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Obviously a huge Jurassic Park fan, the first movie being my favorite. If I had to rank them in terms of enjoyment, I'd rank them in their order of release. Tyrannosaurus is my favorite, with Spinosaurus being a close second. I'm pretty nitpicky about the dinosaur sizes, especially the carnivores, and I've done more research on that aspect than I care to admit; I've also got several of the JP/JW books if you ever need to know something from them.

I have a YouTube channel. Check it out and join me in talking about this amazing franchise.

JPIII JJ interview

https://web.archive.org/web/20060305202525/http://actionadventure.about.com/library/weekly/2001/aa071601a.htm

Some bullet points:

- According to Johnston, Michael Crichton was not involved in JP3 but Steven Spielberg was a part of the writing process and was around if Johnston had any questions.

- Two versions of the story were dismissed before settling on the one seen in the final product. The first idea was a group of teenagers getting stuck on the island (sort of like the second JPA junior novel) written by Craig Rosenberg, but everyone decided it wasn't what they wanted to see. The second idea was to have Grant and Billy accidentally crash on the island along with a family. The second idea got as far as budgeting, storyboarding, and location scouting. This was the script that was thrown out five weeks before shooting when David Koepp came up with the idea used in the film. They had so much planned for the second idea that they had to incorporate quite a bit of it into Koepp's story (like the aviary scene).

- There was never a finished script until after filming wrapped. Pages were written on the day of or sometimes up to a week ahead.

My Dinosaur Size Collection

This is a document I made for when I need to reference a dinosaur's size, including the source. I've tried to keep up to date with the canon sources, but the "expanded" lore is outdated as there's simply way too much for me to collect right now.

Jurassic Dino Sizes V2

JP/JW books I possess (order of release)

Jurassic Movie Ranking

Obviously this is my opinion. I'm ranking the movies based on my overall enjoyment and my perception of their quality.

1. Jurassic Park

2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park

3. Jurassic Park III

4. Jurassic World

5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

I'll add some insight at a later time.

Tyrannosaurus Size Table

This is just about everything I currently could find on the Tyrannosaurus rex in relation to Jurassic Park, although I know I'm missing plenty of video games and trading cards.

