Happy Easter: Celebrating Monstrous Eggs!

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Happy Easter, everyone! Let’s delve into some of my favorite EGGS from film and TV:

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Aliens: Now, this is probably one of the first eggs people think of when they are thrust into a conversation about monster movies involving eggs. These things specifically are ovomorphs.  Each contains a facehugger, generally considered to be the first stage in the life cycle of the species Xenomorph. They are produced and laid by a Queen. And just as Ripley and Newt stumbled onto this wide field of alien eggs, our heroines were treated to the sight of the Alien Queen dumping an ovomorph right out of her gigantic gooey ovipositor. Lovely.

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Dinosaur: One of my most beloved movies (and amusement park rides!), Dinosaur‘s opening sequence involves an unfortunate mother iguanodon as she tries to protect her eggs when a herd of other dinosaurs stampede through her nest to escape a pursuing carnotaurus. One egg gets picked up by an oviraptor(above), then dropped in a river, then picked up by a pterosaur, then on and on until it finally ends up on Lemur Island, far far away  from where the egg was laid. The egg hatches and the resulting baby iguanodon is adopted by the lemurs and named Aladar.

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What a beautiful egg! This is Mothra’s egg, and in Mothra vs. Godzilla, a typhoon causes one of Mothra’s eggs to loosen from its nest on Infant Island. The egg ends up traveling across the ocean until it reaches the beaches of Japan. It is then towed inland by fishing boats so that an entrepreneur can build a whole amusement park around the giant egg. Mothra ties to get back her egg, asking politely, but the amusement park owner refuses. You really don’t want to piss off a giant moth.

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Ha! How about this one from the Jim Henson production Dinosaurs? This was a really fun and different TV show, and in the first episode, Earl Sinclair, dufus breadwinner of the Sinclair family, comes home from work to find a most unusual discovery: His wife, Fran, has laid an egg!
Earl’s first reaction is: “That’d better be breakfast.”

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I have two entries that come from the world of Harry Potter. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,  Hagrid wins a dragon’s egg in a  card game with someone whom he thinks is a dragon dealer. Hagrid keeps the egg in his hut, warming it over a fire until it hatches. Ron, Harry, and Hermione are present when the crumpled little dragon bursts from the shell and Hagrid is instantly smitten, naming the little Norwegian Ridgeback “Norbert”.  As the dragon grows and becomes violent and unpredictable,Hagrid has no choice but to release Norbert to Charles Weasley, who works with dragons in Romania. Charlie later reveals that “Noberta” is in fact a female. He says that he is able to tell by the females being much more violent and ferocious.

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Next up from Harry Potter’s universe is the golden egg. The golden egg is a magical device and the goal of the First Task of the Triwizard Tournament. It is about the size of a regular dragon egg and placed among the nesting female dragons’ actual eggs, where the competitors must retrieve them. Quite a difficult undertaking, considering that the kids only have wands and their knowledge of spells.

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The beautifully scaled eggs belonging to Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones have lain dormant and supposedly petrified for many many years,possibly centuries. When she smothers her ailing Dothraki husband Drogo(who is in a vegetative state) with a pillow to end his suffering, she then builds a funeral pyre for his body. After she places her dragon eggs on the pyre, her guardian knight,Ser Jorah, believes that she means to die and tries to persuade her not to. Daenerys gives a speech to those of her Dothraki clan who are left. She tells them that they are free to go, but if they stay with her she will lead them to a great destiny, then she steps into the blaze. The following morning it is revealed that she has survived, and three newly-hatched dragons are clinging to her body, the first three dragons in the world in a century and a half. Ser Jorah and the remaining Dothraki fall to their knees, proclaiming Daenerys their queen and leader.

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The Water Horse: I haven’t seen this movie and I should, as I love the Loch Ness Monster and even if the movie is a little cutesy I think the creature design is perfect for Nessie.
One day, while collecting seashells, a boy named Angus discovers what appears to be a large mysterious egg in the sand, which he leaves in his father’s shed. When he returns later, an unknown creature hatches (which he calls ‘Crusoe’ after Robinson Crusoe) that becomes the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Later Angus learns that it is a genderless “Water Horse” that lays one egg, then dies before the egg hatches.

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And how can we forget Jurassic Park? This is the scene in which Ellie, Ian, Alan and Genarro are viewing the fertilized dinosaur eggs and the egg turner. And even though Hammond insists on always being there when the dinosaurs hatch so that they can imprint on humans and “learn to trust them”, we of course know that the dinosaurs break that trust. Or do the humans?

The photo at the beginning of this article is from Jurassic Park III, from the scene in which stupid idiot Billy reveals that he has stolen some of the raptor’s eggs. Through a bit of improvisation(fake raptor calls!)from Alan Grant, the eggs are returned and the raptors leave as if to say, “We’re square.”

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I have not seen the movie Eragon either, and it is on my list. How could I leave out this absolutely gorgeous blue egg from which emerges the infant dragon Saphira?

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Q – The Winged Serpent is an early 80’s movie that I watched,peeking through my fingers, as a kid when it first aired on television. The plot involves the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, a winged, monstrous female dragon-lizard thing that bears almost no resemblance to the Quetzalcoatl in Aztec art, taking up residence in the art deco crown of the Chrysler Building and laying a colossal egg within. Alas, Q’s fate is the same as most movie monsters with an appetite for humans, and after a full-scale machine-gun assault on her in the movie’s ending scenes, she tumbles to her bloody death on the streets of Manhattan. In the final shot of the movie, the egg hatches as the screen fades to black.

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Moving on to funnier examples, this is Mork from Mork & Mindy. He is an extraterrestrial who arrived on Earth from the planet Ork in a small egg-shaped spaceship.
This series was Robin Williams’ first major acting role and became famous for Williams’ use of his manic improvisational comedic talent. Williams would make up so many jokes during filming, eventually scripts had specific gaps where Williams was allowed to freely perform. In many scenes, Dawber had to bite her lip to avoid laughing and ruining the take. I loved the show and watched it every night it aired on prime time. It was great,until the network completely screwed it up, through some almost inexplicable decisions like moving it to a terrible time slot and replacing the supporting cast.

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And I thought I’d throw this in for fun because it was Steve’s suggestion: It is from Ghostbusters, when Dana Barret leaves a carton of eggs out while she is putting her groceries away, and they begin jumping out of the box and frying on the countertop.

I hope you have enjoyed this Easter edition of WeirdCrest, my dear readers. Now, go stuff your faces with chocolate!

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