Chronicle Collectibles Debut Sick Triceratops for Jurassic Park’s 25th!

Now that I see her she’s the most beautiful thing I ever saw…

Chronicle Collectibles are fulfilling Dr. Alan Grant’s collectible wishes this year, with the announcement of their first Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary item – the Sick Triceratops.

io9 first reported the announcement of this 1:35 scale model, which measures 13″ long, 11″ wide and 4″ tall. Check out the piece below!

The model will set you back $449 but as with every release from Chronicle, there are multiple payment plans available to ensure you can obtain one of these limited edition pieces.

The pre-orders began today for the item – while there is currently not an official number count, these pieces are limited edition and will likely sell out relatively quick, so hit up the official page here with more photos, information and details on how to pre-order!

For many Jurassic Park fans, the reveal of the Sick Triceratops remains one of the most iconic scenes in the entire film. The wonder and amazement in the eyes of Dr. Grant and Ellie as they gaze upon this ailing dinosaur are shared by us as the audience. The scene is fully convincing in making us believe dinosaurs roam the earth again; it’s one of the clearest examples of why cinema has such a powerful impact on us.

Now, fans can own a piece of that movie magic. Chronicle Collectibles presents to you the 1:35 scale Jurassic Park: Sick Triceratops Diorama, the first and only licensed high-end collectible for this beloved dinosaur.

To ensure we had the finest details correct, we brought in legendary dinosaur painter Steve Riojas to paint the masters to perfection. You will never a find a better licensed Sick Triceratops ever offered; we have poured our heart and soul into this piece to make it something fans will be proud to own and display.

Alongside this, Chronicle have announced a wealth of new items including a 1:1 scale The Lost World: Jurassic Park Velociraptor head bust molded and cast directly from a Stan Winston Studios original Velociraptor – meaning this is a screen accurate piece!

Last year the company released the same model with a Jurassic Park ‘Isla Nublar’ skin which quickly sold out. The piece weighs 72 pounds and measures in at 30″ tall – so this will dominate any room you showcase it in!

Fans of The Lost World can also revel in this model of InGen’s Pachycephalosaurus. For only $399 you can own this highly detailed cast of the defensive herbivore, molded directly from Stan Winston Studios’ maquettes, originally created for the Jurassic Park sequel.

This item is limited to only 150 pieces so if you are a true The Lost World fan (if you’re not, please close your web browser and re-evaluate your stance) this might be worth your pennies.

And of course, if you caught our article last week, the last (but certainly not least) of Chronicle’s latest Jurassic products is the bronze Tyrannosaurus Rex!

Adapted from their previous Breakout piece, this features a brand new streamlined base, putting the focus on the dinosaur with its bronze finish. Measuring in at 24″ long, 9″ wide and 10″ tall, and set on a 9″ diameter base, this piece is a must have!

Chronicle Collectibles have continued to knock it out of the park with their officially licensed Jurassic Park products and I’m excited to see more as we progress through the year! What items would you like to see Chronicle next debut?

Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to give Chronicle a follow on their social media channels for more information on their products and some behind the scenes looks at their design process!

Two Brand New Chronicle Collectibles Jurassic Park Pieces Available for Pre-Order!

Chronicle Collectibles have announced two great new additions to their ever growing Jurassic Park lineup today, and they are already available for pre-order!

First up is the Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary faux Bronze Tyrannosaurus Rex statue. Adapted from their previous T. rex breakout set, it features a brand new streamlined base, putting the focus on the dinosaur with its bronze finish. Measuring in at 24″ long, 9″ wide and 10″ tall, and set on a 9″ diameter base, this piece is a must have!

“Has it really been 25 years since Jurassic Park wove its way into the hearts and minds of generations of movie-goers? In 1993, Universal Studios, together with Steven Spielberg and Stan Winston Studios, changed movie history forever with Jurassic Park. The mixture of fully engineered forty-foot dinosaur puppets with live-action actors and new computer-generated imagery allows Jurassic Park to stand tall over the test of time. Chronicle Collectibles is passionate about celebrating these films that have shaped the industry for the past several decades.

