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March 20, 2013


Colin Trevorrow, the director for Jurassic Park IV, has confirmed via a Twitter post that there will not be feathered dinosaurs in the next Jurassic Park sequel.

"Among the many worries from fans for Universal's Jurassic Park 4 was the possibility that we could see dinosaurs covered in feathers, as opposed to dinos in their classic form. The last installment in the series, 2001's Jurassic Park III, featured velociraptors with feathers. However, Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow, who was recently hired to helm Jurassic Park 4, has taken to his Twitter account to confirm that there will be "no feathers" in the sequel. Trevorrow was reportedly chosen due to his love of the original trilogy and knowing how the world works. Are you happy with the decision to not include feathers?" -…

As I stated in a recent previous journal entry (deinonychusempire.deviantart.c…, "In one regard, [...] I'd prefer it if the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park IV justified the Spielberg continuity. But in another regard, as a paleontological enthusiast I want Jurassic Park IV to have a positive impact on society's contemporary understanding of dinosaurs. It's a coin toss." So obviously, I'm not butthurt about it but some paleo-enthusiasts have already taken a hart hit (…. Clearly, Trevorrow isn't a paleo-enthusiast like the lot of us. I will admit to being unsettled by the fact that rather than being a young director with fresh ideas, he's a young director and amateur Jurassic Park fanboy... Maybe even a BANDit. Nevertheless, he's making Jurassic Park IV a priority and that's more than can be said for anybody who's given the film any attention in the last ten years. The vibe I get is that even if he is an amateur fanboy and BANDit, he's not excluding feathered dinosaurs in spite of them but rather because he's an honest Jurassic Park fan who's respecting the Spielberg canon the most honest way he can. Some paleontologically literate Jurassic Park fans have attempted to explain in canonized feathered dinosaurs, but Trevorrow's decided that's not an appropriate route to take. Let's face it, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park are theme park monsters (as Alan Grant so eloquently stated in Jurassic Park III)--and I'll add, theme park monsters that were never genuinely dinosaurian even in-universe because they were mutated with frog DNA. Trevorrow evidently understands this, and is respecting that fact. They're monsters created to appease the general public, not educate the general public. That's a major them in the original Jurassic Park novel anyway. No, Jurassic Park IV isn't going to be the break we paleo-enthusiasts were hoping for but it will be Jurassic Park IV and we're finally getting it.

Consider this as well, what would feathered dinosaurs have looked like if they were going to be in Jurassic Park IV? If any of us were expecting Emily Willoughby-esque reconstructions (, I'd feel safe making a high bet against that. I have a sick feeling that they'd be more like those abominations in Terra Nova. Gluing feathers on a bipedal lizard doesn't make it an accurate coelurosaur, and I guarantee that's what Jurassic Park IV would have been like if it ventured into feathered dinosaur territory. Consider Trevorrow to be doing us paleo-enthusiasts a favor by keeping it old-school.

-Rick Charles
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They should have used Erectopus superbus(a 200-kilogram allosauroid) instead of a dromaeosaur back in the original Jurassic Park so we won't have to deal with stupid inaccurate featherless psuedo-dromaeosaurs...
ADigitalArtist Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've long since come to terms with the animals in Jurassic Park are mutant monsters, not actual dinosaurs (except the pelicans at the end. ;) )
beastisign Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
I don't see the problem with non-feathered JURASSIC PARK raptors. They're just awesome movie monsters with their own style. If they were to continue to change from movie to movie (look at the differences from JP1-3 (mostly 3).), then they wouldn't be Jurassic Park raptors anymore.

Now, if they are from the BioSyn corporation that keeps on coming up, then that'd be a reason to try and put out an accurate JP universe raptor.
Gojira5000 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was hoping we'd get to see a fresh plot, say that a new genetics company has risen to rival InGen by providing the most up-to-date and accurate animals and put them in a zoo, while InGen has a theme park. And since they set it up on the mainland and keep security up to date and as best they can without killing the attractions, Jurassic Park will need to either get with the program or go out of buisness.

