Twenty-five years ago, Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg ensured that the world would become obsessed with prehistoric lizards with the 1993 release of Jurassic Park. Adapted from Crichton's 1990 sci-fi novel of the same name, the film, a sort of Jaws on land, told the story of an amusement park populated by cloned dinosaurs. The animals escape and start eating the humans, but it was so much more than just your average monster movie.
Jurassic Park was a cautionary commentary on man's arrogance and the propensity for science to take a Promethean turn for the worst. It was also an opportunity for computer-generated imagery to take a massive dino-sized step forward, thanks to the good folks at Industrial Light & Magic. That fateful summer, the creatures of prehistory went from skeleton displays in stuffy museums to some of the scariest cinematic antagonists of all time. The best part? The effects from 1993 still hold up to this very day.
Naturally, there had to be sequels and Universal delivered on two in 1997 and 2001, which focused on skeptical mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), respectively. Each successive sequel did worse at the box office than the last, but The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III have their moments, such as a T-Rex rampaging around San Diego and the introduction of the bigger, badder Spinosaurus.
With the franchise about to turn 25 and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom about to hit theaters, we just had to revisit the OG trilogy. Continue on to the video below and receive a 2-minute crash course on the first three Jurassic Park films. We can't guarantee that you'll be a certified paleontologist or dino-cloner by the end, but we can assure a pretty poor Jeff Goldblum impression for your patience.