Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous corrects Timothy Murphy’s mistake in Jurassic Park, when he incorrectly identifies a Brachiosaurus as a Brontosaurus.
The Netflix animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous corrects a dinosaur mistake originally made in Jurassic Park. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is set during the events of the 2015 film Jurassic World, but follows six teenagers on the other side of Isla Nublar as they try to escape the island alive. Although Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous tells a brand new story, the series frequently makes tongue-in-cheek references to the rest of the Jurassic Park universe.
One of the main characters in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is a dinosaur-obsessed teenager named Darius. Darius earns his spot in the camp by beating the previously unbeatable Jurassic World video game, which he does with a reference to the velociraptor resonating chamber from Jurassic Park 3. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is full of similar references to the Jurassic Park series, such as confirming the existence of the Spinosaurus from Jurassic Park 3 and Darius correcting a famous dinosaur misidentification from the original Jurassic Park.
While writing the original Jurassic Park script, screenwriter David Koepp accidentally mistook a Brachiosaurus for a Brontosaurus. Although his error was corrected, Jurassic Park alludes to the mistake when Timothy Murphy misidentifies a Brachiosaur herd as “brontosauruses.” The Brachiosaurus appears frequently in the Jurassic Park movies as one of the original dinosaurs, so it’s no surprise that Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous once again references the mistake when Kenji says that he sees a Brontosaurus in a dinosaur herd. Darius quickly corrects him, and explains that mistaking a Brachiosaurus for a Brontosaurus is a very common mistake.
Darius is the most knowledgable Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous camper, and often explains or clarifies facts about the park’s dinosaurs to the other campers, and by extension the audience. Darius begins the series with a reference to one of the dumber moments from Jurassic Park 3, when he beats the the Jurassic World game using a velociraptor resonating chamber in episode 1. Using Darius to correct Kenji’s identification of the Brachiosaurus is both in line with his character and simultaneously corrects the famous Jurassic Park mistake for the audience.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous references many famous moments in the Jurassic Park series, which help tie the show into the greater Jurassic Park universe. Jurassic Park references the original mistake in the script, and Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous not only alludes to the mistake, but also corrects it. The Netflix animated series might end on a major cliffhanger, but it continuously proves that it’s committed to being faithful to the original movies, warts – or Brontosaurus – and all. Winking at the audience by correcting the famous Jurassic Park dinosaur mistake is a sign that the Jurassic Park franchise is moving in the right direction with Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.
Kay McGuire is a Seattle-based features writer for Screen Rant with an interest in movies, television, and musical theatre. She received her Bachelor’s in Theatre and certificates for Game Design and Creative Writing from the University of Texas. With a background in the professional theater industry, she now writes about movies and pop culture for the internet. Find her on twitter at @benafflecksmoke.
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