“Hold on to your butts” – Classic 90’s film Jurassic Park is coming to THREE. Although 26 years old, Jurassic Park was made with a ground breaking mix of robotics and CGI which still holds up to this day. Here are some Jurassic Park facts to get you in the dino-mood.
The movie was based on Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel of the same name. A bidding war began for the film rights before it was published with Steven Spielberg the eventual winner
Jurassic Park was released in June 1993, making the film 26 years old this month.
With a budget of $10 million, the film has gone on to gross over $1 billion.
Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump and Shawshank Redemption were all in theatres at the same time in October 1994.
Sam Neill, kiwi actor who played hero Dr. Alan Grant is active on Twitter – you can follow him @TwoPaddocks
Eccentric dinosaur developer John Hammond was played by Richard Attenborough whose brother is natural historian David Attenborough.
Ariana Richards who played screaming child Lex Murphy left acting and is now a is a recognised watercolour painter. You can see her work here.
Although scary and threatening, there was only about 15 minutes of dinosaur action within the movie. Similar to Jaws where often the threat was implied which in turn really scares the viewer
Universal Studios opened a Jurassic Park ride in 1996, the ride was closed in late 2018 for a 9 month renovation to Jurassic World: The Ride which is based on the subsequent Jurassic World movies. If you didn’t have a chance to go on the original ride you can check it out here
And here is the commercial for the new ride – due to open in the next couple of months.
In the book written by Michael Crichton, actor Richard Kiley’s voice narrated the tour. Spielberg then hired Richard Kiley to narrate the tour in the movie. He also narrated the ride at Universal Studios.
Various animals were used to make the sounds for dinosaurs – elephant seal pups, dolphins, rattlesnakes, swans, howler monkeys and elephants.
The film was shot on location in Hawaii when Hurricane Iniki hit with all cast and crew needing to move to a safer area within the hotel – all except Sir Richard Attenborough who slept through the whole thing. When asked how he replied “My dear boy, I survived the blitz.”
If you think the dinosaurs were scary on screen, you can imagine they were scarier in person. Producer Kathleen Kennedy “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 realised it was the rain. You’d hear people start screaming
The triceratops poo was made of clay, mud and straw – it was drizzled in honey so flies would swarm. The magic of movies!