Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

STREAMING REVIEW: 

Netflix/Universal;
Animated;
Not rated.
Voices of Paul-Mikél Williams, Sean Giambrone, Kausar Mohammed, Jenna Ortega, Ryan Potter, Raini Rodriguez, Jameela Jamil, Glen Powell.

One of the hallmarks of the “Jurassic Park” movies is that the throng of characters who invariably end up on the run from rampaging dinosaurs usually includes a kid or two. “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” ups the ante on that trope by stocking the entire group of potential dinosaur bait with teenagers.

This eight-episode CG-animated series serves as a sidequel taking place alongside events of 2015’s Jurassic World, in which the amusement park showing off genetically resurrected dinosaurs was open to the public on a Central American island.

While the “Jurassic” franchise stemmed from director Steven Spielberg’s 1993 adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel, “Camp Cretaceous” begins more like another Spielberg film, Ready Player One, as a kid named Darius is playing a virtual reality dinosaur game.

Anyone who beats the game, which supposedly hasn’t happened yet, earns a free trip to Jurassic World. Dino-enthusiast Darius was previously planning a trip there with his father, who recent died before they had a chance to go. When Darius manages to unlock the hidden clue needed to beat the game, he earns an invite as one of the first six kids to try out the park’s new Camp Cretaceous program.

The others of the group are mostly spoiled rich kids who are here because their parents are connected to the park in some way. There’s also Brooklyn, the pink-haired social media star with millions of followers.

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The first three episodes deal with the kids breaking the rules and endangering themselves in dinosaur enclosures in ways that should probably have gotten them kicked out of the camp, but their counselors, Roxie (Jameela Jamil) and Dave (Glen Powell) given them token punishments and a stern warning about the dangers of wandering off. There’s also a subplot about one of the kids possibly spying on the park for a corporate rival.

By the fourth episode, the show begins to align with events of Jurassic World, as the Indominus Rex breaks free and forces an evacuation of the island. After the I.Rex destroys the Camp Cretaceous compound, the kids find themselves separated from their counselors and try to get to the docks without being eaten. Along the way they stumble into several areas of the park that weren’t seen in the movie, while the counselors try to find them.

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The series showcases some nice animation, although the human character designs are a bit bland. The dinosaurs and park environments are well rendered, aided no doubt by extensive the use of iconic “Jurassic Park” music by John Williams that just makes anything seem epic.

To its credit, the show doesn’t shy away from putting the kids in the same dangers they’d find themselves in any “Jurassic” movie (supposedly at the insistence of Spielberg), although they dodge so many close calls that its clear the only reason they don’t get eaten is because they’re main characters on an animated series. The intensity of some of the scenes makes the series less suitable for younger viewers.

With the episodes running under a half-hour each, the end result is an entertaining binge that basically amounts to a three-and-a-half-hour movie “Jurassic” fans should enjoy.

Netflix, DreamWorks Animation Partner for ‘Jurassic World’ Series in 2020

DreamWorks Animation announced that “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous,” an animated action-adventure series, is set to debut globally on Netflix in 2020 as part of an ongoing multiyear agreement with the SVOD pioneer.

Set within the same timeline as the 2015 movie, Jurassic World, the Netflix original series inspired by the movie franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment.

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“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. 

The series builds on a five-year relationship between DreamWorks Animation and Netflix that has seen 18 original series debut on the service, including the “Tales of Arcadia” trilogy from Guillermo del Toro, “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” “Spirit Riding Free,” and “The Boss Baby: Back in Business,” among others. 

Following NBC Universal’s acquisition of the studio, DreamWorks Animation and Netflix expanded their relationship to include first looks at animated series based on Universal Pictures properties as well as original and acquired IP.

DreamWorks Animation has a number of additional series slated to debut on Netflix in 2019, including “Archibald’s Next Big Thing” and the Fast & Furious animated series.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Debuts at No. 1 on Home Video Charts

Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom easily debuted at No. 1 on the NPD VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart the week ended Sept. 22.

The fifth film in the “Jurassic Park” franchise and the sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World earned $416.6 million at the domestic box office.

Moving up to No. 2 was Walt Disney Studios’ Hocus Pocus, buoyed by the upcoming Halloween season and a recent 25th anniversary Blu-ray. Hocus Pocus was No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart.

No. 3 on the overall chart and No. 5 on the Blu-ray chart was Warner’s Ocean’s 8, which debuted in the top spot on both charts a week earlier.

Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War slid to No. 4 overall but climbed back to No. 2 on the Blu-ray chart.

Deadpool 2, from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, dropped to No. 5 on the overall chart and No. 3 on the Blu-ray chart.

