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In the wake of the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]] documentary craze of 2011, the {{BBC}} has released their contribution to the phenomenon, a TV show titled '''''Planet Dinosaur'''''. Following in the footsteps of the BBC's very own ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'', this docu-show is also broadcast as a six-episode MiniSeries, but unlike its famous predecessor, it doesn't merely tell six half hour-long stories, but a whopping ''24'', putting onto the screen 50 (that's ''fifty''!) different types of {{prehistoric monster}}s, from dinosaurs to [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles pterosaurs and marine reptiles]]. The lack of {{talking heads}} means the narration, provided by Creator/JohnHurt, plays a crucial role in bringing the prehistoric stories to life.

Scientific accuracy based on the very latest palaeontological finds and spectacular visual effects have been a priority in creating the series. The entire imagery is {{CGI}}, including the environments, and the animals show painstakingly crafted details on their bodies. At various times during the show, the stories take a break for the narration to [[ShownTheirWork explain the scientific evidence behind each scene]].

Not to be confused with the very similarly titled ''Series/DinosaurPlanet'', which is a Creator/DiscoveryChannel production.
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!!The work provides examples of the following tropes:

* AlwaysABiggerFish: ''Sinraptor'' pulls this on one of the ''Epidexipteryx'', ''Gigantoraptor'' on ''Saurornithoides'', ''Sinornithosaurus'' on ''Microraptor'', ''Pliosaurus'' on ''Kimmerosaurus'' and ''Saurophaganax'' on ''Allosaurus''.
* AnachronismStew:
** ''Ouranosaurus'' and ''Sarcosuchus'' in the first and fifth episodes. ''Microraptor'' in the second episode. Though [[WordOfGod one of the creators]] partially justified ''Ouranosaurus'' based on some trackways that apparently belonged to a similar dinosaur.
** Also, ''Xianglong'' is on late Cretaceous Romania and New Mexico in episode 6, being severely displaced in time and space. It is likely, however, that the model was simply reused for small nondescript lizards.
** ''Sinraptor'' was younger than ''Epidexipteryx'' (although only by a few million years).
* AnimalJingoism:
** ''Carcharodontosaurus'' and ''Spinosaurus'', both ultra-large carnivores that shared the same habitat, though only one of them is a "true" hunting predator, the other an overgrown fish-eater. Another docu, ''Series/MonstersResurrected'', toyed with the idea of pitting them against each other, but [[OneHitKill their scenario]] just [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology made dino-fans cry]].
** The third episode details the predator-prey relationship between tyrannosauroids and ceratopsians.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted with the cannibalistic ''Majungasaurus''. To a lesser extent, the ''Daspletosaurus'' and ''Carcharodontosaurus'' are not remotely shy about fighting each other with vicious gusto, and Hurt mentions that the ''Zunityrannus'' will eat one of their own "whether they've killed it or not".
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology:
** As accurate as the dromaeosaurids are, their primary feathers inexplicably attach to the third finger instead of the second as they did in RealLife.
** Although most of the theropods in the show [[ShownTheirWork don't have pronated hands]] most of the time, the ''Spinosaurus'' and ''Epidexipteryx'' do in many shots.
** The "venomous ''Sinornithosaurus''" idea is brought up, even though this study was debunked online as soon as it was published and later officially debunked in a rebuttal paper (the accompanying book gets this right). [[note]]There's still no existing evidence ''against'' a venomous ''Sinornithosaurus'', but the theory is admittedly unlikely, given that birds and crocodilians don't have venom of any sort.[[/note]]
** They still can't get the number of claws on archosaur forelimbs right. The maximum number should be three, on the inner digits, while the rest don't have actual claws.
** Ornithopods chewing like some mammals do, by moving their lower jaws from side to side. This would have been impossible.
** ''Onchopristis'' was probably an entirely freshwater species, not one that occasionally swam upriver from the seas.
** Dinosaurs and birds are regarded as two separate, distinct groups by the schematics at the end of the last episode, and the narrator doesn't even mention that not all dinosaurs are gone, in spite of the fact that a [[WalkingWithDinosaurs certain other BBC documentary]] made more than ten years ago points this out. (Particularly strange because ''Planet Dinosaur'' does get this right at the end of the ''second'' episode.)
** The oviraptorids are shown digging with their forelimbs, even though using their feet would be more likely (especially given that they had large wing feathers attached to their hands).
