Byte James Gurney
Hi Welcome to season two of bite. This is Tony Tiller. Parenting apocalypse it's it's not the same way that. You know how it works any views usually two to four minutes long, but sometimes they can be a little longer only when you when you live long enough, all kinds of strange things happen. Very right in saying that the Greek heroes the original superheroes. In part because of the hopeful nature of genes vision, but also because of its message of diversity inclusion. I love world, building and someone who did an amazing job of. It was illustrator and writer James Gurney. Did you think back in nineteen? ninety-two two Dinah Tokyo would become what it is today. I had no idea at all. In fact when I was doing the paintings for Diner Topa I was doing pictures that I was intentionally doing to make impossible to make in a live action I knew that in the Star Wars era, it was hard to do the water effects, and to do people writing creatures are always the toughest thing to do so I deliberately plan these big epic scenes of Waterfall City and a parade with dinosaurs, because this will never be made into live action, and just about then of course, the digital revolution was starting to happen and. I realized that maybe it would be possible took a long time, but. I think that hallmark entertainment is really gone all out to make dining topi translate to the screen. As very exciting and actually to kind of go back to your work, and we'll definitely cover the miniseries as well, but I think what impressed me, too is the amount of research that you do on on diagnosing looking at fossil's. Doors at the correct scale. Spokane actually Allah Dean Foster at one time and I know he's travelled a bit, and you do as well to kind of get that look of the city. The city is of Diner Topi as well. Yeah kind of specializes an artist in painting, realistic scenes of things that can't be photographed whether it's a historical scene from National Geographic. Or fantasy of something that we know must exist out there, but no one has ever seen I end to do that means getting a lot of of models and elements and people in Costume, and whatever it takes to essentially do almost like a single frame from from A. Movie and the fun thing about being an artist. Is that working away in your studio? You can do? All those things can be the writer and the director and the lighting person, and and put the whole thing together. Which one is your favorite dinosaur to draw? I really like Stegosaurus, because it's the most outlandish dinosaur, and when you spent a Lotta time coming up with alien design and the thing about nature. There are things in the fossil record weirder than anything. You could imagine stegosauruses one although it's a bear. Dry stegosaurus is tough because all those different plates are in different angles, and you have to just keep racing redrawing it till you get it right, but. Nevertheless I. that's one of my favorite dinosaurs. Was this a boyhood something that you liked as a boy? The dinosaurs right for me. I got into him because of a gentleman named Harry Housing Yeah I did love dinosaurs as a kid, and of course in those days they were seen as cold, blooded reptiles who lived in the swamp and I remember the picture in the time life book had the brackish source with the whole body underwater, because just the head sticking out because they said. Said well can't hold up its own weight. It could never do that and it wasn't. Until I became an adult that the new theories came along presenting dinosaurs as dynamic and warm blooded and intelligent, and just recently in the last few years. The bird dinosaur connection has really solidified so that we realize that dinosaurs had a lot of behaviors and mannerisms, and even looked a lot like birds, instead of like reptiles, that science of dinosaurs is very very much a part of Diana Topi. And Talking to paleontologists about the waves of popular interest very often, they follow these renaissance periods of discoveries which were were still in. And Dining Topa is just one way of playing without idea. What if dinosaurs are bird like dynamic and intelligent? What if we? If they were smart. What if they were wise and kind of benefit us? Somehow speaking of that I'm sure you've seen the famous I think even the Museum of Natural History in New York area here where the t rex is like standing up almost fully erect, and obviously we've found out that hey might not be that way. Part of what I love about dinosaurs is what we don't know about them. We know what the structure of their bones looks like we. We have a few skin impressions, but we don't know how. They sounded really how they moved or what color they were for a while. People were saying that Toronto could run forty miles an hour, and now an article comes out a couple of weeks ago. They'd say now they could just walk about ten miles an hour at the most, and who knows but being an artist. You talked to all the scientists and let them make their case to you and then. What seems to feel right. And what what fits with the latest discoveries, so that aspect of them as creatures of fantasy, as it were I love because we know they were real, but they require our imagination to bring them into being again. Dina Topa is available, and even spawned a series of movies and TV special. For Bite, this is Tony Talada.