Dinosaur in a Museum

Extinct, my ASS! from The Original Joe Fisher on Vimeo.

Forget Ben Stiller's movie "Night at the Museum" with the gigantic CG T-Rex skeleton chasing him around. This time there is a real dinosaur roaming the halls of the LA Museum of Natural History. I believe this is the same method of costume and puppetry used by the folks at the "Walking With Dinosaurs" show with live actors in the dinosaurs giving it a more realistic feeling and puppet artists moving the arms, mouth, and eyes.

I wish more museums would have dinosaurs walking about because I used to love visiting the gigantic skeletons when I was a kid. And whenever my family was traveling I would force them to take me to the city museum so I could see the dinosaur exhibition for myself. And now the chance to see one walking around in real life would certainly make my day as an adult. I love how the kids find it so believable that they are either so fascinated by it or terrified by such a giant creature with rows of sharp teeth in front of them.

Here's hoping for the day when we can clone dinosaurs as pets...until then visit your local museum and demand them to get puppet dinosaurs! Not only will the kids will love them but it will also attract new visitors to see the cool exhibitions and provide much needed funding to museums. [via - Gizmodo, and Random Good Stuff]

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I, for one, would like to see this puppet technology combined with the BigDog robot to make a quadruped dino.
Although I must say that a buzzing two stroke dinosaur would be rather odd.
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Scotchdrnkr: Note that towards the end, as the funosaur is sniffing the kids, someone near the cameraman calls out encouragingly, "Cummon, eat one. Just one!"
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Awesome. Definitely beats the 'new' dino exhibit here in Toronto at the ROM, where they replaced jungle and lighting with white walls and a stale office atmosphere.
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