* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Has its own [[AwesomeMusic/WalkingWithDinosaurs subpage]].
* AngstWhatAngst: The deaths of Patchi and Scowler's entire family in the 2013 movie. By the next morning, they're done mourning their father, and the loss of their mother and siblings is never even mentioned.
* AuthorsSavingThrow: The powers that be seemed to have realized what a misstep the voiceovers for the 2013 film were, because now they're going to re-release the film (at least in the UK at an unknown time) without the voiceovers. Even better, ''Creator/BenedictCumberbatch'' is going to narrate!
* BetterOnDVD: For those who disliked the childish dialogue in the 3D movie, at least. The Blu-ray release has the "Cretaceous Cut", which eliminates it completely.
* CriticalBacklash:
** From the general scientist/paleontologist community, but mostly from those to whom scientific accuracy is SeriousBusiness and any amount of speculation is intolerable. One such person infamously labeled the show's paleontology consultants "[[http://palaeo.gly.bris.ac.uk/Essays/WWD/default.html prostitutes]]" for "selling out" their knowledge to a fancy TV show.
** Pretty much [[http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304367204579267860766225746 every]] [[http://moria.co.nz/fantasy/walking-with-dinosaurs-2013.htm critic]] and their mothers are attacking the 3D movie. Few people are willing to contest them.
* DesignatedVillain:
** Of the 3D movie, Gorgon. He's treated as the main villain, and yet just a predator trying to survive and feed his pack. Probably justified, though, as the story is told from the point of view of his prey.
** The arthropods in ''Monsters''. Whereas predators in other instalments are portrayed as {{Non Malicious Monster}}s who are only villains because we see things from the perspective of their prey (or aren't villains at all, in some cases), the narrator in ''Monsters'' paints the predators of human ancestors as though they're [[PrehistoricMonster vicious, evil, malevolent brutes who are waging some kind of "war on vertebrates".]] This is even though, like the "villains" of ''Dinosaurs'' and ''Beasts'', the arthropods are just regular animals doing what they have to do to survive.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** The giant sea reptile ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]''. This show did to him what ''Film/JurassicPark'' did to ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'': make it stock (as well as exaggerate its size).
** The huge dinosaur ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Giganotosaurus]]'' with its memorable predation upon the gigantic [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sauropoda sauropod]] ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Argentinosaurus]]'' may be counted as another example. It's interesting both ''Giganotosaurus'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Spinosaurus]]'' (the latter became stock after ''Film/JurassicParkIII'') achieved their popularity in the same year (2001).
** While they didn't become stock, ''Ornithocheirus'' and ''Tapejara'' became fan favorites after this show and were given more attention in educational dinosaur books. The ''Ornithocheirus'' character became particularly popular due to the [[TearJerker tragic outcome of his story]].
** Gorgon from the 3D film, partially for being one of the few named characters not to receive an annoying voiceover.
** Although for characters that ''do'' have a voiceover Alex has some popularity with the viewers, considering him to be less annoying than the others and he even does a MomentOfAwesome.
** The TerribleTrio of azhdarchids from the 3D movie, due to their slapstick and [[UglyCute strange adorableness]].
* EvenBetterSequel: ''Beasts'' and ''Monsters'' got even more acclaim and have aged significantly better than ''Dinosaurs''.
* EvilIsCool: Not that any of the characters are actually ''evil'', but a lot of the predators which fill the role of villains are quite cool.
** The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Postosuchus]]'' in "New Blood". As the narration puts it, "[[TheDreaded the only thing she fears is another]] ''[[TheDreaded Postosuchus]]''."
** The ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' in "Time of the Titans" certainly qualifies, considering it hunts some of the biggest creatures on the planet.
** The ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]'' in "Cruel Sea". It's the biggest predator on the planet, and its EstablishingCharacterMoment is probably the coolest scene in the series.
** The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]]'' from "New Dawn", [[ScienceMarchesOn though the real thing has turned out to be significantly less cool.]]
** The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'' from "Land of Giants" is one of the biggest land carnivores of its time and certainly one of the fiercest. Also the [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]], who very much deserve their title "hogs from Hell".
** The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Dinofelis]]'' from "Next of Kin" is basically a super sized leopard, with saber teeth, and more muscular body. Our ancestors learn who is the top predator of the savannah in a hard way.
** The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Anomalocaris]]'' in The Cambrian, the first top predator ever.
** The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Proterogyrinus]]'' in The Carboniferous remains top predator in a world ruled by creepy-crawlies.
* FreudWasRight: Because of its shape, the Late Permian lake has been nicknamed Penis Lake.
* HellIsThatNoise: The dying screeches of the dominant ''Leaellynasaura'' as it's killed by the ''Allosaurus'' in episode 5. ''Holy shit''. It's arguably even worse by how abruptly it cuts off, followed by the plop of its mangled carcass falling to the ground.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** The dromaeosaurid from "Death of a Dynasty" was seen as an example of AnachronismStew, as ''Dromaeosaurus'' (what the animal was called during production despite its flaws) was extinct by the K/Pg extinction. Skip ahead to 2015, and [[AccidentallyAccurate a dromaeosaur just the right size to match with this creature was discovered in the exact formation the episode takes place in]] (''Dakotaraptor'').
