October 3, 2010

Hollywood uses elephants.....secretly

Here are some examples of elephants used in movies that you never even knew were there.

STAR WARS


The Bantha wich appeared in the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, was played by an female Asian elephant in a large custom made costume. However, during shooting the elephant would frequently take off the costume because it wasn't accustom to the extra warmth generated from wearing it in the California heat.

The Bantha as it appears in the film.
Bantha production photos source.

The same elephant was used as reference by ILM when they were working out the locomotion of the Imperial walkers.

The sound of the tie fighter is a mix of an elephant call and a car driving on wet pavement.


JURASSIC PARK


The roar of the T.rex is a combination of a baby elephant cry, a tiger, an alligator and its breathing was the sound of a whale's blowhole. Elephant rumbles and trumpets were also used in some of the T.rex scenes.

ILM also studied elephants for the brachiosaurus scenes where it rears up on its hind legs.



The roar as it appears in the movie.


A roar of an Asian elephant for comparison. First is a sharp trumpet, then some rumbles, then the roar.

Most people think that elephants only trumpet but they have a wide range of vocalizations as demonstrated in this video clip.

17 comments:

N.Hall said...

oh that's amazing about the Banthas :D

this_optimism said...

Rly interesting information

DSM said...

I always enjoy your posts; this one especially. I feel sorry for the elephant in that get-up but tickled by your cartoon of the recording session. Many thanks.

Betsy Bauer said...

Wow... I never knew! Thanks for posting, and great designs! (As always!)

Daniel said...

Never knew they roared like that. Yikes. That would scare me off. Great designs to compliment a great post. Thanks :)

vitalik shu said...

Nice post!!! thanks )))))

GC G@n said...

Thats a great sharing!! ^u^

A.M.Bush said...

Thanks for the fun post. I love the drawing of your yelling animals.

Mr.Breadcrumbs said...

Shek you're killing me!

Virgil said...

the Jurassic Park roar is a combination of sounds, no doubt, it's a sound design sandwich that, I think, has more to do with a ship's horn rather than an elephant's vocalizations...

Megan Nicole Dong said...

After reading this I imagined a shooting star rainbow flying overhead followed by the words "The More You Know." I love learning facts like this (and your artwork is lovely as always). Awesome post!

Lubomir said...

Oh and elephants invented the English alphabet...riiigth.

Meet-up next week...the cat drawings below are great!

Marcelo Vignali said...

Wow, what a roar. I was in a zoo when one of the elephants let out a rumble. My chest was shaking from the inside out.

Andrew Ross said...

Shek! Awesome!

Jojo said...

I really like your blog, your designs are amazing. I would love to see a snow leopard design of yours.

nima said...

thanks for that!!!

Alina Chau said...

HA! HA!! AWESOME post!! Love your "elephant" creature illo!!