Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
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|Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous|
|Based on||Jurassic Park|
by Michael Crichton
|Developed by||Zack Stentz|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Picture format||1080p (HDTV)|
|Original release||September 18, 2020 –|
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous is an American animated science fiction adventure streaming television series. It is part of the Jurassic Park franchise and debuted on Netflix on September 18, 2020. Set before, during and after the events of the film Jurassic World, the series follows six teenagers who become stranded on Isla Nublar after multiple dinosaurs escape their habitats.
Following its release, the show was met with mixed to positive reviews from critics, who applauded the diverse voice cast but criticized the show's character designs, and writing. Aaron Hammersley serves as showrunner alongside Scott Kreamer.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous follows a group of six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar. But when dinosaurs wreak havoc across the island, the campers are stranded. Unable to reach the outside world, they'll need to go from strangers to friends to family if they're going to survive.
- Paul-Mikél Williams as Darius Bowman, a camper who is a dinosaur fanatic and leader of the group.
- Sean Giambrone as Ben Pincus, a "sensitive and bookish" camper who takes care of a newborn Ankylosaurus.
- Kausar Mohammed as Yasmina "Yaz" Fadoula, the "strongest and most athletically assured of the camp goers".
- Jenna Ortega as Brooklynn, a camper and "star of the most popular travel and lifestyle vlog on social media".
- Ryan Potter as Kenji Kon, a self-appointed VIP camper described as the "self-proclaimed alpha male of the group".
- Raini Rodriguez as Sammy Gutierrez, a camper filled with enthusiasm for the experience of being at Camp Cretaceous.
- Jameela Jamil as Roxie, a camp counselor and paleontologist who "keeps things running on schedule".
- Glen Powell as Dave, a camp counselor and paleontologist described as a "gregarious slacker and goofball".
- Greg Chun as Dr. Wu, the geneticist that recreated the dinosaurs, and the chief genetic engineer of InGen.
- Jeff Bergman as Mr. DNA.
- Keston John as Fredrick Bowman, Darius' deceased father.
- Benjamin Flores Jr. as Brandon Bowman, Darius' brother.
- James Arnold Taylor as Eddie, an assistant who had his birthday interrupted by the escape of the dinosaurs.
- Secunda Wood as the Park Announcer, the automatic voice in the park and the monorail.
- Roger Craig Smith as Emergency Announcer / Park Worker.
- Phil Buckman as Dr. Meriwether, an NPC in the video game Darius plays for the chance of winning a trip to Camp Cretaceous.
Season 1 (2020)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Camp Cretaceous"||Lane Lueras||Zack Stentz & Scott Kreamer||September 18, 2020|
|Dinosaur enthusiast Darius is given the chance to visit Camp Cretaceous after winning a video game. At the camp, he meets head counselors Roxie and Dave, and his fellow campers; self-entitled VP Kenji, phone addict Brooklyn, a friendly cowgirl named Sammy, a cold athlete named Yasmina, and a timid boy named Ben. Late at night, Darius decides to sneak out after curfew to visit an enclosure containing his favorite "Compy" dinosaurs. He is followed by Kenji and Brooklynn, and after an incident, the trio mistakenly allows a group of Velociraptors to get face-to-face to Kenji and Darius.|
|2||"Secrets"||Dan Riba||Sheela Shrinivas||September 18, 2020|
|After the pair is rescued by Roxie and Dave, Darius and Kenji are punished and tasked with shoveling poop, while the rest of the group visit a genetics lab where they witness the early birth of an Ankylosaurus, nicknamed Bumpy. While Brooklynn is caught entering restricted parts of the lab by Dr. Henry Wu after encountering Sammy sneaking around in there, Darius and Kenji leave their shoveling task to view a newly-made Carnotaurus (later named Toro). The pair manage to return back in time, and Darius and Kenji become friends. Late at night, a hidden drone is sent into Isla Nublar to record the dinosaurs, while an anonymous person hands over a flash drive to the drone.|
|3||"The Cattle Drive"||Zesung Kang||Rick Williams||September 18, 2020|
|The next day, the kids are given the chance to ride Gyrospheres near a group of dinosaurs. After a storm grows nearby, Dave and Roxie ask the kids to stay behind while they investigate. The group ignore the instructions and ultimately cause a stampede of dinosaurs. After an incident, the group manages to return to safety.|
|4||"Things Fall Apart"||Michael Mullen||M. Willis||September 18, 2020|
|As the group is left alone once again by Roxie and Dave, Brooklynn begins to suspect that Sammy may be up to something after catching her taking DNA samples from a Sinoceratops. Outside, the group watch as the Indominus rex goes on a rampage through the camp. The group runs back to their bunkers, only to find them completely destroyed by the I. rex. Deciding to find help, the group head south under the command and leadership of Darius, meanwhile, the I. rex arrives at Carnotaurus Paddock, and breaks Toro out.|
|5||"Happy Birthday, Eddie!"||Zesung Kang||Josie Campbell||September 18, 2020|
|Heading to the genetics lab, the group reunites with Bumpy. Along with it, the group arrives at the genetics lab, where they find a paranoid scientist named Eddie, who tells the group of Wu’s involvement in the creation of the Indominus rex. After Eddie is killed by the I. rex, the group manages to escape in a van. During the drive, Sammy reveals that she stole Brooklynn's phone, causing Yaz to crash the van.|
|6||"Welcome to Jurassic World"||Michael Mullen||Zack Stentz||September 18, 2020|
