Jurassic Park-Then and Now #JP3D

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    This past weekend, my sons and I had the pleasure of attending the screening of Jurassic Park 3D at the IMAX Theatre in Manhattan.  Most of us are familiar with this classic film about an island theme park full of living dinosaurs.  When the movie debuted originally in 1993, it was a big hit among audiences due to the fact that everyone was captivated by its special effects and the prospect of cloning dinosaurs from DNA retrieved from archeological digs.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with the film, it centers around the ideas of a wealthy gentleman, named John Hammond, who has the vision to use modern science to clone dinosaur DNA.  In order to get the seal of approval to open his theme park, he invites some scientists along with his two grandchildren to visit the island where he plans to host his park.

    Unfortunately, everything doesn’t go according to plan and one of his employees ends up stealing some dinosaur embryos for financial gain and shuts down the park’s electricity in the process.  This puts the rest of the visitors of the island in grave danger and the rest of the movie depicts their struggle to survive against insurmountable odds.

    Universal Pictures will release Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking classic JURASSIC PARK in 3D on April 5, 2013.  As a result, a whole new generation of fans will get to enjoy the timeless classic.  I thought it would be fun to do a side by side comparison of what was going on in the world when Jurassic Park came out in 1993 and what is going on in the world right now in 2013 when it comes out in 3D!


Jurassic Park Then-1993

Jurassic Park 3D Now-2013

*Bill Clinton is sworn in as the 42nd President of the United States. *Inauguration of Barack Obama for his second term as president.
*The Dallas Cowboys defeat the Buffalo Bills 52 to 17 in Super Bowl XXVII. *Hollywood puts on the 85th Academy Awards.
*”The Late Night Show with David Letterman” premiers on CBS television. *Benedict XVI resigns as pope.
*Rudolph Guliani (R) elected 107th mayor of NYC.     *50th anniversary of the Civil Rights             Movement.
*Toni Morrison wins the Nobel Prize for Literature. *Jurassic Park 3D opens in theaters on April 5th, twenty years since its original debut!

    The epic 3D action-adventure is sure to thrill audiences everywhere, for the second time on April 5, 2013.  Make sure you check out Jurassic Park 3D on Facebook to join in celebrating the 20th anniversary  of this epic film’s original release!


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  1. That looks like so much fun! I’m your newest follower on twitter and G+. I’m looking forward to reading and learning more about you. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I got married in 1993. I also had my first child then. We had to move to Florida due to military orders.

  3. Jennifer M says

    I was in Jr High & actually saw it at the now gone Memphis Drive In in Cleveland with my Mom & sister!

  4. I was in second grade… my parents took me to see it a few years later at a drive-in theater.

  5. I was a kid. I think I was actually afraid to watch it, but wanted to watch it. You know how that goes.

  6. At that time, my boys were just at the right age. I took them to see the movie and they really enjoyed it. I’ll bet they’d like to see it again as adults in 3D!

  7. In 1993 I was 22 years old. I just started working at a veterinarians office, living with my soon to be hubby. Gosh, if only I could go back in time just change a few things!!

  8. Elda Torres says

    En 1993 estava en la universidad pasandola super bien,inesperadamente me surgio una situacion de salud que por poco me lleva a la muerte.Estuve 5 dias en intensivo,13 en el hospital y 2 meses en mi casa sin poderme levantar de la cama.Pero hoy 2013 estoy viva casada,enamorada de mi esposo y con 4 hijos hermosos.

  9. I actually just saw a sneak preview of this movie this morning in Wisconsin… awesome! I was 8 years old at the time and I took my neighborhood friends to see it for my birthday party.

  10. In 1993 I was 24 and setting out on my own by moving 1/2 way across the country to a new city. Best move I ever made.

  11. jenmalonee says

    In 1993 I was 14 years old and in high school. My friends and I loved Jurassic park. We could watch it over and over. I can’t wait to see this with my young sons!
    lilnursejen at yahoo dot com

  12. April Brenay says

    I remember my parents went to see Jurassic Park, and bought my sister and I tickets to see Denise the Menace and we had to wait outside the theater because it was longer then our movie and we peaked in and saw the arm fall on the girl and ran back out to the bench lol

  13. Rebecca Graham says

    I was raising my kids. Really can’t remember what I was doing.

  14. i had just got my ged and i had got a new job,my oldest child was 12 and they all loved watching this movie

  15. I was graduating from highschool, and working like crazy to save money for college. I didn’t see this in the theatres, but we own ALL of the series on DVD now and my kids watch them all the time. They’re SO excited for this in 3D 🙂

  16. I was in 6th grade.

  17. i was 12 years old when Jurassic Park came out. I was living in sunny CA, instead of the cold tundra of MN(where i am now) i didnt get to see the movie in theaters, but i did watch it when my parents bought it! still a classic to this day!

  18. In 1993 I was 15 years old. I did see this movie in the theater and loved it. I love Fandago Bucks! So glad they are making another jurassic park!

  19. Constance Zimmer says

    In 1993 I just had my 3rd child, and was on my way to Belgium with my military husband. Unfortunately, we didn’t get stateside movies in a timely manner, but I did see it once we got back, and I loved it. It’s STILL one of my faves!

