Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous

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Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous promo.png
Promotional poster
Genre
Based onJurassic Park
by Michael Crichton
Developed byZack Stentz
Voices of
Theme music composer
ComposerLeo Birenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
Running time22-24 minutes[1][2]
Production companies
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format1080p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18) –
present
External links
Official website

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous is an American animated science fiction adventure streaming television series developed by Zack Stentz. Based on the novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, the series is part of the Jurassic Park franchise and debuted on Netflix on September 18, 2020.[3] Set before, during, and after the events of the film Jurassic World,[4][5] the show stars Paul-Mikél Williams, Sean Giambrone, Kausar Mohammed, Jenna Ortega, Ryan Potter, and Raini Rodriguez as six teenagers who become stranded on Isla Nublar after multiple dinosaurs escape their habitats.[6] Jameela Jamil and Glen Powell also star in supporting roles.

Following its first season's release, the show was met with mixed to positive reviews from critics, who applauded the animation and diverse voice cast but criticized the show's character designs and writing.[7][8] Aaron Hammersley serves as showrunner alongside Scott Kreamer.[9][10] In October 2020, the series was renewed for a second season set to premiere on January 22, 2021.[11][12]

Premise

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.

Voice cast

Main

Recurring

Guest

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Camp Cretaceous"Lane LuerasZack Stentz & Scott KreamerSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
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 VIP Kenji, phone addict Brooklyn, friendly cowgirl Sammy, athletic loner 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 RibaSheela ShrinivasSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
After the pair is rescued by Roxie and Dave, Darius and Kenji are punished and tasked with shoveling dino poop, while the rest of the group visit a genetics lab where they witness the early birth of an Ankylosaurus, nicknamed Bumpy, who bonds with Ben. 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 in time, and Darius and Kenji become friends. Late at night, an anonymous person inserts a flash drive into a drone, which is then sent into Isla Nublar to record the dinosaurs,
3"The Cattle Drive"Zesung KangRick WilliamsSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
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. Afterwards, Sammy and Yasmina bond as friends.
4"Things Fall Apart"Michael MullenM. WillisSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
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; Brooklynn's suspicion grows after her own phone mysteriously disappears soon after. Outside, the group watches 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 KangJosie CampbellSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
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 accidentally reveals that she stole Brooklynn's phone, causing Yaz to crash the van.
6"Welcome to Jurassic World"Michael MullenZack StentzSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
In the wreckage of the van, 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, shattering her relationship with the group. After a crashed helicopter (flown by Simon Masrani[20]) 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 ElrodSheela ShrinivasSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
To evacuate 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 KangScott KreamerSeptember 18, 2020 (2020-09-18)
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. They finally reach the dock, only to find out that they've been left behind, but vow to not stop trying to find a way off the island. Deep inside the island, Bumpy approaches a motionless Ben, and his fingers suddenly twitch, revealing he survived the fall.

Production

The role of Dave was written specifically for Glen Powell.[21]

Production on Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous began as early as April 2017, according to series developer Zack Stentz.[22] In mid-2018, Scott Kreamer took over a premise and pilot script written by Stentz and began to work on the show's early design.[23]

In 2019, it was announced that a Jurassic World CGI-animated series would debut on Netflix in 2020.[24] A joint project between Netflix, Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, and DreamWorks Animation, Scott Kreamer 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.[14][6] 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.[25][26] 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.[27] While working, crew members watched the film Jurassic World several times to develop tie-ins between the film and the show, even creating a map of Isla Nublar to help with the process.[22]

According to staff writer Sheela Shrinivas and story editor Josie Campbell, the hardest characters to develop for the show were Yaz and Brooklynn, as the writers struggled to find ways to make the characters "likable" to viewers.[22] However, they ultimately decided that the best thing to do would be to bring out the character's weaknesses, in an attempt to have viewers sympathize with each character.[22] 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.[28] Early on, the cast rerecorded various scenes in which they yelled, to give editors a set of screams ranging from "Saturday-morning cartoon screams", to "blood curdling screams".[22] 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.[29][30]

On October 9, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a second season, set to be released on January 22, 2021.[11][12] DreamWorks Animation also revealed 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.[31][32] That same day, Colin Trevorrow attended a panel at the 2020 New York Comic Con, in which he stated that the show's second season gave the production crew "a lot of freedom", as the first season depended entirely on the context found in Jurassic World, and the second season was set three years prior to the events in Fallen Kingdom.[33]

Marketing

The teaser trailer for Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous was released by Netflix on July 28, 2020,[34][35] followed by an official trailer on September 1.[36][37] An interactive site filled with children's games was also unveiled that same day.[38][39] Prior to the first season's release, Mattel announced that they would produce toys based on the series, which became available in August 2020 at Target.[40][41] A novelization of the show's first season, written by Steve Behling, was released under the title Camp Cretaceous, Volume One: The Deluxe Junior Novelization on September 22.[42] On October 9, 2020, a teaser trailer for the second season was released, announcing the renewal of the show.[43] On December 15, Netflix unveiled an official trailer for the show's second season, revealing that it would premiere on January 22, 2021.[12]

Reception

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first season of Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous holds an approval rating of 75% based on 12 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."[44]

Writing for Bloody Disgusting, Meagan Navarro called the season "the perfect Amblin mix of funny, touching, and daring", praising the voice cast and the dinosaur designs, but calling the character designs generic.[45] Jesse Hassenger from The A.V. Club gave the season 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."[46] From Collider, Haleigh Foutch gave the season a rating of an A-, lauding the "believable high stakes, strong character arcs, and some genuinely thrilling set-pieces."[47] Alana Joli Abbott of Den of Geek gave the season a rating of four stars out of five, applauding the animation, cast, and central story in the show.[48] From the Los Angeles Times, Robert Lloyd wrote that the "characters are not deeply drawn — nor were Fred, Velma, Daphne or Shaggy [...] but their place in the gestalt is well defined, and [...] the acting keeps them real enough.[49]

Empire journalist Ben Travis gave the season 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 first season "disappointingly limits its own appeal to younger viewers only."[29] On the other side of the spectrum, Beth Elderkin of io9 found the season 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 season, 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."[50] Having watched the first episode, the crew at Decider hesitantly recommended viewers to stream the series.[51]

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