If you live in the UK and love dinosaurs - but who don't love dinosaurs? - then i have a real good news for you, as the spectacular "Walking with Dinosaurs show is now on Tour in Europe, beginning by United Kingdom.
After its tour in the U.S last year where it was applauded by more than 3 Million people, the show will play in many UK cities, and then in Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and France (Paris-Bercy 23-27 Dec 2009). All infos about the European tour HERE.
Here is a CNN video report filmed yesterday or so in England.
A little bit more now about how-do-they-do-it: This incredible "Walking with Dinosaurs, The live experience" 9 million $ show is inspired by the BBC documentary series, filmed in the video below at the Brisbane Entertainment centre. The creative team, with Sonny Tilders as Head of Creature Design, made 15 life-size animatronic/puppet dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus and the Flying Ornithoceirus 'the largest creature to ever take wing... with a maximum wing-span of 12 metres (40 feet) and up to 3 metres tall when standing on all fours'. The creatures came to life at the world premiere on 10 Jan 2007 at the Acer Arena in Sydney.
One of the producers, Malcolm C Cooke, has previously been involved with other puppetry productions including "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and the second production of "The Hobbit" in 2000.
This first video show you the workshop, the creation of these amazing dinosaurs...
And this second one shows some parts of the show itself filmed in Australia where the world tour began.
I bet you that when you will see it you will think: what the hell is Disney waiting for to create a show using this half-Audio-Animatronic half-pupetteer technique (Edited: See in the comments an answer from D&M readers to this question!)
Instead of the Animal Kingdom "Nemo, the musical" show - that should fit better in a fantasyland theatre - this is what they should do - and, hey, this Animal Kingdom theatre is only 100 yards from Dinoland!
The only thing that Disney will have to improve a bit from this "Dinosaurs live experience show" is the stage decor itself. But, good news, that's the easy part. Anyway, watch this, you're gonna love it!
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Videos: copyright CNN.com, Walking with Dinosaurs.