Animal Face-Off

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

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


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

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 12 March 21, 2004 September 12, 2004


No. Animals Location Winner
1 "Saltwater Crocodile vs. Great White Shark" Northern Australian Coast Great White Shark
A great white shark is roaming close to shore, looking for food; a saltwater crocodile swims nearby, looking for a new territory. The shark hits the crocodile with the bump-and-bite technique. Accustomed to defending himself against rivals, the croc bites its opponent′s tail but can′t get a good grip. The shark swims away and makes a wide turn for a full-on assault; all of a sudden, the crocodile gets the first bite on its pectoral fin. 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 its crushing bite. This time, the large fish can′t fight back; the croc attempts another death roll. After that, they both sink. Running out of air, the large reptile breaks the death roll and heads straight to the surface. The shark takes advantage of it; with the reptile′s soft underbelly exposed, it comes back with a textbook attack, killing the crocodile with a powerful bite.
2 "African Bush Elephant vs. Southern White Rhinoceros" Serengeti National Park Elephant
In the African Serengeti, a white rhino has left his mud hole and is looking for somewhere to feed, nearby, a African Bush elephant is roaming around, also seeking good grazing. The rhino begin grazing but suddenly feels the ground shaking, and turns to see that it's elephant, due to its bad eyesight, the ill-tempered rhinoceros sees it as a rival and prepares to charge. The elephant responds to the rhino's challenge with a loud trumpet, but the smaller ungulate is not hesitant to charge, the rhino then makes his move, but the much smarter elephant anticipates the attack by charging too and dodging. The rhino then returns and tries to stab the elephants throat, but it's too tall, even with his four-foot horn. The white rhino then tries an agile headbutt, but the elephant proves better with his seven-foot tusks, the larger bull ungulate then turns the rhino around and stabs it twice with its tusks (breaking one in the process that gets stuck in the rhino). The elephant then topples his rival and crushes him under his weight, the elephant steps off and trumpets in victory.
3 "Asiatic Lion vs. Bengal Tiger" India Lion
A male Asiatic Lion is wandering in an abandoned Indian temple when he suddenly spots a Bengal Tiger feeding close by, the maned cat roars at his striped cousin to back off, but the tiger ignores. The lion then charges at his opponent, but trips upon impact, catching the tiger off-guard, the agile tiger then quickly recovers and attempts a throat bite, but the lion shakes off the attack and the combatants are back to square one. Both cats roar, claw, and wrestle with one another, but neither lands a fatal blow, the tiger then tries to end the fight with a fatal neck bite, but the lion's mane deflects his aim. The tiger then charges at his opponent, but the lion (being a much more skilled fighter) deflects the attack, catches the larger feline off guard again and delivers the killing blow to the tiger's neck, killing him. The lion walks off, retaining its crown as King of the Beasts and roaring in victory.
4 "Hippopotamus vs. Bull Shark" Zambezi River Hippopotamus
A hippopotamus is seen resting in his stretch of river, relaxing by the water′s edge. Unaware that a bull shark is roaming around, looking for food. The shark catches the smell of meat, but doesn't know where it's coming from, the shark starts the encounter with an exploratory bump, after confirming the hippo is indeed food, the shark bites the side, but the massive girth combined with the enormous weight of the hippo is too much of a mouthful for the smaller shark. Even the thick skin in the back leg proves too tough, despite this, the fish does manage to rip off the mammal's tail. All while the hippo has been roaring in pain, not knowing what hit him, but his bad temper lights a fire in his belly, the big mammal submerges and spots the deadly shark, the enraged hippo comes forwards to the shark, and the big fish does the same. The hippo then opens his mouth, revealing it's huge sharp foot-long canine teeth, but the bull shark keeps coming and is finally crushed and killed when the larger hippo closes his mouth on him.
5 "Gray Wolf vs. Cougar" Rocky Mountains Cougar
