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Mar 05

Walking With Myths

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Walking With Myths has been my #1 why-isn’t-this-on-TV idea for years now: using spiffy CGI beast-animation technology to bring to life loads of fake animals* with a narration that asks if and why people believed in them in the first place. Now it – or a close approximation – has actually been made, and I missed it! Bah! The pretend-they’re-real approach is not precisely the one I might have taken, though, as certainly in the case of dragons I’m much more interested in the cultural anthropology of dragon-legends and dragon-belief. Did anyone see a ‘dragon’; if so what did they actually see; if not how did the myth spread?

*every time WMM is mentioned in the pub it is rightly stated that all the creatures in Walking With Dinosaurs and Walking With Beasts were made up anyway. But you know what I mean.

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    […] This is apparently a gross distortion of evolutionary theory, which doesn’t work in the neat ‘family tree’ ways the wallchart tells us it does: but in the battle between science and storytelling, the Walking With saga always picks the latter. At between 250 and 450 million years distance, though, and without any glamorous but familiar stars like Tyrannosaurs or Mammoths to ground us, the suspicion is greater than ever that Branagh and the boys are just making it all up: their grotesque three-metre millipedes not so far from the Mi-Go or the Great Race of Yith after all. Walking With Monsters is cracking entertainment but also seemingly a series that has shot its bolt – though its pervasive air of unreality might make my long-cherished Walking With Myths idea more likely. […]

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