Netflix's Jurassic World Cartoon Trailer Puts Kids In Serious Danger
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous poses the question of 'what's the worst possible decision the park owners could possibly make?'
While the Jurassic Park films have placed children in perilous situations before, the latest installment of the franchise may up the game. The trailer for the upcoming animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous shows that the owners of the dinosaur park have learned nothing from past disasters, other than new ways to get people killed.
In 2015, Universal relaunched the Jurassic Park franchise with Steven Spielberg serving as a producer and Colin Trevorrow, then known for his independent film titled Safety Not Guaranteed, sitting in the director's chair for the new film. Set after the events of the previous Jurassic Park films, Jurassic World offered audiences a brief glimpse at a fully functioning dinosaur amusement park before a newly created species called the Indominus Rex breaks free from its paddock and unleashes chaos upon the visitors. Although the film received criticism from movigoers, it proved to be a box office hit, grossing over $1 billion worldwide, resulting in two feature-length sequels in addition to an augmented reality-based game available on iOS and Android mobile devices and rumored video game for current and next-gen consoles.
Now, DreamWorks and Netflix are partnering to expand the franchise with the new CG animated series Camp Cretaceous that is set to debut on Netflix in September. Produced by Spielberg and Trevorrow, Camp Cretaceous will follow a group of six kids attending summer camp at the park just as the disastrous events of the first Jurassic World film unfold. Much like the films, the main characters of the cartoon quickly go from being in awe of the dinosaurs to fleeing for their lives.
Featuring the voice talents of Paul-Mikél Williams, Jenna Ortega, Ryan Potter, Raini Rodriguez, Sean Giambrone, Kausar Mohammed, Jameela Jamil, and Glen Powell, Camp Cretaceous' first season will consist of eight episodes. The animated series is the latest move to expand the Jurassic Park franchise, with producer Frank Marshall stating that the forthcoming installment of the film franchise, titled Jurassic World: Dominion, will usher in a "new era" of Jurassic Park movies. Currently scheduled to be released in theaters on June 11, 2021, Jurassic World: Dominion will see returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard join forces with Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, the trio of stars from the original 1993 film.
With Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous being a CG animated series, it would be understandable if most fans assumed the show would be a relatively lighter entry in the franchise. However, the latest trailer from Netflix indicates the creative team behind the project will not shy away from putting the kids in life-threatening danger.
Of course, children have often been considered one of the weaker elements of the Jurassic Park films, with even some of the most ardent fans of the franchise often noting that the kids frequently make questionable decisions or come across as annoying. So, while it may come as a surprise to some that Camp Cretaceous appears to be darker than anticipated, others might relish the chance to see kids meet their end in the jaws of Indominus Rex, though it remains to be seen if the series will really go that far.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous premieres on September 18, 2020, on Netflix.