A few weeks back, I took a look at the BBC Documentary series Walking with Dinosaurs. I've gone on record stating just how much I adored that series and its influence on my cinematic tastes and experiences.
Knowing how important Walking with Dinosaurs was to my childhood and cinematic sensibilities, it really should come to no surprise that I would keep the show going by taking a look at the other entries in the Walking with... franchise at some point down the line.
Well...today is the day.
Released in 2001, 2 years after its predecessor, Walking with Beasts uses the same combination of animatronics and computer-generated imagery to tell the story of life after the extinction of the dinosaurs. With Kenneth Branaugh reprising his narrator role from Walking with Dinosaurs for the British version of the series, Walking with Beasts brings together much of the same crew and team that brought dinosaurs back to life to tell the story of the rise of mammals and their transition into a world dominated by human beings.
But does Walking with Beasts live up to its predecessors legacy? Or was Walking with Dinosaurs to big of a shadow to shine against?
- Directed by Jasper James and Nigel Paterson
- Produced by Impossible Pictures
- Number of Episodes: 6 (210 Minutes)
- Available to watch on CuriosityStream, can also find on DVD.
VISUALS - 7/10
Now when compared to most other CG heavy documentaries, Walking with Beasts is truly inspired and the visual aesthetic and design is plucked almost straight from its prequel to spectacular success. I just feel like technological limitations and the accompanying subject matter just didn't mesh as well for the proclivity of computer generation that was at play, which unfortunately dates quite a few of these effects.
SOUNDTRACK - 8/10