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Jurassic Park And Other Dinosaur Films

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Ah, dinosaurs. What is it about them that’s so fascinating? There can’t be many kids that don’t find them enthralling. A quick count of my grandchildren shows a 100% hit rate. Admittedly, that’s quite a small sample but a quick look around most toy shops suggests to me that they wouldn’t carry so much dino-stuff if people weren’t buying it.

So it is no surprise that it is a popular topic for film makers. Hundreds of films, both animated and live action, have been made that feature a dinosaur of some description. The first was Gertie The Dinosaur released on 18/02/1914 which was a 12 minute long animated film. Then there was the first live action outing…Brute Force which came out on 25/04/1914 and ran for 33 minutes. While it’s tempting to say that 1993’s Jurassic Park kickstarted the whole dinosaur film genre there are about a hundred films that would like to disagree! 


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The old team are back! Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, and Sam Neill then and now.

What it did do was up the ante with regard to what your on-screen creature looked like. Previously we’d been treated to line drawings, plasticine models, iguanas with plastic fins, and men in rubber suits. People like Ray Harryhausen made films that the ten year old me totally believed were real. Jurassic Park used models, costumes, perspective shifting, and other tricks that had been used before but, the game changer was Computer Generated Imagery (CGI).

Jurassic World: Dominion – old meet new.

CGI had been around since 1973’s Westworld but it was hideously expensive, horrendously time consuming, and very sparingly used.  Jurassic Park and the subsequent sequels changed all that and next week sees the release of the sixth episode – Jurassic World: Domination. Let’s see what the latest generation can show us.

The “Official” Trilogies

1993 – Jurassic Park

1997 – The Lost World: Jurassic Park

2001 – Jurassic Park III

2015 – Jurassic World

2018 – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

2019 – Jurassic World: Battle At Big Rock

2022 – Jurassic World: Dominion

Other DIno-Films

2015 – The Good Dinosaur

2019 – Jurassic Thunder

Dino-News

RunPee exclusive interview with the star of Jurassic Thunder – Heath C Heine

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Everything wrong with the Jurassic films all in one place.

Dinosaurs and mead in the San Diego Bronto Brewery

More mead for Jilly at the San Diego Bronto Brewery

Welcome to the RunPee Jurassic Poll

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Did they mean that? Film references in Jurassic World

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