NEW YORK (AP) -- "Walking with Dinosaurs, the Arena Spectacular" is coming back to the U.S. and Canada -- its first visit to North America since its inaugural 2007 tour -- and many of its lifelike puppets will be wearing downy feathers.
"We’ve decided to bring them up to date," said the show’s self-described "resident dino geek" Philip Millar. "We’ve finally taken the leap and we’re applying the feathers to the dinosaurs we’re fairly confident had feathers."
Recent discoveries by paleontologist point to the possibility that a large number of non-avian dinosaurs had feathers or something similar as part of their body covering.
The show, based on an award-winning BBC Television series, travels 200 million years from Triassic to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, features 20 life-size dinosaurs from 10 species.
The new tour kicks off in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena from July 9-13, then hits The Barclay’s Center in New York City from July 16-20 and then The Prudential Center in New Jersey from July 23-27. Other stops are planned for Los Angeles, Kansas City, Montreal, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and Milwaukee, Wis.
The largest dinosaur in the show is the 36-foot tall, 56-foot long Brachiosaurus. It takes three people to operate the biggest puppets and each large one weighs 1.6 tons, the weight of a standard family car.
A team of 50 costume designers and engineers have been working since last year to re-create the ancient creatures.