Welcome to Jurassic Week! In anticipation of Jurassic World, Consequence of Sound will publish a related feature each day leading up to the blockbuster sequel’s Friday release. Today, we start with our official ranking of every dinosaur to have ever appeared in the Jurassic Park series, from the mighty T-Rex all the way down to the irascible compys.
“Oh, yeah. Oooh, ahhh, that’s how it always starts. Then later there’s the running and, um, the screaming,” Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) warns early on in 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park. It’s a quasi-meta moment, considering that the audience is just as aware of the dangers ahead as the snarky chaos scientist. However, one can’t also help but stand in awe at the cloned creatures walking amiably in the forest. After all, that’s what makes the Jurassic Park series so damn lucrative: the dinosaurs.
Boy, there have been plenty over the years! Thanks to those tireless amber miners and InGen’s top scientists — ahem, the late Stan Winston — we’ve been able to enjoy a plethora of prehistoric wonder on the big screen. Think back to the time you first saw the peaceful Brachiosaurus munching on leaves, or when you cowered in your seat as the Velociraptors prowled for chow in the Visitor’s Center. These are popcorn classic moments and there’s simply no disputing that these are the real stars.
This Friday, InGen’s dino glossary will expand with Jurassic World. Already, we’ve seen glimpses of the aquatic Mosasaurus, the genetically mutated Indominus Rex, among many others. Those won’t be ranked in the pages ahead, however, simply because we’ve yet to see them fully in action. Instead, we focused on the dinosaurs that appeared in Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III — an eight-year voyage from Isla Nublar to Isla Sorna. Agree, disagree, up to you.
Just remember to hold onto your butts and say the magic word. No promises!