|Sammy reveals to the group that she has been working as a spy for a bioengineering-company called Mantah Corp (a rival company of InGen), in order to pay off her family’s debts. After a crashed helicopter (flown by Simon Masrani) causes a flock of Pteranodons to escape their aviary, the group head to the main park to look for help. After the group survives an encounter with the Mosasaurus in the Lagoon, a siren begins to blare around the park.|
|7||"Last Day of Camp"||Eric Elrod||Sheela Shrinivas||September 18, 2020|
|To reach the evacuation point of the island, the group head to the park's main dock on a monorail. During the ride, the group is attacked by the flock of Pteranodons that had escaped earlier in the day. After a wrecked train is spotted on the tracks, Ben completes a railroad switch to prevent the train to derail. While celebrating, a Pteranodon causes Ben to fall off the train.|
|8||"End of the Line"||Zesung Kang||Scott Kreamer||September 18, 2020|
|Shortly after Ben's fall, the group leaves the train to enter the park's tunnels. Once there, they are attacked by Toro. After a brawl, the group manages to get the dinosaur to run away. The group reaches the dock, only to find out that they've been left behind. Inside the island, Bumpy approaches a motionless Ben as his fingers suddenly twitch.|
In 2019, it was announced that a Jurassic World CGI-animated series would debut on Netflix in 2020. A joint project between Netflix, Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, and DreamWorks Animation, Scott Kreamer, Lane Lueras, and Aaron Hammersley worked together as the series' showrunners. They executive-produced the series along with Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Colin Trevorrow, while Stentz served as a series developer and as a consulting producer. Spielberg did not want the series to be a "kiddy version" of the Jurassic Park films, insisting that the young characters be placed in dangerous scenarios, as in the films. Kreamer and Hammersley joined the project after it was greenlit, and they shared Spielberg's vision. The three were inspired by various Spielberg films which often depicted children facing danger. Unlike the Jurassic Park films, in which children are secondary characters rescued by adults, the series instead focuses on the teenagers and their efforts to survive on their own.
The role of Dave was written specifically for Powell. Programs such as V-Ray, Autodesk Maya, and Nuke were used to create the series. The COVID-19 pandemic began during production, and the series crew had to work from home as a result. The series features original music composed by Leo Birenberg, using themes from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World soundtracks, composed by John Williams and Michael Giacchino respectively.
On October 9, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, set to be released in 2021. DreamWorks Animation also stated that the second season had already been completed prior to its renewal, and revealed the return of Sean Giambrone as Ben, who was presumably killed in the first season.
On July 28, 2020, Netflix released a teaser trailer for the series, which was followed by the release of an official trailer on September 1, 2020, and an interactive site filled with games for children. Additionally, it was announced that Mattel would produce toys based on the series.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 73% based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 6.43/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "With a spirited group of campers and exciting new adventures, Camp Cretaceous successfully evolves the Jurassic World franchise for younger viewers - though it may be a bit too violent for some."
Writing for Bloody Disgusting, Meagan Navarro called the series "the perfect Amblin mix of funny, touching, and daring", praising the voice cast and the dinosaur designs, but calling the character designs generic. Jesse Hassenger from The A.V. Club gave the series a grade rating of a C+, calling the show unrealistic and stating that "Camp Cretaceous isn’t especially astute in terms of teenage sociology, but it is clever about portraying the tween-to-teen age where a lot of kids find their dinosaur obsession diminishing." From Collider, Haleigh Foutch gave the series a rating of an A-, lauding the "believable high stakes, strong character arcs, and some genuinely thrilling set-pieces." Alana Joli Abbott of Den of Geek gave the series a rating of four stars out of five, applauding the animation, cast, and central story in the show. From the Los Angeles Times, Robert Lloyd wrote:
The characters are not deeply drawn — nor were Fred, Velma, Daphne or Shaggy, for that matter — but their place in the gestalt is well defined, and in terms of story lines no camper is left behind. Each will get to face a fear, or come clean, or push through the pain, or help when help is most needed. There will be bonding (after initial mocking). Although the human characters have the smooth, sculpted look of Thunderbirds marionettes, and display a familiar repertoire of CGI shrugs and eye rolls, the acting keeps them real enough.
Empire journalist Ben Travis gave the series a rating of two stars out of five, criticizing the "deeply unlikeable characters" and forced writing. Travis, who was also impressed by the dinosaur animations, called out the show's characters who he stated were "drawn in thin stereotypes and forced dialogue". He concluded that the series "disappointingly limits its own appeal to younger viewers only." On the other side of the spectrum, Beth Elderkin of io9 found the series to be excessively violent, pointing out that "not an episode goes by without at least one kid being put in mortal danger, and that includes before the park goes to hell." However, she noted the consistency throughout the series, stating that "it's rare to find a modern children's show that trusts its audience to handle more intense subject material. In that sense, it's something to admire—even if it's unsettling at times." Having watched the first episode, the crew at Decider hesitantly recommended viewers to stream the series.
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