Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous
Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous is an American animated science fiction action-adventure streaming television series developed by Zack Stentz. Based on the 1990 novel Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton, it debuted on Netflix on September 18, 2020, as part of the Jurassic Park franchise. It stars Paul-Mikél Williams, Sean Giambrone, Kausar Mohammed, Jenna Ortega, Ryan Potter, and Raini Rodriguez as a group of teenagers who become stranded on Isla Nublar after multiple dinosaurs escape their habitats.[a] Jameela Jamil, Glen Powell, Stephanie Beatriz, Bradley Whitford, Angus Sampson, and Greg Chun also star in recurring roles.
|Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous|
|Based on||Jurassic Park|
by Michael Crichton
|Developed by||Zack Stentz|
|Theme music composer|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||22–24 minutes|
|Picture format||1080p (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||September 18, 2020 –|
Following its first season's release, the show was met with mixed to positive reviews from critics, who applauded the animation and diverse voice cast but criticized the show's character designs and writing. In October 2020, a second season was announced that premiered on January 22, 2021. A ten-episode third season was released on May 21, 2021. Aaron Hammersley and Scott Kreamer both serve as showrunners for the series, executive-producing along Lane Lueras, Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow, and Frank Marshall. At the 48th Annie Awards, the series won for Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects.
After winning a video game, dinosaur fanatic Darius Bowman is given the opportunity to visit Camp Cretaceous, an exclusive adventure dinosaur camp on Isla Nublar. Once there, Darius meets five other teenagers—Ben, Yaz, Brooklynn, Kenji, and Sammy—who were also chosen for the once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, when the dinosaurs break free from their habitats,[a] the campers are stranded without any help and are forced to venture across the island in the hopes of finding a way out and getting out alive.
- Paul-Mikél Williams as Darius Bowman, a camper who is a dinosaur fanatic from Oakland and leader of the group.
- Sean Giambrone as Ben Pincus, a sensitive and shy camper who takes care of an Ankylosaurus he names Bumpy.
- Kausar Mohammed as Yasmina "Yaz" Fadoula, the "most athletically assured" of the camp goers.
- Jenna Ortega as Brooklynn, a famous travel vlogger and camper at Camp Cretaceous.
- Ryan Potter as Kenji Kon, a self-appointed VIP camper described as the "self-proclaimed alpha male of the group".
- Raini Rodriguez as Sammy Gutierrez, a camper filled with enthusiasm for the experience of being at Camp Cretaceous.
- Jameela Jamil as Roxie (season 1; guest season 2), a paleontologist and camp counselor at Camp Cretaceous.
- Glen Powell as Dave (season 1; guest season 2), a paleontologist and camp counselor at Camp Cretaceous.
- Greg Chun as Dr. Wu (guest season 1; recurring season 3), InGen's chief genetic engineer who re-created the dinosaurs.
- Stephanie Beatriz as Tiff (season 2; archival footage season 3), Mitch's wife and a big-game hunter.
- Angus Sampson as Hap (season 2), a mysterious and brooding tour guide who is actually a spy.
- Bradley Whitford as Mitch (season 2), Tiff's husband and a big-game hunter.
- Benjamin Flores Jr. as Brandon Bowman (season 1), Darius' brother.
- Jeff Bergman as Mr. DNA (season 1).
- James Arnold Taylor as Eddie (season 1), an assistant who had his birthday interrupted by the escape of the dinosaurs.
- Keston John as Fredrick Bowman (seasons 1–2), Darius' deceased father.
