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Imagine that peacock being a guard dog and that's the call it makes before charging. Do you know how many people will think you have a velociraptor if they've seen any of the Jurassic Park or Jurassic World? It always makes me think of the velociraptors and I find it really cool.
I remember reading way back when, that they got really creative and searched out a lot of "new" animal -- and especially bird -- sounds when they were making the first movie. If I recall correctly, they also thought about birds a lot when they were creating the models and getting them to move. I looked it up, and the velociraptor "hiss" was from goose hissing -- not such a stretch to sound like a pea. Heavens, when they are doing their guard bird alarm honks, you'd think I had a whole flock of geese in the back yard.
Here's a bit of one of the stories I found:
The key to believable dinosaur sounds, it turns out, is rooted in the actual sounds of the animal kingdom. The sounds of the Brachiosaurus, Raptors, T. rex, and the rest are in fact the meticulously mixed, matched-and-mashed-up sounds of creatures much closer at hand (and much less extinct). It’s an old Hollywood trick, used on everything from King Kong to Star Wars, but it’s everywhere in Jurassic Park, from the braying donkey that lent its voice to the Brachiosaurus to the slowed-down baby elephant’s trumpet that became the T. rex’s roar.
“The trick is combining unlikely candidates and creating something new without really manipulating it a whole lot,” says Nelson. “You might place a plaintive sound of one animal next to the aggressive sound of another, creating a whole new language and a new creature.”
This painstaking slice-and-dice approach is particularly important when it comes to the cunning and communicative Velociraptors, who are chattier than ever in Jurassic World. In the first film, their extensive vocabulary is composed of the diverse vocalizations of African cranes, hissing geese, dogs, dolphins, horses, and mating tortoises. These higher sounds—which give the creature its personality—are often paired with deeper, lower sounds, like those of a walrus or tiger, to give the overall sound size and weight.
Though Nelson was able to draw on the library of sounds that had already been compiled by Jurassic Park sound designer Gary Rydstrom—and record elements of the same animal sounds once again—the expanded role they play in Jurassic World required him to go in search of brand new animals and sounds to be integrated into the language.
Some of the more expressive Velociraptor sounds were sourced from remarkably vocal species, including macaque monkeys, baby orangutans, and penguins. Even from Velociraptor to Velociraptor, efforts were made to distinguish the different vocal personalities of the individual animals: a bit of baboon in this one, a little otter in that one.
And I loved this quote about the original hissing geese:
The intelligent raptors appear to have their own simple language, and it turns out that it's the language of love. "It's somewhat embarrassing, but when the raptors bark at each other to communicate, it's a tortoise having sex," said Rydstrom. "It's a mating tortoise! I recorded that at Marine World … the people there said, 'Would you like to record these two tortoises that are mating?' It sounded like a joke, because tortoises mating can take a long time. You've got to have plenty of time to sit around and watch and record them."
Still, that wasn't the only animal element used to create the raptor noises. "When the raptor shows up in the door window in the kitchen, the breathing noise is a horse," said Rydstrom. "We used the horse in about three to four different dinosaurs." What about the hiss that raptor makes when it ambushes the game warden Muldoon (which prompts him to mutter, "Clever girl")? "That’s a goose. Birds make pretty raspy sounds, but geese are famous for being the nastiest. You’ve got to get a goose mad and then they hiss at you, and it doesn't take much to get a goose mad because they seem to get mad at everything. All you have to do is get close to one and stick a mic near its beak and you'll get that hiss, and that's the hiss that Muldoon hears before he dies."
So there's goose hissing and African crane calling and tortoise mating... what a list!
Just learned something new today about my favorite movie.