While Jurassic World became a massive box-office success and a hit with general audiences, even the films most ardent fans were disappointed with the movies minimal use of the animatronic dinosaurs that had become a staple of the Jurassic Park franchise. At the premiere for his film A Monster Calls, The Hollywood Reporter spoke with director J.A. Bayona about his feelings regarding the use of animatronics when he takes the helm for Jurassic World 2.
Bayona explained that he wants to use more animatronics than Jurassic World.
“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs — sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs — but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible.”
However, Bayona also discussed the difficulty in finding the balance between using animatronics and CGI.
“It’s complicated because the audience now is so used to seeing CGI that they’re sometimes reluctant toward animatronics, but at the same time, I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they don’t know what they’re seeing.”
Fans of the animatronics, first brought to life by Stan Winston and his team of special effects wizards for the first Jurassic Park film, will be pleased to hear that Bayona is committed to using the robotic dinosaurs. However, how much of the film will use practical dinosaur effects remains to be seen.
Jurassic World 2 is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 22, 2018.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter