Terminator 2 3D Faq
"Sure its only 10 minutes long but its
definitely the next film - it's not a rehash of things you've seen. We take
John Connor and the Terminator into the future war, an environment they
never interacted with in the past films. T2-3D is actually a continuation of
the storyline. It's a whole new ballgame, something people have never seen
James Cameron 1996
1. ABOUT THE RIDE/PICTURE
This 12-minute short featuring
much of the cast and crew of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) cost $60 million
to produce, making it the most expensive venture per minute in movie history.
The film was the centerpiece of a multimedia attraction at the Universal Studios
Florida theme park in Orlando and represented a quantum leap forward in
interactive entertainment. The show begins with television monitors in the
entranceway laying foundation for the story as the spectators wait in line, and
the show continues inside a state-of-the-art auditorium. A spokeswoman for
Cyberdyne Systems explains that the terrorist actions presented in the last
feature did not stop construction of Skynet, the global satellite
nuclear-defense system. Some stunt doubles for the series' stars appear onstage
while the real actors appear on video, taking over the presentation and leading
a motorcycle ride across the stage and seemingly into the movie screen by the
Terminator T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and John Connor (Edward Furlong). This
cues the start of the spectacular 3-D short, which takes place in 2029 Los
Angeles. John and the Terminator battle vicious killer robots including the
gigantic T-1000000, the most fearsome Terminator yet seen, on their way to
finally destroying Skynet for good. Three different screens, astounding 3-D
effects, and mechanical enhancements such as mists of water and vibrating seats
put the audience directly into the multimedia experience as never before. This
work was written by James Cameron and Gary Goddard (Masters Of The Universe) and
directed by James Cameron with special-effects masters John Bruno and Stan
Winston, while he was already deep into the production of Titanic
A full scale mock-up duplicating the dimensions of the planned Florida venue was
created in an airplane hangar at the Van Nuys Airport in the San Fernando
Valley. The unique 3-D film format used six, solid-state Electrosonic projectors
that were electronically interlocked to run 70mm film synchronously, at the high
speed of 30 frames per second. The image was projected onto a triptych of
adjoined silver screens. The effect of the six projectors running simultaneously
was to produce one, contiguous, 3-D image across the three screens,
accomplishing a wrap-around effect reminiscent of Cinerama.
The attraction opened in the Hollywood area of Universal Studios Florida in
Spring 1996, with additional venues opening in the Upper Lot of Universal
Studios Hollywood on May 6, 1999 and the New York section of Universal Studios
Japan on March 31, 2001. The Hollywood venue replaced a parking structure
complex that previously held Fievel's Playland and An American Tail Theatre.
From Universal website:
Set in the present, “Terminator 2: 3D” sends the “Terminator” and cast member
Edward Furlong on a time travel journey to Los Angeles 2029 and a world policed
by cyborgs controlled by sentient corporate behemoth, Skynet. To save humanity
from total destruction, the duo takes on Skynet’s doomsday complex and its army
of killing machines including the all-new, fearsome T-1000000. If they are to
succeed in preserving the safety of future generations, they must destroy Skynet.
The adventure begins when guests enter Cyberdyne Systems’ constructed
headquarters as interlocking three-dimensional images and digital composite
computer graphics are projected onto three massive 23’x50’ screens, spanning 165
feet and combined with explosive stunt work.
2. WHAT IS THE STORY ABOUT?
Terminator 2 3D: Battle Across
Time is an alternative ending to Terminator 2: Judgment Day, showing a different
chain of events after the Cyberdyne building had been blown up. Somehow, the
T-800, John and Sarah managed to escape via different way than an elevator and
successfully escaped, all undamaged, from the Police and SWAT forces and the
T-1000 and went into hiding.
Cyberdyne has recovered from the
1995 attack and moved to a different location, continuing their development
despite their losses. A Miles Dyson memorial has been placed in the building.
The queue video shows featurettes on Cyberdyne's technology, as well as a return
of some of the characters from the previous films. The first one is Grayson
Hunter , who was a security guard who activated the silent alarm (played by the
same actor). He recalls the 95 attack but assures that with new security, no
such event will take place again. The second character is Dr. Peter Silberman,
now a Director of Employee Health and Welness, who cautions the guests that the
95 terrorists, Sarah Connor, her now teenage son John and an unidentified man
are still on the run
A group of senators, congressmen and special guests is invited to the Cyberdyne
building for a confidential, top secret presentation of Cyberdyne's newest
developments. They're shown a promotional video that presents various inventions
that will allow people to interact and communicate physically through robotics
from different sides of the world, see and perform better and more. The video
also informs the guests about Skynet - a thinking machine, the near-ready
defense system that will control everything including satellites,
communications, fleet, air force, missiles, ground army and the nuclear arsenal.
The presentation is hacked and interrupted by a live message from a teenage John
Connor (Edward Furlong) and Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). They caution the
visitors against Skynet quickly telling them the story of the future war , the
time travels and the events of T2. After they leave their warning the video gets
4. THE MAIN SHOW
Kimberly Duncan - the Director of
Community Relations and Media Control for Cyberdyne appears, leading the guests
to the big auditorium called the Demonstration Center. There, the guests are
presented with the soldiers of the future - The Cyberdyne Series 70 Automated
Fighting Infantry units, or Terminators T-70.
After the shooting demonstration
John and Sarah broke into the building, deactivate the alarm and the T-70s. Soon
it appears that the T-1000 (Robert Patrick) has been there all along, morphed
into a big Cyberdyne logo on the wall, waiting for John to fall into the trap.
John and Sarah take cover in the crowd but the T-1000 spots them with the help
of the T-70s that he reactivated. The T-800, aka Uncle Bob (Arnold
Schwarzenegger) arrives through a time portal and takes John with him to the
future. The T-1000 follows. As we learn later on in the show, the TDE (Time
Displacement Equipment) is a different one that the one used to send the time
travelers in the previous movies.
5. FEATURE FILM
The T-800 and John arrive in 2029,
in the heart of the final battle between the humans and machines. They manage to
slow down and escape the T-1000 but they are immediately spotted and shot at by
a flying Hunter Killer. After taking a cover in the nearby ruins, the FHK
releases the Mini Hunters to follow and destroy them.
After getting rid of the Mini HKs
John is attacked by another T-800, but the good T-800 comes in just in time.
The T-800 and John sneak into the
Skynet's pyramid which is left almost completely unguarded since all of the
units are out on the field taking the last stand. They descend deep down
reaching Skynet's central core and face his guardian, the giant liquid metal
monster, T-1000000. The T-1000000 is temporarily stopped by the liquid nitrogen
which gives the T-800 time to plant explosives and activate the Time Portal for
John to return home. The day is saved
6. WHEN DOES THE MOVIE TAKE PLACE
At first, the movie seem to take
place somewhere around 2001, which would indicate that the Judgment Day was
postponed. The queue video voiceover says "several years ago" when referring to
the attack on Cyberdyne, and the script says that John is now "around sixteen
years old". James Cameron, already amidst the production for Titanic, could not
supervise every detail of the experience, and the security cameras of Cyberdyne,
which showed the events from the previous movie, bore the date of 1991, the date
of the movie's release as oppose to the date of the actual events that happened
in the movie. However, if the movie invalidly thinks that the date of the events
taking place in T2 is 1991, then that would place the date of events of T2 3D in
1996, which would indicate that the Judgment Day is going ahead as originally
foretold, which is actually what seems to be happening. Considering the fact
that the ride has been released in 1996 as well, it seems even more likely this
is the date that the movie was targeting for. In some surveillance camera
videos, the date shows 1991, in some 1992
7. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE UNUSED DESIGNS
FOR THE FILM?
As in T2, there are some designs
which were scrapped due to time or budget constraints. The movie was suppose to
show the Terminator Endoskeleton Storage area, along with the automatic
There are also several designs
which didn;t make it into the first two films, but could finally be realized in
the attraction. Not only Skynet's facility interiors could be shown (unused for
T2), but also the Gun Turrets which were drawn and designed by James Cameron for
the first movie. Below, a storyboard by Cameron from The Terminator and the gun
turret in the film
8. HOW COULD THE CHARACTERS TRAVEL
THROUGH TIME BOTH WAYS AND BE FULLY CLOTHED?
Since the movie is a climax rather
than full story, there aren't any dramatic scenes that would explain some of the
questions, and the answers are only scarcely hinted in small clues. The Time
Displacement machine itself is shown as being different than the one used to
send the two T-800s and the T-1000 back through time in the first two movies, so
it is a different machine than the one described as only going one way. It
is also shown in the movie that the machine opens a portal between the two time
periods which can be accessed from both ways, rather than being a machine which
displaces the matter, as the one from the first two films. An unanswered
question is, why didn't Skynet use this machine instead. Naturally, the smaller,
yet more effective TDE was used for condensed storytelling purposes, however one
may theorize the unit wasn't fully operational until Skynet's very last minutes.
9. WHO OPENED THE TIME PORTAL?
Also unexplained in the movie due
to the nature of the condensed, fast paced nature of the story, but one can
assume that either the Resistance has hacked into the frame and activated the
portal or that it was activated as a test and the T-800 knew when and where will
10. WHAT HAPPENED TO SARAH?
Sarah dies fighting with the
T-1000, which intentionally isn't clear for the audience or for John. James
Cameron (The Making of T2 3D) " As long as she's got ammo, she has to be
fighting the T-1000. If she's fighting the T-1000 we don't see the outcome, and
we go into the future and the next thing we know is the T-1000 jumping in the
future with us, Sarah's dead"
11. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NEW MACHINES
INTRODUCED IN THE MOVIE?
The guardian of the Skynet core is
a T-1000000, also called the T-Meg. While one can find parallels between the
T-1000000 and the Alien Queen, the creature didn't originate from James
Cameron's mind. Even before Cameron was brought in, the concept sketches for the
T-Meg were already there, although in the beginning, it wasn't a designed "boss
villain" guardian unit it eventually became. It wasn't a T-1000000
prototype, but a byproduct of an action sequence. As originally conceived, the
T-800 and John were to be attacked by a squad of the T-1000s, which would all
freeze, scatter, and eventually form into one artificial monster
Since the T-1000 was a one of a
kind prototype, there couldn't be more than one. Eventually the fusion monster
became an actual design of Skynet, which guarded his own creator himself.
Consisting of liquid metal, it was a much larger version of the T-1000 with the
same capabilities and weaknesses
The Mini Hunter is an agile
predator with a single underslung Plasma cannon and a compact, high lift
aerodyne fan which turns on frictionless bearings in order to reduce noise
levels. They are designed primarily to survey a battlefield and transmit
telemetry back to Skynet forces during attacks, as well as accessing difficult
areas and rubbish in order to chase down and destroy the target
12. WHAT'S A T1?
The T1 is a decorative prototype
piece designed by Cyberdyne Systems. It's composed of the newly developed liquid
metal which can imitate any object. From the queue poster:
"The future is bright and shiny"
This shiny little lump of metal is the beginning of a revolution. It's a mimetic
polyalloy. Liquid metal that can actually change shape. We call it T1™.
Still in the advanced prototype stage, this incredible material responds to
digital input by altering its molecular substructure. It can sample any simple
object, then duplicate it exactly.
There are so many potential uses for T1, it's almost scary. Kitchen utensils wil
instantly change from fork to knife. Manufacturers will emulate their
competitors' products and bring duplicates to market faster than ever. U.S.
Combat Forces will carry a single unit of T1 in the field that automatically
changes shape, emulating a variety of knives and stabbing weapons.
Sure, it's only tableware now. But this is just the beginning. In the future,
T1's capabilities will increase a thousand times over. And this amazing material
will change your life forever.
TERMINATOR 2 3D: BATTLE ACROSS TIME
Universal Studios and Lightstorm Entertainment 1996
Director: James Cameron, John Bruno and Stan Winston
Writers: James Cameron, Gary Goddart and Adam J. Bezark
Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick,
Producers: Jessica Huebner (associate producer), Frank Kostenko Jr. (line
producer), Andrew Millstein (executive producer), Scott Ross (executive
Composer: Brad Fiedel
Release Dates: Fall 1996 (Florida), May 6, 1999 (Hollywood), March 31, 2001
Running Time: 12 min 41 sec.
MPAA Rating: PG 13 Production Budget: $60,000,000
Winner of 1996' Themed Entertainment Award for Outstanding Achievement