To commemorate 25 years of movie growth and inspiration, Chronicle Collectibles is proud to bring a beautiful limited edition faux bronze Tyrannosaurus Rex into your home. Modeled after the design of the Stan Winston Bronzes, this elegant polyresin statue is the roaring T. rex pose on a smooth black base. These will be hand-numbered and only available for a limited time.”

Edition Size: TBD
Price: $349.00

The next dinosaur is a fan favorite herbivore from The Lost World, the Pachycephalosaurus! This ‘ram headed’ dino is cast directly off of the original Stan Winston Studio maquette, and is painted to match every detail. The Pachy statue is no small piece: it measures 31″ long, 19″ tall and 7″ wide with a base that is 13″ wide, 9″ deep and 2″ tall.

“We are proud to announce that for the first-time ever you can bring home “Pachy” to round out
your growing collection of Chronicle Collectibles Jurassic Park pieces. The Pachycephalosaurus
continues our line of cinema-quality statues molded directly from the maquettes originally
created by Stan Winston Studios.

Whether you have all of our Jurassic Park offerings or this is your first, the Pachycephalosaurus
will make a unique conversation piece to display in your home or office. Made to exacting detail,
the Pachycephalosaurus is roughly the same size and weight as our The Lost World: Jurassic
Park Stegosaurus. This statue is set on an circular base designed to resemble a dirt and rock-
strewn surface.”

Edition Size: 150
Price: $399.00

Both new statues are available with 10 month payment plans, meaning you can purchase the Pachy with installments of $39.90 a month, and the Rex as low as $34.90 – Chronicle Collectibles have been leading the industry with their incremental payment options, making it easier for collectors like myself to afford the pieces.

If these pieces are up your alley, be sure to pre-order now, as they’re limited edition and will likely sell out fast!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our review for the sold out Breakout Tyrannosaurus Rex from Chronicle, which is a beautiful piece, and hands down the most accurately sculpted Tyrannosaur based upon the first film. Also check out our gallery of images for these new pieces below, including a look at in hand images the sold out full size female Jurassic Park Velociraptor for another example of Chronicles quality!

If you’re already interested, you can pre-order the Bronze Tyrannosaur here, and Pachycephalosaurus here!

Finally, frequent InGeneral Podcast guest Paul Francis recently joined the Yes Have Some Podcast, to talk the latest about everything Chronicle Collectibles and Jurassic World – be sure to give it a listen if you want some insight on the behind the scenes happenings and the products yet to come!

Source: Chronicle Collectibles

The Jurassic Park Trilogy is Getting New Blu Ray Covers So Bad We Thought They Were Fake

The Jurassic Park name means something – whether it’s the seal of quality only Spielberg can bring, pushing the boundaries of visual effects, or the iconic dinosaur designs. It’s a mega franchise running over 25 years if you count the novels, and its name is synonymous with quality. So why does the franchise seem to lack any real quality control (or at least the budget for good Photoshop artists)?

Welcome, to B-movie quality cover art park. To truly appreciate the travesties on display above, you should first look at them at full size and resolution, because the compressed picture just doesn’t do it justice. Snarky jokes aside, those covers just are not good – and for more reasons than poor photoshop skills.

First up, Jurassic Park – conceptually it is a great cover (they all are – in concept), and Alan Grant and the Ford Explorer do look fantastic. Unfortunately, they look more like a previs concept. The Tyrannosaurus stands out of place, featuring a strangely modified male Tyrannosaurus head from The Lost World, not the female from Jurassic Park (plus it’s just poorly composited). In fact, the head used here is the bizarrely malformed head used on the 2015 Jurassic World products.