A gray wolf is feeding; from a great distance, a cougar catches the smell of meat, and comes to investigate. The cat comes across the canine eating, Lying down, it thinks about how to steal the meal without having the wolf to call for reinforcements. Soon after, the canine notices the cougar and growls. The mountain lion does the same. The wolf responds by charging forward and ferociously bites the cougar′s back leg, but backs off when the cat pounces on it with its front legs and lethal claws. The wolf howls to its pack for backup. Realizing it's in grave danger, the cougar tries to retreat, but the large canine stops it by biting its paw. Furious, the cougar rolls onto its back, rakes the wolf with its claws and throws it off to the ground, killing the canine at once. The feline prepares to eat, but it then hears the wolf pack approaching. Left with no choice, the cougar leaves the kill and flees straight to the forest.
6 "Walrus vs. Polar Bear" Arctic Circle Walrus
A walrus is relaxing by the water′s edge, suddenly, a hungry polar bear comes by, startled and nervous, the walrus heads straight for the sea. The bear attempts to bite and scratch it, but the pinniped′s thick skin is too much, even for a large bear like itself. Although it briefly manages to latch on with its sharp teeth, the bear can′t do much serious damage. The walrus then tries to stab the bear with its four-foot tusks, but the agile predator anticipates. It then tries several paw swipes to the head, but the walrus's skull is too thick to land a killing blow. As the walrus flees, the bear holds on and gets dragged into the ocean, afterwards, the walrus turns around, goring the bear with its tusks. The bear, wounded and running out of air, heads straight back to the surface. But the walrus returns with a vengeance – it soon sinks its tusks onto the carnivore's back, killing it. The dead bear sinks into the ocean.
7 "Brown Bear vs. Siberian Tiger" Siberian Taiga Brown Bear
In the Siberian woodlands in wintertime, A siberian tiger is feasting on its kill, while a large brown bear is roaming around, looking for one more meal before going into hibernation. The tiger then suddenly spots the bear while the bear begins approaching the cat, the tiger, not in the mood to share, roars at the bear to back off, but the larger opponent keeps coming. The tiger then tries a body blow, but the bear absorbed the impact without losing his balance, the tiger then tries to land a killing blow on the bears' neck, but the bear pushes him down. The bear then approaches the kill, but the tiger recovers and pounces at his opponent's back, cutting him with his claws, but fail to disable. The bear then turns around and using his superior strength against the feline's speed and agility, overpowers the tiger by pawing his face, the breaking his spine and finishing him off with a neck bite.
8 "African Lion vs. Nile Crocodile" Maasai Mara Nile Crocodile
An African male lion is eating by the river′s edge when a Nile crocodile emerges from the water, intent on stealing the meal. Upon seeing that, the cat roars at the reptile to back off, but it does little than get a loud hiss from the croc. The lion attacks but cannot land a deadly blow because of the reptile′s thick armor. The lion then tries to flip the crocodile to reach its unarmored belly, but a roll and tail swipe stops it from doing so. Determined to get rid of the stubborn cat, the large reptile heads back to the water, and gets out of sight. Determined to protect its kill, the cat stays close to the water′s edge, looking for an opportunity to attack. However, the croc launches a surprise attack on the mammal, grabbing his neck and dragging it to the water. The crocodile soon performs a death roll, which kills the lion at once.
9 "King Cobra vs. Mongoose" West Indies King Cobra
A mongoose heads to the West Indies, unaware that a king cobra is patrolling around, as the mongoose heads into the lake to drink, the snake sees it as prey and takes position, comes to investigate. The mongoose can sense the danger, it soon notices the cobra and sees it. The reptile, upon seeing it, tries to avoid the fight. The mongoose gets distracted by a bird call. Which allowing the snake to take advantage of it, strikes without warning and wrapping its coils over the mongoose as the snake attempts to choke it by biting on its neck. Soon, both mammal and reptile fighting each other, the mongoose gets away at first by biting the cobra′s tail. Hurt, but not poisoned and still strong, the mongoose catches the cobra by its tail after the snake trying to retreat. The king cobra turns around as it spits venom at mongoose's eyes, causing it to be blinded. Allowing the snake to launch a surprise attack, knocking the mammal and coiling around it again. Too tired to fight back, the mongoose is defeated – and soon killed.
