Jurassic Park’s dinosaur designs, as beloved and timeless as they are, do not reflect the way the prehistoric creatures actually looked. The beasts we know are based on paleo-art contemporary to the 90s but are also largely the brainchild of FX wiz Stan Winston.
While his designs stand the test of time regardless of new findings, there are those who want to see more visually accurate dinos that look closer to their bird relatives. One of them is a 3D artist, modeler, and dinosaur enthusiast named Callie Sauria.
In a retrofitting of the T-Rex in Jurassic World, affectionately called “Rexy,” Sauria inserts her reality-based Tyrannosaur into two stills from the film’s climax and presents them to social media.
As she explains on Twitter, her goal isn’t exactly to make dinosaurs scarier but she thinks – and rightly so – a more realistic appearance would be just as terrifying as Winston and Spielberg’s big-screen monsters.
“While I don’t think dinosaurs being scary is what should deem them interesting, I do think realistic dinosaurs can terrify just as much, if not more, than the monsters we see in movies. This is the start of a series of edited images I plan to make,” said Sauria.
You might not notice her swap at first glance given how dark the images are. However, you can tell right away there is something strangely off about the new Rexy.
He certainly looks more monstrous. The Callie Sauria mod has a narrower beak-like snout, smaller and stubbier arms, and more pronounced arches on the eyebrows that resemble devilish horns.
If you want a clearer shot up close and in daylight, Sauria has you covered with ersatz “wildlife photography.”
Rexy might be less scary within his quasi-natural habitat but he still isn’t something you want to run into in real life.
The discussion of how the dinosaurs should look in Jurassic World now that there is new information is a subdued one although it rages on.
Either way, it’s better to keep the Winston dinos the way they are because, as most ought to consider, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Jurassic World has its problems like most movie franchises do – the creatures are not one of them.
Look at it this way: if you are going to make the Rex look meaner and darker then you should reduce the size of the raptors to a quarter of their current frame and give all the species more feathers since that would be scientifically accurate.
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