‘Jurassic Park’ Jeep replica to visit Garden Cinemas

  • In this scene from the film “Jurassic Park,” the skeletal tyrannosaurus logo is emblazoned on the door of a 1992 Jeep Wrangler YJ Sahara. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

Staff Report
Published: 8/12/2020 12:58:34 PM

GREENFIELD — Owners of the Garden Cinemas are bringing a slice of “Jurassic Park” to movie-goers on Friday, in conjunction with a week-long run of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film.

Bernardston resident Nate Pratt is the owner of a Jeep Wrangler YJ Sahara replica of the vehicle featured in the movie, known for the skeletal tyrannosaurus logo emblazoned on the door. Pratt will park the “Jeep 18” in front of the Garden Cinemas from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The Jeep is a replica of the one in the film that transports Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Statler (Laura Dern) and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) from the helipad to the main visitor’s center, according to a Garden Cinemas press release. The abandoned Jeep 18 also makes an appearance in 2015’s “Jurassic World.”

Pratt, who attended Greenfield Community College with Garden Cinemas owner Isaac Mass in the late 1990s, has forged a career as a professional animator. He said he became passionate for animation while watching movies at the Garden like “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”

“To see these iconic hand-drawn cartoon characters interact with humans in their day-to-day lives absolutely astounded me as a kid. How amazing is this? I want to be a part of this,” Pratt said in a prepared statement.

After GCC, Pratt majored in computer animation at the Savannah College of Design, the release states. His career history includes animation and illustration work for Disney, Cartoon Network, Marvel, Adult Swim and PBS Kids.

The base of Pratt’s Raptor Wrangler is a 1994 Jeep Wrangler Sahara, a YJ model that sold between 1987 and 1995. Pratt purchased the Jeep from a friend who had painstakingly put the time and effort into replicating the famous vehicle.

Pratt is a member of the 8-year-old Jurassic Park Motor Pool, a club for Jeep enthusiasts. He drove the vehicle up from Florida, has been quarantining for several weeks and is now ready to show it off.

“While coming up from Florida, I got reactions from every state I drove through,” Pratt said. “It’s so much fun to drive around and see people honk, smile and wave. Even for me, the Jeep triggers that fond memory of seeing ‘Jurassic Park’ for the first time in theaters and why we love these movies.”

Patrons on Friday can see “Jurassic Park” back on the big screen, meet Pratt and ask questions about animation, and get their picture taken with the Jeep.


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