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Win Tickets to See Walking With Dinosaurs at Staples Center

By blogdowntown Staff
Published: Wednesday, September 01, 2010, at 09:45AM
Walking With Dinosaurs Joan Marcus

Tyrannosaurus Rex from Walking With Dinosaurs.

Over 200 million years in the making, Walking With Dinosaurs returns to the Staples Center this month with 17 life-sized beasts representing ten species of dinos.

Based on the BBC educational program, this theatrical show features life size animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Plateosaurus, Utahraptor and other dinosaurs scaling as much as 36 feet tall and 56 feet long. With the help of Huxley, a human paleontologist, the audience is told about climate change, the evolution of dinosaurs walking on two hind legs, and their ultimate extinction after a comet struck the earth.

Designed by Sonny Tilders, an animatronics engineer who previously worked with Jim Henson's Creature Shop, the dinosaurs weigh up to 1.6 tons and require three operators; a driver and two puppeteers to control the dino's body and face movement.

Walking With Dinosaurs first came to Staples Center in 2008 as part of an initial two year North American tour, which has since been extended another year. According to organizers, the reptile ensemble have had an audience of more than 4.1 million people in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Walking with Dinosaurs opens September 9 and runs through September 12.

Want to see the show? We've got two pairs of tickets to see the 7pm show on Thursday, September 9, plus you'll get a $20 gift certificate to LA Cafe. Just leave a comment letting us know why you should win. Contest runs through Friday at 6pm. Winner must be able to pick up tickets Saturday through Tuesday at LA Cafe, 639 S. Spring.

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