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Subject: Movie Dinos
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It's always fun to try and relate film-design extinct
reptile forms with the actual fossil forms. Godzilla
was "inspired", more or less, by the Ray Harryhausen-
designed "rhedosaurus" of THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS.
"Rhedosaurus" (Ray Harryhausen-edosaurus?) always reminds
me of the archosaur Ornithosuchus, albeit 10 times larger.
Godzilla takes typical theropod stance combined with rad-
iation-infused stegosaur dorsal plates, fire-breath and
a body size that would have miniaturized a Seismosaurus.
The "Angurus" of GIGANTIS THE FIRE MONSTER is actually an
oversized (again) Ankylosaurus. The name is just a corrup-
tion of the Japanese name "Angilas" corrupted from Ankylosaurus.
Gwangi (from Harryhausen's VALLEY OF GWANGI) is a well-
formed allosaur that, surprisingly, thanks to Ray H's deft
animation, manages to avoid the then-typical tail-dragging
stance of movie therapods at least 60% of the time.
Any other favorite movie dinos?