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There are three distinct variations of Velociraptor which were cloned by InGen, not counting sexual dimorphism seen within each individual version. However, despite the surface level variations, each sub-species remains relatively similiar in terms of physical attributes. Each species is roughly 6 feet tall…

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New Look at the Dinosaurs of Jurassic World Live Reveals Green Raptors

The Jurassic World Live Show tour is set to kick off its first set of shows in Columbus, Ohio next month, but much of the shows contents are shrouded in mystery. A new preview from USA Today gives us a new glimpse at the dinosaurs being made for the show – read on and take a look at their video below!

The show utilizes practical dinosaur puppets to bring the animals to life for the live audiences. Puppets is perhaps a bit of an understatement here. These dinosaurs animatronics describe more like advanced prehistoric vehicles, as the human inside each dinosaur uses advanced controls to bring them to life. In the Velociraptor, the pilot uses joysticks, levers, and triggers to control all the functions of the animal, even down to the eyelids. A small monitor inside gives the “dino-teer” a look outside of the creature in an effort to assist with steering functions.

And that’s just one of the dinosaur set to take the stage. We know the show will heavily feature a Troodon, as well as Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and T-Rex. The Rex animatronic is reportedly 43 feet long and fully piloted by Jurassic World Live staff members during the show. From a robotics standpoint, this show is shaping up to be just about as advanced as we could hope for from a traveling Jurassic show. The production has truly spared no expense with the inside workings of the dinosaurs.

However, we can’t help but talk about the Velociraptors seen in this video (who weirdly have square-ish snouts and nearly identical color schemes of Jeanie the Troodon).

You may have read our recent article about the issues that have plagued the velociraptors for decades. Jurassic World Live seems to have fallen into the same trap: green raptors. We won’t stand on a long soap box again about the raptor color here. We have already done that before and are likely to do it again, but it essentially boils down to the raptors looking pretty generic and bland – and not having any real canonical reason to keep being green. To the casual viewer, we know this probably will not be a glaring issue – though, with so many iconic wild raptor designs from Stan Winston Studios for the Jurassic Park films, we can’t help but wish they made a reappearance.

In any case, progress on building the dinosaurs seems to be drawing to a close as the first tour date draws near. USA Today reporter Carly Mallenbaum got a chance to look around the studio and even put some of the animatronics to the test. Check out the video below to see how the studio is bringing these prehistoric creatures to life.

Are you planning on catching a showing of Jurassic World Live? Are you excited about the animatronics they are using or does their appearance fall flat? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: USA Today

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14 thoughts on “New Look at the Dinosaurs of Jurassic World Live Reveals Green Raptors

  1. Alright, it’s green, but can we appreciate the fact its a gorgeous animatronic? In shape and sculpt it looks like a classic Jurassic raptor

      1. Because they aren’t JP raptors, they’re JW raptors, they’re all genetically tampered with in some way so maybe they look a little different than the original ones. They also haven’t added all of the special effects yet so…

    1. They are beautiful, and so much work goes into making them! Then there are people complaining on here though, ‘I don’t see you making a forking life like dinosaur!’

  2. The shame of it is how much forking work goes into creating these for them to look pretty awful in the end.

    Whoever came up with the guy-inside-the-puppet idea for smaller dinos…I’ve seen it in every show or attraction with dinosaurs in the last 10 years and they suck. They gave the animatronic designers a cheap way out. And they look it.

  3. Obviously the designs fall flat. And that’s not me just being negative, but an objective fact. The Raptors are not accurate and are far too large. I don’t know why it’s so hard to get a JP Dinosaur right.

  4. I’m sorry, how do you not like these suits? I find the idea of a “rideable” dinosaur suit super cool. Even the fact that they’re doing this fun! I’m sorry that I don’t align with your views on this.

  5. Of course the raptors are larger than their movie counterparts. They’re meant for a live show that plays in arenas. It’s entertainment for families/kids. It’s like complaining that those Avengers live shows were lame, because the live performers can’t do all the crazy feats accomplished by CGI in the movies. I mean, it’s true… those live shows have always been super lame (the Ninja Turtles rock/pop tour from 1990? Yikes), but the target audience isn’t adults.

  6. Time and again, the awesome ‘Jurassic Park 3’ [avian] raptor designs have been ignored and this is no different. I don’t know why they keep sticking to the incorrect reptilian designs from the first two films, particularly the slit pupils. JP3 raptors had the best dromaeosaurid design in the series and felt like a real, naturally evolved wild animal, as opposed to the more monstrous and tamed ones from JP and JW, respectively.

    1. I would have liked seeing one of the Raptor Squad having that design. I would also like the JP3 Raptor to make a reappearance, at least in discussion about how the hybrids got the same quills and intelligence…

  7. No excuse of “genetic modification” justifies the hands facing downwards instead of the palms facing each other. No wonder they’re so pissed in the movies… they’re naked and their arms are in constant pain.

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