January 16th

2014 – Dinosaur 13 Hits Sundance

On this day in dinosaurs, it’s a double feature at the movies. In 2014, Dinosaur 13 roared into Sundance Film Festival. The film chronicled the curious tale of Sue, the world’s largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex–from her discovery in South Dakota, through a decade of legal troubles, and ultimately to her new home at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.


While critics praised the documentary, the film was criticized by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology who released a statement outlining some of the misconceptions that the film might have helped to perpetuate.

Whatever the effect of the film, it only adds to the mystique and legend surrounding one of the world’s most charismatic dinosaur skeletons.


1901 – Happy Birthday Marcel Delgado

On this day in dinosaurs we also celebrate the life and work of Marcel Delgado, an artist who revolutionized stop motion animation. Delgado was born in Mexico and his family moved to California to escape the revolution. At just six years old, he began sculpting and as a teenager, he enrolled at the Otis Art Institute. There he met pioneering special effects wizard Willis O’Brien. Impressed by the young sculptor, O’Brien tried to recruit him to work on films, but Delgado was resolute in wanting to work as an artist and resisted several of O’Brien’s offers. When O’Brien was recruited to work on the original motion picture version of Conan Doyle’s The Lost World in 1925, Delgado was invited to tour the workshop. He couldn’t resist another offer.

Delgado at work / LatinHeat.com
Delgado at work / LatinHeat.com

Before Delgado animation was done using clay figures, but his technique of building a metal armature inside the models allowed for greater movement and control. After The Lost World, Delgado worked with O’Brien on King Kong in 1933, and the two became a partnership for several films thereafter, including Mighty Joe Young.

There’s much more about dinosaurs in the cinemas coming your way tomorrow! Until then, post your pictures of Sue and your favorite cinematic dinosaurs on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #TDIDinos.