The most memorable thing about watching Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was seeing all the Dinosaurs (creatures we’d only seen pictures of) coming to life on the big screen. Especially during the T-Rex attack (which I’m not going to lie was one of the scariest things I’d ever seen when I was child). It might be hard to believe but Jurassic Park was originally released 19 years ago so it’s a testament to the designers that the T-Rex model still holds up as one of the greatest movie monsters to this day (and will no doubt be scaring a new generation of youngsters when Jurassic Park is re-released)
Here’s an interesting video showing every step of the T-Rex production by the creators, Stan Winston Studios:
When Steven Spielberg enlisted Stan Winston to handle the full-size dinosaur duties for JURASSIC PARK, he based his faith in Winston — and, indeed, in the very idea of building full-size mechanical dinosaurs — on the alien queen in ALIENS. “Steven figured that if we could build a fourteen-foot-tall alien queen, we’d be able to build a twenty-foot-tall T-rex,” Winston explained.
“But that was a somewhat naïve assumption on Steven’s part. There was a big difference between building that alien queen and building a full-size dinosaur,” continued Winston. “The queen was exoskeletal, so all of its surfaces were hard. There were no muscles, no flesh, and there was no real weight to it. The alien queen also didn’t have to look like a real, organic animal because it was a fictional character — so there was nothing in real life to compare it to. There was just no comparison in the difficulty level of building that alien queen and building a full-size dinosaur.” Even so, when Spielberg asked Winston if he could build a full-size dinosaur, Winston didn’t hesitate. “I told him, ‘Yes, absolutely.’ He said, ‘How are you going to do it?’ And I said: ‘I haven’t got a clue. But we’ll figure it out.’”
Do you think the T-Rex has withstood the test of time? Feeling old knowing the movie was released almost 20 years ago? Let us know in the comments section.