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How Percy Jackson and the Olympians Created an Unusual Minotaur


The minotaur is a crucial part of the Percy Jackson story. Here is how the Disney+ series crafted its version.

A rendering of the minotaur in Disney+'s Percy Jackson and the Olympians
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Percy Jackson and The Olympians is the story of the 12-year-old demigod Percy Jackson and his quest across America to prevent a war between the Olympian Gods. When the story begins, Percy believes he is just an ordinary kid, although, admittedly, an ordinary kid who sees unusual things sometimes.

But that all changes at the end of episode one of the Disney+ series. All at once, Percy Jackson discovers that everything he suspected, and more, is true. That discovery takes the form of an angry nine-foot-tall minotaur.

“It coincides with Walker [Scobell, who plays Percy] understanding that the things he’s seen in his young life that he always attributed to mental illness are not that,” says Erik Henry, Senior Visual Effects Supervisor on the show. “It’s a device to catapult you into the world you’re about to inhabit.”

It is a game-changing moment for Percy, for the audience, and for the show itself.

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