The Alan raptor is a running gag in Screen Junkies' web comedy series Honest Trailers. The Alan raptor appears in two formats: a short reaction clip or as an easter egg. The raptor is known as 'The Alan raptor' because it shouts Doctor Alan Grant's name. Although the raptor's name in the Jurassic Park films is not 'Alan,' the raptor has become known as 'Alan' among Honest Trailers viewers.
Alan clip Edit
The short clip is of a velociraptor shouting "Alan!" originates in the film Jurassic Park 3. This moment is universally reviled and generally considered the low point of the entire Jurassic franchise. Several Honest Trailers cut to this clip for humorous purposes, usually to punctuate the point that however bad things seem, at least things aren't as bad as Jurassic Park 3. Two versions of the clip are used, a live action version and a LEGO version. Counting both, the Alan clip has been used 14 times during the series in 6 episodes. The most Alan clips in any one episode is 9. This occurred, unsurprisingly, in the Honest Trailer for Jurassic Park 3 itself.
List of Honest Trailers with Alan clips Edit
- Jurassic Park
- The Lost World (used twice)
- Jurassic World
- Jurassic Park 3 (used 8 times, including 3 times in LEGO form)
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Hidden Alan Edit
A hidden Alan is form of easter egg, depicting a velociraptor incorporated into the background action of a scene of a completely unrelated Honest Trailer. It usually appears in a comedic way, for example being decapitated by a guillotine during The Purge or his disembodied head on display in Birds of Prey. It also causes Screen Junkies superfans to wet themselves with excitement before immediately commenting with the time code of the hidden Alan to prove that they've found it, even if there are already 10 other comments to the same effect. Hidden Alans appeared in several Honest Trailers during 2018, from Tomb Raider/Pacific Rim: Uprising to Avengers: Infinity War.
The Alan raptor was turned to dust by Thanos's infinity gauntlet snap. The cessation of the hidden Alan easter egg caused severe agony for many Screen Junkies superfans, who, naturally, took to the YouTube comments section to vehemently complain about the deteriorating quality of their free entertainment .The raptor returned in 2019 during the Avengers: Endgame Honest Trailer, along with all the other characters restored as a result of the Hulk's gauntlet snap, which brought back the half of the universe's population that Thanos disintegrated.
The Alan raptor also appeared for a few frames during the multi-dimensional warping sequence in the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Honest Trailer.
Editor Kevin Williamsen is committed to hiding an Alan raptor in every episode of Honest Trailers produced post-Avengers: Endgame. However, in a Reddit post from April 2020, Williamsen confirmed that some of the trailers do not have "Hidden Alans" as the normal process would be finishing the trailers first then adding in Alan somewhere, but sometimes he will get so busy with trailers that it would just slip his mind. Those with missing Alans are listed below along with those we have found: