Dinosaurs return to Australian soil

Monday, October 18, 2010

After roaming stadiums across the US and earning $350 million at the box office, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular is back on Australian soil, where the production was created.

One of its stars, a seven metre tall Tyrannosaurus Rex, terrified hundreds of screaming school kids at Sydney's Fox Studios yesterday.

Teachers had to assure young students the life-like ancient carnivore was just an animatronic puppet and they were in no danger of becoming lunch.
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The $20 million spectacle will hit stages in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle next year, travelling from city to city in a staggering 33 semi-trailers.

Based on the BBC TV series, the Global Creatures show left Australia in 2007 to tour America, Europe and Asia and has racked up record breaking statistics.

It is now one of Australia's most successful entertainment exports and has been watched worldwide by 6.5 million people.

With almost cinematic realism, Walking With Dinosaurs, depicts the creature's evolution, complete with the climatic and tectonic changes that took place. Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, forests catch fire and the stars of the show look incredibly real.

To celebrate the announcement of the new Australian tour, Global Creatures and its animatronics arm Creature Technology Company invited students from local Sydney schools to meet mamma T-Rex and her baby.

"I was freaked out. It was completely scary, he was biting at us," nine-year-old Randwick Public School student Bella Nilsson said.

"When the little baby came out, it roared in our face and it was so scary but then when the big one came the whole place was vibrating."

Although Bella had a big smile on her face while posing for photos with the enormous beast, she said she may have nightmares.

The show that will tour next year will be different to the one audiences saw in 2007.

"With all the touring we've done over the past few years we've been able to improve and enhance the show," said Global Creatures CEO Carmen Pavlovic.

"Audiences that saw the show originally can expect to see a new one that has enhanced by about 30 per cent, we've worked on the script, had more music composed, there are more set elements and some new creatures."

The team is now in talks with Dreamworks about adapting the film, How to Train Your Dragon, for a stage extravaganza.

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular is on at Adelaide Entertainment Entertainment Centre from April 27 to May 1, Melbourne's Hisence Arena from May 4 to 15, Sydney's Acer Arena from May 18 to 29, Newcastle Entertainment Centre from June 1 to 5 and Brisbane Entertainment Centre from June 8 to 12.

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