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Updated: May 14, 2024

The Animal World (1956)

Having won an Academy Award for his documentary-style study of ocean life called The Sea Around Us, producer Irwin Allen decided to make a similar film about the history of animal life on the planet Earth. For a segment dealing with prehistoric life, the stop-motion special effects were created by Willis O'Brien ( King Kong) and Ray Harryhausen (Mighty Joe Young). In it, we see dinosaurs walking, fighting, eating, and even laying eggs including the birth of a baby dinosaur!

The stop-motion models were highly-detailed, and their prehistoric environment was beautifully designed. Unfortunately, The Animal World was never released to theaters and except for a few clips there and there the entire film has rarely been seen by Harryhausen fans.

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