Saturday, 17 November 2007

Walking With Dinosaurs - when dinosaurs really did rule the earth

First broadcast in 1999, the BBC's time travelling Walking with Dinosaurs was the most expensive documentary series per minute ever made. Filmed in New Caledonia, California, Chile, Tasmania, New Zealand, Bahamas, the six-part series used computer-generated imagery and animatronics to recreate the life of dinosaurs in the style of a nature documentary.

Benjamin Bartlett's soundtrack for Walking With Dinosaurs is a billion years away from the music that used to accompany Ray Harryhausen's cuddly stop motion antics of yore. Employing the BBC Concert Orchestra, Barlett presents a sumptuous score that echoes the experimental side of Goldsmith, the majesty of Williams and the romantic sweep of John Barry. Giant of the Skies could have easily been from the pen of Out of Africa era Barry, Antarctic Spring could have come from Goldsmith, while Time of the Titans is a fitting counterpart to Williams Jurassic Park theme.

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