** ''Rugops'' is claimed to be an obligate scavenger, but studies on energy efficiency show that only large soaring animals can be obligate scavengers. At the same time, however, this may actually be [[ShownTheirWork based on an unpublished study]] showing that ''Rugops'' was at least ''well built'' for scavenging, rather than just wild speculation. However, a 2006 DougalDixon book made a similar claim, so the producers aren't necessarily aware of the new study.
** The pterosaurs all lack pteroid bones.
* AudibleSharpness: When the ''Nothronychus'' claws are first shown.
* AuthorVocabularyCalendar: The word "killer" is used as many times as possible. Even if an animal isn't a killer, it's described as "no killer".
* BigEater: Sauropods, the biggest prehistoric feeding-machines of all. At their best, according to the narration, a growing ''Argentinosaurus'' packed 40 kilos ''a day''.
* BigGuyLittleGuy: ''Stegosaurus'' and ''Camptosaurus''. Of course, "little" is relative.
* BiggerIsBetter:
** A regular-sized oviraptorid is easy to frighten off. But no one messes with ''[[MeaningfulName Gigantoraptor]]''.
** ''Saurophaganax'' frightens away ''Allosaurus'' from its kill purely because it's bigger.
* {{Badass}}:
** Subverted at first with the ''Spinosaurus''. The narration makes it out to be the most fearsome predator of all time, and the music score plays along too. Then it walks past the scared herbivores and goes fishing. Later, however, as the river recedes, [[spoiler:it manages to beat up a giant ''Carcharodontosaurus'']].
** Other candidates include ''[[ImAHumanitarian Majungasaurus]]'', ''[[TheBigGuy Chasmosaurus]]'', ''[[BewareMyStingerTail Stegosaurus]]'', ''[[MamaBear Gigantoraptor]]'', ''[[GiantFlyer Hatzegopteryx]]'' and ''[[SeaMonster Pliosaurus]]''.
* BewareMyStingerTail: ''Stegosaurus''.
* ButtMonkey: If an ornithopod shows up, expect at least one member of its species to get killed.
* CameraAbuse: The BBC paleo-shows love this. This one has blood squirting and mud splattering on the lens.
* CripplingOverspecialization: Why ''Spinosaurus'' dies out.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The first and last episode. And within the latter, the story of ''Gigantoraptor'' in particular.]]
* EatsBabies: Pterosaurs, ''Skorpiovenator'', the generic oviraptorid, and ''Troodon''. ''Sarcosuchus'' and ''Carcharodontosaurus'' try, but don't succeed.
* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: The ''Paralititan'' montage.]]
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Subverted. ''Squatina'' only serves as prey for ''Kimmerosaurus'', and fellow cartilaginous fish ''Onchpristis'' is the main prey of ''Spinosaurus''.
* EyeOpen: Used a few times.
* EyeScream: The ''Hatzegopteryx'' eating the eye of a (dead) ''Magyarosaurus''.
* FeatheredFiend: The generic oviraptorid (likely ''Nemegtomaia'', though the companion book identifies it as ''Oviraptor''), ''Gigantoraptor'', ''Microraptor'', ''Troodon'', ''Sinornithosaurus'' and ''Nothronychus''. Some of these are perhaps among the most accurate reconstructions ever to be put on TV screens. Other feathered dinosaurs include ''Epidexipteryx'', ''Rahonavis'', ''Saurornithoides'' and ''Bradycneme'', though none of these are portrayed as being particularly fiendish.
* FootFirstIntroduction: The intimidating kind. Some predators tend to make an entry by dramatically stomping in front of the camera.
* GiantFlyer: ''Hatzegopteryx'', although this program showcases just how terrifyingly good it was at being a "Giant Strider" on ground. Lampshaded ''a lot'' by the narrator:
-->''"This is the largest flying vertebrate ever known. A pterosaur with a ten meter wingspan. It's as tall as a giraffe, standing over five-and-a-half meters. Discovered in 2002, its skull alone is three meters long."''
-->''"Able to fly from island to island, this is their kingdom."''
* GoombaStomp: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpaZkVqQAFA "Attacking a creature 10 times your own weight carries risks."]] ''Mapusaurus'', meet ''Argentinosaurus'' feet.
* {{Gorn}}: Can't go without it. One marine plesiosaur gets chopped up pretty badly. The dinos inflict all kinds of wounds on each other too, one ''Mapusaurus'' gets gruesomely squashed by an ''Argentinosaurus'', and there is a huge focus on blood splattering.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: ''Microraptor'' is chasing ''Xianglong'', until a nearby ''Sinornithosaurus'' sets its sight on ''it''.