- Dave B. Mitchell as Hawkes and Reed (season 3), mercenaries hired to protect Dr. Wu.
|1||8||September 18, 2020|
|2||8||January 22, 2021|
|3||10||May 21, 2021|
Season 1 (2020)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Camp Cretaceous"||Lane Lueras||Zack Stentz|
|September 18, 2020|
|Dinosaur enthusiast Darius is given the chance to visit Camp Cretaceous after winning a video game. At the camp, he meets head counselors Roxie and Dave, and his fellow campers—self-entitled VIP Kenji, phone addict Brooklynn, friendly cowgirl Sammy, athletic loner Yasmina, and nervous germophobe Ben. Late at night, Darius decides to sneak out after curfew to visit an enclosure containing his favorite Compsognathus ("Compy") which he and the group met earlier. He is followed by Kenji and Brooklynn, and after an incident, the trio mistakenly allows a group of Velociraptors to come face-to-face with Kenji and Darius.|
|2||2||"Secrets"||Dan Riba||Sheela Shrinivas||September 18, 2020|
|After Roxie and Dave rescue the pair, Darius and Kenji are punished and tasked with shoveling dino poop, while the rest of the group visit a genetics lab where they witness the early birth of an Ankylosaurus, nicknamed Bumpy, who bonds with Ben. While Brooklynn is caught entering restricted parts of the lab by Dr. Henry Wu after encountering Sammy sneaking around in it, Darius and Kenji leave their shoveling task to view a newly made Carnotaurus (later named Toro). They manage to return in time, and Darius and Kenji become friends. Late at night, an anonymous person inserts a flash drive into a drone, which is then sent into Isla Nublar to record the dinosaurs.|
|3||3||"The Cattle Drive"||Zesung Kang||Rick Williams||September 18, 2020|
|The next day, the kids are given the chance to ride Gyrospheres near a group of dinosaurs. After a storm grows nearby, Dave and Roxie ask the kids to stay behind while they investigate. The group ignores the instructions and ultimately causes a stampede of dinosaurs. After getting a Sinoceratops to help rescue Darius and Brooklynn from a patch of sinking mud, the group manages to return to safety. Afterward, Sammy and Yasmina bond as friends, but on her video, Brooklynn catches Sammy taking a DNA sample from the Sinoceratops.|
|4||4||"Things Fall Apart"||Michael Mullen||M. Willis||September 18, 2020|
|As the group is left alone once again by Roxie and Dave, Brooklynn suspects Sammy may be up to something; her suspicion grows after her phone disappears soon after. Outside, the group watches as the Indominus rex goes on a rampage through the camp. The group runs back to their bunkers, only to find them destroyed by the I. rex. Deciding to find help, the group head south under the command and leadership of Darius, while the I. rex arrives at the Carnotaurus paddock and breaks Toro out.|
|5||5||"Happy Birthday, Eddie!"||Zesung Kang||Josie Campbell||September 18, 2020|
|Heading to the genetics lab, the group reunites with Bumpy. The group arrives with her at the genetics lab, where they find a paranoid scientist named Eddie, who tells the group of Wu’s involvement in the creation of the Indominus rex. After Eddie is killed by the I. rex, the group manages to escape in a van. During the drive, Sammy accidentally reveals that she stole Brooklynn's phone, causing Yaz to crash the van.|
|6||6||"Welcome to Jurassic World"||Michael Mullen||Zack Stentz||September 18, 2020|
|In the van's wreckage, Sammy reveals to the group that she has been working as a spy for a bioengineering-company called Mantah Corp (a rival company of InGen), to pay off her family's debts, destroying her friendship with Yaz. After a crashed helicopter (flown by Simon Masrani) causes a flock of Pteranodons to escape their aviary,[a] the group heads to the main park to look for help. After the group survives an encounter with the Mosasaurus in the Lagoon, a siren blares in the park.|
|7||7||"Last Day of Camp"||Eric Elrod||Sheela Shrinivas||September 18, 2020|
|To evacuate the island, the group heads to the park's main dock on a monorail. During the ride, the group is attacked by the flock of Pteranodons that escaped earlier in the day. After a wrecked train is spotted on the tracks, Ben completes a railroad switch to prevent the train from derailing. While celebrating, a Pteranodon causes Ben to fall off the train.|
|8||8||"End of the Line"||Zesung Kang||Scott Kreamer||September 18, 2020|