** The "Cruel Sea" opening reminds people of the ending to ''Film/JurassicWorld''.
* ItWasHisSled: Spoiler alert--[[spoiler:The K-Pg extinction happens!]]
* MemeticBadass: ''Liopleurodon''.
* MostAnnoyingSound: "[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Anatotitan]]"'s "roar" (it does sound like they're saying the word "roar").
** The [[ExecutiveMeddling decision]] to give some of the characters in the 3D movie voices ruined the movie for most people.
* {{Narm}}: In ''Walking With Monsters''. For all its hunting prowess and deadliness, the famous crested mammal-ancestor ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'' looks pretty damn goofy when it's running.
** The sensationalist narration making it seem like we are at war with other creatures is pretty cheesy.
** Justified in the fact that every land vertebrate at that time period ran more or less like that, and the 10-feet one was likely to outrun everything else. And its following evolutionary stage (the gorgonopsid) loses its "clumsiness" altogether and gallops after prey at high speeds, which it would have done in RealLife.
** The final fate of the tyrannosaurid family at the end of "Death of a Dynasty" rather comically clashes with the grimness of the scene. To elaborate: The mother died from her leg wound, with the surviving infants clustering around her body. Then the meteor shockwave hits. The babies get suck up by the wind and zoom away, followed by the mother's corpse being lazily dragged after them.
** ALL of the dialogue in the 3D film.
* NoProblemWithLicensedGames: In contrast to the 3D film, the video game is much better received.
* OneSceneWonder: The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Gigantopithecus]]''.
** ''Plateosaurus''.
** ''Stegosaurus''.
** ''Plesiopleurodon''.
** ''Ankylosaurus''. Narrowly averted, as they have a small introduction early on.
** ''Quetzalcoatlus''.
** ''Deinosuchus''.
** ''Titanomyrma''.
** The woolly rhinoceros.
* SignatureScene:
** The arrival of the herd of ''Plateosaurus''.
** The long shots of the ''Diplodocus'' herd.
** The ''Allosaurus'' pair attacking the canyon.
** The ''Liopleurodon'' snatching the ''Eustreptospondlyus'' is easily the most memorable moment of the entire franchise.
** The ''Utahraptor'' hunt.
** The death of the ''Ornithocheirus''.
** The extinction of the dinosaurs.
** The ''Diplodocus'' hunt in ''The Ballad of Big Al''.
** The gas cloud sweeping the forest.
** The ''Brontothere'' mother fighting the ''Andrewsarchus''.
** The introduction to the wild plains with the adult ''Indricotheres''.
** Half-Tooth fighting the invading brothers.
** The ''Smilodon'' pack hunting.
** The great mammoth migration, culminating in the Neanderthals attacking them at night with fire.
* SpecialEffectFailure: Even these shows weren't immune to this: the most common goofs are CG clipping errors (like when the mammoth's trunk "merges" with its tusk), wires from the animatronic models or parts of the people controlling them being visible, and shadow/reflection effects being messed up. Some are obvious, others you only catch if you watch the clips frame-by-frame.
** ''Walking with Monsters'' suffers from some particularly bad-looking CGI composition. A lot of times, animals either clip into the scenery, their shadows rarely correspond to the irregularities or the color of the ground, and in some shots, they are cropped a little bit too far from the screen's edge ([[http://i53.tinypic.com/ofpuz4.png like this poor fish]]), so you can even see parts of the background "through" them.[[note]]Though this last one may depend on whether or not you watch it on DVD. At least one version of the ''Walking with Dinosaurs'' DVD also has some strange goings on at the edges of the screen.[[/note]]
** The film has no lip synching, leading to speculation that it was supposed to be a serious documentary and was changed to a comedic film a la WesternAnimation/IceAge at last minute. Cue outcry of TheyChangedItNowItSucks.
** The animals in the earlier series often suffered from weird clipping and deformation. Sometimes during motion, their skin-textures would overlap and clip through each other near the joints, creating odd-looking "seams". There were also some rigging problems evident, like the shoulder-spikes of ''Polacanthus'' moving separately from its skin, or the upper teeth of the ''Diplodocus'' stretching when they open their mouth in a couple of shots. [[SpecialEffectsEvolution These issues were gradually ironed out as the series progressed.]]
* SoBadItsGood: Arguably the 2013 movie, with its inept childish dialogue, over-the-top cliché plot and gratuitous sexism. Others just see it as horrible, though.
* TheScrappy: Juniper, from the 2013 movie, is considered a bizarre Gender Scrappy for being a FlatCharacter and evident of the gratuitous sexism the movie shows.
** Alex the ''Alexornis'' from the same movie is a bizzare example of a ''Reverse'' Scrappy, being one of the only characters who isn't nigh-universally considered annoying and stupid. Being voiced by JohnLeguizamo certainly helped.
