Walking with...

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Walking with..., also referred to as Walking with Prehistoric Life, is a media franchise created by Tim Haines and Jasper James centered on a collection of documentary series produced by the BBC and created by the independent production company Impossible Pictures. The series of documentaries began with Walking with Dinosaurs (1999), which was followed by four more series; Walking with Beasts (2001), Walking with Cavemen (2003), Sea Monsters (2003) and Walking with Monsters (2005).

Walking with...
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DVD cover of box set containing multiple series of the franchise.
Created byTim Haines
Jasper James
Original workWalking with Dinosaurs (1999)
Owned byBBC
Films and television
Film(s)Walking with Dinosaurs (2013)
Television seriesSeries

Specials

Theatrical presentations
Play(s)Walking with Dinosaurs − The Arena Spectacular

Dinosaurs, Beasts and Monsters form an overarching series within the franchise dubbed the Trilogy of Life. In addition to the main series, three special episodes have been produced; The Ballad of Big Al (2000), The Giant Claw (2002) and Land of Giants (2003). In 2013, a movie based on Walking with Dinosaurs, with the same name, was directed by Neil Nightingale and Barry Cook.

The aim of the installments in the franchise is to recreate extinct animals and present them in the same way modern animals are presented in wildlife documentaries. The various extinct animals were realized throughout the franchise using computer graphics and animatronics.

SeriesEdit

This six-part series is focused on the rise, success, and the demise of the dinosaurs and other animals in the Mesozoic Era.

This six-part series is a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs, and its focus is on the world after the dinosaurs, and the rise of the mammals in the Cenozoic Era. It was released in the United States as Walking with Prehistoric Beasts.

 
Puppet heads used in the series, Horniman Museum, London

This four-part series is a sequel to Walking with Beasts and recounts the evolution of humans. However, instead of being narrated by Kenneth Branagh in the UK like other Walking with... series, it is narrated by Robert Winston.

In this three-part series, real-life zoologist Nigel Marven travels through time to encounter many prehistoric marine creatures that lived during, before, and after dinosaurs. In the United States it was titled Chased by Sea Monsters.

This three-part series is a prequel to Walking with Dinosaurs, and its focus is life before the dinosaurs, in the Paleozoic Era. It was released in the United States as Before the Dinosaurs.

SpecialsEdit

This special follows the life and death of "Big Al", a famous Allosaurus skeleton found with various injuries. In the United States, it was released under the title Allosaurus: A Walking with Dinosaurs Special.

In these two episodes, real-life zoologist Nigel Marven travels through time in search for various dinosaurs. In the United States, the two episodes were marketed together under the name Chased by Dinosaurs.

CrewEdit

Series Narrators Directors Producers Executive Producers Creators and (or) Developers Cinematography Editors Creative Directors Composers Released
Walking with Dinosaurs Kenneth Branagh and Avery Brooks Tim Haines and Jasper James Tim Haines and Japser James John Lynch Tim Haines John Howarth and Michael Pitts Andrew Wilks Mike Milne Ben Bartlett 1999 (1999)
Walking with Beasts Kenneth Branagh and Stockard Channing Jasper James and Nigel Paterson Jasper James and Nigel Paterson Tim Haines Tim Haines, Jasper James and Andrew Wilks John Howarth and Michael Pitts Greg Smith and Andrew Wilks Mike Milne Ben Bartlett 2001 (2001)
Walking with Monsters Kenneth Branagh and Edward Gero Chloe Leland and Tim Haines Chloe Leland Tim Haines Andrew Wilks Peter Thorn and Paul Jenkins Andrew Wilks Mike Milne Ben Bartlett 2005 (2005)

BooksEdit

Several books were released that directly accompanied different series in the Walking with... series. These include the following:

  • Walking with Dinosaurs: A Natural History by Tim Haines
  • Walking with Beasts: A Prehistoric Safari by Tim Haines
  • Chased by Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Predators of the Deep by Nigel Marven and Jasper James
  • The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life by Tim Haines and Paul Chambers
  • Walking with Cavemen by John Lynch

Related books issued by the BBC and Dorling Kindersley include:

  • Walking with Dinosaurs 3-D Dinosaurs by Stephen Cole
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: The Evidence by David Martill and Darren Naish
  • Walking with Dinosaurs Sticker Book by Stephen Cole
  • Walking with Dinosaurs: Fascinating Facts by Mike Benton
  • Walking with Dinosaurs Photo Journal by Stephen Cole
  • Walking with Beasts Photo Journal by Stephen Cole
  • Allosaurus! The Life and Death of Big Al by Stephen Cole

Prehistoric PlanetEdit

Prehistoric Planet is a revision of the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs and Walking with Beasts series, done by Discovery Channel and NBC for the Discovery Kids network. Though the producers kept most of the original animation, David Bock and Peter Sherman wrote new text for a younger target audience, narrated by Ben Stiller (in Season 1) and Christian Slater (in Season 2), and interspersed the scenes with occasional quizzes to act as bumpers around the commercial breaks. New music was incorporated as well. Most marketing and advertising for the series focused on the dinosaur episodes. In addition, the final episode, Prehistoric Planet Top 10, focused solely on the creatures from Walking with Dinosaurs. Most of the graphic content from the shows were removed to be more appropriate for children, small content edits were also done to allow original programs to fit in the 23 minutes of non-commercial time that a normal half-hour program has on network TV, resulting in footage from the shows to be trimmed down. Only Season 1 has been released on home video and DVD.

AccoladesEdit

Primetime Emmy AwardsEdit

Award
Walking with Dinosaurs Walking with Beasts Walking with Monsters The Ballad of Big Al Land of Giants/The Giant Claw Sea Monsters Walking with Cavemen
Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour) Won Won Won Won Won
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Won Nominated Nominated Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing in Non-Fiction Program Won Won
Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing in Non-Fiction Program Nominated
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special Nominated
Outstanding Picture Editing for a Non-Fiction Program Nominated

BAFTA AwardsEdit

Award
Walking with Dinosaurs Walking with Beasts Walking with Monsters The Ballad of Big Al Land of Giants/The Giant Claw Sea Monsters Walking with Cavemen
Innovation Won
Best Original Television Music Won
Lew Grade Award Nominated
Best Sound (Factual) Nominated
Best Visual Effects and Graphic Design Nominated Nominated Won (only 'The Giant Claw') Won
Interactive Entertainment Award Won (As a part of BBC Natural History)

Visual Effects Society AwardsEdit

Award
Walking with Dinosaurs Walking with Beasts Walking with Monsters The Ballad of Big Al Land of Giants/The Giant Claw Sea Monsters Walking with Cavemen
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Television Series Nominated
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie or Special Won

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC Earth, Walking With Dinosaurs".
  2. ^ "BBC Science and Nature, Walking with Beasts".
  3. ^ "IMDB Walking With Monsters".
  4. ^ "BBC- Science and Nature, Ballad of Big Al".

External linksEdit