'Jurassic World' Picture: Hey There Li'l Raptor Buddy

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 15:58 Written by  iamrogue
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'Jurassic World' Picture: Hey There Li'l Raptor Buddy

The last shot of the Jurassic World teaser trailer really riled some folks.

They hated that Chris Pratt appears to have raptor buddies riding shotgun as he blasted around Isla Nublar on a boss hog.  "Foul!" these Jurassic Park fans cried, "Velocipators do not pal around with humans!  Raptors eat humans!"

Those folks aren't going to dig a promotional picture in which Pratt and a velociraptor make like Turner and Hooch.

We get the trepidation.  We really do.  It's an idea that could end up with both feet firmly in the ridiculous, but if it can keep one foot on the right side of the goofy line, this new raptor business could be plenty cool.  We know these are smart critters, capable of tactical calculation and using doorknobs.  So long as they're not cute and cuddly doglike dinos, this could be novel and interesting.

And isn't that what a sequel's supposed to do?  Balance the familiar with the novel?  Having already seen two lazy Jurassic Park sequels that coasted on dino action, why are fans so eager to dismiss one that's actually doing something bold?

"Chris Pratt’s character is doing behavioral research on the raptors," director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow explained months ago. "They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks. He’s just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings. If people don’t think there’s potential in those ideas, maybe they won’t like this movie. But I ask them to give it a chance."

If all you can see in this publicity shot, which isn't a still from the film itself, is the raptor sidekick element, then you're missing the point.  The point is, that's a practical raptor, not a CGI beast.

Trevorrow himself shared the picture, which he tweeted with the caption, "Happy Holidays from the editing room. Do not try this at home."

Certified Star-Lord Pratt leads a cast that also includes Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Lauren Lapkus, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, and Judy Greer.

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