GenreDocumentary ScreenplayIrwin Allen WriterIrwin Allen
Release date1956 (1956) CastTheodore von Eltz, John Storm Similar moviesJurassic World, Life, Origins of Life, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, Alien, Jurassic Park
TaglineThe Raging Story of Animal Life on Earth Before Dawn of Man!
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The Animal World is a 1956 documentary film that was produced, written and directed by Irwin Allen. The film includes live-action footage of animals throughout the world, along with a ten-minute stop motion animated sequence about dinosaurs.
Irwin's intention was to show the progression of life over time, although he noted, "We don't use the word 'evolution.' We hope to walk a very thin line. On one hand we want the scientists to say this film is right and accurate, and yet we don't want to have the church picketing the film."
The special effects in the film's dinosaur sequence were produced by Ray Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien. Irwin originally planned to film the scenes as a series of static dioramas with plastic models, but Harryhausen suggested that the scenes would be more memorable if they were animated. The dinosaurs that appear include an Allosaurus, a Stegosaurus, a pair of Ceratosaurs, a Triceratops, a Tyrannosaurus, and a female Brontosaurus along with one of her hatchlings.
For many years, still shots from the segment were included in View-Master slide show reels. Some of the footage was reused for portions of the Night Gallery season 2 episode "The Painted Mirror," as well as in the 1970 film Trog, and the entire sequence was released as an extra on the 2003 DVD release of The Black Scorpion.