June 11 marked the 25th anniversary since Jurassic Park was released in theaters, spawning a media franchise that includes four films (with at least two more on the way) and a variety of video games and comics. The Onion looks back at some of the milestones from the dinosaur disaster series’s 25 years.


1989:

Michael Crichton has an idea for a multimillion-dollar movie franchise that inspires him to write a novel.


1992:

Jeff Goldblum auditions for the role of a plesiosaur but is ultimately cast as Dr. Ian Malcolm.

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1993:

Success of Jurassic Park launches Wayne Knight into action-movie mega-stardom.


1994:

Paleontologists criticize the many scientific inaccuracies in Data East’s tie-in pinball machine.

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1997:

Sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park depicts the terrifying consequences when a program designed to breed dinosaurs with unwitting human vacationers goes horribly awry.

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2001:

First film in the series to be based entirely on the profit motive.


2008:

After Michael Crichton passes away, dinosaurs finally returned to the public domain.

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2013:

Producer Frank Marshall walks into a Universal Pictures pitch meeting, says the words “Jurassic Park reboot,” is handed $129 million.

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2015:

Last remaining triceratops dies in captivity.


2018:

An adult is disappointed that the fifth movie about dinosaurs escaping their cages felt derivative.

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