** Hell, ''[[UpToEleven the whole damn 2013 movie could be counted as this,]]'' it's just we don't have a category for ''films.''
* {{Squick}}: Early on in the 2013 movie, a hatchling Patchi is defecated on by a larger dinosaur. This wouldn't be so bad if he hadn't received a ''gaping open wound'' in his frill less than a minute before.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: Many a dinosaur fan and ''Walking with Dinosaurs'' fan have complained about the 2013 movie humanizing the animals too much.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: In ''Walking with Monsters'', the evolution sequence from ''Cephalaspis'' to ''Hynerpeton'' (armored jawless fish to early tetrapod/early emphibian) skips a number of steps that would have made interesting sequences in their own right (jawed fish of all sorts, lobe finned fish, etc.).
** This means the villain of the third sequence, the giant ''Hyneria'', was actually part of our ancestry. Not all human ancestors were weak.
* UglyCute: Oh so many examples.
** The cynodonts from "New Blood", and their babies for that matter. They're like little, half-bald puppies.
** The baby ''Diplodocus'' from "Time of the Titans". At certain points, they even sound like ''human'' babies! And rather than being [[UncannyValley creepy]], the effect is downright ''adorable''.
** The ''Cryptoclidus'' and baby ''Opthalmosaurus'' in "Cruel Sea". The former is basically a Jurassic seal (Although closer to a fully marine penguin in RealLife...still sounds cute) and the latter is essentially a Jurassic dolphin.
** The ''Tapejara'' from "Giant of the Skies" and pretty much every pterosaur in the series. The fact that pterosaurs were this in real life certainly helps.
** The ''Leaellynasaura'' from "Spirits of the Ice Forest". All of them.
** And finally, the baby ''Tyrannosaurus'' from "Death of a Dynasty". Especially [[TheWoobie the runt of the litter]].
** The ''[[http://i0.wp.com/www.cgmeetup.net/home/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Walking-with-Dinosaurs-11.jpg?resize=860%2C482 Troodon]]'' from the 3D movie. How can you not "d'aww" at [[PuppyDogEyes that face?]]
* UncannyValley: The baby ''Pachyrhinosaurus'' in the movie have adult voices which, combined with the lack of lip-synching, sound disconnected to the characters.
** The ''Diplodocus'' hatchlings of the original show sometimes utter noises awfully reminiscent of human babies.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Its visual effects are among the most impressive in any TV series ever, period.
** Special mention must go to ''Sea Monsters''. It features pre-historic creatures ''underwater'' and interacting with Nigel.
** The arena spectacular for the sheer spectacle of seeing life-sized dinosaurs live in front of you.
** Although the ''WWD'' movie got mostly negative and mixed reviews, the visuals have impressed mostly everyone, whether it's just the CGI or the 3D effects as well. The bulk of the critics single them (as well as JohnLeguizamo's "spirited way with words") out as the sole saving graces of the film.
* WhatAnIdiot: Nigel. Oh, Nigel. "There's no way I'd even think about jumping in waters where a ''mega-sized piranha'' is the least of your worries... OH!!! A TURTLE!!! WHERE'S MY DIVING SUIT?!"
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: The series arguably was destined to a general public including both adults and children: however, for some people who watched it during childhood, several parts of the Walking With series are nothing but a long, endless sequence of NightmareFuel-related stuff. Arguably, talking about prehistory in a more reassuring way "will never be allowed" in TV. And the book "A Natural History" doesn't exactly better the situation, either.
** The feature-length WWD film shouldn't escape mention. While light-hearted and anthropomorphized compared to the original mini-series, a few moments still qualify as rather frightening. [[spoiler: The forest fire, and the death of Bulldust the Pachyrhinosaurus at the hands of the Gorgosaurus pack, both stand out. And the way Pachyrhinosaurus protagonist Patchi, having lost both love interest Juniper and the respect of his brother Scowler, just accepts his fate of being eaten alive by scavenging Troodons and azhdarchids is both downright terrifying and [[TearJerker depressing]]]].
* TheWoobie:
** TyrannosaurusRex in the final episode. First, she loses her eggs after volcanic activity kills the embryos. Then, she seeks a new mate and then drives him away, but after laying twelve only three hatch. ''Then'', one of her babies dies, implicitly at the teeth of its own siblings. Then she is fatally injured by an ''Ankylosaurus'' [[MamaBear while trying to protect them]] and suffers a slow agonizing death shortly after. The only saving grace is that her death meant she didn't have to die in the mass extinction.
** For another case of "apex predator with children vs. mass extinction", the ''Basilosaurus'' from WWB.
** The old ''Ornithocheirus''. He risked his life flying all the way to his old mating grounds, is driven away the minute he gets there, and dies of exhaustion without managing to mate at all.
** StoicWoobie: The mother ''Gastornis'' from the first episode of WWB, after she discovers that [[spoiler:her hatchling has been eaten by a swarm of ants]]. You can tell that she's not happy about it in the slightest, but her only response is to huff quietly and walk away, presumably to seek a new nesting sight.