* JitterCam: A virtual variant. Sadly, it's quite irritating for the eyes.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Like wow! With 50 animals, it seems this documentary had a harder time deciding which dinosaurs to leave out than they did deciding which ones to include.
* LostWorld: Aside from the first episode being called exactly that, not really.
* MamaBear[=/=]PapaWolf:
** The ''Saurornithoides'' pulls this on an oviraptorid, but [[spoiler:is then eaten by the much larger ''Gigantoraptor'']]. The ''Jeholosaurus'' also tries to defend its young, but is overwhelmed by three ''Sinornithosaurus''.
** Played straight by the ''Paralititan''. The ''Edmontosaurus'' is also successful[[spoiler:, but the juvenile it saves still succumbs to its injuries]]. Also played straight by the ''Gigantoraptor'', [[spoiler: ironically enough]].
* MeaningfulName: Nearly all the animals.
* MisplacedWildlife: ''Rugops'' is from the Echkar, not the Kem Kem.
* MonsterMunch: ''Squatina''.
* MoodWhiplash:
** First [[spoiler:the ''Spinosaurus'' defeats the ''Carcharodontosaurus'' in an epic battle. The next scene discusses reasons why ''Spinosaurus'' might have gone extinct...]]
** You may also count the final episode, ''The Great Survivors''. It deals with, as the title suggests, survival tactics, but then suddenly, [[spoiler:the ''Gigantoraptor'' who's been fighting hard for its nest gets suffocated and buried in a sandstorm, and then the remainder of the episode discusses the great extinction event.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''Gigantoraptor'', ''Sinraptor'' (at least, [[NoPronunciationGuide how Hurt pronounces it]]), and "Predator X"[[note]]Later named scientifically ''Pliosaurus funkei''[[/note]].
* {{Narrator}}: Creator/JohnHurt
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile:
** The gigantic ''Sarcosuchus'' makes an appearance. To emphasize its size, there are regular-sized crocodilians strolling along in the foreground, and they are tiny.
** An aquatic crocodilian attacks one of the ''Centrosaurus'' when they are swimming. It's presumably meant as a RedHerring, as Hurt pauses during this segment after delivering the enigmatic line "there's an even more deadly killer at work here".
* NoisyNature: Averted during most of the hunting scenes. For instance, the ''Spinosaurus'', ''Carcharodontosaurus'', ''Sinornithosaurus'', ''Daspletosaurus'', ''Allosaurus'', and ''Zunityrannus'' make virtually no noise when stalking prey, save for the occasional breath. Played straight in other scenarios, however, as the dinosaurs will seemingly roar, moan, screech, grunt, bellow, hiss, and even snort at every opportunity.
* NoPronunciationGuide: Mr. Hurt admittedly struggled with a few of the fancier dinosaur names, and this is at times evident in the finished product. One example is ''Sinraptor'', which is pronounced in the show as "SIN-raptor" [[note]]Actually SYN-raptor[[/note]].
** He also muddles his nouns with ''Daspletosaurus'', frequently referring to it as "Desplatosaurus", which rolls off the tongue more easily.
* OffWithHisHead: This befalls a ''Kimmerosaurus''.
* PaletteSwap: This series is a rather heavy offender in this category: ''Rugops'' and ''Skorpiovenator''; ''Saurornithoides'', ''Troodon'' and ''Bradycneme''; ''Sinornithosaurus'' and ''Rahonavis''; ''Jeholosaurus'' and the small ornithopods in ''The New Giants'' (likely ''Gasparinisaura''); ''Allosaurus'' and ''Saurophaganax''.
* PrehistoricMonster: Being a SpiritualSuccessor of ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'', it comes to no surprise that ''Planet Dinosaur'' takes similar pains to [[AvertedTrope avert]] this trope. It is a little DarkerAndEdgier, however, and contains some scenes that are quite violent. Furthermore, since the environments were created entirely with CGI, they got the chance to look more...ominous: many of them being choked with dark cloudy skies and erupting volcanoes. There are also parts where they play it straight by reffering to carnivores as "killers" on several occasions.
* PteroSoarer:
** ''Hatzegopteryx'' is depicted properly as the terrestrial macropredator it was in real life; while the neck is slightly too flexible and the wing membranes are folded in a way not likely to have occured in real life (a problem ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'' pterosaurs also faced), it was otherwise very accurate.