Blu-ray Disc accounted for 65% of total Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom unit sales; 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray made up 12% of the film’s tally.

Fallen Kingdom also debuted at No. 1 on the Media Play News rental chart the week ended Sept. 23.

Ocean’s 8, Tag (also from Warner) and Deadpool 2 each slipped a notch to No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Lionsgate’s Sibera, a thriller with Keanu Reeves, debuted as the No. 5 rental.

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Tops Redbox Disc, Digital Charts; Lionsgate’s ‘Siberia’ Makes Strong Debut

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the blockbuster dinosaur franchise from Universal Pictures, topped both Redbox charts the week ended Sept. 24.

The film, the fifth in the “Jurassic Park” series and a sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World, grossed $416.6 million in the United States and Canada and another $887.1 million in other territories for a total worldwide gross of $1.304 billion.

No surprise, then, that the film would debut at No. 1 on both Redbox’s kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, and the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Sept. 18 and on digital two weeks earlier.

One other new release debuted in the top 10 on the Redbox disc chart: Lionsgate’s Siberia, bowing at No. 5. The film, about an American diamond dealer who travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds, only to fall in love with a café owner as the deal goes south, stars Keanu Reeves, Ana Ularu, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Molly Ringwald, and Wagner Moura.

Taking the No. 2 spot on both Redbox charts was Warner’s Ocean’s 8, the comedy heist film that debuted at No. 1 the prior week, also on both charts. Ocean’s 8 grossed nearly $140 million in North American theaters and features an ensemble cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina.

Ocean’s 8 was released digitally Aug. 21 and on disc Sept. 11.

Warner’s Tag finished the week at No. 3 on both charts, slipping from No. 2 on the disc rental chart and holding firm on the digital chart.

Twentieth Century Fox’s superhero spoof Deadpool 2 dropped to No. 4 on both charts.

Rounding out the top five on the Redbox On Demand digital chart was Universal Pictures’ Adrift, about two seafaring adventurers who unwittingly sail into a hurricane. The film, which earned just under $31.5 million domestically, had been No. 4 the prior week. On Redbox’s kiosk chart, Adrift slipped to No. 7 from No. 5.

 

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending September 24

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (new)
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Tag
  4. Deadpool 2
  5. Siberia (new)
  6. Avengers: Infinity War
  7. Adrift
  8. Hereditary
  9. SuperFly
  10. Life of the Party

 

Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending September 24

  1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (new)
  2. Ocean’s 8
  3. Tag
  4. Deadpool 2
  5. Adrift
  6. Sherlock Gnomes
  7. Book Club
  8. Gotti
  9. Life of the Party
  10. Destination Wedding

 

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

BLU-RAY REVIEW: 

Street Date 9/18/18;
Universal;
Sci-Fi;
Box Office $415.98 million;
$29.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, $44.98 3D BD, $44.98 UHD BD;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of science-fiction violence and peril.
Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Ted Levine, B.D. Wong, Isabella Sermon, Geraldine Chaplin, Jeff Goldblum.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom really cements the notion that the “Jurassic Park” films are perfect metaphors for the creative approach to the franchise as a whole. In particular, an overriding premise of the “Jurassic World” movies is that the more people see the dinosaurs at the center of them, the less awe-inspiring they become. So, the powers that be make up new dinosaurs to entice the audience, and when the theme park idea runs its course, it all gets blown up in order to change the setting.

The formula is so ingrained in the DNA of the franchise that the Fallen Kingdom Blu-ray even offers a featurette detailing all the tropes it borrowed from the other movies.

In this fifth “Jurassic” movie and the second of the “World” brand, the island that housed the dinosaur-themed amusement park in the previous film (and the 1993 original) is experiencing a catastrophic volcanic eruption that will wipe out all the genetically engineered dinosaurs that have been roaming free there the past three years.

As the U.S. government debates whether or not to rescue the animals (and decides not to, thanks to some prodding from fan-favorite character Dr. Ian Malcolm, played again by Jeff Goldblum in little more than a cameo), a private dinosaur fanatic recruits the two main survivors of the previous film, Owen and Claire (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard), to help rescue some of the creatures and move them to a sanctuary island.

Little do they know that the mission is a ruse to capture a selection of the dinosaurs and sell them for nefarious purposes at auction at a massive Northern California estate. The centerpiece of the auction is the Indoraptor, which was designed with military applications in mind.

And, of course, one thing leads to another and the dinosaurs get loose and start killing everyone.

