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Even More JP Stuff...
I meant to jump on the bandwagon sooner but I don't have
access to my account on weekends and you folks were pretty
industrious so I've spent the last few days cleaning out my mailbox.
Oh well, down to the farm...
Let me start off by saying that Jurassic Park is one of my
favorite movies, but picking it apart is also one of my favorite
pastimes (go figure). One could say that it's the most well done,
trying to be factual dino-movies yet done (I am interested in seeing
the forthcomming Dinotopia movie), but considering the amount of
complaints that we seem to be able to muster, such isn't the case.
Another victim of the "it's cute, but is it science?" senario. One
of the problems with the whole thing is that Speilberg and Crichton
say that it is science, "science eventuality" at least as opposed to
"science fiction". I picked up the _Making of Jurassic Park_ video
and they sadly continued with the charade of it's factual-ness (I
guess that they can't say on film that they blew it though). To even
show what great guys they were, they mentioned how they were going
to give the Raptors snake-tounges...but when Jack said no... Doesn't
explain why they continued with other inaccuracies even though Horner
probaly warned them about those as well. It's a dangerous game when
handed out to a public that doesn't know enough about dinosaurs to
pick out what's fiction and what isn't.
Anyways, here are some other points that I don't think have
1)The whole Triceratops thing was just a transplant of the
Stegosaur thing in the book, therefore, the unresolved
sickness was probably those berries sucked in with the
gastroliths. But tric. had teeth, not a gizzard; didn't he?
2)The one dinosaur that I don't think had any problems was the
Parasaurolophus. You know, in that scene where Grant was
looking out over the lake. The one that had Brachiosaurs
crawling out of it even though brachs. probably didn't hang
around in water...
3)At least no one is bringing up my pet peeve of "where did all
the people on the island go?" they all got on the boat that
they kept alluding to during the first half of the movie and
that Nedry was supposed to deliver the embryos to.
4)This one goes into "The Lost World" a bit. In JP, I thought
it was established that the DNA rendering material had to be
gained from the northern hemesphere. So where did "Site B"
get all these southern hemesphere dinos from? I'm mainly
talking about the Ceratosaurus, the new pointless gimick
My biggest problem now is something that probably has many of
you upset as well. Everywhere that you hear about dinosaurs, you
hear about JP; as though the two can't be pulled apart. On the
covers to _The Dinosaurs_ documentaries, they all say somthing to
the effect of: "...meet the real paleontologists who helped bring
Jurassic Park to life". It seems that now, the science of
palaeontology has been relegated to helping make movies. I could use
stronger words for how I feel about this, but I won't.
On to something anecdotal. Bob Bakker recently came to give
a lecture here in my fair city of Calagary, and I had the pleasure
of talking with him. One of the things I mentioned was JP and shed
it in my usually dim light, and that's when he practically jumped
down my throat about everything that was good about it. So I
guess he likes it.
Well anyways, later... (by the way, can anyone find the JP
Utahraptor toy, we don't seem to be able to get here in the "freezing