Someone would suggest doing their thing, but Hammond rejects it for fear of lawsuit. Eventually they decide to move JP to the mainland with the same security levels as the newer park, and thus begins the actual plot of the film. The two companies are in a race to get the most income, and eventually they both decide they need to find people to make sure the parks are OK for launch. While the new park is open to ideas, Jurassic Park takes the ideas with grains of salt. Eventually the accurate park is launched, while Jurassic Park is struggling with the raptors finding ways out of their pens. We would see the new animals InGen has cloned since JP3; mainly popular and some rising star dinosaurs. However, they didn't clone any bird-like dinosaurs or birds, which the new park has done and done well, allowing aspiring ornithologists to enjoy the newer park more then Jurassic Park's outdated, old formula of lizard-like animals. The newer park has tours not outside, but inside the exbitits, marine areas and Palaeozoic and Cenozoic areas. It's everything Jurassic Park is not, and Hammond is forced to either shut down Jurassic Park or do the unthinkable and update the dinosaurs to modern standards.

However, a corrupt CEO decides to sabotage the park and lets loose the carnivorous animals, meaning Daspletosaurus, Dromaeosaurus, Yutyrannus, Smilodon, Dinofelis and Phorusrachos are now all over the park. The new park fires back, sending people in to, quite effectively, exterminate the biggest dinosaurs. The raptors are killed off and only one Tyrannosaurus and Spinosaurus remain of the large theropods.

This escalates, untill the dinosaurs break free and wreak all hell upon San Jose.

But of course, now that accuracy is dead for JPIV, that idea of "rival with accurate dinosaurs gets big" is dead as a dormouse.

And it is a great idea for a plot, a shame they didn't use it. The new director's alinating a lot of people by doing this. :/
And I'm not very pleased with his very minute film record, too, you cannot trust young directors with material like this. From what Tom's told me, his films are good, but not great or amazing. And with JP being a big thing, and considering the recent surge of dinosaur documentaries showing dinosaurs with feathers, I sort of foretold the future: People were mostly quite peeved at JPIV lacking feathered dinosaurs, I only saw one or two tweets on the first two pages that were positive towards that announcement, which shows that people actually WANT accuracy in their dinosaur media. Overwhelming negativity at this is a sign, you see, of our society realizing that feathered dinosaurs are now accepted in media, but no, JP won't try to capitalize on that.

I have a feeling that the director in question will be drowned in negativity for this decision.
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"People were mostly quite peeved at JPIV lacking feathered dinosaurs, I only saw one or two tweets on the first two pages that were positive towards that announcement, which shows that people actually WANT accuracy in their dinosaur media."

Interesting fact, I thought this was the case. Society is finally catching up with science, it seems.
Hellraptor Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well im a big JP fan and i think it would be just odd to add feathers since as you said and we all know: they are hybrids. If they were goin to add feathers aswell, they had fix other inacuracies aswell, Trike and pachy used their hornes and dome for decoration, not weapons like in Tlw. The spino would be taken down from a super-predator to a weaker fisheater, Brachiosaurs that cant chew its food, Mamenchisaurs with straight necks, The hands on the dinosaurs aswell, Pteranodns that cant grasp with their feet etc. If they were goin to reboot it, they could do all this from the begining and fix things to make it more accurate.
TyrannosaurusPrime Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
This article reminded me of this meme I made: [link]
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! It's so applicably true!
Tyrannotitan333 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not exactly sure what to think about this to be honest. Thing is, yes, they used frogs to create the dinosaurs (which I never understood, as I wondered why they couldn't just pick bird or crocodilian) so they would've ended up as warped monsters that are made to look like 90s depictions, but the thing is I'm worried about all of those people who couldn't care less, and will still accept "Velociraptors" as naked dinosaur geniuses that could run as fast as a cheetah for example.
DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the misconceptions propagated by Jurassic Park will be stressful to fight for the next 10-20 years if Jurassic Park IV does this to us.
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