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Boooo!! I say boo to stiff animatronics and wobbly heads. Boo to shots designed to frame out operators and hide limited movement.
As great as the sculpts and texturing are, I really am a proponent of full cg for this type of show. Of course it depends on the scene as to wether an animatronic might work, but generally with JP the puppets have not felt alive to me. Impressive in their scale, but puppets nonetheless.
As much as I love practical fx, I have to agree with you about the mix in the JP franchise. It has probably been the least successful at blending digital and practical than any other big franchise.I'm genuinely interested in hearing more about this opinion of yours, Shane/aslan. I mean, I won't deny that (despite the amazing craftsmanship of the time) SWS's work in the first film...isn't aging well (dinosaurs with Parkinson's), but what other franchise has even tried a mix of CG/practical on the scale that the JP films have? I might just be having a brainfart here, but I honestly can't think of a franchise (or film alone) that has even attempted collaborative FX work on the same scale (in terms of using a large amount of both CG and practical and trying to blend them).
I hope they've made big strides in animatronics, or use them sparingly for inserts or quick shots here and there.I'm assuming it will be relatively limited.
Yeah, the story seems limited. Things go wrong in the park and chaos ensues. Wasn't this the plot of Jaws 3? I think I would have preferred the dino soldiers concept.I love the franchise as much as the next guy, and I'll see twelve JP movies if they keep making them, but it's just not a concept that I think has longevity when it comes to sequels. Dinosaurs on an island theme park, chaos ensues. Bring the dinosaurs to the mainland, chaos ensues. Go back to the (a) island for a rescue mission, chaos ensues. In my opinion, you can't go much larger in scale than that unless you go FULL SCI-FI and do highly intelligent dinosaur soldiers or aliens or make them kaiju sized. Dinosaurs and chaos can only go so far. The earth can only be invaded by so many Decepticons. The earth can only be avenged from so many space titans wanting to rule it. Bond can go on forever because you keep adding villains and changing the actor. But JP? How many will the world accept? It's an idea about dinosaurs on an island...it can only be stretched so far.
From executive Producer Steven Spielberg gives me a bad vibe like Universal expect this to underperform but had to try & recoup the lengthy pre-production costs somehowI don't see why this gives you a bad vibe. That's how marketing works. You use the biggest name to advertise and draw people in. They couldn't say "From the director of Safety Not Guaranteed...". They couldn't even say "From director Colin Trevorrow...". It's a Jurassic Park sequel, a franchise that was helmed by Speilberg for years and he's back in the EP chair. Totally understandable that they'd go with the "HEY GUISE HERE'S A NAME YOU'LL ALL RECOGNIZE!"-angle. You wouldn't advertise Transformers as "From Producer Ian Bryce and Brian Goldner...", would you?
If its PG they will get a few families next June but I doubt teens are going to be lining up for this somehow........This has the "Toy Story 3 Handicap" going for it. No doubt that this movie will make mad bank at the box office (your movie has to actively spray the audience with hot cat urine in order for it to bomb these days), but my guess as to where majority of the audience is going to be? In the 20-40 year range. You know, the people who were 5-20 years old when the other three came out. "I've been waiting 14 years for a new Jurassic Park movie, so get the f**k out of my way!" All the kids who grew up with JP and are now young adults will be racing to the theatre in droves.
Regarding the limited story appearance, when the title Jurassic WORLD was announced, I had visions of a more expansive plot. Given that the end of JP3 showed the dino's escaping the island I wanted something along the lines of the animals breeding in the wild, upsetting the balance of nature with their introducing unnatural dna and behaviour into the eco-system. It plays into Ian Malcolm's dialogue and themes from the first film, two ages of history not meant to share the same space or time.