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The Ray Bradbury Theater: Tyrannosaurus Rex

An egotistical film producer hires a stop-motion animator to make him the most frightening Tyrannosaurus Rex model of all, and the animator seeks out an unlikely inspiration.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x10
Airdate: Saturday May 14th, 1988

Director: Gilles Behat
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Cris CampionCris Campion
As Terwilliger
Jim DunkJim Dunk
As Joe Clarence

Co-Guest Stars
Julie ReitzmanJulie Reitzman
As Glass' Niece
Main Cast


Modeler and special effects man Terwilliger arrives for the screening of his stop motion dinosaur animation audition for a tyrannical film producer, the wheelchair-bound Joe Clarence. Clarence's lawyer Glass is impressed and even Clarence briefly admits that Terwilliger is competent. The producer warns that they only have $2,000 for the budget and demands an immediate answer. Terwilliger agrees and Glass takes him out, and warns that Clarence is big in the business. The model worker insists he's an artist, not a slave, but tells Glass he'll sign the contract the next day...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "Tyrannosaurus Rex" by Ray Bradbury. It was first published as "The Prehistoric Producer" in Saturday Evening Post (June 23, 1962).

Episode Quotes
Terwilliger: My beauties. Not alive but alive. Dead but not dead. Clay under liquid rubber. Yes, oh yes. I moved you and then frame by frame photographed you. And god, even now, I can't believe I made you walk and fly and live.

Terwilliger: Okay, now, plant the King of Lizard in ancient summer wilds, to wade in swamps of teeming material life.

Joe Clarence: How'd you like to be fired?
Glass: I quit years ago.

Changes from the short story:

* In the short story, Clarence is a dwarf. Here he is a wheelchair-bound ogre with a large lump on his forehead.
* Glass' daughter asks for Clarence's autograph at the end in the story. In the episode, it is his niece.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Co-Executive ProducerBill Allan  |  Pierre Bertrand-Jaume  |  Stephane Sperry
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean
ProducerHubert Niogret
EditorGenevieve Vaury
First Assistant DirectorFran├žois Crozade
Second Assistant DirectorStephane Gluck
MusicJean-Paul Drand
Make-upEmma D'Auria
GripJean-Luc Benoudnine
Key GripEmile Laisne
Camera OperatorRoland Bernard
Location ManagerVeronique Forgeau
Property MasterClorinde Mery
Production AssistantPatricia Voisin
Assistant EditorBruno Boissel
GafferChristophe Offensteine
Director of PhotographyAndre Neau
Art DirectorEtienne Mery
Production ManagementRaphael Caussimon
Sound MixerFran├žois Waledisch
AccountantIsabelle Duley
Boom OperatorPhilippe Donnefort
WardrobeDominique Combelles
Second CameraDenis Rouden
Dialoge CoachTim Holm
ContinuityKathleen Fonmarty
Still PhotographerJacques Prayer
Assistant Location ManagerGael Collon  |  Philippe Rouquier
1st Camera AssistantJean-Pierre Aliphat
Assistant Set DecoratorPascale Thirode
Recording MixerJack Jullian-Gaufres
Model MakerJean-Manuel Costa
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