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 13
Production
Executive producer(s) Andrew Waterworth
Michael Stedman
Producer(s) Nick Bleszynski
Running time 60/120 minutes
Release
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]

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.

Episodes[edit]

No. in.
series
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 great white hits the crocodile with the bump-and-bite technique. Accustomed to defending himself against rivals, the croc bites the shark′s tail but can′t get a good grip. Jaws swims off and makes a wide turn for a full-on assault; all of a sudden, the croc gets the first bite on his pectoral fin. The bite tears off the shark′s fin, helped by the classic death roll. Despite the injury, the great white is still strong. Then, the shark and the croc collide head on; the croc grabs hold of the shark′s snout with his crushing bite. This time, the shark can′t fight back; the croc 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 him; with the croc's soft underbelly exposed, he 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, the elephant, an African Bush elephant is roaming around, also seeking good grazing. The rhino begin grazing but suddenly feels the ground shaking, and turns to see the elephant, due to his bad eyesight, the ill-tempered rhinoceros sees him 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 elephant's throat, but he'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 elephant 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 named Simba is wandering in an abandoned Indian temple when he suddenly spots a Bengal Tiger named Shere Khan feeding close by, Simba roars at his striped cousin to back off, but Shere Khan ignores. Simba then charges at Shere Khan, but trips upon impact, catching the tiger off-guard, the agile Khan then quickly recovers and attempts a throat bite, but Simba shakes off the attack and the combatants are back to square one. Both Simba and Shere Khan roar, claw, and wrestle with one another, but neither lands a fatal blow, Shere Khan then tries to end the fight with a fatal neck bite, but Simba's mane deflects his aim. Shere Khan then charges at the lion, but Simba (being a much more skilled fighter) deflects the attack, catches Shere Khan off guard again and delivers the killing blow to the tiger's neck, killing him. The lion walks off, retaining his crown as King of the Beasts and roaring in victory.[1][a]
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 cougar comes across the wolf eating, Lying down, she thinks about how to steal the meal without having the wolf to call for reinforcements. Soon after, the wolf 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 cougar pounces on him with her front legs and lethal claws. The wolf howls to his pack for backup. Realizing it's in grave danger, the cougar tries to retreat, but the wolf stops the cougar by biting it's paw. Furious, the cougar rolls onto her back, rakes the wolf with her claws and throws him off to the ground, killing the wolf at once. The cougar prepares to eat, but she then hears the wolf pack approaching. Left with no choice, the Beast 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 cannot 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 his kill, while Bart, a large Ussuri brown bear is roaming around, looking for one more meal before going into hibernation. The tiger then suddenly spots the bear while the brown bear begins approaching 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 bear's neck, but the bear pushes him down. The bear then approaches the kill, but the tiger recovers and pounces at the bear's back, cutting him with his claws, but fail to disable. Bart then turns around and using his superior strength against the tiger'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
A male African 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 lion roars at the croc to back off, but he does little than get a loud hiss from the crocodile. The lion attacks but cannot land a deadly blow because of the crocodile's thick armor. The lion then tries to flip the croc to reach his unarmored belly, but a roll and tail swipe stops him from doing so. Determined to get rid of the lion, the crocodile heads back to the water, and gets out of sight. Determined to protect his kill, the lion stays close to the water's edge, looking for an opportunity to attack. All of a sudden, the crocodile launches a surprise attack on the lion, grabbing his neck and dragging him to the water. The crocodile soon performs a death roll, which kills the lion at once.
9 "Mountain Gorilla vs. African Leopard" Central African Rainforest Mountain Gorilla
A male mountain gorilla named Kerchak 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 Sabor an African female leopard. Sabor confronts Kerchak and sees him as a threat to her young. The gorilla, upon seeing her, tries to avoid the fight, beating his chest, growling and howling in the process, but Sabor does not flinch. Kerchak approaches, swiping at the leopard, which soon leaps onto a rock. Afterwards, Sabor takes Kerchak 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 Kerchak′s back again, but can't get a choke hold. After that, Kerchak easily throws Sabor off again, and the leopard attempts to leave, but Kerchak turns her over on her back. They both fight briefly. Then Sabor gets back up again, before Kerchak chomps on the leopard's shoulder. After that, she backs off. Both opponents stare and snarl at each other. Desperate, Sabor lunges towards him, but Kerchak throws his powerful arm onto her spine, breaking it and killing the leopard.[b]
10 "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 alligator wakes up and sees the black bear, but the bear has also spotted the alligator and tries to retreat. The alligator then ambushes the 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 alligator's mouth. The gator then attempts a tail swipe, but the much smarter bear anticipates this; knowing it's vulnerable on land, The alligator tries to retreat, but the enraged Vincent lungs at him. Gumbo then tries to roll free of the bear's grab, but this gives the black bear the advantage to roll him, which exposes the alligator's soft underbelly which the bear slashes fatally into, and kills the gator, the black leaves as the gator's dead body rots in the riverbank.
11 "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.

DVDs[edit]

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

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ For actual records of Asiatic lions and Bengal tigers fighting in the wilderness of India, see Coexistence of the lion and tiger in the wilderness.
  2. ^ Actuals reports of fights or killings are mentioned in Gorilla, Leopard and African leopard.

References[edit]

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