Netflix’s ‘Jurassic World’ is Not a Kiddy Version

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This new kid’s show is not for the faint of heart.

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is an animated spinoff series from Netflix and DreamWorks, produced by Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow. The show centers around a group of young teens, as producer Steven Spielberg specifically stated that he did not want this to be a kiddy show. Thus, the show starts out with a kid running for his life. He watches his guide get eaten by velociraptors before being swallowed by a T-Rex himself. It is then revealed that it was just a VR video game, but is it really?

Showrunner Scott Kreamer said that Spielberg told him, “‘It needs to feel like it’s Jurassic Park. It needs to feel like it’s Jurassic World.’ And we went for it.”

As a result, the team behind the series made sure to stay true to Spielberg’s vision when developing the series. There is no blood and gore, but people will be eaten by dinosaurs and the characters will find themselves in dangerous situations.

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The story takes place at the same time as the events of Jurassic World. Six teenagers who have all been invited to the inaugural week of Camp Cretaceous, located on the other side of Isla Nublar, suddenly find themselves in very intense life-threatening situations. The main character Darius (Paul-Mikél Williams) wins a contest to go to Jurassic World— whereas the other kids received VIP invitations— for an exclusive preview of Camp Cretaceous.

The kids are being supervised by two counselors, Roxie (Jameela Jamil of The Good Place) and Dave (Scream Queens’ Glen Powell). Everything is going like a typical summer camp, with zip lining, hamster ball rides, and fun adventures surrounded by dinosaurs, until the park turns to chaos. The horrors of Jurassic World have trickled into the summer camp, and the kids spend the rest of the season fleeing for their lives.

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