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Allosaurus: Walking with Dinosaurs Special
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The phenomenal BBC series Walking with Dinosaurs spawned this 30-minute special. Using the same blend of computer animation, puppetry, and story-driven narration (by Kenneth Branagh), Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special centers on one particular dinosaur dubbed Big Al. Found in Wyoming in the 1980s, Big Al's fossil remains comprise the most complete allosaur skeleton ever found. Enough clues are found in the bones, 145 million years after his death, to tell the story of what might have happened from his birth to his death. The film's naturalistic approach (unlike that used in the Disney film Dinosaur, whose characters could talk) is quite spectacular, with chills (a bog turns out to be a big dinosaur threat), thrills (allosaurs chase a group of giant diplodocus), and humor (a baby allosaur seems to bump into the "camera"). A half-hour companion program, "Big Al Uncovered," illustrates how the "what-if" story of Big Al was constructed using facts uncovered by paleontologists (including the 17 injuries found in the skeleton) and filling in the gaps using the dinosaur's distant cousins (birds and crocodiles). The BBC production does not shy away from the violent world of dinosaurs, including mating and hunting techniques. However, any dinosaur fan age 7 and up should find all the Walking with Dinosaurs specials an exciting and fun education. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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With the creation of the Walking With Dinosaurs series, however, everything began to change and I, still that boy with an interest in that hobby, found myself addicted. The key that separated this series and made it "unique" - a word I try to use sparingly - is in the way the dinosaurs, our main actors and actresses, are portrayed. Instead of turning then into a depiction of a colossal, toothy menace or dryly discussing their lifespan in the way one discusses ancient relics, the series showcases dinosaurs by allowing one to walk with them through their terrain. From the flora and the fauna, the insect life and dinosaurs themselves, a depiction of CGI effects, prosthetics, and of "dinosaur knowing" comes to life. Here, you see the landscape the way it would have been, the animals roaming free and observed naturalistically, and the experience is incredible because it looks so vibrantly realistic.
In Allosaurus: A Walking With Dinosaurs Special, the Allosaurus "Big Al" is showcased as he struggles from the cradle while trying to grow into something fearsome. In sixty minutes, the fifteen years from the egg to the eventual demise it faces are depicted, showing a person that going to the head of the class wasn't easy in that age.Read more ›
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I wish I had watched this BEFORE I had watched Planet Dinosaur, because after watching that one, this paled in comparison. Not as we'll done or as realistic... Read morePublished on April 16 2014 by WhiteLily20
Captivating from beginning to end. Felt as though I was there with them. Special effects "Oscar" quality. As well, informative, fun & sad to see it end.Published on April 4 2013 by rosamunde
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
An excellent collection of DVDs. Quite amazing how such wonderful lifelike impressions of animals gone millions of years ago could appear on my TV screen. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2010 by Charles Davies
My 4-yr.-old, 5-yr.-old and husband never get tired of this. A must for dinosaur fans.Published on Nov. 9 2009 by Hannah Banana
Our 4 year old grandson just loves this dvd. He watches it at least once a day for his quiet time. Mom says he is glued to the tv everytime it is on. My husband even enjoyed it. Read morePublished on May 25 2009 by H. Corkett
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