurus (land turtle)
  • Labyrinthodont (amphibious reptile)
South Africa
248 Million Years Ago
Early Triassic
  • Lystrosaurus (pig-like reptile)
  • Euparkeria (insectivore dinosaur ancestor)
  • Therocephalians (mammal-like reptile)
  • Chasmatosaurs (crocodile-like reptile)

Prehistoric Park (2006)

Acknowledging the influence of Jurassic Park, these six 45-minute TV episodes show Nigel Marvin attempting to create his own wildlife sanctuary and safari park for prehistoric animals. The series follows on from Sea Monsters, shows Marvin travelling into the past to rescue extinct animals seen in Walking with Dinosaurs, Walking with Beasts and Walking with Monsters and transport them back to the future. His team in the park in the present includes vet Suzanne and park keeper Bob. Bob spends half his time building knee-high cages that couldn't contain clumsy geriatric gerbils out of matchsticks and balsa wood, and the other half wondering how and why all the dinosaurs have escaped from his incompetent enclosures. Again.

Narrated by Sir David Jason, Prehistoric Park was broadcast on ITV but was made by Tim Haines' company, Impossible Pictures, with effects by FrameStore.

Animals in italics appear in the episode, but are not taken back to Prehistoric Park.


EpisodeSettingPark Animals
T-Rex ReturnsMontana
65 Million Years Ago
Late Cretaceous
A Mammoth UndertakingSiberia
10,000 Years Ago
Late Pleistocene
  • Mammoth
  • Elasmotherium (Woolly Rhino)
  • Cave Bear
  • Wolves
DinobirdsChina
125 Million Years Ago
Early Cretaceous
  • Microraptor (four-winged dinosaur)
  • Titanosaurs (giant sauropod dinosaur)
  • Incisivosaurus (small omnivorous dinosaur)
  • Mei Long (very small omnivorous dinosaur)
  • Pterosaurs
Saving the Saber-toothedSouth America
1 million years ago
  • Smilodon (Saber-toothed Cat)
  • Phorusrhacos (Terror Bird)
  • Toxodon
The Bug HouseScotland
300 Million Years Ago
Carboniferous
  • Meganeura (Giant Dragonfly)
  • Pulmonoscorpius (Giant Scorpion)
  • Arthropleura (Giant millipede)
  • Megarachne (giant spider)
SupercrocTexas
75 Million Years Ago
Cretaceous
  • Deinosuchus (Giant crocodile)
  • Parasaurolophus (herbivorous dinosaur)
  • Troodon (omnivorous dinosaur)
  • Nyctosaurus (pterosaur)

Primeval (2007-2011)

In 2005 the BBC brought back Doctor Who, a science-fiction programme about a man who could travel back and forth in time and have adventures with monsters, which was quickly restored to being one of British television's most successful programmes. ITV wanted something similar, and Tim Haines' experienced Impossible Pictures team had the answer. Following on from Prehistoric Park, they now introduced a series in which time portals from different eras in the past start bringing back prehistoric monsters to within easy commuting distance of a top-secret organisation in the present. This organisation seems to have spent its entire budget on gadgets and gizmos and does not have any money left for basic protection like helmets or Kevlar® body armour. Sadly employee Abby Maitland, played by former S Club 7 singer Hannah Spearitt, is paid so little that she cannot even afford to wear skirts or trousers, spending much of her time in only pants and vest. Fortunately she has found that it is easier to kick-box T-Rexes, occasionally while listening to her own greatest hits, when unencumbered by restrictive legwear. Her boss, dinosaur hunter Nick Cutter, has meanwhile learnt that the fiercest monster of all is an angry ex-wife.

The five series made were highly enjoyable silly fun and even inspired a brief Canadian spin-off, Primeval: New World.

March of the Dinosaurs (2011)

A feature-length documentary film narrated by Stephen Fry that follows the Arctic journey of a young Edmontosaurus, with the title inspired by the success of March of the Penguins. Inexplicably, ITV chose to broadcast March of the Dinosaurs on Easter Saturday in 2011, when their intended audience was watching the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who on BBC1.

Despite being shown on ITV, this was made by Impossible Pictures. Unlike Walking with Dinosaurs it was not filmed at real locations, but landscapes as well as the dinosaurs were 100% generated by computer.


