BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs — Quick Review   Leave a comment

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From Wikipedia:

Walking with Dinosaurs was a six-part television series produced by the BBC, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, and first aired in the UK in 1999. The series used computer-generated imagery and animatronics to recreate the life of the Mesozoic, showing dinosaurs in a way that previously had only been seen in feature films. The program’s aim was to simulate the style of a nature documentary and therefore does not include “talking head” interviews.

The Guinness Book of World Records reported that the series was the most expensive documentary series per minute ever made.

Well, BBC‘s documentaries, at least the more recent ones, happen to be very interesting to me. What I like about them, especially the science-oriented ones, is that they mix science with art. The documentaries, like Walking With Dinosaurs , often feature literary narration and story, together with an artistic sense in every scene. Cinematography is excellent, and with dead-accurate scientific accuracy, the documentary becomes a joy to watch.

After the break, I’ll take a little bit about this series of documentaries and will show some screenshots of the films.

I’m very interested in dinosaurs, and so watching this series was a treat to me. There are 6 parts in this series. Each part is around 30 minutes long and focuses on a group of dinosaurs; usually there’s one character or two the story builds up on.

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The documentary focuses on how different species of dinosaurs lived, how they hunted for food, how they mated, how they adapted to their environments, and in the end, how they have become extinct. There’s extreme scientific accuracy, and many dinosaurs are presented with their scientific names. Dates are also very accurate according to fossil records.

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Although, this series was produced in 1999, the CGI is nothing less than impressive, even today. Dinosaurs come to life like never before. Narration is very interesting, and also the music is equally epic. At some scenes you are brought to tears by how cruel the situation was for a certain dinosaur character.

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If anything is a bit on the downside, it’s the sound effects; they are not as impressive.

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This documentary series is sold as DVD at online stories like Amazon. It’s worth watching in my opinion for anyone interested in dinosaurs or in evolution.

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There are other “Walking with…” documentaries that I might talk about later. I’m watching Walking With Cavemen at present.

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Posted November 22, 2008 by H. H. in Art, Digital Art, Dinosaurs, Documentary, Movies

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