Dogs, elephants and donkeys: The secrets behind the noises in Jurassic Park

Published On June 12, 2015 | By Keri | Entertainment News

“Jurassic World” stomping into theatres this weekend, 22 years after the events of “Jurassic Park”. Chris Pratt stars and Steven Spielberg is executive producer.

And in case you didn’t know, the sources of some of the sounds in the original “Jurassic Park” are rather interesting.

Gary Rydstrom, the sound engineer who won 2 Academy Awards for his work on the film said that creating dozens of distinct dinosaur noises essentially from scratch was a tall order.

He spent months recording animal noises then modifying them create something otherworldly but still organic.

The key sound to the fearsome T-Rex is thanks to Buster, Rydstrom’s tiny Jack Russell terrier who was recorded playing tug of war with a rope.

What about that bone-chilling roar of the T Rex? You know, the one that made you clamp your hands over your ears? Rydstrom admits it was a baby elephant.

The sick Brachiosaurus was courtesy of donkey noises. But when it sneezed in “Jurassic Park”, that was a cross between a whale blowhole and a fire hydrant.

And how about those verocious velicopartors? Rydstrom says their noises were from a mating tortoise he recorded at Marine World.


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