The Jurassic Park franchise is finally expanding to television (or streaming for that matter).
Netflix has ordered Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, an animated series set during the events of Jurassic World, to series. It 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.”
Scott Kreamer and Lane Lueras will serve as showrunners and executive producers. Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Colin Trevorrow will also executive produce. Dreamworks Animation, Amblin, and Universal are all involved in the production.
Sure, the premise is interesting (I mean, why wouldn’t the park have a summer camp), but I’m a little disappointed that this is the Jurassic Park series we are receiving. A few years ago, a bunch of concept art for Escape from Jurassic Park was released online showing us the 1993 animated series that never happened. The show was being set up as a “mature primetime show with a graphic novel look” and would have continued off from the events of Jurassic Park.
I’m all for expanding on a story/universe across multiple mediums, but Camp Cretaceous looks like it will be skewing towards a younger demographic. There are not many animated shows for adults that give us terrifying and thrilling adventures and not just a joke a minute. Escape from Jurassic Park would have had me tuning in every night, and still would if it were made today. Camp Cretaceous seems like something I’d throw on for a young cousin if I wanted some time alone from them for a hour.
The first season of Camp Cretaceous hits Netflix sometime in 2020.
Is this what you expected a Jurassic World animated series to center on, or would you rather have a more mature, adult-centric take on the material?