|Shortly after Ben's fall, the group leaves the train to enter the park's tunnels. There they encounter a group of "Compies" and are attacked by Toro. After a brawl, the group manages to get the dinosaur to run away. They finally reach the dock, only to find they have been left behind. They vow to not stop trying to find a way off the island. Deep inside the island, Bumpy approaches a motionless Ben whose fingers suddenly twitch, revealing he survived the fall.|
Season 2 (2021)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|9||1||"A Beacon of Hope"||Michael Mullen||Rick Williams||January 22, 2021|
|Following the discovery they have been left on the island, the group reaches Main Street, where they find walkie-talkies, a working camera, and information on an emergency distress beacon on the island. Darius begins to suffer from severe hallucinations about Ben and Fredrick Bowman, his deceased father. The following day, the group discovers the park's T. rex has entered Main Street and built a small "lair" containing the beacon. Darius and Kenji enter the lair, while Sammy and Brooklynn successfully distract the T. rex, allowing them to send a distress signal with the beacon.|
|10||2||"The Art of Chill"||Eric Elrod||M. Willis||January 22, 2021|
|The group returns to the partially destroyed Camp Cretaceous. Kenji stays behind to take care of Yaz, who sprained her ankle while they were trying to escape from the Mosasaurus Lagoon. Darius, Sammy, and Brooklynn venture out to find medical supplies in a nearby clinic. There the group finds food but also encounters dozens of caged and starving dinosaurs. They decide to free them and reunite a female Baryonyx with its siblings. Back at the camp, the group works on building a treehouse, while Brooklynn notices a grove of frozen flowers.|
|11||3||"The Watering Hole"||Zesung Kang||Bethany Armstrong Johnson||January 22, 2021|
|Having built their treehouse near a river to easily access water, the group discovers the river has been drained. Darius and Kenji get a couple of nearby Stegosaurus to remove a recently built dam and follow a Ceratosaurus and discover a watering hole where many types of dinosaurs unite in a peaceful manner to drink water. Yaz, Sammy, and Brooklynn find air vents underneath more frozen flowers and a genetics lab nearby. Learning the lab could be connected to Mantah Corp, and a secret kept by Dr. Wu, the trio is forced to leave after encountering the pack of Baryonyxes that Darius, Sammy, and Brooklynn had met previously at the clinic. However, before leaving, the group takes an envelope titled "E750" containing various codes and a keycard. Back at the camp, the reunited group celebrates and sees a campfire, leading them to believe that there could be other people on the island.|
|12||4||"Salvation"||Michael Mullen||Sheela Shrinivas||January 22, 2021|
|Running towards the campfire, the group finds two eco-tourists named Mitch and Tiff and their brooding tour guide Hap, who tells the group that a boat will pick them up in two days. While the rest of the group decides to spend the day watching dinosaurs, Brooklynn and Kenji decide to investigate Hap after growing suspicious of him but are caught trying to sneak into his yurt. Moments later, the pair catches an angry Hap telling Tiff on a walkie-talkie that he will "take care of [the] kids" himself. After being chased into a dead-end, Brooklynn and Kenji watch as Hap is knocked unconscious by Ben who is still alive with a now-grown Bumpy.|
|13||5||"Brave"||Eric Elrod||Lindsay Kerns||January 22, 2021|
|In a flashback, Ben survives his fall without any injury. Deciding to search for the emergency distress beacon on the island, Ben begins his journey to Main Street alongside Bumpy. He faces a number of obstacles in his way, including a now scarred Toro, and returns to his makeshift camp. Ben eventually becomes annoyed with Bumpy's company to the point where they accidentally destroy their shelter and he yells at her, forcing the dinosaur to run away. After several weeks of surviving on his own, Ben decides to fight Toro to get to Main Street. He reunites with a now-grown Bumpy while doing so, and the two force Toro off a cliff. Investigating a glimpse of smoke from a campfire, Ben overhears Hap, Mitch, and Tiff talking about a secret "plan" to deal with the rest of his friends.|
|14||6||"Misguided"||Leah Artwick||Rick Williams||January 22, 2021|
