My first true love were dinosaurs before corporate multinationals gave me heavily marketed action figures to buy. My love for franchises like Mighty Max, Power Rangers, Turok, Jurassic Park, etc. all started because of they involved dinosaurs which I was already crazy over. I’m glad to say that to this day dinosaurs are still something I’m quite interested in even if I no longer want to be a paleontologist or care to know all the dinosaur names/facts. Here is a collection of all the tributes/articles I’ve written to my Dino friends.
Jurassic Park has had many fast food promotions over the years, hell it even had one during the re-release of the original movie in 3D at Burger King! With a new movie being released in 2015 I for sure thought we’d get one only to be disappointed that it didn’t happen. Apparently no one expected the movie to be that big so not many bothered to license products, once it became a huge hit that even got close to beating the newest Star Wars in over a decade did companies realize they missed the boat but it was too late.
For sure this wasn’t going to happen again right? Well we got a hint that it would happen over the holidays when McDonalds released a train set with various franchises including big franchises from Barbie, Transformers, Minions, Hot Wheels, My Little Pony among others. But who was there? The T-Rex with a Jurassic Park fence branded Jurassic World. But when we saw that they announced their toys for June….Jurassic World was missing instead we had some Incredibles figures.
Luckily, this was only in the US and at least Latin America/Europe did get Jurassic World figures. Driving by and seeing a huge marketing blitz that the first Jurassic World movie lacked was great, Universal realized that Fallen Kingdom was their 6 foot turkey and needed respect. Walking in to McDonalds full of Jurassic Park memorabilia will always be cool no matter the age. Now, let’s take a look at the commercial:
We took a look at the previous Jurassic Park fast food commercials in a previous post, but now we’re going to take a look at this one for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. They re-create the shadows and tension of the movie very well and fits perfectly with not only the franchise but their previous commercials. It’s really quite cool.
As far as the figures they could be better but they aren’t horrible either. The main problem with them as it is with most fast food toys is that they include some type of stupid gimmick. Here they include some magnets so the dinosaurs can “fight” and you can make their heads move. It doesn’t work very well, but at least the figures are quite big!
I got Baby Blue since it’s a cute bobble head type figure and the Indoraptor since it’s a one of a kind dinosaur for this movie that will be difficult to get any merchandise later on. I’m not sure if I’ll be collecting the whole set but I have a few hours to still decide before they change them up.
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The Land Before Time franchise began with a single movie and it wasn’t until a few years later that they decided to make it into a franchise releasing movies pretty much every year. We’re going to take a look at back at all the movies beginning with the first The Land Before Time Trilogy. This means the world had not been established yet and they were still playing around with what the universe would become as well as the movies the original target audience grew up with.
The Land Before Time
When you have a film with names like Don Bluth, Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas attached you know you had something special. This movie was a favorite of mine as a kid and I would rent it constantly from the video store, it was one of my favorite movies as a kid. I didn’t know why but I knew it was better than most other stuff I liked. I re-watched it finally about 2 years ago to see how it held up and I knew I would like it but I fell in love with the movie all over again. Everything is just so well crafted and it truly is a classic movie that deserves all the praise it gets. Continue reading Looking Back On.. The Land Before Time Trilogy→
I enjoyed Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom quite a bit as I mentioned in my spoiler free article of the movie premiere, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any problems with the movie. As with every Jurassic Park sequel there are just some choices that were made that I’m not too thrilled about. These choices hurt the movie and keep me up at night like the threat of an Indoraptor under the bed. With that said these complaints are not big enough for me for me to dislike the movie but they’re definitely annoyances. I’ll discuss the elements of the movie so there’ll be some spoilers so be aware. The movie is very much its own thing, it does have some original Jurassic Park call backs, specifically from the kitchen scene which shouldn’t have been there but they work fine and the tone might feel a bit like The Lost World at first but it’s its own movie with its own take, but let’s talk about the problems with Fallen Kingdom..
Unlike what some of the trailers led us to believe, Isla Nublar doesn’t get to see much action, the whole rescue mission is over faster than you realize. The Volcano erupts as soon as they get there and some might be happy with that but I wouldn’t have minded another The Lost World take and do right what the previous time they got wrong. It was very sad to see the island get destroyed by the volcano, I’m not sure if it was shot very well or if also the recent volcano eruptions in Hawaii and Guatemala helped this feel closer to home. Seeing all the dinosaurs die was more depressing than you would think some CG / animatronic recreations of extinct animals would be. I do love the second setting in the mansion which gave us such cool visuals so at least it all wasn’t done to waste, it was refreshing as it’s not something we had seen before even if I prefer the jungle setting. Continue reading The Problem With.. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Review)→
I got invited to go to the Latin American premiere of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom so I thought I”d write up a little about my experience. I’ll be drawing comparisons to the trailer premiere of Jurassic Park Fallen Kingdom that I attended last year and I’ll also give a small spoiler free thoughts on the movie, for my spoiler thoughts and problems with the film click here.
The first thing I can remember ever liking was dinosaurs and a dinosaur movie just happened to come out during that time…that movie was Jurassic Park. It was everything I had ever wanted from a dinosaur film and it became my favorite movie. Here are some articles I’ve written about my favorite dinosaur franchise Jurassic Park.
In the beginning of the millennium Disney had a big movie coming up called only Dinosaur, a rather vague name which is why it’s more commonly known as Dinosaur 2000 nowadays. You have to have some big confidence if you name your movie something as generic as that and Disney expected it to be a hit. Walking with Dinosaurs was a huge hit when it came to Documentaries so a movie based on so a lot was expected from this release. Both movies used a mix of live action shots with CG and both were disappointments, but let’s take a look at these overlooked gems and see other coincidences these two movies had.
We’ll begin with the older of these entries which is Disney’s Dinosaur not to be confused with Henson’s Dinosaurs which I guess is also Disney’s. But as I mentioned the combination of shooting in real life locations and adding the CG to those scenes really brought a lot of realism to the movie. Despite having CG from 2000, it’s still nice and back then there was hardly many movies with better CG as it was simply impressive.