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Jurassic World just set amazing new records with its opening weekend, showing that America still loves dinosaurs and we definitely love Chris Pratt. If you can’t get enough of the park, make sure to check out these facts about Jurassic World. But be warned: spoilers ahead.
1. The original title for the movie was Jurassic Park: Extinction.
2. This is the first of the Jurassic Park franchise not to include any of the original main actors Sam Neill, Laura Dern, or Jeff Goldblum. Director Colin Trevorrow did throw in a tiny Easter egg for careful viewers: Dr. Ian Malcolm can be seen on the cover of the book that Zara is reading on the monorail.
3. Trevorrow says that Jurassic World is supposed to be a direct sequel to the original Jurassic Park, with the second and third movies existing next to it.
4. The main dinosaur featured in Jurassic World is Indominus Rex, a newly created genetic hybrid. But what is Indominus built from? It starts with a T-Rex, then gains tree frogs, cuttlefish, and Velociraptor DNA to make a dinosaur with abilities from camouflage to communication.
5. Jack Horner has served as the dinosaur advisor for every single Jurassic Park movie since the original, and he reveals that the Velociraptors of the movie are actually based on a dinosaur called Deinonychus.
6. One big difference between the first Jurassic Park and the latest installment is the use of CGI. After some initial shots of dinos, Steven Spielberg was unimpressed and asked for some CGI tests. He was so blown away that he chose to make some scenes entirely CGI. This is a huge contrast with the original that used as many animatronics as possible.
7. A set that features prominently in Jurassic World is the control center for the theme park. It was based on the Universal Studios theme park as well as the NASA control room.
8. The roaring sound of the T-rex from the movie was actually a mix of tiger, alligator, and baby elephant sounds. The Velociraptor’s communicative sounds are the sounds of turtles mating.
9. One of the new stars of Jurassic World is the Mosasaurus, a huge aquatic dinosaur that can eat a great white shark. Unfortunately the amazing acrobatics shown in the movie aren’t entirely realistic. Since the creature would probably weigh over 6 tons it’s unlikely it would ever be able to jump around and out of the water.
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