Northwest NEWS

October 18, 1999


'T-Rex' takes audiences on an amazing cinematic experience

Tyrannosaurus Rex

A Tyrannosaurus Rex protects its nest.
Photo courtesy of Blue Sky VIFX.

by Deborah Stone

   T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous, a new IMAX 3D film, recently opened at Pacific Science Center's Boeing IMAX Theater.

   Shot on location at Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, T-Rex is Imax Corporation's biggest, most elaborate production to date and takes Imax in a new direction, adding adventure/dramatic feature films to a long list of award-winning documentaries. The show combines current scientific knowledge, 3D realism and special effects to create an amazing cinematic experience.

   T-Rex stars Peter Horton, a native of Bellevue, and best known for his role of Gary on the hit television show Thirtysomething. Horton plays a paleontologist whose daughter Ally travels back in time to the Cretaceous period as the result of a museum accident. She explores the terrain of the creatures who roamed the earth 65 million years ago and comes across some of the most realistic dinosaurs ever to appear on screen, including the twenty-foot tall, fifteen-ton Tyrannosaurus Rex.

   Dinosaur Provincial Park is one of the richest dinosaur sites in the world and has more than 500 skeletons of various species that have been excavated there. Other segments were shot in the rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula, a lush location with an environment similar to what scientists believe existed in the late Cretaceous period.

   World-renowned dinosaur researcher and Curator of Dinosaurs at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta, Canada, Dr. Philip Currie, was the consultant to the film to provide accuracy about the latest scientific knowledge regarding dinosaurs.

   "Going back to the Cretaceous period is a really mystical experience," says T-Rex director Brett Leonard. "This is not about dinosaurs being scary or tearing you to pieces. This is about using the IMAX experience to take us back and see how these incredibly majestic and fierce animals lived during a time that is almost impossible for us to imagine."

   People have always been fascinated with the mysteries of dinosaurs because they ruled the earth at one time, but no longer exist. There are no animals alive today that can be compared to dinosaurs, causing much speculation about them.

   Theories are constantly being refined and there are constant questions posed that even the experts can't answer. T-Rex makes dinosaurs come to life on the giant IMAX screen and allows the audience to vividly feel what they're seeing and believe that they have gone back in time to the Cretaceous period to see how these great creatures lived.

   The show will continue through Fall 1999 with a specific end date yet to be determined. For ticket information, call 206-443-IMAX.