Never underestimate the power of fans. The people at Universal didn't, and they let diehards in on the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park. Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard asked fans to send in fan-made versions of Jurassic Park and unsurprisingly, they responded. The fan films were cut together to create an epic 18-minute re-creation of the film by the people who love it the most.
There is something charming about fan-made films. You know they're doing it for the love of the project, and they don't care about making it look like a glossy big-budget affair. In fact, there's something delightful about the scrappy solutions fans employ to redo those fancy special effects.
This fan-film supercut — from a partnership between Universal and crowdsourced studio Tongal — has it all: men playing women's roles; women playing men's roles; a bearded man playing Lex; humans running around in inflatable dinosaur costumes; dinosaurs being portrayed by hand puppets, muppets, plastic action figures, and stuffed animals; animation ranging from 2D to 3D to stop motion to claymation.
And all the classic scenes are here: "Life finds a way," the rippling water cups, Mr. DNA, the jiggling Jell-O, the lawyer eaten on the toilet. Many of the fans had Jeeps or other vehicles painted to look like Jurassic Park vehicles, but the guy riding around on a Big Wheel was particularly endearing.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona and writer Colin Trevorrow introduce this fan-tastic video. The 25th anniversary Blu-ray of Jurassic Park is available now. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will hit theaters on June 22.