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Walking with Beasts

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Walking with Beasts
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Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 30 Minutes
Country: United Kingdom / USA
Release Date: 15 November – 21 December 1999
Network(s): BBC One
Discovery Channel
Created by: Tim Haines
Distributed by: BBC Worldwide
Starring: Kenneth Branagh (BBC broadcast and home video and Discovery Channel)
Stockard Channilng (Discovery Channel broadcast)
Christoian Slater (Prehistoric Planet)
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 6


Walking with Beasts is a six-part nature documentary television miniseries created by Tim Haines and produced by BBC Natural History Unit as a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs and showcasing the fauna of the Cenozoic era. The series first aired on the BBC in the United Kingdom in 2001.

Episodes

  • New Dawn
  • Whale Killer
  • Land of Giants
  • Next of Kin
  • Sabre Tooth
  • Mammoth Journey

Why It Rocks

  1. It continues the Walking with Dinosaurs series and shares many of its own good qualities
  2. The visuals are utterly astounding, whether its detailed CG and models that move with actual weight to them, or lifelike animatronic puppets.
  3. Kenneth Branagh has plenty of pathos and gravitas that make his narration excellent.
  4. Actually commits to a nature documentary aesthetic, so no dumb cutaways to talking heads.
  5. All of the animals act like animals and nothing like stupid movie monsters, having all the nuanced behaviours that come with such.
  6. Its willing to show just how gruesome nature can get, without going to ridiculous levels.
  7. The cinematography is lush and vibrant and helps fuel the show's nature documentary style and theming.
  8. The show's storytelling makes you care for the animals.
  9. Ben Barlett's score is excellent and atmospheric.

Bad Qualities

  1. Some of the science has marched on.
  2. The series can be way too scary for younger viewers, even by the standards of the franchise.
  3. The US version, Prehistoric Planet (narrated by Christian Slater) has a dumbed down script full of corny humor.

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