Tyrannosaurus Size Table
Height Length Weight Source Notes Film Canon
18' Jurassic Park cutout card From the 1992 Golden Book published Jurassic Park sticker book? No, trading/collector cards are not considered film canon.
18' Jurassic Park insert card From the 1992 Jurassic Park Candy Sticks Fantastic Facts series. No, trading/collector cards are not considered film canon.
20' 37' 9,000lbs Stan Winston Studio Jurassic Park animatronic The animatronic's length is commonly embellished to 40' as admitted by Winston himself here. N/A
26' 46' 12,000lbs Card From Dynamic Marketing Printing, 1993. No, trading/collector cards are not considered film canon.
18' Jurassic Park Official Visitors Map Guide Yes
20' 40' Jurassic Park Official Souvenir Magazine No, magazine has too many errors.
20' 40' 14,000lbs Dinosaurs of Jurassic Park Yes
18' 39' 14,000lbs Jurassic Park DVD No, the "Dino Encyclopedia" used scientific data.
12,000lbs Cinefex #55 Weight stated here and here. Yes
18' 49' 16,000lbs Kenner Die-Cast Toy Not sure which toy exactly. No, toys have no continuity with the films.
20' 6,000lbs JP Collector Card #39 I'll try to find the exact name later, but this is a card for a "young" T. rex. No, toys have no continuity with the films.
25' 40' Topps Trading Card No, trading/collector cards are not considered film canon.
46' 12,000-14,000lbs JP Collector Card #64 Not sure where the name comes from. No, toys have no continuity with the films.
19' 45' 12,000-14,000lbs Jurassic Park: River Adventure This is from the "Dino Facts" queue video. No, theme park rides are not in continuity with the films.
20' 37' 18,000lbs Stan Winston Studio The Lost World animatronic N/A
16,000lbs Cinefex #70 Victoria Livingstone stated the number here for the male. Yes
18' 39' 14,000lbs The Lost World DVD This was copy-pasted from the Jurassic Park DVD. No, the "Dino Encyclopedia" used scientific data.
14' 33-39' The Lost World Educational Resource Guide No, this was written as an educational guide for kids.
20' 39' 16,000lbs The Lost World Field Guide Image No, this promotional material used scientific estimates (see the Velociraptor profile).
3' 6.5' The Lost World Field Guide Baby T. rex Image No, this promotional material used scientific estimates (see the Velociraptor profile).
42' The Lost World Website No, this website was promotional material for The Ride and the second film.
40-46' 14,000lbs The Lost World Official Souvenir Magazine No, same boat as the JP magazine.
16' 42' 14,000lbs "Site B" Dinosaur Profiles prop There is also an alternate version released by Paul Elder here. Undetermined due to discrepancy between replicas.
18' 42' 10,000lbs The Lost World: Jurassic Park Official Annual The book uses the male tyrannosaur's maquette for the image, and lists a running speed of 15-25 miles per hour. No; this is a children's book.
14.5' 37' 16,000lbs Jurassic Park III Comparative Size Chart The weight for this rex was revealed in behind-the-scenes material here. Yes
16' 40' 12,000lbs Jurassic Park Institute Website No, JPI was specifically made to be "factual and scientifically accurate," not "Jurassic Park accurate."
13' 41' 14,000lbs Jurassic Park Institute Dinosaur Field Guide Paleontologists measure animal height at the hip, whereas Universal uses head height. No, this book was expressly written using scientific data.
16' 40' 12,000lbs Jurassic Park III Website No, JPIII's website copied the dino profiles from the JPI website.
40' 12,000lbs JPIII card 2001 Cheese Nips collector trading card. No, trading/collector cards are not considered film canon.
40' 12,000lbs JPIII card 2001 Jurassic Park III trading card. No, trading/collector cards are not considered film canon.
>13' >40' 14,000lbs Jurassic Park: The Game The video in The Game clarifies that the numbers are baseline. Depends
43' Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis No, video games are considered soft-canon.
20' 40' 12,000lbs Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis Strategy Guide Notice how this guide contradicts the in-game content. No, video games are considered soft-canon.
43' Jurassic Park: Explorer No, video games (including interactive ones) are considered soft-canon.
15-20' 40' Jurassic Park 3-D Dino Graphics No, these sheets used scientific data.
15' Jurassic World Innovation Center Yes, because it is in-film, but it is also used in the context of the Innovation Center's educational approach.
16' 40' 18,000lbs JurassicWorld.com Yes
40' >18,000lbs JurassicWorld.com - Raptor Pass #8 Yes
16'10" 44' 12,000lbs Jurassic World Comparative Size Chart Yes
15-20' 40' 18,000lbs JurassicWorld.com Intel No, the website opts for more scientific accuracy.
13' 41' 14,000lbs Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide Basically copy-pasted from the original JPI guide. No, this book was expressly written using scientific data.
40' 18,000lbs Best Buy Jurassic World Promo Card No, trading/collector cards are not considered film canon.
40' 49' 18,000lbs Jurassic World: The Exhibition A 40-foot-tall T. rex sounds insane, right? No, The Exhibition was woefully inaccurate to the films.
43'9" 12,000lbs Jurassic World Annual No, this is a children's book.
40' 14,000lbs DinosaurProtectionGroup.com Yes
17' 44' 18,500lbs Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Survival Guide The T. rex has a separate profile later in the book listing the length as 40'. No, Jack Ewins confirmed kid books are not film canon.
40' 18,000lbs Jurassic World Employee Handbook No, this is a book for kids.
17' 44' 10,800lbs Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Yes, although the weight has been contradicted by Jack Ewins.
15-20' 40' 18,000lbs JWFK card Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Joy Treat info card. No, trading/collector cards are not considered film canon.
17' 40' 15,000lbs Walmart JWFK Promo Card No, trading/collector cards are not considered film canon.
43'10" Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex! No, this is a book for kids.
43'10" Where Dinosaurs Come to Life No, this is a book for kids.
16'10" 44' 12,000lbs The Park is Open A second page from the book. No, this is a book for kids.
44.3' 18,518lbs Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Annual 2019 No; this is a children's book.

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