By EW Staff
August 16, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT

“Jurassic Park” (1993)

CHARACTER STUDY Prior to 1993, 2-D textbook illustrations and the prehistoric renderings of ”Land of the Lost” dinosaurs left many an imagination dissatisfied. But then Industrial Light & Magic’s computer generated T. Rex made prehistory into movie history, by snacking on lawyers, velociraptors, and the like. He later played the lead in the sequel (”The Lost World”) and made a cameo in ”JP3.”

SOUND BYTE His vicious roar translates roughly as ”Backthahellup!”

WHY WE LOVE HIM Short of a trip back to the Jurassic era, this may be the closest thing to the real deal we’ll ever see. With lifelike skin, thoroughly convincing movement, a persuasive mouth full of saliva-covered chompers, and a lot more life than museum skeletons, Steven Spielberg’s T. Rex is the standard for all movie dinos.

Jurassic Park: Universal Pictures’;