Wait. Is that a thumb on the Tyrannosaurus!? A moment ago we were going to point out Alan Grant wasn’t looking at the Rex, but now that issue seems Compsognathus sized. That’s not the only issue at play – the Tyrannosaurs right leg and foot are larger than the left, meaning they should be in front – however, the rear left leg has been photoshopped to land in the front.

The Lost World cover is plagued with just as many issues (ignoring the ugly logo, which would be an issue on its own). First off, the photoshop composition is just bad – which is frustrating, as the base image used (above) is a great choice. Of course the Stegosaurs pictured are far too large (even by The Lost World’s standards), but the idea behind the cover is fun. However, as Jurassic Park teaches us, intention doesn’t overrule execution.

The other issue is the two Stegosaurus’ on display aren’t from The Lost World: Jurassic Park – they’re the drastically different design from Jurassic World. In fact, the two renders on the cover are from Fallen Kingdom, and have already been spotted on early merchandise images. At least this can answer the raging question – do Jurassic World Stegosaurs have beaks like TLW and the real animal? Apparently not.

The Jurassic Park 3 cover is easily the least offensive. The composition of the overall image looks good, the Pteranodon is mostly accurate to the film, and it captures the feel of the movie. It’s just stuck with an ugly logo, and a really poorly photoshopped Billy Brennan face on the cover (perhaps he’s reacting to the other two covers).

Minus the logo, this one at least looks like a professional film studio released it, even if it’s a bit sloppy. Though we have to wonder – why is it Billy on the cover (or wait – is that actually Nicholas Cage)? Further, why not the Spinosaurus? Those aren’t really issues, but the choices stood out as discussion points none the less.

It’s not just us scoffing at the new covers and initially questioning their legitimacy. In fact, the whole community seems to be having the same overall reaction:

For more community reactions see our Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter comments plus this Reddit thread.

So, how exactly did this new cover lineup pass quality control? While we can’t answer that, we can say it’s not the first time something like this slipped by for Jurassic Park. In fact, it’s not even the worst. The worst would be the 2013 Jurassic Park 3D IMAX Poster.

 

Art is subjective, but when it comes to meeting the quality and established designs from the base material, the line is crossed to objectivity. To be blunt, the poster and covers above are just not good. In fact, they’re awful, and a poor representation of the source material. This isn’t a case of a fandom entitlement complex (which is a real issue), but simply a poor look for the films overall. When talented artists put out better unofficial work on a daily basis, there is a big issue.

While the above artwork looks like it came from the studio that brought you Sharknado, the next point is something more subjective. The Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary key art looks more like a child’s coloring book cover than the celebration of the longstanding legacy of the film franchise.

The cartoony art style for the fossil backdrop is nothing at all like the visuals on display in Jurassic Park, nor does it mirror or celebrate the artwork used in 1993. 1993 used simple black backdrops, or the iconic jungle sunset motif. If they must insist on a fossil backdrop, at least go minimalistic and inspired by the pillars in visitors center (and actually illustrate dinosaurs depicted in Jurassic Park).

Though, as we said prior, this one is subjective – at least the artwork for Jurassic Park 25th looks professionally done, even if it does seem out of place. At the very least, it’s not another case of Velociraptor toys being released without sickle claws.

Nor are they the frog faced, green Jurassic Park 2011 Blu Ray statue (the original female Tyrannosaurus is brown, and certainly doesn’t look like this):

In the 2010’s the Jurassic brand hit an awkward stride, with products and images that don’t reflect the brand they belong to. With 2015’s Jurassic World, most chocked it up to rapid growing pains – but over two years later, the excuse seems a little less genuine. Perhaps a lack of a visual style guide and story bible has led an inability to properly vet creative outputs (but that doesn’t explain poor composition – that simply looks cheap and rushed).

This isn’t meant to be an attack piece – Universal Pictures releases some of our favorite films, and their offices are filled with talented, kind, smart, and enthusiastic people. This isn’t personal – just an observation of the some of the high profile Jurassic misfires. We digress. Rant over.