  20. I don’t remember except that I was raising my 3 sons in 1993. We saw this movie in a theater together.

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  21. Tabathia B says

    I believe I was pregnant with twins and throwing up day and night for the entire nine months

  22. I don’t remember what I was doing, but I do recall I beg my elder cousins to consider taking me to see the movie.

  23. I was getting ready to graduate from High school.

    Thanks for the chance.
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  24. I was like Monique Ohl Rizzo, about to graduate high school.

  25. I entered your Dial Coconut Water Body Wash giveaway.

  26. Cindy Auer says

    i was only 8 when jurassic park first came out and my parents wouldn’t let me see it! 🙁

  27. I was 11 years old. I don’t really remember what i was doing

  28. I was working and I remember co-workers being excited about it. I haven’t seen any of them!

  29. I was working but my husband and I went to go see the movie. I was really scared and I think I ate a lot of popcorn during that movie!

  30. happi shopr says

    I was in high school at the time. I couldn’t wait for the movie to come out

  31. I entered the Adventures in Zambezia Blu Ray giveaway

  32. I was 11 years old so I was in school. I loved the movie when it came out.

  33. In 1993 I had a five year old, a three year old and was pregnant with my third child. So, back then, I was raising my little ones during the day and working at night at the local newspaper after my husband came home from his work. We did buy the movie when it came out and watched at home, of course VHS.

  34. Jessica To says

    I was 20 years old and had just started my first full time job!

  35. I was a kid and I did see it in the theater 🙂

  36. I would have been in middle school. I saw it in the movies with my parents. its still one of my favorites.

  37. I was 8, I remember going to the movies to see this with my dad.

  38. I was in my 20s, working in Washington, DC in the government relations department of a major oil company. I think my future-hubby was just finishing business school & we & our dog were living in our first apartment together!

  39. I was only 11 yrs old but I distinctly remember my mom and dad taking us out as a family to see this in theaters when it came out. That was a rare occasion. The theater was so packed we had to sit in the very front row lol.

  40. I remember I was 10 years old and my mom and I went to see it that weekend at Empire Theatres in San Francisco. I remember it was a full house.

  41. soha molina says

    I was in college.

  42. Heather! says

    I was in the theater watching it on opening night with my best friend! I had read the book, so I was excited to see the movie. 🙂

  43. I was only 9 when the original JP came out, so I really don’t remember it’s debut! I honestly didn’t start watching it until I had kids (and a hubby) of my own who are obsessed with JP and dinosaurs…crazy, I know!

  44. mommyto2girlz says

    I was getting my first job, meeting my now hubby and watching this movie. We went to see Jurassic Park on one of our dates. Thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

  45. Doing the whole 2 year old baby thing 😛

  46. I was 7! I saw it in the theater with my mom. I took my 7 year old to an advance screening a few days ago and she really liked it. Knowing that it was 20 years ago that it came out makes me feel kind of old.

  47. Briyick Sibrian says

    In 1993, I wasn’t even born yet. Several years later however, i have watched Jurassic Park, The Lost World, and Jurassic Park III, they were all great movies in my opinion.

  48. I was in school, watched shortly after launch

  49. Becky Richied says

    I was doing that young mom thing to two daughters at the time and working overtime like crazy.

  50. I was a working mom of three boys, ages 11, 8, and 7. My husband and I took the boys to the theater to see this. It remains my oldest son’s favorite movie of all time.

  51. 1993…. wow… stretch the memory banks on that one… i was 3 years out of high school and 3 years away from having my son. In all honesty… I have no idea what I was doing back then! Not stressing like I am these days.. thats for sure!

  52. I was in 8th grade

  53. I was about to graduate high school

  54. i was 8 years old. my parents took me. first big kid movie ever. i hid behind my hands! pretty intense. ferriza2(at)yahoo(dot)com

  55. I was in high school – I didnt graduate until 1996. I watched the movie and remember thinking that the dinosaurs looked so life like. I had always liked dinosaurs when I was younger and had studied them for quite some time.

  56. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    I was raising three little kids and never got to see until years later when they were all brave enough and old enough to watch with me.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  57. I was in 4th or 5th grade… I loved the movie back then.. my kids would love it now

  58. I had my second daughter in 1993. having two young kids makes it no so easy to go to see a movie. i was not able to make it to the theater for that one.

  59. Kenny Fensom says

    on vacation

  60. In 1993 I had just had my second child. My oldest child was 3 and so with a newborn and a 3 year old I was unable to go see this in the theater. However, all 3 of my kids really enjoyed this movie when they were all old enough to watch it and still do to this day!

  61. Michelle W says

    I was ten so I was in school at the time. I do remember seeing the movie when it came out, my parents were cool like that. I loved the movie and still watch it, it is still a great film

  62. In 1993 I was a Junior in High School… dating a beautiful girl Lisa Green… I’m pretty sure that was the year I was in the musical the Music Man… good times…

  63. I entered It’s The Journey That Counts…(Gas Card Giveaway)

  64. Susan Smith says

    My kids were young, I didn’t see this movie when it came out in the theatre but years later I rented it and years later I watched it with my son who enjoyed it.

  65. I was four years old and too young to watch the movie. When I thought I was finally old enough to watch it years later, I made it through about 10 minutes and watched the rest behind a pillow.

  66. I was able 7 years old and I was so amazed at how real the dinosaurs looked. I’m still amazed now, considering the advances in graphics, how real those dinosaurs looked on the screen.
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  67. I was only 3 years old.

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