On the occasion of the arrival of the feature film on Netflix, discover the secrets of “Jurassic Park” through 5 little-known things about his T-Rex.
The T-Rex was completely built
True special effects wizards, Stan Winston and his teams of technicians have made a life-size T-Rex by turning it into an “animatronic”, that is to say a remote-controlled robot, whose electronic members are often hidden ( by a latex skin) to make them more realistic and give them an appearance of life. The estimated size of a real T-Rex is 13 meters long and 5 high, and the one in Jurassic Park will be 12 long and 6 high. All to achieve a weight of 8 tons.
Where does his cry come from?
The film crew comes up against a difficulty: how to reproduce the “voice” of an animal that has disappeared for so long? Rather than invent a roar from scratch, Gary Rydstrom, who had worked on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Always or Terminator 2 and would later collaborate with Pixar, finds a solution: to be inspired by very real animals.
He therefore mixes the sounds of a crocodile, a baby elephant, a tiger and his own dog, a Jack Russell named Buster to arrive at the sound that we now hear in the film. And when lawyer Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferrero) is devoured on the toilet bowl, according to legend, the sound of the T-Rex was taken from a horse chewing on an ear of corn.
Earth, Wind and Fire at the origin of a cult scene
How the idea for the glass came about Steven Spielberg was in his car, listening to the band’s music Earth, Wind and Fire. With the sound pushed quite loudly, the filmmaker found that the bass made his windshield shake. From then on, the idea occurred to him to reproduce this tremor on a smooth surface, a glass of water under which a guitar string is plucked. Thus, the contents of the container oscillate as the heavy footsteps of the T-Rex approach. With a progressive zoom, Spielberg raises the tension in addition to signing an iconic scene taken up in many films and series since.
Inspired by an amusement park
In 1990, Steven Spielberg worked to develop some of the attractions at Universal Park in Florida, including those inspired by ET, Back to the Future, The Teeth of the Sea, Transformers or Men in Black. The park also plans a course called “Kongfrontation” in which visitors must be evacuated because King Kong arrives to break everything. Adapted from the 1976 film King Kong, the attraction features two giant gorillas, 12 meters high, in animatronic. It is in front of this possibility offered by the park that Spielberg will have the idea to use a gigantic T-Rex using this technology.
The T-Rex had to have a more spectacular ending
In the final fight between the T-Rex and the Velociraptors, Grant, Ellie, and the kids flee the park’s control room, they end up flying off via a helicopter and leave Isla Nublar. But the original storyboards of the film let know that a spectacular scene was planned between the exit of the room and the flight by helicopter.
On these work documents, we discover that the heroes’ vehicle must have been blocked by the sudden fall of a tree, forcing them to rush out of it. Indeed, the T-Rex is on their heels, and as it draws inexorably closer, they come within sight of a helicopter about to take off. Grant charges the kids up as he takes off, begins to climb himself, but the T-Rex crunches one of the skates! The T-Rex pulls with all its strength, to the point that the skate detaches from the vehicle. The pilot somehow manages to gain altitude, leaving the dino on the ground, skate in the mouth, taking off with the heroes unharmed!
An impressive scene, which we will never see.
Michel and Michel embark on the decryption of the film: