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Issue Date: June 2008

Living Dinosaurs

Courtenay Roberts
Claws down, dinosaurs arethe coolest part of natural history. They’re big, they’re loud, and they’re really, really old. They’ve inspired countless movies and books, but until recently, we have only been able to dream up images of what it’d be like to watch aT. rex hound its prey.

From June 25 to 29, Clevelanders can watch 15 life-size animatronic dinosaurs during “Walking with Dinosaurs” at Quicken Loans Arena. With eyes that blink and rove, muscles that ripple, and mobility that’s so lifelike you have to see it to believe it, the live action production is designed to give a taste of what it was like to hang out with the prehistoric creatures during their 200 million years on Earth.

“We had discussed in our first meeting what the dinosaurs should do. The designer of the dinosaurs, the scenic designer, and the composer and I all sat around and growled and roared at each other, timed it, and mapped it all out,” says director Scott Faris. “It’s a sensory immersion experience that is just ... cool!”

Beneath the Skin

Number of different sounds per creature

More than 3 square miles
Amount of fabric used to cover the 15 dinosaurs (three times the size of Shaker Square)
The biggest dinosaur?
The adult brachiosaurus is 36 feet tall and 56 feet long
1.6 tons
Weight of each dinosaur — about the same as a standard family car

Number of truck batteries used to produce the 7 kilowatts needed to power each dinosaur
53 gallons
Amount of paint used for each dinosaur

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