5 Dinosaurs We Need To See in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (& 5 That Need To Stay Extinct)
The revival of the Jurassic Park franchise following the success of Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has allowed for expansion into television. In 2020, Netflix will premier Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, an animated dinosaur adventure created by DreamWorks Animation and produced by Steven Spielberg that takes place on the other side of Isla Nublar.
So far, we know that it will involve a group of teenagers that win the chance of a lifetime; a stay at Camp Cretaceous, a unique experience featuring new and old dinosaurs from the Jurassic World theme park. But which dinosaurs will we get to see, and which will be left to become fossils? True to the nature of the franchise, the trip won't go as planned, resulting in terrifying calamity as the teens must survive on their own in the park. Here are the five dinos we hope try to sink their teeth into the youngsters, and five we hope go extinct.
10 NEED TO SEE: T-REX
Can there be a Jurassic Park series without the most famous dinosaur in the franchise taking a bite out of park visitors? The T. rex has made an appearance in every Jurassic Park film to date, and she deserves to come back around to terrify a fresh crop of teenagers.
Jurassic World upped the stakes by including a lot of genetically engineered dinosaurs spliced with other animals. The T. rex remains one of the most impressive threats to park visitors, and has since it escaped its paddock in the original film. It’s been the same T. rex the whole time, and we don’t see the franchise killing her off anytime soon.
9 CAN STAY EXTINCT: PACHYCEPHALOSAURUS
These bull-headed creatures were first introduced in The Lost World, encountered by big game hunter Roland when on a hunt with other InGen personnel to collect dinosaurs for a new island. As a plant-eating dinosaur, they don’t represent a particularly frightening antagonist to park visitors unless made upset by their actions.
Besides, a much more frightening version of this dinosaur was encountered in Jurassic World, after InGen cloned it and used its DNA to create Stygimoloch specimens that were found on Isla Nublar. However, most of those may have been lost during the Mount Sibo eruption in 2018, but maybe they could appear in the next series.
8 NEED TO SEE: VELOCIRAPTOR (ESPECIALLY BLUE!)
You can’t have a series about Jurassic Park and not include one of its most recognizable species, velociraptors! Since the first film in the franchise, they’ve been some of the most dangerous threats to park visitors. Despite being much smaller than other predators, they use their size and speed to their advantage.
Hunting in packs, they often utilized cunning tactics and strategies to outsmart their prey. One of the most famous of these raptors was Blue, trained by Owen in Jurassic World and reunited with him in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Perhaps in the series, there will be both trained and untrained raptors for the visitors to experience.
7 CAN STAY EXTINCT: CERATOSAURUS
This bad boy made its appearance in Jurassic Park III, the bigger, meaner monster to take on the original dreaded T. rex. With the size and heft of the T. rex, but somewhat more maneuverable on its feet like the Allosaurus, the Ceratosaurus was a mighty hunter that was defined by the horn on the top of its snout.
Ceratosaurus was also distinct because of its four fingers, as opposed to the usual three found on predators of its size. It was taken from Isla Sorna and put on Isla Nublar, and really is unnecessary given the presence of larger, more impressive threats like the T. rex or even the Indominus Rex.
6 NEED TO SEE: COMPY
The small, nimble Compsognathus made their first appearance in Jurassic Park: The Lost World where they went after a young girl who was vacationing near Isla Sorna with her parents. The “compys” are only the size of chickens, but in a “flock” of ten or more they can be deadly. They were able to take down a grown hunter (Dieter Stark) when he strayed from his traveling companions.
It would be fun to see if there were any compys on Isla Nublar, since that isn’t an environment they’ve been seen to inhabit on screen. They would be terrifying scavengers for a group of teenagers to stumble upon, especially after they originally thought the little monsters were “cute” and non threatening.
5 CAN STAY EXTINCT: STEGOSAURUS
The Stegosaurus was a prominent dinosaur in The Last World, with Sarah studying them the same way she studied predators on the African Savannah. A stampede of the bulky herbivores almost got her killed, as well as her ex boyfriend, Ian Malcolm, and their adopted daughter on Isla Sorna.
Of all the herbivores that could appear in this new series, the Stegosaurus and their ilk are the least exciting when compared to the options of a Triceratops, or a Brachiosaurus. Besides, visitors getting accidentally killed by a Stegosaurus herd isn’t as riveting as if it was one of the more recognizable predators.
4 NEED TO SEE: PTERANODON
Though they’d been seen in the background of Jurassic Park: The Lost World, the Pteranodons didn’t make their grand entrance until Jurassic Park III, when Dr. Alan Grant and his companions entered their aviary. Soaring above and around them on their giant wings, they were majestic but deadly.
Different versions of the Pteranodons have been seen in the various Jurassic Park films, without much explanation as to the variation. No doubt it’s due to the genetic experiments done by park scientists like Doctor Henry Wu. It would be interesting if they were tamed to be able to carry people on their backs instead of trying to eat them.
3 CAN STAY EXTINCT: DIMORPHODON
These little flying ferocities had a starring role in Jurassic World, pouring over the visitors to the park in waves while they shopped and dined at the visitor center. Though not much larger than birds, these winged dinosaurs had jaws with razor sharp teeth that they used to gnaw at flesh.
As visually arresting as the Dimorphodons are, if only a few winged reptiles could be included, we’d prefer the pteranodons. The Dimorphodons were mostly used for comic relief, and didn’t have the epic scale of their larger winged peers. They lived in the same aviary, but came off as more of a nuisance than a real threat.
2 NEED TO SEE: DILOPHOSAURUS
The Dilophosaurus that appeared in Jurassic Park was responsible for one of the most terrifying deaths in the franchise. Though it was a small dinosaur, it didn’t rely on its size to intimidate. It would distract its victim with a brightly colored fan around its neck and then shoot them with poisonous venom.
A population of Dilophosaurus existed on both Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna, and when Mount Sibo erupted in Fallen Kingdom, its not clear if any survived. But the small creatures that hunt by scent would be a welcome addition to the antagonists that visitors face in the new series.
1 CAN STAY EXTINCT: INDOMINUS REX
The Indominus Rex was the main antagonist in Jurassic World, designed as a hybrid between a velociraptor and a T. rex, among others. With the strength of the T. rex and the agility and cunning of a raptor, Indominus Rex was a brutal killing machine that reigned supreme on Isla Nublar.
The DNA of the Indominus Rex was used by Doctor Henry Wu to create the Indoraptor in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but both of those hybrids were killed through events involving the original T. rex from Jurassic Park. Therefore it would be impossible to create any further genetic mutations involving the DNA.