** Episode one has undescribed chaoyangopterygids acting as "om nom nom" material for spinosaurs, and in episode five, they appear as nest robbers and scavengers; while the shown vulture like habits may not be accurate, otherwise they are fairly realistic, except for the really pointy wings (real pterosaurs had rounded wing tips).
** They all suffer from one noticeable flaw though: the lack of a [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d3/Pterosaur_wing_BW2.jpg pteroid bone]].
* RaptorAttack: Averted by the dromaeosaurids. (However, they do have one major blunder: their primary feathers attach to the ''third'' finger, not the second as they should.) The troodonts play this straight (i.e.: not feathered enough) though.
** There's also the issue of ''Bradycneme'' being depicted as a troodontid (see the ScienceMarchesOn section), when it was recently reclassified as an alvarezsaurid. Though due to the fragmentary nature of its fossils, exactly what this animal was is still being debated.
* ReCut: The series was released as a drastic recut of the original in various countries. This version edited down the six episodes into three parts. In practice, almost an entire episode's worth of footage ended up getting deleted.
* RuleOfCool:
** The venomous ''Sinornithosaurus''.
** ''Bradycneme'' simultaneously plays this straight & averts it. As noted under the ScienceMarchesOn entry, ''Bradycneme'' may simply be a harmless alvarezsaurid instead of a deinonychosaur. As far as Hateg deinonychosaurs go, it would be rather weak, and the contemporary ''Balaur'' (which may have had two killing claws per foot) could've been used instead.
* ScareChord: Used with great effect to enhance the beak attacks of the genuinely terrifying ''Hatzegopteryx''.
* ScienceMarchesOn:
** Or at least may be marching on very soon. There is reportedly [[http://dml.cmnh.org/2011Jul/msg00114.html unpublished data]] showing that the troodont skulls in the oviraptorid nest actually tumbled into the nest, instead of being evidence of interspecific interaction.
** ''Bradycneme'' was just recently [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradycneme reclassified]] as an alvarezsaurid by one paleontologist. [[OhCrap Oops]] (but it's pretty fragmentary, so one hypothesis is almost as good as another). Why they didn't just use its far more complete, contemporary compatriot ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balaur_%28dinosaur%29 Balaur bondoc]]'' is anyone's guess.
** ''Raptorex'', which is briefly mentioned in the third episode, may be an inaccurately dated juvenile of a larger tyrannosaurid. Doubles as RuleOfCool, as ''Dilong'' would have been equally acceptable, and there are no doubts about its validity. [[note]]Unless, of course, you happen to be DougalDixon.[[/note]]
** It turns out we now have an idea of what the [[http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/03/08/a-shiny-dinosaur-–four-winged-microraptor-gets-colour-and-gloss/ colours]] of ''Microraptor'' were.
** "Predator X" has been officially described, with it now being called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predator_X Pliosaurus funkei]]''.
* SeaMonster:
** ''Pliosaurus'' and ''Onchopristis'', although ''Onchopristis'', being a sawfish, is largely just a menace to small fish and is the favourite prey of the semi-aquatic ''Spinosaurus''. Also, it's more of a "River Monster" as it is a freshwater species. Amusingly enough, [[spoiler:''Spinosaurus'' died out because it failed to be a sea monster]].
* SeldomSeenSpecies: ''Gigantoraptor'', ''Daspletosaurus'', ''Microraptor'', ''Sinornithosaurus'', ''Saurornithoides'', ''Epidexipteryx'', ''Majungasaurus'', ''Rugops'', ''Sinraptor'', ''Magyarosaurus'', ''Centrosaurus'', ''Chasmosaurus'', ''Ouranosaurus'', ''Jeholosaurus'', ''Rahonavis'', ''Saurophaganax''[[note]]Unless it turns out it's just a large ''Allosaurus''[[/note]], ''Camptosaurus'', ''Skorpiovenator'', ''Mapusaurus'', ''Bradycneme'', ''Alectrosaurus'', "Zunityrannus" (an undescribed tyrannosauroid), ''Nothronychus'', the sawfish ''Onchopristis'', the gliding lizard ''Xianglong'', the gigantic pterosaur ''Hatzegopteryx'' (the chaoyangopterid pterosaurs being even more of an example), the angelshark ''Squatina'', and the plesiosaur ''Kimmerosaurus''. Note that a few of these may already be on their way to becoming StockDinosaurs, having appeared in recent media a handful of times.
