Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Review
This year we celebrated 27 years since the release of Universal Studios’ Jurassic Park. Since that awesome film, the franchise has seen two sequels, a reboot, a sequel to that, and an upcoming third film. Along with that Universal Studios Hollywood and Orlando have also updated their rides to fit with the current films. With all these investments we can be safe to say that this franchise is going nowhere.
In the spirit of keeping the love for dinosaurs alive, DreamWorks Animation has brought us the animated-adventure series, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. This eight-episode series drops this Friday exclusively on Netflix. This series features Scott Kreamer and Lane Lueras as showrunners and executive producers. It’s produced by Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Colin Trevorrow.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous takes place during the same time as the feature film, Jurassic World. It follows a group of very different teenagers that have each made it to the first group of the Jurassic World’s Camp Cretaceous. This adventure camp is located on the opposite side of Isla Nubar. But as we know from the feature film, the dinosaurs get loose. In all the chaos the teenagers are left to fend on their own. With no communication with the outside world, they will have to put their differences aside and try to survive.
It’s one thing to watch this series on my own. A 32-year-old guy that loves the franchise and another one to watch it with the target audience, my 9-year-old daughter. The series’ characters all have personality traits that can easily be relatable to a kid. There is the egocentric guy, the girl stuck on her phone, the nerdy guy that questions everything, the girl that wants to befriend everyone, and the kid that thinks he knows everything.
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The storyline is also quick-paced. Since the series is tailored to kids, some of the events that move the plot forward are very convenient. For me, it was very easy to notice that throughout the series, there was a huge lack of adult supervision around the campers. This allowed our characters to be able to move freely throughout some of the park and get into all kinds of trouble. I knew it may be a problem when my daughter started noticing it as well.
One thing we both enjoyed about Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous was the action sequences with a wide variety of dinosaurs. Usually, I am not a fan of this kind of animation but it worked for this series in bringing the dinosaurs to life. For fans of the franchise specifically Jurassic World, this series has a ton of Easter-eggs that can be appreciated. There are many times when you can pinpoint at what part of the feature film the series was currently taking place.
Overall, if you’re a fan of the franchise, this is a fun watch. Especially if you’re able to enjoy it with your little ones. Who doesn’t love dinosaurs right? I may be the wrong person to recommend this series as I am a little biased being a big fan of the overall franchise. For those of us still waiting for the third film in the Jurassic World: Dominion, this is a good filler for now. Just make sure to keep in mind that it’s made for kids!
Overall Grade: B-
Dreamworks Animation’s Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous debuts on Netflix this Friday, September 18th.
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