‘Jurassic Park 4′ to Bring Back Visual Effects Legend Phil Tippett
Even if you don’t know Phil Tippett by name, you certainly know his work. He was hired by George Lucas to work on the original ‘Star Wars‘ trilogy and was responsible for creating and stop-motion animating the AT-ATs, the tauntauns and later some of the creatures in ‘Return of the Jedi’ (for which he would win his first Oscar). He also was hired by Steven Spielberg to supervise the animation of the dinosaurs for ‘Jurassic Park,’ a large part of what that film was so successful (indeed, he would win another Oscar for his work). While none of the subsequent ‘Jurassic Park’ (or ‘Star Wars’ films for that matter) would bring him back, director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that Tippett will return for the upcoming ‘Jurassic World.’
Trevorrow, who is writing and directing the fourth ‘Jurassic Park’ film, confirmed on Twitter that Tippet would be returning for his upcoming movie.
Welcome back, Phil. pic.twitter.com/pnGcKAlfN5
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) December 18, 2013
That’s Tippett posing with a maquette of the T-Rex from the ‘Jurassic World’ production office and a sign that the upcoming sequel wants to do things the right way. The exact responsibilities of Tippett on this film remain to be seen but his “Dinosaur Supervisor” credit from the first ‘Jurassic Park’ (which lead to this recurring meme) will likely remain intact.
Tippett was originally hired to use his “go-motion” technique perfected in ‘Empire Strikes Back’ on the ‘Jurassic Park’ dinosaurs, but Spielberg eventually made the decision to use CGI dinosaurs. Tippett was kept on board to supervise the animators and ease the transition from traditional FX to CGI.
‘Jurassic World,’ which stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt and Ty Simpkins, opens in theaters on June 12, 2015.