Solo -- Those Alien Dogs Were Real Dogs
Ever since Disney got its white-gloved hands on the series, the Star Wars movies have focused more and more on practical effects, from the puppetry of BB-8 to the animatronic Porgs. Then again, they also literally used computers to raise a man from the dead, so maybe we should call it a wash. The recent Solo: A Star Wars Story similarly employed some pretty old-school techniques. And we're not just talking about how they actually cast a younger dude as Han Solo instead of, say, using CGI to paste in clips of Harrison Ford from Air Force One.
Take those Coreillian Hounds that chase Han Solo around like he's a space-mailman. They're basically the closest we're likely to get to an H.R. Giger remake of Homeward Bound.
Walt Disney StudiosStill cuter than a pug.
On set? They were regular dogs in silly costumes. Since its a Star Wars movie, we're all impressed, but seriously, if your Nana did this, you'd put her in a home.
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Walt Disney Studios"Could we keep this photo between us? If the cat sees me like this, he'll never let me live it down."
You might even recognize two of the dogs. Not because all dogs look kind of the same, but because two of them, Saxon and Elsa, played direwolves on Game Of Thrones. This furthers our fan theory that Solo isn't canon, but rather all takes place in Jon Snow's coma nightmare.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom -- The Dinosaurs Were Dudes
The Jurassic Park series has always wowed audiences with its groundbreaking effects, even though some of those shots of dinosaurs hunting children were in fact of guys in raptor shoes probably regretting their Julliard tuition. The most recent entry in the franchise that won't stop until Jeff Goldblum's beach house is fully renovated, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, used similar techniques. Sure, there's a lot of CGI in there, but there are also a lot of random guys in awkward dinosaur costumes. Remember Chris Pratt's raptor BFF, Blue?
Universal PicturesYou remember, the unstoppable maul monster who can somehow be controlled by a stop-hand and the implied threat of a punch in the nose.