|Sammy, Yaz, and Darius discover that Mitch and Tiff are actually big-game hunters trying to kill dinosaurs on the island, and are forced to lead the pair to the watering hole. Meanwhile, Hap tries to help Ben, Brooklynn, and Kenji by leading them to a boat on the shore of Isla Nublar. However, Hap is forced to sacrifice himself to fend off the pack of Baryonyxes. Mitch and Tiff attempt to shoot a Stegosaurus, but Darius whistles, alerting the Stegosaurus, which attacks Mitch and Tiff, confusing them, during which Yaz escapes and finds Brooklynn and Kenji, telling them that Darius and Sammy are secretly leading Mitch and Tiff to Main Street.|
|15||7||"Step One"||Michael Mullen||Sheela Shrinivas||January 22, 2021|
|Informed about the situation, Ben, Yaz, Brooklynn, and Kenji use the underground tunnels to arrive at a surveillance room to watch what is happening on Main Street. After the T. rex arrives and scares Mitch and Tiff into the jungle, Sammy and Darius tell the rest of the group that Mitch and Tiff have found the location of the watering hole and are going there to kill the dinosaurs.|
|16||8||"Chaos Theory"||Eric Elrod||Josie Campbell||January 22, 2021|
|To save the dinosaurs, the group decides to scare them away from the watering hole, inadvertently causing a stampede during which the T. rex chases the dinosaurs. Mitch and Tiff attempt to kill Darius and Brooklynn but the dinosaurs come to their rescue, scaring Mitch and Tiff off. In the chaos, Mitch is eaten by the T. rex, and although Tiff manages to escape on the boat, she is killed onboard by the Baryonyx siblings who avenge their sister, leaving the teenagers once again stranded on the island. Meanwhile, a creature previously in cryostasis manages to escape from a room numbered "E750".|
Season 3 (2021)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|17||1||"View from the Top"||Leah Artwick||Lindsay Kerns||May 21, 2021|
|After several attempts to get off the island, the group searches for the supplies necessary to build a second, more resilient raft, following a failed attempt that destroyed their first. Traveling to a peak on the island known as Lookout Point, the group splits, with Kenji, Yaz, Sammy, and Brooklynn heading up on a gondola lift and Darius staying behind to investigate a moody Ben. Ben reveals he does not want to leave Bumpy on the island if they are rescued. At Lookout Point, Kenji, Yaz, Sammy, and Brooklynn are attacked by several Dimorphodons. While Kenji and Sammy head back down on the gondolas, Yaz and Brooklynn use hang gliders to escape. Back together, Kenji and Sammy reveal they spotted Mitch and Tiff's boat, which is big enough to carry Bumpy, drifting near the island's shore. As they celebrate, the "E750" creature is seen killing a Ceratosaurus.|
|18||2||"Safe Harbor"||Michael Mullen||Rick Williams||May 21, 2021|
|After getting on the boat, the group discovers that while it is damaged and almost out of gas; it can still be sailed and can be refuelled on the other side of the island. Once there, the group has a dock party. At night, the hull of the boat is punctured and they look for supplies to patch the hole. Meanwhile, Brooklynn and Darius try to get Kenji back for pranking them, while Sammy tries to befriend Bumpy. Because of a thick fog, the group cannot see several Ouranosauruses surround them and they are attacked. Regrouped, they return to the boat, use tape to patch the puncture, and float away after scaring off the Ouranosauruses using fireworks. In the morning, Sammy becomes friends with Bumpy by simply giving her snacks. While the group sails back to the dock, the "E750" creature has killed two Ouranosauruses.|
|19||3||"Casa De Kenji"||Eric Elrod||Sheela Shrinivas|
Bethany Armstrong Johnson
|May 21, 2021|
|To find supplies to fix the hole in the boat, the group travels to a penthouse on the island owned by Kenji's father. After several Monolophosauruses enter the premises and attack, Kenji, Brooklynn, and Darius climb down an elevator shaft while Sammy, Yaz, and Ben escape through the vents and down into the basement level garage. There, the trio finds sealant, siphons gasoline from multiple vehicles, and escapes several Monolophosauruses by driving a limousine out of the garage, before picking up the rest of the group outside. Elsewhere on the island, the "E750" creature destroys a drone.|
|20||4||"Clever Girl"||Leah Artwick||Zack Stentz||May 21, 2021|
