Animal Face-Off

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Animal Face-Off
Format Edutainment
Directed by Malcolm Hall
Narrated by Scott Dreier
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Production
Executive producer(s) Andrew Waterworth
Michael Stedman
Producer(s) Nick Bleszynski
Running time 60/120 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Discovery Channel
Original run March 21 – September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12)

Animal Face-Off is a television program that aired on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet in 2004.[1]

Synopsis[edit]

This program, produced by NHNZ, centers on hypothetical battles between two animals that could meet in the wild, or, in some cases, have been compared to each other by scientists. CGI replicas and models were used to collect data (such as strength, bite force, etc.) about the animals. Then, in a virtual arena, a brief computer-animated fight scene reveals the results. Some people have declared this show similar to the hit Spike TV show Deadliest Warrior. Since the fights are created artificially, results in real life may vary. Each episode of Animal Face-Off is 1 hour long, with the exception of the 12th episode, which is 2 hours long

Episode list[edit]

Episode Animals Location Winner Recap
1 Great White Shark vs. Saltwater Crocodile Northern Australian Coast Great White Shark A great white shark is roaming close to shore, looking for food; a saltwater crocodile swims nearby. The shark hits the crocodile with the bump-and-bite technique. Accustomed to defending himself against rivals, the large reptile bites the large fish′s tail but can′t get a good grip. The shark swims away and makes a wide turn for a full-on assault; however, the crocodile gets the first bite on his pectoral fin. Sure enough, the bite tears off the shark′s fin, helped by the classic death roll.

Despite the injury, the shark is still strong. Then, both animals collide head on; the croc grabs hold of the shark′s snout with his crushing bite. This time, the large fish can′t fight back; the crocodile attempts another death roll. After that, they both sink. Running out of air, the crocodile breaks the death roll and heads straight to the surface. The shark takes advantage of it; with the crocodile′s soft underbelly exposed, he comes back with a textbook attack, and ends at last the battle by killing the crocodile with a single but powerful bite.

2 African Elephant vs. White Rhinoceros Serengeti National Park African Elephant A rhinoceros is eating grass; suddenly, he feels the ground shaking. A large bull elephant is roaming the savanna. The short-tempered rhino sees him as a prominent threat – he soon attacks the elephant with his charge and thrust; but the much smarter elephant charges as well and dodges the attack. The rhino then tries to stab the elephant′s throat, but he′s too tall. Desperate to win the battle, the rhino tries an agile headbutt; however, the elephant defends his head and face with his trunk and seven-foot tusks.

Sure enough, the elephant stabs the rhino with its tusks twice – henceforth, breaking one of his tusks in the process –, topples him, and crushes him under his weight, killing him. The battle won, the elephant steps off and trumpets in victory.

3 Asiatic Lion vs. Bengal Tiger India Asiatic Lion A male lion is roaming in an abandoned Indian temple; nearby, a tiger is feeding. The golden maned cat roars at his bigger striped cousin to back off, but the tiger ignores the warning. The lion catches the tiger off guard and sprints towards him, but trips on the striped cat. The much more agile tiger quickly recovers and repeatedly tries to bite the lion′s throat, but he shakes off the attack. After that, the lion gets up; and both combatants face each other, roaring at one another. Like heavy-weight boxers, both cats scratch each other′s faces fiercely. Desperate to put an end to the battle, the tiger leaps onto the lion, and tries to deliver a fatal neck bite; however, the golden cat′s mane deflects his aim. The tiger retreats and then charges at the lion once again, who quickly knocks him to the ground and delivers it a killing bite.

The lion walks away and then roars in victory, assuming his position as ″King of the jungle″.

4 Hippopotamus vs. Bull Shark Zambezi River Hippopotamus An injured male hippopotamus is resting in the Zambezi river. Unbeknown to him, a bull shark is looking for food. Catching the smell of blood but not knowing where it is coming from, the shark begins the encounter with an exploratory bump – after confirming the hippo is indeed food, he tries to get in some bites starting by his side; however, the hippo′s thick hide, combined with his enormous girth and weight, is too much of a mouthful; and even the thin skin behind the back leg proves too tough. Despite all of this, the shark does manage to rip off the hippo′s tail.

