Meet the robot dinosaurs a Japanese company wants to unleash in a theme park

Stomping and roaring dinosaurs took to the stage in Tokyo on Thursday as part of a presentation for a proposed entertainment park where visitors will be able to see the realistic replicas first-hand.

Japanese firm On-Art Corp. unveiled human-operated robotic models of raptors, an allosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus rex, in a performance at a hotel hall.


A robotic T. rex performs during its unveiling in Tokyo. Japan’s Ont-Art Corp. wants to open a Jurassic Park-like destination. (Toru Hanai/Reuters)

At one point, the T. rex even appeared to bite the head of a pretend caretaker. Around eight metres high, the dinosaur replicas were modelled from fossilized skeletons and made of carbon fibre materials, according to the company.

Reminiscent of the theme park seen in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park film, On-Art Corp. CEO Kazuya Kanemaru said he wanted to create a “Dino-A-Park” where dinosaur fans could experience the creatures first-hand.

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