Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Fixes a MAJOR Jurassic Park Mistake
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous fixes a major mistake that young Timothy made in the original movie when identifying big dinosaurs.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the first season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, now streaming on Netflix.
Netflix's Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous might be viewed as just a lighthearted animated series, but it's far darker than many first assumed. That said, it does hold some lighter nods to the Jurassic World film it runs alongside, as well as other Easter eggs that fans of the original trilogy will love, as kids in an adventure park on Isla Nublar have to contend with rampaging dinosaurs.
For instance, just before all the chaos occurs, there's a moment of levity that pokes fun at, and fixes, a major mistake from the film that launched the franchise, 1993's Jurassic Park.
In that film, young Timothy Murphy misidentifies a Brachiosaurus herd as "brontosauruses." He later corrects himself, which alludes to the error made in the original script by screenwriter David Koepp, who mistook a Brachiosaurus for a Brontosaurus. It also riffs on Timothy believing the latter was the correct terminology for this particular species, when he and his sister, Lex, stood in awe of all the creatures.
Considering the Jurassic Park films' love of the Brachiosaurus, it makes sense for the dinosaur to reappear in Camp Cretaceous. And along with the dino is the lead character, Darius, a dino-nerd who spots the creatures -- something he always dreamed of seeing with his now-deceased father. He has a knack for calling out facts from fiction, correcting errors and showing people up. He also tries to impress his crush, Brooklynn, as she vlogs to her thousands of social media followers, but this brings the wannabe alpha-male Kenji, who doesn't know he's setting himself up for failure.
Kenji is as arrogant as can be, so when he makes that all-too familiar-mistake with a Brontosaurus, Darius calls him out. Darius immediately corrects him, and says it's actually a Brachiosaurus, revealing it's "a common mistake," which even experts can make. He has a smug expression, and shoots the audience a sly look because, while it's a clear jab at Koepp, it's also a shot at Timothy -- one he's all too eager to take to impress the rest of the group. Well, except for Kenji, who makes it clear he'll find some way to get back at Darius for being a know-it-all. Regardless, the moment is a nice callback that only diehard fans will catch, and serves as proof that the franchise doesn't take itself too seriously.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Colin Trevorrow, Scott Kreamer and Lane Lueras, with Zack Stentz serving as a consulting producer. The series is streaming now on Netflix.