Jurassic World was a massive international hit back in 2015, raking in an enormous $1.67 billion dollars at the worldwide box office and mostly pleasing fans of the beloved series. However, one thing that Jurassic World lacked was the series’ trademark of using animatronic dinos, with the vast majority of the dinosaurs in the film being CGI. The only animatronic in the film was used during the scene in which the Brontosaur died, and while this scene paid homage to the original films, die-hard fans were somewhat disappointed by the lack of animatronics overall. Commenting on the topic of using less CGI dinos in the production of Jurassic World 2, Director J.A. Bayona said this:
“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible… It’s complicated because the audience now is so used to seeing CGI that they’re sometimes reluctant toward animatronics, but at the same time, I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they don’t know what they’re seeing.”
J.A. Bayona and the rest of his production team are clearly working hard on a plan for instituting more animatronics into the second film. His point is valid, however- the majority of modern audiences would pick up on the use of an animatronic dinosaur versus a CGI one in an instant if not done smoothly.
What do you think about Bayona’s comments? Are you excited for Jurassic World 2? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
Jurassic World 2 will debut on June 22nd, 2018 in the US.
Source: Hollywood Reporter