Despite being one of Netflix’s biggest upcoming releases of the year, little is known about the streaming giant’s Jurassic World animated spin-off.
Dinosaur fanatics and paleontologists alike are on pens and needles awaiting the release of next year’s big screen Jurassic World: Dominion that is set to expand the films into a cinematic universe similar to Marvel’s. We’re unsure where Netflix’s series ties into all of that.
There are some clues though. For starters, we know the tentative title of the Netflix series is Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. We also know it is being produced by DreamWorks Animation, the media powerhouse behind the How to Train Your Dragon films as well as a slew of Netflix shows such as The Boss Baby: Back to Business and Fast & Furious Spy Racers to name a few.
A teaser trailer for the new show looks less like a cartoon and more like a live-action scene. Casual observers could be forgiven for thinking it’s a clip from an actual Jurassic World movie, as it shows a faithfully reproduced velociraptor scrounging around a tropical rainforest.
However, a new toy line-up from Mattel that may tie in with the series features some decidedly more cartoony designs. While carnivorous dinosaurs in Camp Cretaceous look fairly realistic, toys from Mattel’s latest lineup indicate their herbivore counterparts may sport more kid-friendly designs. Designs of human characters in leaked promotional images also look more cartoony than usual Jurassic World fare. As of now, it’s anyone’s guess what the tone of the series will be.
Here’s an official description of the show on Netflix’s website:
Six teens attending an adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar must band together to survive when dinosaurs wreak havoc on the island.Netflix statement on Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous
Judging by the sounds of that, the series will take place shortly after the events of the first Jurassic World film and before the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
We will know more soon enough as the first season is set to start airing this August. It will make history as the first television series based on Jurassic Park, although it hasn’t been the first attempt at bringing the franchise to the small screen.
An animated prime-time series called Escape From Jurassic Park was in the works way back in 1993, but was unfortunately cancelled before going any deeper into development.
Luckily, Camp Cretaceous hasn’t met the same extinction fate.