The Blu Rays are listed on Amazon.com, and judging by the back covers are simple releases of the other standalone Blu Rays, with no new content. Considering the cover art, these are easy skips, unless you’re an absolute completionist collector. If you’re on the market for Jurassic Blu Rays, be on the look out for these – they have great covers, and the same content:

This begs the question – if there is no new content on the Blu Rays, will Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary get its own release with new content in the coming months? The demand is there for a 4K release, and the 25th anniversary would the perfect time!

Sound off in the comments below, and let us know what you think of the covers! If you’re a photoshop wizard, perhaps you can take a stab at making your own custom covers and share them with us. As always, stay tuned for the last news – with the Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom trailer coming within a month, things are sure to get exciting soon.

Source: Amazon.com (Via @gencinexin and Blu-Ray.com)

Jeff Goldblum Gives New Updates About the Return of Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom!

In a new interview with Radio Times, Jurassic Park’s Jeff Goldblum shared some information on what we may expect from the return of his character, Ian Malcolm, in the upcoming fifth Jurassic film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. While he definitely does not want to spoil anything about the film, he did say this:

“Ian Malcolm, yes might be back in this one, and he might have something to say about the current confluence of circumstances around the use and misuse of technology. With some irony, deep wise passionate conviction……”

Goldblum also teases that Malcolm might again be wearing some dark clothing and tinted glasses. Of course the entire interview is it a bit humorous in nature – though his wardrobe hints come as no surprise to fans. Did you pick up how he changed his voice to sound more Malcolm-like when talking about his role? His words hint at a return to form for his character, possibly straying away from his personalty shift seen in The Lost World.

Finally, while not saying much, Colin Trevorrow has broken the recent trend of silence, offering a hint of an update:

What do you think of the new comments Jeff Goldblum made about the return of his iconic character Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom? Let us know in the comments below and on our forums!

Source: Radio Times

Jurassic World Evolution takes place on Isla Nublar and the surrounding islands of the Muertes Archipelago!

Yesterday’s announcement of Jurassic World Evolution didn’t hide the fact that the game took place on the home of Jurassic Park and World – Isla Nublar. However, the full press kit has shared additional and exciting details about the upcoming video game that are sure to excite super fans. Most intriguingly, Jurassic World Evolution will include ‘The Five Deaths’ – aka Isla Sorna and its surrounding islands.

Las Cinco Muertes Map – seen in The Lost World and JP3

The Muertes Archipelago was first introduced in The Lost World, and while little is known about the islands outside of Isla Sorna, the other islands (Isla Matanceros, Isla Muerta, Isla Tacaño and Isla Pena) are known to be dangerous by locals. Do they also sport wild dinosaur populations, perhaps escaped from Sorna? And the bigger question is does this have any relevance to Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, which is also mentioned in the press kit?

Check out the info in full:

Frontier Developments plc today announced its new game, Jurassic World Evolution, and revealed the first trailer. Based on Universal Pictures’ iconic film franchise and created in collaboration with Universal Brand Development, the game expands on the official Jurassic World mythology and puts players in charge of cinema’s greatest tourist destination – where they will have the opportunity to create and manage their own Jurassic World. Launching in summer 2018, Jurassic World Evolution will be coming to PC, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system.

“As long-time fans of the entire Jurassic series we’re thrilled to be putting players in charge of their own Jurassic World,” said Frontier’s Chief Creative Officer, Jonny Watts. “We’re excited to bring over fifteen years of management, simulation, and creature development expertise to a destination and franchise that remains an inspiration to us.”

Jurassic World Evolution evolves players’ relationship with the Jurassic World film franchise, placing them in control of operations on the legendary island of Isla Nublar and the surrounding islands of the Muertes Archipelago. Players will build their own Jurassic World as they bioengineer new dinosaur breeds and construct attractions, containment and research facilities. Every choice leads to a different path and spectacular challenges arise when ‘life finds a way.’

