ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

First off, I insist that you click play before we continue to peek behind the curtain of the seminal Jurassic Park.

As a child who spent far too much time weeping behind the sofa due to the cruel fact that I couldn't have a pet dinosaur, I was naturally almost violently sick with excitement when I heard about Jurassic Park.

Sure, the dinosaurs weren't real, but they sure as hell looked it, which was enough for my 6-year-old self. Even better, the fake science gave my tiny, squishy little brain hope that in 20 years time I would be painting my very own Triceratops' toenails.

Obviously that never happened, and although my dinosaur dreams have faded away thanks to boring, sensible adulthood, my love for THE movie of the '90s has never died.

So, let's take a peek behind the curtain of Jurassic Park and drink in awesome behind the scenes images, rare video footage of Spielberg at work, and some mind-blowing facts about the creation of Isla Nublar and it's inhabitants.

Go on, treat yo'self!

The movies biggest star with cast and crew
The movies biggest star with cast and crew

We all remember the first time the mighty T-Rex unleashed its almighty bellow, but the sounds used to create the roar are significantly less scary. The spine-chilling sound was actually a combination of animal sounds including elephants trumpeting, tigers, dogs, alligators and, bizarrely, penguin mating sounds.

The velociraptor's ear-piercing scream was borrowed from walrus grunts and dolphin squeaks. So glam!

Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello on set
Ariana Richards and Joseph Mazzello on set

The kindly veterinarian Dr. Harding, who looks after the poorly triceraptops of my dreams, is actually legendary Hollywood produced Gerald R. Molen stealing his moment in the spotlight. You can also spot him playing a doctor in Rain Man and playing an FBI Agent in Catch Me If You Can.

I hate to break it to you guys, but those velociraptors aren't real...And they aren't animatronics or CGI either. Instead, a lot of the shots (mainly in the kitchen) are animators wearing partial rubber suits and running riots.

By the time Jurassic Park III came out, animators could wear some very stylish raptor pants for shots of the dinosaurs legs, like this dude is modeling in the picture below.

"Does anyone want anything from the shop?"
"Does anyone want anything from the shop?"

Believe it or not, one of the most iconic shots in Jurassic Park was inspired by Earth, Wind & Fire. Yes, really.

Speilberg got the idea for the vibrating water cup shot after seeing his rearview mirror tremble while listening to the '70s disco band.

Hurricane Iniki ravaged the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i, where Jurassic Park was shot, but Richard Attenborough slept through the whole thing. When questioned how he didn't notice the raging winds by Steven Spielberg, Attenborough replied: "Dear boy, I survived the blitz!"

Hurricane Iniki was so severe that the cast and crew had to be evacuated from the island, but it's a strange fact about the helicopter pilot, Fred Sorenson, that is the most interesting.

Sorenson had one single, solitary movie role as Jock, the seaplane pilot who rescues Indiana Jones at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Everything about this is awesome, obviously!

Jurassic Park was almost universally praised for its ravishing special effects, but the one thing that looks totally laughable is actually 100 percent real!

The totally fake looking 'UNIX system' that Lex recognizes on the park's computer is actually a real browser called Fsn that was a 3D file management system. Needless to say, it never caught on.

In Michael Crichton's book that inspired the movie, he mentions that the park's audio tour is narrated by Golden Globe-winning actor Richard Kiley. In Spielberg's film adaptation, Kiley was actually hired for the voiceover and can be heard speaking in the jeep.

Richard Attenborough hadn't acted for 15 years before taking on the role of InGen CEO, John Hammond, in Jurassic Park, but he agreed to end his semi-retirement because Spielberg had "the charm of the devil."

Spielberg's velociraptor is notoriously inaccurate (a velociraptor was actually the size of a turkey), but in a bizarre turn of good fortune, a species that looked just like Spielberg's version was discovered during Jurassic Park's production.

The newly discovered Utahraptor gave animators some real bones and fossil data that they needed to bring Spielberg's invented raptor to life.


And, if all of those epic facts and images weren't enough to sate your ravenous appetite, check out this behind the scenes video that is everything colorful and awesome about the '90s. Enjoy!


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(Source: Imgur and IMDB)


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