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TheNightMare
05-21-2008, 06:58 PM
It takes about 3-4 people to work one of these dinos, but they sure are awesome and real looking. Now if ONLY haunts could get things like this in there shows. Too expensive, I know, but it would be schweeet.

In the video you'll see something between his legs, thats where the actor goes to drive the dino. Then there are 2-3 people up in the balcony controlling the body movement and sound. Very realistic and cool.

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This video is 8 minutes, but shows many different dinos other than T-Rex

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icandrawem2
05-21-2008, 07:31 PM
Dude that is amazing. Do you know where these were shown or who built them? I guess all the audio and air equipment is onboard. Im sure it has to pull an electrical cord around though! Oh i wish someone would go ahead and invent wireless power!

badlander2000
05-21-2008, 07:53 PM
Do you know what the show is exactly or where it takes or took place?

icandrawem2
05-21-2008, 07:58 PM
Well i just found it, go to www.dinosaurlive.com ...it appears to be a traveling stage show.

Infoamtek
05-21-2008, 07:59 PM
They were built for the Discovery Channel's "Walking With Dinosaurs" live show.

xtremecreator
05-21-2008, 08:43 PM
all can be built for 20 million.

TheNightMare
05-21-2008, 08:57 PM
Yes, it is Walk With Dinosaurs and they have a 20 million dollar budget.

With 20 mil, that would be one hell of a haunted house.

Jim Warfield
05-21-2008, 09:16 PM
Sort of like seeing a really crappy movie, hearing it had a 20 million dollar budget ...then thinking that same thing, "I could have had a V-8- hell of a haunted house for half that money!"

shawnc
05-21-2008, 09:23 PM
Wow, that's a lot of money to spend on something that looks cool but not really very convincing. The walk isn't right. I came across something on youtube a while back and was always impressed by it. I haven't been able to find a use for an elephant yet but can see other possibilities in their design. It's pretty convincing and looks like it didn't cost too much.

I'm not sure how to post the youtube window on here so I'll just post the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN6YcMGZSdE

TheNightMare
05-21-2008, 11:09 PM
Thats a cool elephant, reminds me of the japanese dragons that are in the parades

scattered screams
05-22-2008, 07:14 AM
Im taking my boy to see this so Ill take lots of pictures and video to upload here for all to see.

shawnc
05-22-2008, 11:21 AM
I think they could add to the realism by having a jungle set, maybe with some fog. I assume that's what they do for a real performance. Having them walk out on stage with nothing around really draws attention to the way they walk and takes away from the awe the audience should feel. Turn the lights down and have them come running out from the trees and I bet they look pretty scary.

TheNightMare
05-22-2008, 04:55 PM
Im taking my boy to see this so Ill take lots of pictures and video to upload here for all to see.

Thats awesome, have a GREAT time. When are you going?

shawnc - Haven't seen it myself, but for what I seen on tv, they use jungle sets, and change the scenery for differnt dinos

Jim Warfield
05-22-2008, 07:27 PM
Ever seen the old video of the walking elephant from England? It's powered by a Chev 6 cylinder , it "walks" very incredible, especially for when it was built.

Kevin Dells
05-22-2008, 10:41 PM
I can build you that Dinosaur for ten million cmon!

Hey Mr Warfeild if you got a welder i"ll bring the tubeframe and sandwichs!

We may need a few car tires and a little duct tape. :: Opp's did i say that outloud!::

What do you say Jim how about a little beer and pizza money!

TheNightMare
05-24-2008, 12:25 PM
Ever seen the old video of the walking elephant from England? It's powered by a Chev 6 cylinder , it "walks" very incredible, especially for when it was built.

Nope never heard of it before. Just looked it up and I must say very cool design. This is what I found if anyones interested in reading it.

http://craphound.com/images/elephantwalkingcar.jpg

Powered by a four cylinder Chevy engine, all hydraulics, tucked neatly inside the body cavity. The elephant literally skates along at speeds of up to 20 mph.
Stuart made three of the in 1947. One is permanently housed in a museum in Austria, one as well used for decades by the Hudson Department store in Detroit (it was later sold to a private museum in Chicago where it resides today) and one was kept by the inventor. It is the latter pictured here and it comes to us from his family who cared for it after his demise. In all likelihood, it will be the only one ever to come up for public auction.

Motograter
05-24-2008, 03:42 PM
It's cool props but in my opinion I believe or feel that dino's don't belong in haunts. I think it's kinda stupid but hey everyone has there own tastes. I'm not bashing anyone who does have them. It's just not my taste.

scattered screams
05-24-2008, 04:18 PM
Will be going June 7 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

hauntedhousenut
05-24-2008, 04:58 PM
It's cool props but in my opinion I believe or feel that dino's don't belong in haunts. I think it's kinda stupid but hey everyone has there own tastes. I'm not bashing anyone who does have them. It's just not my taste.

In a traditional haunt a Dino would be out of place, However haunts like erebus, and the Lab have them,(I believe the Lab had theirs before erebus) and their not your run of the mill haunted houses, If you look around there are plenty of haunts that go outside the box.

I also like the way you say you think it's stupid, but I'm not bashing anyone lol!

slash
05-24-2008, 06:35 PM
Dude that is amazing. Do you know where these were shown or who built them? I guess all the audio and air equipment is onboard. Im sure it has to pull an electrical cord around though! Oh i wish someone would go ahead and invent wireless power!

Not wireless power, but you could have all the stuff somewhere and have wireless activation

ProfessorGrim
05-31-2008, 02:08 PM
I saw the this show a while back. Everything is self-contained, no power cords. Lots of on-board batteries though! They cant have too much scenery, due to the way the dinos move. Since they are mounted to very long electric carts, they need lots and lots of flat floorspace (a basketball court to be precise) to move around in. What little scenery there is stays around the edges of the arena or is isolated to a couple of clumps in the central area, giving them something of a figure-eight pattern to drive around.

Mostly, environment is created with moving lights. Lots and lots of very expensive moving lights.

The show was fun and the little kids loved it. Many dived for the floor when T-Rex finally came made an appearance and then roared.

The puppets are not 100% realistic, but as good as I've ever scene, at least at that scale. The heads and eyes were very nice and could allow for a bit of the old "suspension of disbelief" that such things require.

WeAreTheUnion
06-04-2008, 10:54 AM
In a traditional haunt a Dino would be out of place, However haunts like erebus, and the Lab have them,(I believe the Lab had theirs before erebus) and their not your run of the mill haunted houses, If you look around there are plenty of haunts that go outside the box.

I also like the way you say you think it's stupid, but I'm not bashing anyone lol!

The dino's at Erebus need some touching up, I definitely got smashed against a damn wall by one this past season.
First one scared the shit out of me. There's so much scenery that when you finally realize there's a huge t-rex in the room with you it's already right in your face!
Then the second one shot out of a dark hallway and sucker punched me. No joke. It was foam but shit, foam at 20 mph still hurts.