Billy and the Clonosaurus

I saw Jurassic Park in 3D with my wife and her uncle last night. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the 3D gimmick, especially because they always charge extra to see the 3D movies, but it’s okay once in a while. Besides, this is a film my wife saw a whole bunch of times in the theater when it was new. I only saw it once at the movies, and it wasn’t life-changing for me or anything, but it’s pretty solid. I think the main thing that doesn’t hold up is that they’d never have Samuel L. Jackson die off-screen in anything nowadays. I also had trouble buying Lex getting into the computer system so easily, but that was improbable twenty years ago as well. Mind you, this is the same character who, when faced with the prospect of seeing live dinosaurs, is excited about an interactive CD-ROM. Yeah, okay. I also learned that anyone can get to like kids if forced into a life-threatening situation with them in which several people die. Not that there’s ever any danger of the kids themselves dying, really. I understand that Michael Crichton and the filmmakers took some license with the dilophosaurus, as there’s no evidence that it actually has a neck frill or could spit venom at Wayne Knight.

Velociraptors really came into vogue after this movie; I remember reading about them when I was younger, but they weren’t presented as one of the more interesting sorts of dinosaur. In the nineties, though, they were all over the place.

The tyrannosaurus, on the other hand, has always been popular.

Speaking of Jurassic Park, does anybody remember those action figures that could get “dino-damage”?

Kind of a gross concept, wasn’t it?

Now let’s close this post with Weird Al:

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5 Responses to Billy and the Clonosaurus

  1. samuraifrog says:

    I met the paleontologist Robert T. Bakker in 1996; he was giving a talk at the Barnes & Noble I worked at at the time and I was helping out. I got to talk to him and he signed my books, etc. He used me as a prop, too, doing to me pretty much what Sam Neill does to the kid in the movie with the velociraptor claw (and an allosaurus claw, and a couple of others, and he actually gave me no warning before lunging at me with any of them). He was a really fun guy. But I remember him talking about Jurassic Park and the raptors, and how some of the consultants and special effects people were annoyed because they were being asked to create a dinosaur that didn’t really exist. (Velociraptor was smaller than in the movie, it’s claw wasn’t as big–a number of people felt they were just asked to redo Giger’s Alien as a dinosaur). One of his lines that got the biggest laugh was this: “And then something strange happened. As Jurassic Park was nearing the end of post-production, a group of paleontologists discovered what we now call the Utahraptor. It’s a raptor that stood five to six feet tall with a prominent claw and is pretty much exactly what you see in the movie itself. Which leads me to believe that Steven Spielberg has a REALLY powerful agent.”

  2. We totally have the dino-damage action figures. We got them at a yard sale in a big set just because we felt all children should have toy dinosaurs. And yeah, that’s one of them in my one userpic:

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