Jurassic World: 10 Hidden Details In Camp Cretaceous Everyone Completely Missed
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous has launched and it's a fun look into the entire franchise. That includes easter eggs and nods you may have missed.
The Jurassic World franchise lives on in animated form with Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, the Netflix series that follows dino-obsessed Darius and other lucky kids as they explore the north side of the Jurassic World theme park in a summer camp. Fans will delight in all the references to the popular film series, as well as its progenitor the original Jurassic Park series, as they follow the spunky kids in their fun -and harrowing- interactions with the park's prehistoric inhabitants.
Eagle-eyed fans have been like raptors on the hunt to find clues throughout the series that offer insight into the greater world-building of the franchise. From references to characters from the Jurassic Park films to surprising cameos and even subtle narrative hints that broaden the scope of the Jurassic World trilogy, there are hidden details everywhere just waiting to be uncovered.
10 - Quaking Footprint
The beginning of every episode of Camp Cretaceous starts with the camera focusing on a large footprint in the mud, filled with water. It quakes, causing the water to ripple in an identical manner to whenever the T-Rex was near in Jurassic Park.
Later, when the Indominus Rex appears, it steps into frame in almost the exact way as the T-Rex did when it broke containment in Jurassic Park. There is even a harrowing car chase featuring the Indominus Rex that is very similar to the one involving the T-Rex.
9 - Blue Cameo
After Kenji and Darius mistake a velociraptor paddock for the compile pen, they encounter several raptors ready to make them a midnight snack. They end up escaping thanks to the quick-thinking of the staff and spotlights, part of an elite group of individuals who have faced raptors and lived to tell the tale.
As they're being pulled from the gates, a familiar raptor makes a quick appearance. Eagle-eyed fans will immediately recognize Blue, Owen Grady's favorite raptor companion and hero in Jurassic World. She also makes an appearance at the end of the series before the credits roll.
8 - References To Prominent Characters In The Franchise
Though there aren't any cameos from the major leads of the film franchise outside of Dr. Wu, the fanatical geneticist behind the Indominus Rex, they're mentioned several times throughout the series.
Claire Dearing (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) from Jurassic World is mentioned by camp staffers Alex and Dave, as well as Dr. Grant's (Sam Neill in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3) blog about dinosaur bones, and Dr. Sattler's (Laura Dern from Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park 3) Facebook page about paleobotany, tying them into the events of Camp Cretaceous.
7 - Zach And Gray Were Supposed To Go To Camp Cretaceous
When staff campers Alex and Dave can't get Claire Dearing on the walkie-talkie, they decide to take a trip to the south side of the park and tell her in person that they don't think her nephews Zach and Gray should join the others at Camp Cretaceous.
In Jurassic World, Zach and Gray end up getting separated from their tour on a gyrosphere excursion, only to encounter the Indominus Rex. They have to leave their smashed gyrosphere behind and end up lost in the park, just like Darius and his friends (except they have Owen Grady to find them).
6 - Familiar Locations Around Isla Nublar
Fans of the Jurassic Park films will recognize when Darius and other the characters witness the destruction of the pteranodon aviary when Mr. Masrani's helicopter crashes into it, releasing the park's dreaded winged dinosaurs.
They also ride the monorail from Jurassic World that loops around the theme park, encounter Owen Grady's raptor paddock several times, spend some time at Jurassic Lagoon with the mosasaurus, and explore the underground maintenance tunnels seen briefly in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
5 - Walkie-Talkie Chatter
Viewers that turn on their closed-captioning while watching the series might have a better chance of catching the walkie-talkie chatter heard by Darius and other characters in the second half of the series. There are reports of an "asset out of containment," which indicates the Indominus Rex from Jurassic World has breached the confines of its paddock.
Members of the Asset Containment Unit are heard being eaten by the Indominus Rex as well as battling velociraptors ("velociraptor screeching") during the climactic end of Jurassic World.
4 - The Gyrosphere
The highlight of the campers' trip is when they get to ride the same gyrospheres featured in Jurassic World to help herds of dinosaurs migrate from one side of the park to the other. As in the film, their activity doesn't go as planned and they get separated from the camp staff.
Later, the kids run into the crashed gyrosphere of Zach and Gray from Jurassic World, who were forced to abandon it after their first perilous meeting with the Indominus Rex. They also see the corpse of the ankylosaurus that the Indo killed.
3 - Dr. Wu's Fate
The chatter over the walkie-talkies reveals something specific about the fate of Dr. Wu in Jurassic World, who was implied to have survived the Indominus Rex attack and escaped offscreen. Guards are heard crying, "Shoot her!" while the sounds of velociraptor noises are heard.
One guard shouts, "The order is to save Wu," further indicating that making sure Dr. Wu got off the island was of paramount importance, no matter how many raptors (or other "assets") were harmed. The chatter indicates the brutal circumstances surrounding Wu's perilous escape.
2 - Nothing In The Park Works
When Darius and the other campers arrive at Camp Cretaceous, they quickly realize that for all the "expense" John Hammond didn't spare in creating his dinosaur theme park, he certainly cut corners when it came to the technology.
The walkie talkies are glitchy, the wifi is dodgy, and the emergency brakes on the monorail are out. This is a reference to the Jurassic Park novel by Michael Crichton, in which John Hammond was a greedy capitalist.
1 - Sammy The Spy
When Sammy Gutierrez turns out to be an operative for a mysterious company looking to pilfer Dr. Wu's research from Jurassic World, she mirrors the arc of Denis Nedry's character in Jurassic Park, who was intent on smuggling dinosaur samples out of the park for a rival company. Sammy even sports a very similar shirt with the same pink flower and leaf pattern as Nedry.
Sammy mentions she's working for "Manta Corp," a rival to InGen's corporation. Manta Corp wants to also use genetic modification to splice dino DNA and create strange new creatures, just like Dr. Wu's Indominus Rex. The name is appropriately similar to "Manticore," a deadly Greek beast that has the body of a lion, the head of a man, and the tail of a scorpion.