* ShellShockSilence: A variation of this is used. There is no explosion or loud noises of any kind involved (unless you count one less-than-MightyRoar), but the bulk of the ''Carcharodontosaurus'' fight has no sound effects or narration, only music and low-frequency grumbles. It's a very effective scene until jerky animation kicks in.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: ''[[MamaBear Gigantoraptor's]]'' story. It fights so hard to protect its nest...[[spoiler:only for both it and its eggs to die after being suffocated by a sandstorm]].
* ShoutOut:
** ''Series/DinosaurRevolution'' wasn't the only one to do it: this show also replicated the famous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM Battle at Kruger]] video, this time with a lone ''Carcharodontosaurus'' fighting for a young ''Paralititan'' against a ''Sarcosuchus'' and of course the ''Paralititan'''s family.
** The color scheme used on the ''Ouranosaurus'' is identical to the one used in ''DinosaursTheMostCompleteUpToDateEncyclopedia''.
* ShownTheirWork:
** Taken to [[UpToEleven extreme levels]]: every minute or so, the story stops for the narrator to meticulously explain what evidence supports the scene we have just watched. Well, most of the time, that is. Some stuff is presented as pure (but generally educated) speculation. This is probably in response to criticism of the original ''WalkingWithDinosaurs''.
** Many of the feathered theropods are (almost) properly feathered, and most don't have pronated hands.
** While not particularly recent discoveries, this show gets the abelisaurid, sauropod and hadrosaur hands right when most other depictions do not.
** The show uses ''Camptosaurus''' actual skull, while even recent works will use that of ''Theiophytalia'', which has been distinct since 2006.
** ''Hatzegopteryx'' is portrayed accurately as a terrestrial macropredator.
* SpeculativeDocumentary: Following in the footsteps of ''WalkingWithDinosaurs'', this documentary naturally has some fun with this trope. The creators tend to be a bit more cautious with their speculations than the aforementioned series, however.
* StockDinosaurs: ''Allosaurus'', ''Stegosaurus'', ''Spinosaurus'', ''Argentinosaurus'', ''Edmontosaurus'', and ''Troodon''.
** There is an interesting subversion of this trope in the last episode. Whereas in most documentaries Hell Creek has been the location commonly used to represent the K-Pg extinction due to the large number of stock dinosaurs that lived there during the final years of the Cretaceous (''TyrannosaurusRex'', ''Triceratops'', ''Edmontosaurus'', ''Ankylosaurus'', ''Pachycephalosaurus'', ''Troodon'', dromaeosaurids, ''Ornithomimus''/''Struthiomimus''), this series instead uses Hateg Island, which is home to many more obscure dinosaur genera.
* StockSoundEffect: There are very few animal sounds for the program, and each giant theropod, small theropod and mid-sized herbivore seems to be using the same ones. For example, the herbivores tend to make pig screeches. [[FridgeLogic And this doesn't make much sense]], considering how important hearing was in identifying their fellow species.
* TheGreatFlood: Such a flood washes away a herd of ''Centrosaurus''.
* TheWorfEffect: ''Sinornithosaurus'' pulls this on ''Microraptor'', ''Saurophaganax'' on ''Allosaurus'', and ''Gigantoraptor'' on ''Saurornithoides''.
* TimePassesMontage: The "everyone eats the ''Argentinosaurus''" scene in episode 5.
* {{Undercrank}}: Many fight scenes are filmed this way, but unfortunately, it backfires, and just makes the animation look like bad StopMotion.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: Two large ''Alectrosaurus'' [[MuggingTheMonster lunge themselves at a]] ''[[MuggingTheMonster Gigantoraptor]]'', but it fights back and kicks one straight to the ground. It doesn't take long for both to run away. A group of American tyrannosaurs also attempt to kill a pair of ''Nothronychus'', but they drive them off quickly with their huge claws.
* UseYourHead: The ''Carcharodontosaurus'' use it for head-butting each other.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened to the Lizard?]]: The last we see of it, it jumps off a branch as the ''Sinornithosaurus'' attacks the ''Microraptor''. Did it fall to its death or did it glide away?
* ZergRush: ''Daspletosaurus'' against a lone ''Chasmosaurus'' first, then against a whole herd of ''Centrosaurus''. Giant troodonts also attempt this maneuver, but even an ''Edmontosaurus'' calf is too tough to take down when adults are nearby.

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