The game is scheduled to release next summer and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be in theatres June 2018.

Another key bit of info in the kit is the phrasing of “bioengineer new dinosaur breeds” – does this mean the ability to create your own hybrids, as seen in the mobile Jurassic World game will make an appearence? Hybrids are seemingly here to stay with the franchise, so our bet is on yes (plus even the title Evolution hints at the concept). As long as the game puts the focus primarily on the many ‘real’ dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, World, and the various sequels I personally will welcome hybrids.

What do you want to see from Jurassic World Evolution? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: Frontier Developments

Official Limited Edition Jurassic Park John Hammond Cane Replica by Paradise Collectibles Now Available To Preorder!

Roaring out of 2017’s San Diego Comic Con comes a new officially licensed Jurassic Park collectible… John Hammond’s Amber Cane!

Chronicle Collectibles have partnered with Paradise Collect, a new online store dedicated to movie and entertainment memorabilia such as action figures, statues, props, posters and more! The website has launched with a number of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World products from Chronicle Collectibles, as well as Paradise Collectibles’ first exclusive product:

Chronicle Collectibles and Paradise Collect began collaborating on this iconic prop replica in 2015 and has been working tirelessly to ensure it is as accurate as can be to the cane seen in Jurassic Park and briefly in The Lost World.

Celebrate the legacy of Jurassic Park by bringing home a piece of history with this exclusive limited edition 1:1 prop replica of John Hammond’s Amber Cane, cast from an original film prop with an expertly crafted finish. Special Jurassic Park logo plague, hanger clip, and wall mount hardware included.

Fans, collectors, and movie goers alike will instantly recognize this piece of luxurious pre-historic deco as there are none others line it! This walking stick is constructed of a cast resin shaft in the form of thirteen tapering sections of dinosaur bone crowned by an egg-shaped multifaceted top gem of amber, with a large prehistoric, fossilized mosquito suspended inside. The cane ends with a screen accurate footer tip and is sure to amaze and inspire pop culture enthusiasts around the globe!

            

The cane is an officially licensed product and the delivery is expected to be in the fourth quarter of 2017. The full price is $249.99, but much like Chronicle, Paradise Collect offers payment plans. The 6 month plan brings the cane down to $42 a month!

Only 1000 canes will be produced, so be sure to secure a copy before the opportunity goes extinct! Pre-order now!

About Paradise Collectibles Group:

Paradise Collectibles Group is proud to announce the official release of the Jurassic Park John Hammond Cane by Chronicle Collectibles, LLC. This product is a high-end collectible prop replica and is a global exclusive to Paradise Collectibles Group and its website paradisecollect.com. Paradise Collectibles Group is retailer of officially licensed pop culture collectibles based around your favorite movie & entertainment properties.

Paradise Collectibles have big plans for the brand and hope to have more exclusive Jurassic products later in the year. Check out more about the cane on its official web page!

We’ve got the scoop on the future Jurassic World toys from Mattel! (spoiler free) #JurassicJune

The year is 1993 – Kenner releases the Jurassic Park toy line which shaped many of our childhoods. From there on, Kenner (and eventually Hasbro when they entirely overtook Kenner and their products) made Jurassic Park toy lines. Whether it was a spin-off like ‘Chaos Effect’, ‘Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs’ or ‘Camo-X-Treme’ or a film line, the franchise was handled by the same company.

Most recently, Hasbro released the ‘Jurassic World’ toy line in 2015 – and to be blunt, the toys were not good. Velociraptors were missing their sickle claws, toys were poorly sculpted, poorly and cheaply painted, prone to breaking, and riddled with gaping screw holes. Not to mention, there was no sense of size consistency in the line, and it did not feature traditional human action figures. Fans were bummed.

