The R-Rated Origins Of Jurassic Park’s Velociraptor Roars

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In 2013, sound designer Gary Rydstrom sat down for a phone interview with the folks at Vulture to talk about the “Jurassic Park” franchise. For the original movie, Rydstrom was tasked with essentially deciding what each dinosaur in the film would sound like, coming up with dozens of sound effects on his own. According to Vulture, he chose to spend months recording different animal species, some of an exotic nature, and then manipulate those recordings into something that was convincing enough to sound natural while still sounding like nothing human beings had heard before. If nothing else, he wouldn’t have to face any kind of backlash; it’s not like anyone could tell him what the dinos were really supposed to sound like!

As Rydstrom revealed to Vulture, the Velociraptors’ own language for communicating with each other came from another reptile species, though they weren’t coordinating an attack. “It’s somewhat embarrassing, but when the raptors bark at each other to communicate, it’s a tortoise having sex,” Rydstrom said. “It’s a mating tortoise!” He detailed that he recorded the sound effects at Marine World, though at first he said it sounded like a joke. “Tortoises mating can take a long time. You’ve got to have plenty of time to sit around and watch and record them.

Not all the Velociraptor effects came from animals getting down. Rydstrom said the breathing effects for the raptors when they’re stalking the children in the kitchen came from a horse, an animal that was used for several of the dinosaurs. That hiss from when the stalking Velociraptor took out game warden Robert Muldoon (Bob Peck)? That was a goose. Clever girl!

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