With last Friday’s release of Jurassic World, it should come as no surprise that the dinosaur blockbuster is heavily featured in this week’s “Nerd Alert” – there are just so many good related things out there are the Interwebs! A few other fandoms and links are also represented, so I hope you enjoy!
1/2. Mr. Sunday Movies, who brought us a video showcasing all of the Easter Eggs in Mad Max: Fury Road, is back with a look at the subtle and not-so-subtle homages to Jurassic Park in Jurassic World. While I was able to catch most of them, there were some – such as the significance of Jeep 29 – that I completely missed. Needless to say, this makes me want to return to the park yet again to see if I can pick them out this time! (Bonus Link: The Laughing Squid article includes a video by Mr. Sunday Movies filled with 50 interesting facts about the first Jurassic Park movie.)
3. As much fun as Jurassic Park movies are to watch, I always find myself wondering if this kind of theme park could ever be built in real life, and not just because dinosaurs have been extinct for millions of years. Something always goes wrong and yet, people continue to think that it’s a rare occurrence and won’t happen again. As Vulture’s Dan Reilly points out, a park such as Jurassic World would be a bit of an insurance issue, right? Reilly spoke to “Mitchel Kalmanson, the president of the Lester Kalmanson Insurance Agency, Inc., a Florida-based insurance company that specializes in ‘rare and unusual risks’ in the animal and entertainment worlds,” about it, and Kalmanson reveals that the answer is not so much. The article is a bit nerdy, but it’s a fascinating breakdown about how the park could protect when the dinosaurs (inevitably) get loose.
4. While both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World utilized computer-generated effects for some of their dinosaurs, they also occasionally used animatronic creatures to get the shots they wanted. One particularly emotional scene in Jurassic World features a dying Apatosaurus, which was made by the expert craftsmen at Legacy Effects. The special effects studio recently posted a behind-the-scenes video of their work on YouTube, and it is incredible to see all of the work and skill that goes into creating something for what it perhaps a five-minute shot.
5. I absolutely love it when artists let their geek flags fly because they come up with seriously cool things that I can only dream about creating. Take, for instance, this revamped alphabet by designer Simon Koay, or as he calls it, the “Superbet.” As Koay’s website explains: “’Superbet’ is a typographic exploration of alphabet design by reimagining each letter of the alphabet as everyone’s favorite superheroes and supervillains. Each letter has been created with inspiration from characters who share that same initial in their name.” In talking about the illustrations, CNet said it would be “perfect for any bedroom wall or pinned up at a School for Gifted Youngsters,” but forget that, I want it for my office!!
6. If you’ve checked out a few of these “Nerd Alerts,” you’ll know that I thoroughly enjoy all of the “Which Character Are You” quizzes that are out there on the Internet. While they don’t always seem to be that accurate, I like that Variety’s “Which Game of Thrones Character Are You?” test said that I was Arya Stark. She’s my second favorite character, after Tyrion Lannister of course, and is one of the strongest female characters on the show! While the Mysterious Mr. C and I stopped watching this current season about halfway through, this reminds me that we need to plug back in and see what happened to everyone! (Most likely, they died.)