Just as Jurassic World revisited some of the core premise of the original film set at the theme park, Fallen Kingdom takes a few cues from the 1997 sequel, The Lost World, in that the first half takes place on the island, only to have greedy entrepreneurs send mercenary teams to capture the dinosaurs to bring them back to America to make money.

The movie also seeks to evolve the film’s ethical questions about cloning and genetic engineering by advancing the storyline off the island, something hinted at by the end of 2001’s Jurassic Park III but never followed up on until now. The filmmakers have called this the middle chapter of a trilogy so there are a few plot threads left to explore in the third installment.

The visual effects are of course top notch, and the film looks great in the first half as it shows off more of the island (now with volcanic ash and lava). By this point in the franchise, there are even recurring dinosaur characters, in the form of Blue the velociraptor (introduced in the last movie) and Rexy the T-Rex (the big beast from the original film).

The island sequences culminate in one of the most spectacular and emotionally charged shots of the franchise.

The second half of the film is much darker by design, as deadly dinos stalk their prey within the confines of a mansion as the human heroes try to keep them from escaping.

The Blu-ray includes a dozen or so short featurettes totaling about 75 minutes in behind-the-scenes material.

Among the most notable of these are a roundtable discussion with Pratt, Howard, Goldblum, director J.A. Bayona and executive producer Colin Trevorrow. This is the only part of the disc, the movie included, where you’ll get to see the film’s stars interact with Goldblum.

Another section offers 12 minutes of Chris Pratt’s production diaries, as he introduces us to various members of the production crew.

While most of the bonus material is on both the DVD and Blu-ray, about 22 minutes is exclusive to the Blu-ray. These include the featurettes “The Kingdom Evolves,” a discussion of the story; “Return to Hawaii,” about the state’s history with the franchise; “Island Action,” which looks at two specific action scenes from the island; “Aboard the Arcadia,” about working with animatronic dinosaurs; and “Start the Bidding!,” a look at the auction scene.

The remaining featurettes are similarly focused mostly on visual effects and stunts. One of the most interesting aspects of all of this is seeing how much the visual effects to depict the dinosaurs has advanced in 25 years while still remaining faithful to some of the tried and true methods of the past.

‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Coming to Home Video in September

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the latest installment in the celebrated “Jurassic Park” franchise, will be released for home audiences as a digital purchase (and through the digital movie app Movies Anywhere) Sept. 4 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Two weeks later, on Sept. 18, the film — with a domestic gross of just under $385 million, the fourth-biggest theatrical hit of the year — will be issued on DVD, Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and on demand.

All home versions of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom come with more than an hour of bonus content, including Chris Pratt’s behind-the-scenes “Jurassic Journals; an inside look at the genetically designed Indoraptor; and a behind-the-scenes featurette with Jeff Goldblum, an original cast member from the first Jurassic Park movie, which was released theatrically in 1993. He also appeared in the 1997 sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and this year reprised his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The “Jurassic Park” franchise is now one of the top grossing franchises of all-time, with a worldwide box office gross of more than $4.7 billion.

Aside from Pratt and Goldblum, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also stars Bryce Dallas Howard and BD Wong (also a Jurassic Park original).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow. The film follows Owen Grady (Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Howard) returning to Isla Nublar three years after the destruction of the Jurassic World theme park to rescue any remaining dinosaurs on the island from a catastrophic volcano that threatens to leave dinosaurs extinct once again.

Grady is driven to save his lead raptor, Blue, while Dearing makes it her mission to preserve the creatures she has grown to respect. When the lava begins to rain down, they soon discover terrifying new breeds of ferocious dinosaurs along with a conspiracy that could threaten the entire world.

All five “Jurassic” films also will be available in a five-movie collection on Sept. 18 on DVD, Blu-Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.

The Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and digital purchase come with several exclusive bonus featurettes, including “The Kingdom Evolves,” in which filmmakers discuss how the second chapter in the “Jurassic World” trilogy pushes the franchise in a new direction; “Return to Hawaii,” in which cast and crew discuss shooting the film in Hawaii; “Island Action,” a behind-the-scenes look at the bunker scene and runaway gyrosphere sequence; “Aboard the Arcadia,” in which cast and crew talk about working with the animatronic dinosaurs; and “Start the Bidding,” a behind-the-scenes look at the auction scene.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be available on 4K Ultra HD in a combo pack which includes an 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, a Blu-ray Disc and a digital copy.

View an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the new bonus feature “On Set with Chris and Bryce” here:

‘Jurassic World’ Unboxed

Actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard from Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World and its upcoming sequel unboxed a surprise at The Grove shopping center in Los Angeles June 2. The largest “delivery” in Amazon’s history was made to The Grove May 30, escorted by a Jeep Wrangler motorcade. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in theaters June 22.