Sometimes you just don’t want to see behind the veil. We don’t want to see the puppets strings. Case in point is a story we found today.
GARY RYDSTROM won two Oscars for his sound work on “Jurassic Park”. And that work included . . . RECORDING TORTOISE SEX.
Rydstrom had to come up with sounds for all the dinosaurs, which isn’t easy since nobody knows what dinosaurs actually sounded like. He ended up using a lot of animal noises, including the tortoises.
He says, quote, “When the velociraptors bark at each other to communicate, it’s a tortoise having sex. It’s a mating tortoise. Do we really need to know this?
Here’s another one that might surprise you: Some of the noises that come out of the most ferocious beast of them all, the T-Rex, were actually produced by Rydstrom’s JACK RUSSELL TERRIER. Well that is scary.
And he got that idea because of the way the T-Rex grabbed things in his mouth and shook them . . . just like dogs do. He says, quote, “Every day I would see my dog playing with the rope toy and doing exactly that, pretending like he’s killing his prey.”
So there you go. I know it and felt compelled to pass it along. You may be upset but I know you will share the tortoise sex story with someone today. I set out to enlighten you but along the way I realized I would have to lower the bar. If I can merely cause you to smile, it’s a great day.