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‘Jurassic World 2’ Behind the Scenes Shot Teases Old School Animatronics

CGI and practical effects will peacefully co-exist in Jurassic World 2.

Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow promised at the tail end of last year that were will be more animatronics in the sequel than in his own franchise installment, which was music to the ears of everyone who felt like there was a bit too much CGI in the 2015 hit. But will the film deliver on that promise? If this new behind the scenes shot is any indication than yes, it will.

Trevorrow told Jurassic Outpost back in November:

I think the lack of animatronics in Jurassic World had more to do with the physicality of the Indominus, the way the animal moved. It was very fast and fluid, it ran a lot, and needed to move its arms and legs and neck and tail all at once. It wasn’t a lumbering creature. We’ve written some opportunities for animatronics into [Jurassic World 2] – because it has to start at the script level—and I can definitely tell you that Bayona has the same priorities, he is all about going practical whenever possible.

There will be animatronics for sure. We’ll follow the same general rule as all of the films in the franchise which is the animatronic dinosaurs are best used when standing still or moving at the hips or the neck. They can’t run or perform complex physical actions, and anything beyond that you go to animation. The same rules applied in Jurassic Park.

Check out the latest Twitter tease below.

The cast includes the returning Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt alongside Ted Levine, Daniella Pineda, Geraldine Chaplin, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall and Toby Jones.

Colin Trevorrow co-wrote the screenplay with Derek Connolly, and will exec produce with Steven Spielberg. Belén Atienza, Patrick Crowley and Frank Marshall will produce.

The 2015 feature grossed $1.67 billion at the global box office, becoming the fourth highest-grossing movie of all time.

The park opens again on June 22, 2018.


9 Comments
  • llcc1103

    “Look! It will just be like the original! We swear!”

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    it made no sense for JW not to have animatronics, i dont care about the excuses, if a 1993 movie can do it and make it look great, then there is no excuse

  • J.J. rdz

    Yes this good news.

  • ThunderDragoon

    It’s about time. The fact that they used CGI for the raptors when they were bound in Jurassic World was ridiculous. There was absolutely no reason to use CGI for that scene. Glad to see this one is in good hands.

  • CelticBull

    As a lifelong JP fan, the first picture got me really excited – this “animatronics” news doesn’t do much, though. There were quite a few animatronic shots (especially with raptors next to humans) in Jurassic World, but they put so much CGI over it, that it looked just like any other full CG shot in the movie…

    • There wasn’t actually any animatronic raptors in JW, they used a green placeholder maquette in the scene where they are in braces that was later replaced with CGI. They did make raptor busts that were used to gauge lighting on the set for the effects team, but they weren’t actually used in any shots. There was an early behind the scenes shot of one of these reference maquettes in a brace that had people doing backflips, yet in the making of doco they are all just green placeholders on set.

      Pretty much the only live-action dino in the movie is the dying Apatosaurus. They built a functional Indominus head but it didn’t make the final cut.

      • CelticBull

        Thanks for that, I meant that braces scene and mixed it in my memory with a promo picture I saw of a Raptor model with headgear on.

  • Wilson Bro

    Hope the spirit of Stan Winston is looking in somewhere and thinking: “That’s the way you do it.”

  • Jarvis hug

    good. when the rex showed up in JP1 it burnt into my memory and was intense scene, when the rex showed up to attack the trailer in 2 you felt dread, but when the indominius rex showed up it was like meh… it didn’t have that weight to it at all and it was very forgettable

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