All this while, the hippo has been roaring in pain, without knowing what hit him. His very short temper lights a fire in his belly. The bull submerges, and spots the deadly shark. The hippo opens his mouth, revealing his huge canines, but the shark keeps coming. Furious, the hippo crushes the shark′s head as he closes his mouth, killing him.

5 Gray Wolf vs. Cougar Rocky Mountains Cougar A wolf is eating its dinner; from a great distance, a cougar catches the smell of meat, and comes to investigate. The big cat comes across the wolf eating. Lying down, it thinks about how to steal the meal without having the canine to call for reinforcements.

Soon after that, the wolf notices the cougar. He growls. The mountain lion does the same. The wolf soon responds by charging forward and ferociously bites the cougar′s back leg, but backs off when the cat pounces on him with his front legs and lethal claws. The wolf howls to his pack for backup. Realizing he′s in grave danger, the cougar tries to retreat, but the large canine stops him by biting his paw. Furious, the cougar rolls onto his back, rakes the wolf with his claws and throws him off to the ground, killing the canine at once. The feline prepares to eat, but he then hears the wolf pack approaching. Left with no choice, the cougar gets up and flees straight to the forest.

6 Walrus vs. Polar Bear Arctic Circle Walrus A walrus is relaxing. Suddenly, a hungry polar bear comes by. Startled and nervous, the walrus heads straight for the sea. The bear attempts to bite and scratch him, but the pinniped′s thick skin is too much, even for a large bear like himself. Although he manages to briefly latch on with his sharp teeth, the bear can′t do much serious damage. After the walrus lunges, the bear tries several paw swipes but still can′t penetrate the walrus′s thick skin.

As the walrus flees, the bear holds on and gets dragged in the process. Afterwards, the walrus turns around, goring the bear with his tusks. The bear is wounded – running out of air, he heads straight back to the surface. But, before he can do anything, the walrus returns with a vengeance, and sinks his tusks onto the carnivore′s back, killing him.

7 Brown Bear vs. Siberian Tiger Siberian taiga Brown Bear On a snowy day, a tiger is eating. A large brown bear comes by, looking for food. Determined to not let the bear steal his meal, the tiger roars at him to back off, but the larger brown carnivore keeps coming. The striped cat then attacks the bear; however, the bear is able to deflect each strike.

The tiger tries to go for the jugular, but also fails. The bear then knocks the big cat on the ground, and moves on, straight for the meal. Angry at the thievery, the tiger jumps on the bear from behind and latches on with his claws, cutting deep. But the much stronger bear turns around and paw swipes the cat′s head, injuring his face. The bear sees an opening, breaks the tiger′s back and bites his neck, killing him at once.

8 African Lion vs. Nile Crocodile Masai Mara National Park Nile Crocodile A lion is eating by the river′s edge when a crocodile emerges from the water, intent on stealing the meal. Upon seeing that, the lion roars at the reptile to back off; but it does little than a loud hiss from the crocodile. The big cat attacks but cannot land a deadly blow because of the crocodile′s thick armor.

The lion then tries to flip the crocodile to reach his unarmored belly, but a roll and tail swipe stop him from doing so. Determined to end the cat′s stubbornness, the crocodile heads back to the water, and goes out of sight. Determined to protect his meal, the lion stays close to the water′s edge, looking for an opportunity to kill the croc. However, the reptile launches a surprise attack on the cat, grabbing his neck and dragging him to the water. The croc performs a death roll; this kills the lion at once.

9 Green Anaconda vs. Jaguar Amazon River Green Anaconda A jaguar heads to the Amazon river. A large anaconda is patrolling the shore. As the spotted cat enters the water, the anaconda sees him as prey and takes position, waiting for the right moment to strike. The jaguar can sense the danger but cannot see the anaconda beneath the surface. A bird call distracts him; the snake takes advantage of it and strikes without warning, wrapping his coils over the large cat. Soon, both mammal and reptile sink underwater.

