Metal Mummy’s Movie Meme: Computer Animation

Ok, so I misread the brief on this one and was all set with my awesome animated movie – then realised it was computer animation, so my nice, drawn movie has been set aside. Poo. Not to worry though as there are still lots of others to choose from as the brief is not limited to those movies that are totally made of CGI.

My pick for this week is:

Jurassic Park

I chose this because I saw it in the cinema way back in 1993 (!) and apart from Who Framed Roger Rabbit, it was the only film I’d seen that clearly mixed live action and animation to such a large extent.

In case you’re not familiar with it, the movie is an adaptation of a Michael Crichton book about eccentric Billionaire John Hammond’s idea to resurrect dinosaurs in a top-price theme park and the action takes place when he invites paleontologists Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler, plus a sceptical expert on Chaos Theory, Ian Malcolm and Hammond’s own grandchildren to visit the park and sign off on it and things go – awry…

At the time it was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen – the effects were brilliant and you could almost believe that dinosaurs were back from extinction and interacting with the folks in the movie. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s aged well though; I saw it again recently and having seen movies featuring the CGI advancements made in the almost twenty years (Oh. My. God.) since it was released it’s all just a bit less realistic-looking and the magic of the thing has been taken away to a certain extent.

Despite this, I can still remember the amazement at those awesome graphics compared to the movies up til then and that Velociraptor tapping its toe did actually give me nightmares!

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