Minor spoilers ahead for Jurassic World, though nothing you wouldn't already know from watching the movie's trailers.
Remember the "she's hunting for sport" scene in Jurassic World? That scene begins when Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) come across a gigantic apatosaurus that's laying down on the ground. On closer inspection, they discover that the huge dinosaur is in the process of dying, having been attacked by the genetic hybrid creature known as Indominus Rex. It's a rare emotional moment amid the movie's thrills and chills.
The apatosaurus that Pratt and Howard acted against was a physical, anamatronic creation, a mechanized prop created by a practical effects studio called Legacy Effects. The following video shows exactly how this amazingly lifelike dinosaur was made, how many people were required to operate it, and what it was able to do.
The dying apatosaurus scene was one of many in the film that served as a callback to the original Jurassic Park. In that 1993 movie, the main characters interacted with a sick triceratops, which was also a practical animatronic. But here's the real twist: Legacy Effects was founded by artists and designers from the Stan Winston Studio — the same studio that created the sick triceratops for Jurassic Park, as well as the physical T-Rex that operated on complex hydraulics, the sneezing brachiosaurus, velociraptors and more.
So it's been 22 years, and the same craftsmen and women that created the triceratops returned to make the apatosaurus. That's kind of amazing. Almost as impressive as the amount of craftsmanship and technology that Legacy's creators put into this thing, as you can see in the video.
Tell the truth: Did you cry for the apatosaurus?