Walking with Monsters: Before the Dinosaurs
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Before the Dinosaurs: Walking With Monsters
Many people think of the dinosaurs as the first inhabitants of the earth, but this prequel to Walking With Dinosaurs puts viewers in the midst of a host of strange creatures that inhabited the earth millions of years before the dinosaurs ever existed. With the help of complex computer animation and the research of hundreds of paleontologists, the BBC presents an extremely realistic picture of the earth's earliest, most primitive aquatic inhabitants and chronicles their evolution to the precursors of man himself and the mighty dinosaurs. The first Walking With Monsters episode begins in the Cambrian period 530 million years ago, showcasing how a simple jellyfish-like sea creature evolved over 200 million years into new creatures with eyes and protective external and internal skeletal systems. These adaptations resulted in the world's first fish, arthropods, amphibians, and land-loving reptiles. The second episode details the giant insects of the Carboniferous period 300 million years ago and demonstrates how evolution empowered amphibians and reptiles by creating mechanisms to regulate their own body temperature and developing specialized teeth. The final episode begins in the late Permian period 250 million years ago when the earth was essentially one large desert full of volcanic activity. While much of earth's life was extinguished during this period, adaptation and evolution continued, bringing the development of a specialized hip in a tiny reptile called the Euparkeria that would prove to be the forerunner of mammals and evolve into the dinosaurs in the Triassic period. While some criticize this project as a somewhat overly dramatic presentation of speculative paleontology as fact, this program utilizes scientific inference to bring pre-history to life and highlight the amazing adaptations and evolution of the earth's earliest inhabitants. The bonus "Trilogy of Life" feature details the research, vision and hard work inherent in the creation of the Walking With Monsters, Walking With Dinosaurs and Walking With Prehistoric Beasts. (Ages 6 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
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I also give this program 2 thumbs up.
BBC is the best.
episode, and once i knew that they used the same software to create their
creatures to make walking with Dinosaurs and other shows...i was hooked.
Walking with Monsters is great. Great scenery with incredible
monsters added is very nicely done...they sure look real. Boy, technology has really advance... its incredible eye candy.
If you are into monsters and dinosaurs...you should enjoy it.,
A keeper for sure.
That said, there are also some viable criticisms of this work.
First of all, we might as well acknowledge that like all the shows in the franchise it is a seamless melding of real science, pure speculation, and a great deal that is somewhere in between. The series creators accept as much, but some palaeontologists quite understandably object to this blend. They would like it to be made clearer where the real science ends and the speculation begins. I am not entirely unsympathetic to this view. But the actual rights and wrongs of the issue aside, from a viewer's perspective I think the way to get the most out of this work is to approach it much in much same spirit as ...Read more ›
1- Some of the animals are again, acting too smart. This is a problem with all dinosaur shows. They were mental midgets (other than a very few at the end of the cretaceous), resembling fish more than mammals in their capacity for behavior.
2- The run time for the huge range of animals was quite short. This show spans a period almost as long as the reign of the dinosaurs, so three episodes only give you a glimpse of a small number of animals. Especially the Cambrian period, there were many fascinating kinds of animals never seen before or since. More about them would have been nice.
3- There aren't any extras to this DVD. No making-of, and no science-of. I find the latter especially disappointing, given how little is generally known about this area.
So with those limitations in mind, I'd probably give this a 3/5 if it weren't for the fact that it covers a period of Earth's history that you won't see anywhere else. That makes it well worth watching. Plus children are going to love the huge, strange animals that are so different from what they've ever seen before. Overall then, I recommend this DVD for parents, children, and anyone interesting in prehistoric life.
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if you like prehistoric dinosaurs ... the family will love this video ... i have watched them repeatly ... nicePublished on April 2 2013 by Gregory A. Boshaw
Excellent, I watched it with my 8yrs old grandson and we both loved it..will be buying him more of this series.Published on Sept. 27 2010 by grandpapippo
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