The special effects of most films made two decades ago are utterly laughable to today's audiences. George Lucas' motivations may have been questionable when he "enhanced" his old films, but if you look at that Yoda puppet in Episode I, he could almost be forgiven.
Thankfully, we'll most likely never see an overzealous re-CGI version of Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic #JurassicPark. Why? Because of the use of animatronic dinosaurs.
The lack of CGI allowed the film to convey a sense of authenticity and true terror; an element of believability which often lacks with CGI. The recent unveiling of an incredible animatronic Na'Vi for Disney World's Pandora expansion showed us just how far the technology has come:
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'Jurassic World 2' Will Contain More Animatronics
#JurassicWorld 2 director J. A. Bayona has told The Hollywood Reporter that the film's team "love animatronics and we're trying to do as much with them as possible":
"It's complicated because the audience now is so used to seeing CGI that they're sometimes reluctant toward animatronics. But at the same time, I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We're trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they don't know what they're seeing."
The original Jurassic Park definitely managed to successfully blur the line between CGI and animatronics. Did you know these dinosaurs weren't CGI?
The massive robotic T-Rex was so heavy that it actually malfunctioned and came down on the roof of the car, almost crushing the child actors under the screen. That look of terror on their faces as they squirm underneath the glass? That was 100% real.
The colorful, venom-spitting little lizard put on a terrifying display for sneaky Dennis.
The velociraptors were horrifyingly convincing, but did you know that they weren't all CGI? Some scenes involved actors in suits, such as the iconic kitchen scene:
This gentle giant had quite the grip — good thing he's a vegetarian!
Is there anything more calming than cuddling up to that sleepy beast?
6. Apatosaurus (Jurassic World)
The only animatronic dinosaur in Jurassic World, the lack of CGI helped to convey an emotional moment between Claire and Owen.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)