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Monday, 6 December, 1999, 02:30 GMT
Dome unveils 'womb room'
Body Zone Human reclining figures dominate the dome

An animated film of a human sperm's race for life is the latest attraction to be unveiled by the organisers of the Millennium Dome.

Visitors touring the giant reclining figures in the dome's Body Zone will see a computer-animated film of the sperm rushing to fertilise an egg.

Into 2000
It will be set against a soundtrack of tribal, war-like African drumming and chanting recorded in Senegal by Doudou Ndayie Rose.

As the film reaches its end, the music increases in intensity and literally rocks the walls and floor of the chamber of the zone's womb room.

Although it is a brief encounter lasting only 45 seconds, the film has taken more than three months of painstaking frame-by-frame computer animation to produce.

It was created by the UK company Frame Store, whose other ground-breaking projects include the smash-hit BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs.

'Predatory fish'

"The film is designed to be exciting and entertaining and we have sought to show the sperm behaving like a tribe of predatory fish," said John Hackney, head of the creative team responsible for the series of shows within the giant body.

He went on: "There are moments of humour as well. We will show an idiot sperm attempting to swim the wrong way before it is caught and overtaken by the others."

The sperm race is the latest inside-the-Body event to be announced by dome organisers, the New Millennium Experience Company.

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Last month, the company gave details of the Body Zone's heart room where a giant heart beats at a normal rate until alarming incidents cause a doubling of the rate.

NMEC has also announced details of the brain room, where an animated brain tells jokes in the voice of the late comedian Tommy Cooper.

The zone features huge 90-feet high and 200-feet long male and female sculpted figures in a gentle embrace.

Visitors enter by an escalator in the right arm of the male, tour through the various in-body shows, and exit through one of the female's legs.

Doudou Ndayie Rose recorded the drumming in Dakar, Senegal, together with 16 drummers who arrived at the recording studio in full tribal regalia.

His 38 children are all accomplished West African drummers and dancers.

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