Apparently, so was Universal Pictures – while Hasbro began to improve the quality with much better paint application on 2016’s ‘Dino Hybrid’ line, they lost the license that summer to Mattel. This is now uncharted territory – and truth be told, when I first heard the news I wasn’t excited. Mattel has no current lineups that prove they could do the classic Jurassic style of lineup (which is quite similar to current Star Wars offerings from Hasbro), and Hasbro had just put out some of the best Jurassic Park toys ever a few years back (see: Jurassic Park 2009/2011).

Art by James Flames, click for full

Let me just jump to the point: I was wrong to doubt Mattel. While the final quality of the toys remains to be seen, the lineup style is what fans have wanted and true to the legacy of Jurassic Park.

Recently, Mattel held a showcase for vendors, licencors, and more where they showed off their in-development and upcoming lines. As you can imagine, Jurassic World was there – and from what we have heard, it was easily the biggest highlight of any Mattel offering. We’re going to avoid going into too deep into specifics, as certain items will spoil future surprises, including things about the new film.

However, this is the lay of the land for the upcoming Jurassic World toys from Mattel (the images used below are from past Jurassic Park offerings, and used for demonstrative purposes only):

3 3/4″ Human Action Figures ($10)

Yes, human action figures are back – they will be roughly 3 3/4″ tall, and in scale with past Hasbro offerings. They will follow the Kenner styling of including a small or hatchling dinosaur, and some gear/weapons. However, from our understanding the gear skews more towards collectors than play factor (as in Dr. Ian Malcolm includes a film accurate flare – not a net launcher) – and the toys have articulation that will surely please.

Basic Dinosaur Figures ($10)

The bread and butter of the line – the dinosaurs are back! Roughly 6″ long, these are comparable to the basic non-electronic dinosaurs of the Kenner toy lines (or the Bash & Bites from Jurassic World). Much like classic Kenner, these dinosaurs are not dressed with permanent mortal wounds, and have simple articulation tied to a basic action feature. One of my favorite bits of news: size of the dinosaurs are considered when choosing what type of toy to make. There will be no miniature adult Tyrannosaurs – it will focus on smaller species like Velociraptor, and Gallimimus.

ROARIVORES (Electronic Dinosaur Figures) ($15)

Slightly larger than the basic dinosaur figures, these toys focus on electronic roars tied to a biting mechanism. They again do not have open wounds, and while they are not posed as neutrally as classic Kenner toys, they are less awkard than the Jurassic Park 3 offerings. Again, the size of the dinosaurs were considered when developing these toys – so at this time, there are no electronic Velociraptors, but rather species of a larger size will be focused on.

SUPER STRIKE DINOS  (Deluxe Dinosaur Figures) ($20)

Slightly larger than the electronic figures, these hearken back to the classic non electronic Kenner dinosaurs of the medium size. An example that was described to use was a Stegosaurus with a tail swinging action that was very Kenner in looks. However, it was apparently closer in size to the JP 2013 Dino Showdows Pachyrhinosaurs.

Large Dinosaur Figures (prices vary)

Yes, they have a Tyrannosaurus Rex (two in fact!) and we have heard both steal the show. We’re going to avoid describing them anymore, as they’re worth waiting for the official reveal to be surprised! But it’s worth noting that there are more than Tyrannosaurs in the large scale, and some figures use a “Real feel” latex/rubber, have action features, and electronic roars.

Vehicles (prices vary)

Not much to say other than they’re film accurate, look awesome, and are scaled to the human figures. Everything in this line is sized correctly, much like the classic Kenner toys. The classic Jurassic Park Jeep has a few details super fans are sure to LOVE!

Matchbox (prices vary)

Gone are the fictional vehicles – they’re being replaced with small film accurate vehicles from all five films! Some include small dinosaurs, and the entire lineup was described as similar to the Micro Machines (but bigger) sold alongside The Lost World. This includes some very cool playsets based upon movie moments!

Games (prices vary)

There will be games – including something tied to pivotal plot elements of Jurassic World 2!

Various ‘smart’/electronic toys (prices vary)

Drones, remote control vehicles, and more! While a lot of these won’t be cheap, they do offer great modern play functionality.