10 "Mountain Gorilla vs. African Leopard" Congo Rainforest Mountain Gorilla
A male mountain gorilla has left his family in the trees, looking for a place to spend the night. However, he′s unaware that he′s wandering into the territory of an African female leopard, who has hidden her cubs in a nearby den. The leopardess confronts the gorilla and sees him as a threat to her young. The big primate, upon seeing her, tries to avoid the fight, beating his chest, growling and howling in the process, but the leopard does not flinch. The gorilla approaches, swiping at the big cat, which soon leaps onto a rock. Afterwards, she takes the huge primate by surprise by jumping onto his back and biting his shoulder. The gorilla throws the leopard off, but using her better stealth, she leaps on the ape′s back again. After that, the gorilla easily throws her off again, and the leopard runs for her life, but the ape turns her over on her back. Both animals fight briefly. Then the leopard gets back up again, but the gorilla chomps on her shoulder, making her roaring in with pain. After that, she backs off. Both opponents stare and snarl at each other. Desperate, the leopardess leaps towards the gorilla, but he throws his powerful arm on her back, breaking her spine and killing her – thus ending the battle.
11 "American Alligator vs. American Black Bear" Everglades American Black Bear
On a hot day in the Everglades, an American black bear has gone into a lake to drink, not knowing that an American alligator is resting underneath, the gator wakes up and sees the bear, but the bear has also spotted the alligator and tries to retreat. The stealthy alligator then ambushes the smaller bear and grabs his leg and does the classic death roll, but all he grabs is a mouthful of fur, fat and muscle. Hurt, but not fatally and still strong, the black bear fights back by slashing the gator's mouth. The larger gator then attempts a tail swipe, but the much smarter bear anticipates this; knowing it's vulnerable on land, the gator tries to retreat, but the angered bear lungs at him. The alligator then tries to roll free of the mammal's grab, but this gives bear the advantage to roll him, which exposes the gator's soft underbelly which the black bear slashes fatally into, and kills the gator, the bear leaves as the dead gator rots in the riverbank.
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 it's ignored by the whale, which launches a slow attack on the huge squid. Just before it reaches the mouth, the squid latches onto the whale and rakes it with his suckers, wounding it in the process. By rising close to the surface, the squid is shaken off, but not before it scratches the whale further. Although wounded, the whale amplifies his sonar and stuns the squid. The paralyzed cephalic is helpless – and thus eaten alive.
13 "Green Anaconda vs. Black Panther" Amazon River Black Panther
On a hot day in the Maasai Mara, a black panther has gone into a lake to drink, not knowing that a green anaconda is resting underneath, the snake wakes up and sees the panther, but the cat has also spotted the anaconda and tries to retreat. The stealthy anaconda then ambushes the big cat and grabs its paw and trying to wrap its coils around over the panther, but the cat repeatedly pushes its coils with its legs. Enraged, the black panther fights back by scratching and biting the snake's coils (which the anaconda trying to protect its vulnerable head). The larger snake then attempts to wrap its coils over it, but the much smarter panther anticipates this by pushing the anaconda's coils to the ground; knowing it's vulnerable on land. Running out of energy and at a disadvantage on land, the snake tries to retreat into the water, but the angered panther catches it by its tail. The anaconda then turns around and prepares to launch a surprise attack, but fails when the panther deflects the attack, pinning the larger snake. The panther delivers the killing blow to the anaconda's soft neck, fatally killing it and the feline walks away.


Each episode of Animal Face-Off has been released on DVD. They can also be rented from the Netflix DVD service.

See also[edit]


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