The Animal World


The Animal World

Movie Documentary

Year: 1956

Director: Irwin Allen

US Premiere: 30 May 1956

A Windsor Production
Copyright 1955 Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.

Plot Summary

1956 Documentary illustrating the evolution of animals from prehistoric times. Models were used to create the prehistoric special effects.

Production Crew

Producer - Irwin Allen
Writer - Irwin Allen
Director - Irwin Allen
Production Associate - George E. Swink
Music - Paul Sawtell
Film Editors - Gene Palmer, Robert A. Belcher
Sound Effects Editors - Henry L. DeMond, M.P.S.E., Walter Elliott, M.P.S.E., Bert Schoenfeld, M.P.S.E.
Music Editor - Richard Harris
Art Director - Bert Tuttle
Supervising Animator - Willis O'Brien
Animation - Ray Harryhausen
Special Effects - Arthur S. Rhoades
Narration - Theodore Von Eltz, John Storm
Photography - Harold Wellman A.S.C. and Naturalist Photographers throughout the World
Color - Technicolor


American Humane Association
American Museum of Natural History
Louise Branch
Stephen F. Briggs
The Carborundum Company
Barnaby Conrad
E.J. Koestner, Dayton Museum of Natural History
Murl Deusing
Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
Greentree Stud, Inc.
Grosset and Dunlap
Hal H. Harrison
Jos. Heidenkamp, Jr.
Otto A. Koehler
Maryland Society for Medical Research, Inc.
Reed and Barton Corporation
Dick Reucassel, A.R.P.S.
Cecil E. Rhode
Rutgers Film, distributed by State University of Iowa
South African Tourist Corporation
George Tahara-Cine-Pic Hawaii
Union Pacific Railroad Company
Union of South Africa
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
University of Minnesota
Western Harness Racing Association

The Animal World


Theodor Von Eltz also narrated Irwin Allen's Academy Award winning The Sea Around Us. He was a Broadway and silent screen star before taking on character roles.

Cinematographer Harold E. Wellman worked with Irwin Allen as early as 1954 for Dangerous Mission and later in the 1970's on The Swarm, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and When Time Ran Out.

Alternative Titles

Finland: Eläinten Maailma
Germany: Die Tierwelt Ruft
Greece: Hamenos Kosmos
Italy: Il Mondo è Meraviglioso


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