The jaguar gets away at first by biting the snake′s tail. Hurt and bleeding, the anaconda attempts to flee, but the jaguar, determined to have him for dinner, tries to fish him out of the water. The anaconda turns around and launches a surprise attack, knocking the cat and coiling around him again. Too tired to fight back, the jaguar is defeated – and soon killed.

10 Mountain Gorilla vs. African Leopard Congo Rainforest Mountain Gorilla A male gorilla has left his family in the trees, and is now looking for a place to spend the night. However, unbeknown to him, he wanders into the territory of a mother leopard, who has hidden her cubs in a nearby den. The hungry leopardess confronts the gorilla. The big primate tries to avoid a fight, beating his chest, growling and howling in the process, but the spotted cat does not flinch.

The gorilla approaches, determined to avoid the fight (and to be left alone); the leopard leaps onto a rock. She takes the gorilla by surprise by jumping on his back and biting his shoulder. The gorilla throws the leopard off, but using her better stealth, the cat leaps on the primate′s back again. The gorilla easily throws her off again; only this time, he′s ready; he turns the leopard over on her back. Both animals fight briefly; then the cat gets back up, but the ape chomps on her shoulder, making her roaring in pain. After that, she backs off. Both opponents stare and roar at each other. Desperate, the leopard leaps toward the ape, but the gorilla throws his powerful arm on her back, breaking her spine and killing her – thus ending the battle.

11 American Black Bear vs. American Alligator Everglades American Black Bear A black bear is drinking from a swamp on a hot Florida day. Suddenly, an alligator emerges from the water, startling the bear. The large reptile bites the bear′s leg, but releases it as the large mammal uses his paws to let him off, leaving nothing but a wound and a mouthful of fur, fat and muscle.

Despite the injury, the bear is still strong. He fights back by slashing at the gator′s mouth. The reptile tries to do a tail swipe, but the bear anticipates it. Knowing he′s vulnerable on land, the gator tries to return to the water; however, the angry bear stops him by turning him over on his back. Soon, the gator exposes his unarmored underbelly. So the bear scratches deep into it, fatally wounding and killing the huge reptile.

12 Sperm Whale vs. Colossal Squid Antarctic Ocean Sperm Whale A sperm whale is diving into the deep abyss, while a colossal squid rockets through the depths. Both combatants sense each other: the squid sees the whale, while the whale′s echolocation reveals the squid′s location.

Upon seeing the whale as a potential predator, the squid releases a burst of ink as a warning, but the whale ignores that warning. He launches an attack on the giant squid, but he′s too slow. Just before he reaches the mouth, the squid latches onto the whale and rakes him with his suckers, wounding him in the process. By rising close to the surface, the squid is shaken off, but not before he scratches the whale further. Although wounded, the whale amplifies his sonar and stuns the squid. The paralyzed cephalopod is helpless and thus eaten alive.

Overall record[edit]

By species[edit]

Species type Wins Losses
Apes 1 (Mountain Gorilla) 0
Bears 2 (American black bear, Brown bear) 1 (Polar bear)
Canines 0 1 (Gray wolf)
Crocodilians 1 (Nile crocodile) 2 (American alligator, Saltwater crocodile)
Felines 2 (Asiatic lion, Cougar) 5 (African lion, Bengal tiger, Siberian tiger, Jaguar, African leopard)
Pinnipeds 1 (Walrus) 0
Sharks 1 (Great White Shark) 1 (Bull shark)
Snakes 1 (Green Anaconda) 0
Squids 0 1 (Colossal squid)
Ungulates 2 (African bush elephant, Hippopotamus) 1 (White rhinoceros)
Whales 1 (Sperm whale) 0

DVDs[edit]

Each episode of Animal Face-Off has been released on DVD.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John F. Bonfatti (March 27, 2004), "Survival of the Fittest", The Buffalo News