Wow ... 30 Years Already?!
If you are a fan of Jurassic Park, you probably know some of the amazing facts about this movie. For example, did you know that there are only 15 minutes of dinosaurs in the first film? Or that Jurassic Park broke the record for the highest-grossing movie of all time until Titanic? Or that the island where the park was located, Isla Nublar, was based on a real island off the coast of Costa Rica?
To celebrate this 30th-anniversary special, Universal has announced a massive series of events and activities to honor the film and its gigantic impact on Pop Culture. Some of these include a special re-release of the film in 4K, a new documentary, a Smithsonian exhibit, more merchandising, and much much more!
What Is Jurassic Park About?
Jurassic Park is not only a thrilling adventure story but is also a cautionary tale about the dangers of genetic engineering and corporate greed. Crichton was inspired by his background in medicine and science, as well as by his fascination with dinosaurs.
Crichton consulted with experts such as Jack Horner, a renowned paleontologist who served as the model for Alan Grant. He wanted to explore the moral and philosophical questions raised by his premise: What are the limits of science? What are the responsibilities of scientists? What are the rights of living creatures? What are the risks of playing God?
Due to its popularity, some directors have even said that all the sequels that were made after were not needed. They could have just made the first movie and been done with it. But of course, as this movie itself even explains, it was taking into consideration what is common in the corporate world: GREED. Universal fell to the very thing that this movie was explaining. How is it that Universal succumbed to the same thing that the movie explains?
30th Anniversary Celebrations & Special Events
Folio Society Announces 30th Anniversary Edition of The Book
This edition of the book features a stunning cover design by artist Vector That Fox (creative name of Jo Breese), who also made 11 full-color illustrations for the book. These illustrations capture the awe, and terror, of encountering these amazing prehistoric creatures. It also captures the beauty and fragility of the island setting. It includes an introduction by Steve Brusatte, another famous author.
If you can afford the price tag, we recommend getting this book. The cost may be a bit high at $60, but if you are a big enough fan of the franchise, it would be a $60 well spent. I would get a copy of it for myself (Kenson), if I wasn't currently unemployed. Love the original movie, and have an audiobook version that I could play while reading this paper copy.
National History Museum of London Had A Pop-Up Exhibit
This pop-up exhibit was part of their celebration of the 30th anniversary of Jurassic Park. It included life-sized models of Tyrannosaurus Rex, "Velociraptor," and the Brachiosaurus. You could also see models of baby dinosaurs, it was open until the 31st of March, which then shut down. We wish we could personally have attended to get some pictures for you to see, but it was out of our budget.
Jurassic Park - 30th Anniversary Special Merchandise
That is not all, though! Many special releases are coming this year, and we will update this post with other special releases and events relating to the 30th anniversary of this amazing franchise to come this year. We hope to be able to keep you all up-to-date on these releases as we find them!
Concluding Thoughts About Jurassic Park
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