Some key notes: Mattel’s first Jurassic World lineup will be called something similar to ‘Jurassic World: The Classic Collection’. This lineup is scheduled to hit stores late this year or early next year, and is mainly based upon the first Jurassic Park. While they boast film accuracy for all their items, it does seem to also borrow from Kenner by featuring dinosaurs never seen in the films.

Sometime early spring (mid April) in 2018 the Jurassic World 2 toys will begin to arrive in stores. Much like the classic Jurassic line, it boasts film accuracy and a multitude of figures and offerings. From there, the line should continue to populate shelves with new waves featuring figures from the latest sequel, or past films. There are apparently quite a few more classes/skus of toys from Mattel than those listed above, so there are plenty of surprises in store!

It’s worth noting that some of the basic dinosaur figures were described as slightly exaggerated looking, with proportions and poses that were more cartoony than realistic. Our hope is that between now and release, those items will be refined and perfected to better match their film counterparts (and proper realistic anatomical poses). Otherwise, we’re thrilled by what the line is slated to offer, and cannot wait to see photo’s from it – there are quite a few more surprises Mattel has up their sleeves, so stay tuned!

As always, sound off in the comments and let us know what dinosaurs, characters, and vehicles you want toys for. Happy #JurassicJune, everyone!

The Lost World: Jurassic Park turns 20!

Everybody’s favourite sequel to Jurassic Park has turned twenty! 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released in theaters exactly twenty years ago today, four years after Jurassic Park. The sequel was directed by Steven Spielberg and penned by David Koepp, and was loosely based on Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name.

Over the years the sequel has gained some critical reviews, mainly focusing on how different it is to the book and due to the final scene, which brought the Tyrannosaurus Rex to the mainland. However, there is also a lot of love for it. For me it’s as enjoyable and thrilling as Jurassic Park; I love how distinctively different the aesthetic is to the first film, how gritty, dirty and dark the cinematography is compared to Dean Cundey’s, but how the film managed to retain the same themes and values from the first.

In a way, it’s a perfect sequel – it holds the beliefs of the original and maintains a familiar setting, but builds a darker and scarier tone.

The animatronics, the visual effects, the characters, the vehicles, the Goldblum, the lighting… everything about this movie is Jurassic Park.

What will you be doing to celebrate The Lost World’s 20th anniversary? If you’re in the UK and near to London, the Prince Charles Cinema is showing the first two films back to back in a 35mm print – this is worth checking out! There is also a screening of the first three films at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, animation director Randal M. Dutra recently spoke with vfxblog about his work on the film, and reflected on the early days of visual effects within the film industry.

Randal worked for Tippett Studio on Jurassic Park and was heavily involved in the stop-motion technology that Phil Tippett pioneered. After the success of Jurassic Park he moved to ILM as an Animation Director, and discusses his work on the film in detail. Worth the read! Thanks to Ian for sending this our way.

Let us know if and why you love this sequel in the comments section below – just follow the screams.

London Cinema Presents Jurassic Park AND The Lost World in 35mm!

With the recent announcement that Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World, what better way to celebrate than to watch Jurassic Park and The Lost World back to back?

The Prince Charles Cinema in London agrees and will be hosting a Double Feature screening of both movies, back to back, in 35mm!

The screening takes place on Saturday 17th June and opens at 8:45pm, with tickets costing £15 for non-members and £12.50 for members. You can purchase your tickets here!

The Prince Charles Cinema is known for screening original 35mm (or 70mm!) prints of movies and bringing back classics and cult films. They host marathons of popular franchises and also host movie premieres. The first time I went to the Prince Charles was for the premiere of a movie I had worked on. Another experience (and I really mean experience) was when they screened The Room and had Tommy Wiseau there, signing Blu-Rays. What a guy.

It’s a great cinema and is located right next to Leicester Square, so grab some food in Chinatown then head down to the Prince Charles! I’ll be there, will you?