|After reading that the sealant dries in 48 hours, the group splits; Kenji, Yaz, and Darius search for a "Compy" that stole their compass, and Sammy and Brooklynn investigate the meaning behind "E750". Tracking the "Compy" to the derelict Jurassic Park visitor's center, Kenji, Yaz, and Darius are attacked by "Blue" (the Velociraptor from Jurassic World). After a chase, Blue is pinned under a vehicle, and the trio decides to rescue her and befriend her in the process. Meanwhile, Sammy and Brooklynn find the "E750" room and several pre-recorded videos from Dr. Wu, revealing the eponymous creature to be an aggressive hybrid dinosaur known as the "Scorpios rex", created using the genes of the scorpionfish.|
|21||5||"Eye of the Storm"||Michael Mullen||Bethany Armstrong Johnson||May 21, 2021|
|Kenji lets Darius go off alone to observe a group of Gallimimus for his notebook, but after a sudden stampede of dinosaurs, Darius discovers that they are being hunted by the Scorpios rex. With Sammy and Brooklynn still out investigating, Yaz and Kenji search for Ben after he goes missing and find him feeding Bumpy. Regrouped and fearing that the Scorpios rex will soon find them, the campers pack supplies to get off the island as soon as possible, but because of a severe rainstorm, their plans are put on hold. They return to camp to hide from the Scorpios rex, and set up an electrified fence around it. However, the creature manages to jump over the fence and attacks the group; they try to escape but the fence traps them. Distracted by a small lightning fire, the Scorpios rex leaves after hearing other dinosaurs in the distance. As the group calms down, they notice that Sammy has been impaled with quills from the Scorpios rex and she falls unconscious.|
|22||6||"The Long Run"||Eric Elrod||Sheela Shrinivas||May 21, 2021|
|After Brooklynn reveals the quills are poisonous, Yaz travels to the "E750" room in search of an antidote while Ben and Darius decide to create a large explosion to distract the Scorpios rex. Finding the antidote, Yaz tries to outrun the Scorpios rex but sprains her ankle after jumping over a stream, allowing the creature to catch up to her. However, after Ben sets fire to a gondola, which explodes at the top of Lookout Point, the Scorpios rex leaves. Back with the group, Yaz gives Sammy the antidote, saving her life.|
|23||7||"A Shock to the System"||Leah Artwick||Bethany Armstrong Johnson|
|May 21, 2021|
|After Ben leaves the group again to find Bumpy, Darius is tasked with finding Ben by morning or the others will leave them behind on the island. After finding Ben, the pair locates Bumpy and prepares to return to the boat. However, Ben reveals his personal decision to stay on the island, and argues and fights with Darius. Shortly after, Bumpy finds a family of Ankylosaurus, convincing Ben to leave her with them. Although Darius and Ben are late, Yaz, Kenji, Brooklynn, and Sammy decided to not leave the island without them but are confronted by a stampede of Parasaurolophuses as the Scorpios rex begins to approach. They board the boat and sail off escaping without Ben and Darius. As dawn breaks, Ben and Darius finally reach the dock but discover that there are actually two Scorpios rexes on the island, as they are surrounded by both creatures.|
|24||8||"Escape from Isla Nublar"||Michael Mullen||Lindsay Kerns||May 21, 2021|
|As the two Scorpios rexes fight, Ben and Darius hide in the limo. The rest of the group returns to the island to search for them. Regrouped, they decide they have to stop both Scorpios rexes to save the rest of the dinosaurs and head to the Jurassic Park visitor's center, where they recover a tranquilizer gun Darius had found earlier. As both of the Scorpios rexes attack again, Darius shoots the gun but misses. After a chase and another encounter with Blue, who helps the campers by attacking the Scorpios rexes, the group destroys the visitor's center with both Scorpios rexes inside, killing them. At the dock, the group boards the boat as Ben stays behind. However, Ben changes his mind, and the entire group begins their journey to Costa Rica. While sailing away, several helicopters surround the boat and order the group to return to the island.|
|25||9||"Whatever It Takes"||Eric Elrod||Joanna Lewis|
|May 21, 2021|
