10 dino-mite facts you didn't know about Jurassic Park for its 25th birthday
Hold on to your butts!
Today, we’re celebrating the action-packed anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s mammoth masterpiece, Jurassic Park – an adventure 65 million years in the making!
Based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling science fiction novel of the same name, Jurassic Park was released into the wild on June 11, 1993 and instantly devoured all box office records. The film earned over $914M worldwide during its original theatrical run, making it the highest-grossing movie of all time until Titanic (1997). Not bad, considering the film’s production budget was a mere $63M.
Along with a killer cast, featuring Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson, and Sam Neill, Jurassic Park also made use of ground-breaking technology to bring the rest of its prehistoric players to life. No wonder the film won three Academy Awards!
Climb aboard, buckle up for safety, and join our tour as we unearth ten colossal facts to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park. Trust us, we’ve spared no expense!
1. R-rated Raptors
Ever wonder how the Jurassic Park editing team came up with all of those iconic Velociraptor calls? According to sound designer, Gary Rydstrom, the raptors are speaking the language of love! “It's a mating tortoise!” says Rydstrom. “I recorded that at Marine World.”
2. Cretaceous-Crossed Lovers
It’s no secret that Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) was on the lookout for a “future ex-Mrs. Malcolm” while shamelessly flirting with Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern). However, you might be surprised to learn that Goldblum and Dern continued their romance off-camera, too. The actors began dating while filming Jurassic Park and were engaged for two years before eventually breaking things off.
3. Foreshadowing Foreplay
Take note of an early scene in the film, when Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) scrambles to tie his mismatched seatbelt aboard a bumpy helicopter ride. This moment foreshadows the film’s eventual chaos, when the all-female assets of Jurassic Park are suddenly able to, uh, find a way to breed with one another.
4. Dr. Ellie Sattler
In what was perhaps the largest casting search we’ve ever seen, here’s a list of all the actresses who were rumoured to have been considered for the role of Dr. Ellie Sattler:
Sandra Bullock, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joan Cusack, Geena Davis, Sherilyn Fenn, Bridget Fonda, Jodie Foster, Heather Graham, Jennifer Grey, Linda Hamilton, Daryl Hannah, Mariska Hargitay, Teri Hatcher, Helen Hunt, Elizabeth Hurley, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Kelly McGillis, Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Raver, Lisa Rinna, Julia Roberts, Ally Sheedy, Sigourney Weaver, Debra Winger, Robin Wright, and Renée Zellweger.
5. You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Screen
During the first argument between Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight) and John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) in the control room, keep a close eye on Nedry’s computer screen. You should be able to spot a small video window playing a scene from Jaws (1975), another Steven Spielberg classic.
6. Dino Droppings
Despite looking exceptionally stinky, the large pile of Triceratops poop that Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) digs through actually didn’t smell at all. In fact, the mountain of “dung” was composed of mud, straw, and clay, and was then topped off with honey and papayas to attract nearby flies. Delicious!
7. Jurassic Wonderland
Arguably one of the film’s most famous scenes, Steven Spielberg came up with the idea for a rippling cup of water as he was driving around listening to Earth, Wind & Fire and noticed his car’s mirror vibrating. The water effect turned out to be surprisingly difficult to perform on set, but was eventually achieved by plucking guitar strings hidden beneath the Ford Explorer’s dashboard.
8. Mammoth Marketing
Jurassic Park was backed by one of the biggest movie marketing campaigns to ever roam the earth. At a monstrous cost of $65M, Universal Pictures made deals with over 100 companies that generated more than 1,000 products, including everything from “Dino-Sized” meals at McDonald’s to sleeping bags! Of course, that didn’t even include “Jurassic Park: The Ride” – a $110M attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood that opened in 1996.
9. We The North
It’s no coincidence that when the National Basketball Association expanded into Canada in the early 90s, they opted for a prehistoric team name. That’s right! Inspired by the popularity of Jurassic Park, the NBA announced on May 15, 1994 that their newest franchise would be called the Toronto Raptors.
10. “Clever girl!”
It might surprise you to learn that there really aren’t that many monster moments in Jurassic Park. Throughout the film’s 127-minute runtime, there are actually only 15 minutes of dinosaurs! This includes nine minutes of Stan Winston’s life-size animatronics, and six minutes of Industrial Light & Magic’s ground-breaking CGI effects.
Return to Isla Nublar this summer when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom races into Cineplex theatres on June 22, 2018!