'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Featurette Shows Off the Animatronic Dinosaurs

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 - 7:15PM
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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 - 7:15PM
'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Featurette Shows Off the Animatronic Dinosaurs
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While we're still a day away from a full trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the movie's marketing department seems incredibly committed to drip-feeding us tiny snippets of footage all this week, in order to make the wait more bearable.

It might have been worth holding onto this new featurette that went live today though, as it's hard to imagine how the trailer could possibly top the excitement of peeking behind the curtain and seeing how far director J. A. Bayona has gone in order to stay true to the original Jurassic Park.

Which is to say, there are plenty of practical effects and animatronic dinosaurs during production (although like Park, some CGI is still added on top). See the video below:



We know from the initial trailers for the first Jurassic World that shots of dinosaurs hanging out with Chris Pratt will always be fun to see, but knowing just how much of these creatures are created with animatronics? The excitement for this movie has definitely peaked with that discovery.

The original Jurassic Park was hailed at the time as a marvel of digital effects, to the point that it encouraged George Lucas to begin his crusade to slowly replace all the characters in Star Wars with dead-eyed computer puppets (an endeavor that continues to this day). What really made Jurassic Park look cool, though, was the animatronics, which were used alongside CGI in order to give the film a more authentic look.

There's something wonderfully tactile about seeing an actor interact with a robot dinosaur on-set that's simply not possible with a tennis ball on a stick. No matter how much Chris Pratt may promise to have done his "very best acting" in this movie, it's easier to look scared when a dinosaur is actually in the room with you.

Modern movies seem to be embracing more authentic practical effects in recent years, no-doubt in large part as a reaction to the proliferation of CGI in recent years. We've tried our hands at digitally creating movies, and some very impressive stuff can be done, but for some projects, there's nothing quite like making a big ol' T-Rex robot that can bellow out a ferocious roar on demand.



As if the real life robot dinosaurs in this movie weren't enough to get people excited, there's also a small but beautiful shot of Jeff Goldblum looking incredulous. It turns out that the man can literally adjust his sock on-camera, and it's still a joy to behold. While Goldblum isn't going to necessarily be the biggest character in this movie, he's no doubt an important draw for the movie - especially after he bet on the wrong horse by turning down the first Jurassic World in favor of appearing in the awful Independence Day: Resurgence.

Regardless, tomorrow we'll all get the chance to see what these animatronic dinobots look like in action when the trailer arrives, and we'll presumably also get to hear Dr Ian Malcolm inform a select committee that "life, uh, finds a way".
 
All the pieces seem to be in place to make this a solid movie. Here's hoping that among all the robot dinosaurs and talented actors, there's also a legitimate reason to go back to the abandoned deadly theme park beyond the standard explanation of corporate greed (both within the narrative and on the part of Universal Pictures). 

Finding a justification for these sequels has always been where the franchise has struggled the most.

 
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