|Returning to the dock, the group learns the helicopters are carrying armed mercenaries, and they quickly realize they are not there to rescue them. Soon after, one helicopter is attacked by the T. rex and flies away with Ben, Kenji, and Sammy onboard. After the helicopter crashes, Ben, Kenji, and Sammy escape. Meanwhile, the T. rex chases Darius, Yaz, and Brooklynn but upon reaching Main Street it becomes distracted by another group of mercenaries there to retrieve a sample from the remains of the Indominus rex.[b] In another helicopter, Dr. Wu arrives and reveals his plans to retrieve his private laptop. Darius, Yaz, and Brooklynn agree to steal it first, thinking it could be used to have Dr. Wu incarcerated for creating the hybrid dinosaurs. Traveling through the lab's vents, the three campers take the laptop. However, Brooklynn is grabbed by one of Dr. Wu's mercenaries; before she is dragged away, she gives Darius the laptop.|
|26||10||"Stay on Mission"||Leah Artwick||Rick Williams||May 21, 2021|
|The other campers regroup and agree to copy the laptop's contents onto Sammy's flash drive, which she brought to the island when she was originally a spy, before wiping the laptop. An anxious Kenji, however, steals the laptop to return it to Dr. Wu. During the handover, the rest of the campers, with Bumpy and several Ankylosaurus, distract Dr. Wu and his remaining mercenaries while they rescue Kenji and Brooklynn. Although Sammy and Yaz destroy the laptop, Wu and the mercenaries leave after he learns they have successfully obtained a sample from the Indominus rex.[b] The reunited group leaves on the boat and begins their trip to Costa Rica, but a rift forms between Darius and Kenji over the latter handing over the laptop. On the boat, a door rattles, revealing a creature is on board.|
According to series developer and consulting producer Zack Stentz, who also pitched the idea for the series to Universal Pictures, production on Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous began as early as April 2017. In June 2018, Scott Kreamer took over a premise and pilot script written by Stentz and worked on the show's early design. In 2019, it was announced that a CGI-animated series would debut on Netflix the following year, and that it would be set during the events of the 2015 film Jurassic World. A joint project between Netflix, Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, and DreamWorks Animation, Scott Kreamer and Aaron Hammersley worked together as the series' showrunners, executive-producing the series along with Lane Lueras, Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow, and Frank Marshall.
Spielberg did not want the series to be a "kiddy version" of the Jurassic Park films, insisting that the young characters be placed in dangerous scenarios, as in the films. Kreamer and Hammersley joined the project after it was greenlit; they shared Spielberg's vision. The three were inspired by various Spielberg films which often depicted children facing danger. Unlike the Jurassic Park films, where children are secondary characters rescued by adults, the series focuses instead on the teenagers and their efforts to survive on their own. While working, crew members watched the film Jurassic World several times to develop tie-ins between the film and the show, even creating a map of Isla Nublar to help with the process.
According to staff writer Sheela Shrinivas and story editor Josie Campbell, the hardest characters to develop for the show were Yaz and Brooklynn. The writers struggled to find ways to make the characters "likable" to viewers. However, they ultimately decided that the best thing to do would be to bring out the character's weaknesses to have viewers sympathize with each character. The role of Dave was written specifically for Glen Powell, which he said made voicing the character "easy and fun".
While executive producing, Trevorrow said he had two rules he told the show's crew: to treat the dinosaurs as actual animals when creating a story, and to avoid animating aerial shots to keep scenes "grounded". Programs such as V-Ray, Autodesk Maya, and Nuke were used to create the series. The COVID-19 pandemic began during production, and the series crew had to work from home.[c]
The series also features original music composed by Leo Birenberg, using themes from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World soundtracks, composed by John Williams and Michael Giacchino respectively. In an interview, Birenberg said that he first heard of the show from music executives Alex Nixon and Frank Garcia, who he had previously worked with on Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, after being recommended by Giacchino, who he had already met.
