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Re: Disney's upcoming
>If it is Disney and with cartoon like material in it be sure it will
>talking dinosaurs in it. Does anyone know if there was any
>consultation as to Dinosaur anatomy, looks, et cetera? Hollywood tends
>forget reality sometimes for the sake of theaters.
Just wanted to reply to this string...
I am both an animator and a paleo-artist and I have a somewhat different
perspective on the the reconstructed appearance of dinosaurs in film
than that of individuals who are strictly animators or
First of all, the information that I have on the aforementioned dinosaur
film (from an animator friend actually working on this feature) is that
the dinosaur characters are CGI composited over live-action background
plates. I also recall him mentioning that professional paleo folks were
consulted, but I have no specifics.
Secondly, whether you are doing a live-action film or an animated
feature, you are creating _characters_, and therefore must define them
as individuals through characterization. Variation in appearance is one
way this can be done.
We have fossil dinosaur evidence that includes skeletal and skin texture
information; clues to diet, weight, walking speed, etcetera.
However, many aspects of anatomy and specific appearance remain tenuous,
such as: skin color, sounds made, differences due to sexual dimorphism,
specific behaviors, and the like. Not to mention how physical
deformities change the way a creature may look and move.
An adult male Albertosaurus with orange and green "camouflage" skin
markings and his right eye missing from a previous fight is certainly a
more interesting "character" than the dinosaurs found in the Jurassic
Don't get me wrong, though! I'm all for proper anatomical
reconstruction of extinct creatures, but you can still put together an
animal whose bones and muscles are in all the right places (so far as we
know) and still make it interesting.
How many reconstructed versions of T. rex have we seen? Is just one of
them "correct"? I seem to recall that the Horner version pictured in
"The Complete T-rex" as being different than Dr. Bakker's look for the
beast. Another example of "one set of fossil evidence=a bunch of
theories on its interpretation"?
The bottom line is that you can be anatomically correct in restoration
_and_ interesting at the same time.
Now, as far as the dinosaurs actually talking (which they will in the
Disney film)...that's a whole other posting. ;)
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