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More of Peter Jackson's palaeozoology

After spotting the amphicyons and the (slightly scaled up) trilophodons in The Two Towers, it wasn't suprising to see that Peter Jackson and WETA Digital had gone back to their paleozoology text books for The Return Of The King.

This time, it was the turn of the massive rhinoceros-like titanotheres - most likely Brontotherium - spotted hauling Grond, the giant battering ram of Mordor, in the main battle scenes...


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Dec. 22nd, 2003 02:51 am (UTC)

Just one of the reasons I enjoyed RotK so immensely; legion upon legion of orcs chanting "Grond! Grond!" in the background and Grond itself immensely well-done...

No wonder the siege of Gondolin was so short...
Dec. 22nd, 2003 10:39 am (UTC)
Sigh. And that's a good sigh. I always figured that titanotheres were horribly underrated, and I'm glad that someone is doing something with the monsters. (Hmmm...I wonder...if Jackson and Weta Digital is doing King Kong, are we going to get the Arsinoitherium and the Styracosaurus that were lopped out of the 1933 original?)
Dec. 26th, 2003 12:26 pm (UTC)

Cut your spoilers, will you?


FFS, it's the only sodding thing in '04 I'm looking forward to!
Dec. 26th, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Aaargh!
Eh? What spoilers? Describing one minor (but interesting to a paleontology geek) piece of special effects in the one bit of the film isn't a plot spoiler...

I was very careful indeed not to mention any plot, just to point out something interesting to look for...
Dec. 27th, 2003 06:09 am (UTC)
Re: Aaargh!
Oh, come on! I'm not going to see for the story, you know! I'm going to marvel at the SFX and landscapes and so on...
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