We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story movie program

In the middle of 1990 Harald Siepermann worked on the visual development of the movie We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, based on the children book by Hudson Talbott. After An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, it was the second production from Steven Spielberg’s Amblimation studio. At that time, the movie was under direction of Simon Wells and Phil Nibbelink, with who Harald Siepermann shared an office at the Forum building in Camden Town, London, while they were working on Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1987.

Harald Siepermann did visual development for the dinosaur characters Rex, Dweeb and Woog (at that time of production called Hatrack), which will be shared in future post. Besides the dinosaurs, he also worked on the human character Professor Screweyes, an evil circus director for which Harald used actor Danny DeVito as reference. Below are several sketches by Harald Siepermann of Professor Screweyes.

 

And below are the cleaned up designs. Although his designs doesn’t reflect the final version of the character in the film, they for sure are appealing.