JURASSIC PARK re-set the imagination of a generation of filmgoers with its lifelike, digital reproductions of prehistoric dinosaurs, taut action and suspense. Come with us now as we take a tour of the park with a fellow fan …

JURASSIC PARK (1993)

Review by Tom Bartholdi

Welcome to Jurassic Park Rob sir, and of course the PGS family.

Today I am your ever so excitable, geeky nerd, ever so exuberant tour guide.

In the 1990 a new novel hit the best selling book list when it first came out, and that was the novel by Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park.

Even before the movie to be written by both Michael Crichton and David Kopee was written; even before the book hit the shelfs Steven Spielberg had bought the rights to make a film adaptation of this techno thriller about genetic theme park monsters.

It broke ground being these genetic theme park dinosaurs to the big screen. Using a brand new ditial computer technology to create some of the dinosaurs seen in such a iconic ground breaking film that was wildly loved by so many critics and fans alike.

Stan Winston studios made new bounds in creating animatronic dinosaurs come to life on the big screen. They even used stop motion to figure out how each dinosaur would look and move. Even going as far as to hire Jack Horner to consult on the film. The sound used to make the creatures feel so life like also broke amazing new ground in sound effects.

And in 1993, Jurassic Park hit theaters, blowing all stops to be one of the best films of that year to make a huge impact at the box office. To this day it is even reguarded as a film that made it possible for computer graphics in film to come about. Thanks to ILM at the time which made it possible. It changed how movie effects, and sound editing would be done forever.

That’s why this film will always be one of my favorites of all time. It looks amazing to this day. It had a story unlike anything else come before it. What if Dinosaurs could be genetically engineered? And what if they were put in a theme park for all the world to see?

Dinosaurs have always been a fascinating subject for many young children like myself at the time. You learn about them and are in awe, and to see that child like wonder come to the big screen was out of this world.

It had a cast of amazing characters played by amazing actors and actresses.

JURASSIC PARK cast members Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Bob Peck

Alan Grant played by Sam Neill and Ian Malcolm played by Jeff Goldblum. Laura Dern was cast as Dr. Elle Sattler.

When the theme park breaks down and Dinosaurs get loose, the film becomes a wild adventure like no other at that time. People die. Dinosaurs roam free.

Fences are down, and Alan Grant is lost in a park with kids. The film has some iconic scenes. The first being the first appearance of a CGI dinosaur, the Brachiosaurus. This iconic scene makes you stare in wonderment as John Hammond says welcome to Jurassic Park. You along with Alan Grant asks how did you do this?

Mr. Dino DNA takes you on an animated journey to explain it all to an audience struck in dumb founded awe.

We get one of the most iconic scenes when the T-Rex escapes and destroys a car, pushing it off a cliff with Tim, Hammonds nephew still inside.

But perhaps when Hammond says “There she is.” As the helicopter nears the island one of the most iconic scenes in all the movie begins with that wonder John Williams score. It pulls you in right there. It hooks you. The adventure has just begun.

After Ian Malcolm is injured by the Rex he is found, and while laying on a table most likely on drugs says, “When the pirates of the Caribbean breaks down the pirates don’t eat the tourist.” A favorite line in the movie. But perhaps welcome to Jurassic Park was the most iconic of lines. There are many great lines like, “hang on to your butts,” and “thats on big pile of shit.”

This is one of my favorite 90’s films.

I was a 10 year old boy when I first saw it, and the entire film I held my jaw open with dumbfounded wild child expression, my eyes big in aw as I was glued to the screen, and my rear to the seat simultaneously. I scooted to the edge of the seat when the raptors appear, and never moved until after the T-Rex roars.

“Mr Hammond I’ve decided not to endorse your park,” and as the helicopter flies of the iconic John Williams music plays, and the credits roll.

Jurassic Patk will always be my favorite film, even today.

I will never forget how much it meant to me as a child, and every time I watch it I feel that same child like wonderment as if it was my very first time looking up at that big screen, with my heart pounding with pure excitement. This is truly why I love movies to always wish to feel like that again and again.

Jurassic Park is just that damn good. I say in closing. Just that brilliant. It made me love dinosaurs even more. It made makes me that ten year old boy again.

Interesting Facts About the Movie (from IMDb)

The T. Rex occasionally malfunctioned, due to the rain.

Producer Kathleen Kennedy recalls, “The T. Rex went into the heebie-jeebies sometimes. Scared the crap out of us. We’d be, like, eating lunch, and all of a sudden a T. Rex would come alive. At first we didn’t know what was happening, and then we realized it was the rain. You’d hear people start screaming.”

The crew had to have safety meetings about the T. Rex. It weighed 12,000 pounds, and was extremely powerful. They used flashing lights to announce when it was about to come on, to alert the crew, because if you stood next to it and the head went by at speed, it felt like a bus going by.

Director Steven Spielberg wanted the velociraptors to be about ten feet tall, which was taller than they were known to be. According to an artist that was involved in pre-production, Spielberg requested this change because he was unhappy with the size of what was considered the largest dromaeosaurid. Another given reason was that Spielberg thought to make the raptor larger made them more menacing. During filming, paleontologists uncovered ten-foot-tall specimens of raptors called Utahraptors.

Spielberg also wanted the dinosaurs to be birdlike, for example, snapping to attention like a chicken. He wanted the Raptors to turn their heads so they could look behind them to make them have a scarier appearance. Spielberg likened the Raptor tapping its claw to Morse code to any Raptor listening.

All of the cast were given a Raptor model, signed by director Steven Spielberg as a gift.

There are only fifteen minutes of dinosaur footage in this movie: nine minutes are Stan Winston’s animatronics, and six minutes of it is Industrial Light & Magic CGI.