Thanks to JJ for the heads up!

Source: Prince Charles

The Entire First Season of the Cancelled Jurassic Park Television Series Revealed (Exclusive)

At long last, we’re happy to exclusively present the entire story arc of the first season of Jurassic Park the animated series. ‘Escape from Jurassic Park’ was meant to be a prime-time television series, utilizing state-of-the-art animation to directly followup the events of the first film. Unlike other animated series, this was not meant to be a cartoon aimed at younger audiences, but rather targeted at the audience of the Jurassic Park film, which it would be tonally consistent with.

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Sadly, the animated series was eventually cancelled before completion, and was seemingly lost to time. But much like the study of dinosaurs themselves, we did some intensive digging and uncovered the remains of something long thought extinct. This story outline was created at the now defunct Universal Cartoon Studios in 1993 – prior to the theatrical release of the film. Development lasted for some time, before the project abandoned in 1994.

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Scans for authenticity – full transcript of the script below.

This (non final) story outline was used as the basis for the script and series development, and was only seen by key individuals, such as Steven Spielberg. It’s currently unknown if more detailed scripts existed for the episodes within, or if an outline for Season 2 was ever explored. Every day new discoveries from the Jurassic past are revealed, so if you have anything to share please do not hesitate to get in touch! Until more information is uncovered, enjoy the first ever, and quite possibly the only reveal of ‘Escape From Jurassic Park’!

After digging in, be sure to read our breakdown below, and view the art gallery from the series:

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What a wild ride that story is – and a cliffhanger ending at that! It’s not entirely clear why the series was abandoned – some reports say Steven Spielberg pulled the plug after getting frustrated with all the merchandising for Jurassic Park while working on Schindler’s List. However, while there may be some truth to that fact, I have also heard he may have pulled the plug to avoid overlap, or canonical inconsistencies with the planned theatrical sequel (something I have heard happened again with a Jurassic World animated series).

The story shares many similarities with Michael Crichton’s ‘The Lost World’ – which was released in 1995. These include Lewis Dodgson, and a BioSyn team stealing eggs from nests to build their own park elsewhere, all while animals show up on South American mainland leading to a government coverup (due to fears of it hurting tourism). Of course, there are many differences as well – the animated series takes place on Isla Nublar, the home of Jurassic Park, while The Lost World takes place on Sorna, Site B. Further, the outbreak of dinosaurs on mainland is due to BioSyn, who purchase 100 square miles in The Amazon to build ‘DinoWorld’ – a fully fledged Dinosaur safari park with hotels, monorails, and more (much like the park in Jurassic World, ‘DinoWorld’ is inspired by Disney World.)

The story featured many brand new concepts and  dinosaurs – some even got Kenner tie-in toys in 1994, including the “Dino Wranglers”, and the fanged Lycaenops, or the Komodo Dragon-like Ornithosuchus. I think perhaps the most intriguing part is Season 1 ends with Jurassic Park finally opening to the public (much to the dismay of Malcolm, Grant, and Sattler) . You could easily imagine the second season following a similiar arc of  the story presented in Jurassic World, only with BioSyn shenanigans, the threat of animals on the mainland, and 100% less militarized hybrids.

I’m certainly bummed that the series was never developed – although, it would admittedly have greatly impacted the stories of future films. In a lot of ways, this is the sequel fans have imagined for years, yet never got, loaded with healthy doses of childhood imagination interjected with Michael Crichton’s themes and story development. Before we close off, I want to present a gallery of the stunning artwork created by William Stout, a key mind behind the ill-fated series:

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Artwork by William Stout – visit his website here!

What do you think of the story of ‘Escape from Jurassic Park’? Be sure to sound off in the comments below – it’s hard to believe we can finally learn about this series after nearly 25 years! And again, if you have more to share please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we hear an animation demo for this series still exists somewhere, waiting to be found.

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Artwork source: William Stout