19 Fun Facts And Behind-the-Scenes Details You Might Not Know About The Jurassic Park Franchise

Jurassic Park is consistently towards the top of the list when it comes to iconic films. The first movie not only holds the distinction for being the highest-grossing movie of all time, but it also virtually doubled public interest in paleontology and paleontologists. The original picture was undoubtedly the finest, but Spielberg's sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, is no slouch either, despite receiving less critical praise.
This reignited a whole generation's fascination with dinosaurs, sophisticated CG/animatronic hybrids, and further fostered a feeling of curiosity in them, prompting people to ponder what it would be like if dinosaurs were still alive today. For better or worse, the third picture is essentially an amusement park ride-on movie. We've chosen to dig back and find some information from all of the Jurassic Park movies to commemorate one of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time. Check out the most fascinating Jurassic Park trivia in the poll below!

#1 Jurassic Park Became the Permanent Perception of What Many Dinosaurs Looked Like, Even If It Was Wrong

In actuality, Michael Crichton invented the spitting ability, while Spielberg came up with the notion for the frill. Real Dilophosaurus lacked neither of these characteristics, with its twin crests and small jaws serving as the only distinguishing attributes.

#2 The Beauty of the First Jurassic Park Is That There Are Only 15 Minutes of Dinosaurs

The movie has just 15 minutes of authentic dinosaur footage: 9 minutes of Stan Winston's animatronics and 6 minutes of ILM CGI.

#3 The Helicopter Scene Foreshadows the Dinosaurs' Ability to Mate

Grant's creation of a working seatbelt with only two latches and no latch plate foreshadows a later scene in which the dinosaurs, despite being entirely female, are suddenly able to reproduce.

#4 Spielberg's DNA Is Still in Jurassic World

Steven Spielberg and Mark Protosevich came up with the plot idea for Jurassic World after meeting privately multiple times to discuss the possibility of making another Jurassic Park film.

#5 There's a Logical (and Thorough) Reason That the Triceratops Was Sick

The guests' interaction with the ill Triceratops comes to a close with no explanation as to why the beast is unwell. Triceratops lacked adequate teeth for crushing food, therefore they swallowed pebbles and used them as gizzard stones, similar to birds. These stones would crush the food in the digestive system, assisting digestion. The animal would ingest West Indian Lilac berries while searching for and consuming fresh pebbles to utilize.

#6 At the Time of Its Release, Jurassic Park Was Breaking All of the Records

The picture debuted on Friday, June 11, 1993, and smashed box office records with $47 million in its first weekend. It went on to gross more than $900 million over the world.

#7 Fate Knew BD Wong Would Be Back

Despite having only a few minutes of screen time in the first Jurassic Park, BD Wong is prominently labeled as one of the stars in the opening credits. In fact, he is the only actor who appeared in any of the original trilogy films to appear in Jurassic World.

#8 Spielberg Gave Out Raptors as Wrap Gifts

After the film was completed, all of the cast members received a raptor model signed by Steven Spielberg as a present. It appeared to be rather terrifying, and Ariana Richards keeps it in her home to frighten visitors. "It's quite big," she remarked, "maybe five feet long and two feet high in a glass case."

#9 Films in the Franchise Reference Another Spielberg Film

Jurassic Park: Shortly after Nedry makes his first appearance in the control room, during his argument with Hammond, one can clearly see Jaws playing in a small video window on one of Nedry's computer screens. That movie was, of course, also directed by Steven Spielberg.Jurassic Park III: When the paleontologists enter the bar for dinner with the Kirbys, you can see a Jurassic Park (1993) pinball machine in the background.Jurassic World: The great white shark being eaten in Jurassic World is a clear homage to Jaws.

#10 Spielberg Got a Lucky Raptor Break While Filming Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg intended the Velociraptors to be around 10 feet tall, which was a bit higher than they were previously thought to be. However, paleontologists discovered 10-foot-tall Utahraptors fossils during the shooting.

#11 Jeff Goldblum Is More Heroic Than Dr. Ian Malcolm

Dr. Ian Malcolm was supposed to get out of the automobile and run away during the Tyrannosaur's escape, according to the screenplay. When it came time to shoot the sequence, Jeff Goldblum came up with the concept of making the Tyrannosaur's flight more heroic by having him distract the Tyrannosaur so Dr. Grant could save the kids.

#12 The 'Jurassic Park III' Dig Was Real

The initial wide picture of the dig site in Jurassic Park III was captured in early summer 2001 and was based on genuine footage of Jack Horner's excavation. Several enormous Tyrannosaur and Hadrosaur fossils were discovered at the site.

#13 The Lost World' Had an Intentional Godzilla Moment

"I left Japan to get away from this?" exclaimed the Japanese tourists fleeing the rampaging T. rex in the San Diego scene (an apparent reference to Godzilla films).

#14 The Spinosaurus in 'Jurassic Park III' Was the Largest Animatronic Ever Built

The Spinosaurus was the world's biggest animatronic. It weighed 12 tons and was powered by hydraulics, allowing it to function when submerged in water.

#15 The T. Rex Roar Was a Whole Medley of Animal Sounds

The Tyrannosaurus's roars were a combination of dog, penguin, tiger, alligator, and elephant sounds.

#16 Ariana Richards Got the Part of Lex in Jurassic Park with a Blood-Curdling Scream

Ariana Richards said she got the part because she was the only one whose filmed scream was loud enough to wake up Spielberg's wife, Kate Capshaw, and send her rushing down the hall to check on her kids.

#17 The T. Rex Coming Through the Glass in Jurassic Park Was an Accident

When the T. rex slams through the van's glass roof in the initial attack in Jurassic Park, the glass was not supposed to break. It's a little surprise the children's screams sounded so real.

#18 The T. Rex Animatronic Was Incredibly Powerful in Real Life as Well as on Screen

The T. rex, which weighed 12,000 pounds and was highly strong, required the team to hold safety sessions. They employed flashing lights to inform the crew when the T. rex came on because standing next to it and seeing the head go past at high speed felt like watching a bus go by.

#19 The T. Rex Occasionally Turned Itself on, Terrifying the Crew

Due to the weather on-site, the T. rex periodically malfunctioned. Kathleen Kennedy, the producer, recalls, "The T. rex had the heebie-jeebies on occasion. It scared the very daylights out of us. We'd be having lunch when all of a sudden, a T. rex would appear. We didn't know what was going on at first, but then we understood it was the rain. People would start screaming."
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