Some kids grew up with Star Wars, some with Pokémon. Others with Harry Potter. While I love all of these things, I grew up in the time of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs dominated. They were everywhere: The Land Before Time, We’re Back!, Disney’s Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs Before Dark, Turok, Dino Crisis and of course… Jurassic Park.
It was the first adult novel I read. In the way that kids would later recite the Pokédex, I prided myself in my knowledge of all the different dinosaurs and the eras they lived in. My room held a respectable collection of dinosaur figurines, and velociraptor decals loomed menacingly from my walls. The first major piece I performed in an orchestra was the Jurassic Park theme.
Dinosaurs were kind of a big deal.
Then, at some point, a Jurassic Park movie sucked. We found out that dinosaurs had feathers, and nobody knew what to think about that. I think someone suggested the idea of a T-Rex with a peacock fan, and literally everyone lost interest.
Except for some dude who, for whatever reason, began fantasizing about Gay Billionaire Dinosaurs In My Butt. I don’t even know.
Dinosaurs faded from memory, banished to the underworld of Weird Fucking Erotica. Until now, apparently?
With the release of Jurassic World fast approaching (are you hype? I’m hype!), dinosaurs are popping up everywhere. It’s not just Jurassic World – there’s been an insurgence of dinosaur game releases coming up and now, even Pixar’s announced a dinosaur film. If that doesn’t bring dinosaurs back, I don’t know what will!
You know what this means. It’s time to put your zombies and sparkling vampires back on the shelf. Dinosaurs are back in fashion!
People of my generation! Ready to get your dinosaur on? Here’s a sample of what’s coming up.