I remember seeing Jurassic Park in a 1000-seater on opening night. The room was packed to the rafters and hazy with body heat. It was an exciting night but I can’t say I really fell in love with the film overall, and some things – the sound mix, for example – drove me nuts, but the dinosaurs definitely left an impression.
Indeed, even twenty years later, I think the dinos are still magical.
One of the key figures in the process that brought the creatures to life was animator and go-motion pioneer Phil Tippett, alum of The Empire Strikes Back‘s AT-ATs and Tauntauns, Robocop‘s ED-209 and Dragonslayer‘s Vermithrax Pejorative.
To fully understand Tippett’s contribution to the film, check out special features on the Jurassic Park Blu-rays but here’s the short version: as the film’s preferred animation tech evolved from go-motion to CG, and there were various stages along the way, Tippett worked on the dinosaur animation and created their look and character.
And now Tippett is back at work on Jurassic World. Here’s a pic posted by director Colin Trevorrow.
It’s just something I want to celebrate. Having Tippett there to supervise the big lizards again should ensure all of the character and flavour that we want.
And yes, that’s a maquette of a T-Rex. Archive model? Oh, we’ll get a T-Rex in the movie somewhere – the question would simply behow much T-Rex, for how long, and doing what?