SettingDinosaurs
Canada
70 Million Years Ago
Cretaceous
  • Edmontosaurus
  • Gorgosaurus
  • Troodon
  • Edmontonia (Ankylosaur)
  • Pachyrhinosaurus
  • Quetzalcoatlus (pterosaur)

Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie (2013)

Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is a truly spectacular visual feast that recreates the world of dinosaurs in an amazingly picturesque landscape. Every shot featuring dinosaurs is a breathtaking work of art that truly stuns and brings dinosaurs back to life in a way unknown since the glory days of Ray Harryhausen or Jurassic Park. That said, the film does have three weak areas:

  • The Dialogue
  • The Plot
  • The Dialogue

Technically that may seem to be only two weak areas, but the dialogue is so unbelievably bad it counts twice.


SettingDinosaurs
Alaska
70 Million Years Ago
Cretaceous
  • Pachyrhinosaurus
  • Edmontosaurus
  • Gorgosaurus
  • Troodon
  • Edmontia (Ankylosaurus)
  • Quetzalcoatlus
  • Alphadon
  • Hesperonychus
  • Parkosaurus

First of all, the plot. There is no denying that the 87-minute-long Walking With Dinosaurs film bears some resemblance to the 85-minute March of the Dinosaurs. Both are set in North America 70 million years ago. Both feature the same types of dinosaur, namely Pachyrhinosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Gorgosaurus, Troodon, Edmontia and the pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus. Both tell the life story of a young male dinosaur5 who through curiosity leaves the safety of the herd at a young age, is attacked by a predator and is left with a scar or wound on his head for the rest of his life as a result. Both then proceed to narrate the events of his herd's annual migration south, in both the herd are ambushed by Gorgosaurus and the young male is separated from his herd, with only a couple of other companions. Both involve the hero bravely swimming across a rushing river and the hero's herd crosses a frozen lake.

There are, of course, some differences. For instance, March of the Dinosaurs has a male character named 'Patch' while the film has a male character called 'Patchi'. The film has a clichéd love triangle between Patchi, his brother Scowler and Juniper, a female Pachyrhinosaurus. There is also an accompanying bird narrator named Alex. Blink-and-you'll-miss-'em sequences set in the present day bookend the film, informing the audience that palaeontologists are cool too. But the main difference is the dialogue. March of the Dinosaurs was authoritatively narrated by the velvet tones of Stephen Fry6, Walking with Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie is only one up on babbling baby language, with only the four main characters speaking.

Talking with Dinosaurs?

Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie was made by the BBC and financed independently, but distributed by 20th Century Fox. Although the BBC had intended the film to be narrated just as the television series had – after all, 400 million viewers of the original television series can't be wrong – 20th Century Fox, the film company that cancelled Firefly, Family Guy and Futurama, disagreed. 20th Century Fox decided that the film should steer away from the Walking with Dinosaurs unique selling point, and instead be more like an episode of The Land Before Time or Disney's Dinosaur. So juvenile dialogue, not even lip-synched, was rush-written at the last minute, performed by the titular voice-actor from Alvin and the Chipmunks. Though you might feel that North American dinosaurs might reasonably have, say, a Canadian or other North American accent, instead the Alexornis is inexplicably Spanish.

The time and effort spent on the heavenly location, shooting and crafting the breathtaking animation, deserve so much better than the dialogue and plot provide. It was the dialogue that critics worldwide slated the film for, and is believed to have been responsible for the film's poor performance at the box office, having deterred otherwise-interested adults from seeing it. When the film was released to the home viewing market, to encourage customers to purchase the Deluxe Blu-Ray edition, this featured a 'Cretaceous Cut'. This enabled viewers to enjoy and appreciate the film without the intrusive dialogue.

1The BBC's Nature documentaries are typically hosted or narrated by Sir David Attenborough, whose brother Sir Richard Attenborough starred in Jurassic Park.2The study of ancient plants, insects and climates.3Quite likely the Isle of Wight, as that is where two thirds of Polacanthus remains have been found.4How he survived the final episode's Giant Mosasaur attack is never explained.5An Edmontosaurus in March of the Dinosaurs, a Pachyrhinosaurus in the film.6The voice of 'The Book' in the film adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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