On October 9, 2020, Netflix announced the series would return for a second season; production had already been completed at that time. Netflix released the second season on January 22, 2021. Early drafts for the season considered having the character of Ben die shortly after his fall in the first season's finale, but these plans were abandoned and Ben survived to continue appearing in the series. That same day in October, Colin Trevorrow attended a virtual panel at the 2020 New York Comic Con, in which he said that the show's second season gave the production crew "a lot of freedom", as the first season depended entirely on the context found in Jurassic World, and the second season was set six months before the opening sequence in Fallen Kingdom.
In an interview, Trevorrow told Comic Book Resources that the appearance of animal trafficking in Fallen Kingdom encouraged the writers of Camp Cretaceous to feature big-game hunting as a major plot point of the show's second season to teach children that these problems still existed. When asked about the series' future, Trevorrow told Screen Rant that the crew at Camp Cretaceous had a story already planned out that would "take these kids deeper into a journey that pulls further and further away from Jurassic World." On March 11, 2021, a ten-episode third season was announced which was released on May 21.
On developing the third season, Kreamer said that they "wanted the kids to have their own agency and put their fate in their own hands [...] we wanted to take some time and do some cool stuff, and have some fun, and do things that we hadn't done before because there was no time to do it because the kids were always running for their lives." When asked about transferring the animated series into the live-action Jurassic World universe, he responded by saying, "I would never say never. As far as I know, there are no immediate plans for that to happen but it would be pretty cool if it did." Along with Kreamer and Raini Rodriguez, Trevorrow has teased a possible fourth season, saying, "We do have a beginning, middle, and an end for it. We do [have a plan], and there is an ending in sight. Scott and the writers have plotted out a pretty exciting way forward." With The Hollywood Reporter, Trevorrow explained that the show would not include the volcano eruption scene from Fallen Kingdom and said that "If we are able to tell the whole story that we have plotted out here, that the writers have built, it will really give us a chance to go into some really new spaces that are a real departure from the movies."
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first season of Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous holds an approval rating of 75% based on 12 reviews, with an average rating of 6.43/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "With a spirited group of campers and exciting new adventures, Camp Cretaceous successfully evolves the Jurassic World franchise for younger viewers - though it may be a bit too violent for some."
Writing for Bloody Disgusting, Meagan Navarro called the season "the perfect Amblin mix of funny, touching, and daring", praising the voice cast and the dinosaur designs, but calling the character designs generic. Jesse Hassenger from The A.V. Club gave the season a grade rating of a C+, calling the show unrealistic storywise, but also saying that its character development was "clever", stating that the show depicted teenagers accurately. Collider's Haleigh Foutch gave the season an A-, while Alana Joli Abbott of Den of Geek gave it four stars out of five. Overall, both critics lauded the animation, cast, and central story of the season. From the Los Angeles Times, Robert Lloyd compared the animation style to that found in the original characters in Scooby-Doo, and complimented the voice acting, stating that it "keeps them real enough".
In a negative review, Empire journalist Ben Travis gave the season a rating of two stars out of five, criticizing the show's writing and its characters, who he said were "unlikeable" and "drawn in thin stereotypes and forced dialogue", concluding that the first season was only meant for younger viewers. On the other side of the spectrum, Beth Elderkin of io9 found the season to be excessively violent, pointing out that "not an episode goes by without at least one kid being put in mortal danger". However, she noted the consistency throughout the season, stating that "it's rare to find a modern children's show that trusts its audience to handle more intense subject material [...] even if it's unsettling at times". Having watched the first episode, the crew at Decider hesitantly recommended viewers to stream the series.
Den of Geek critic Alana Joli Abbott gave the second season of Camp Cretaceous a four and a half out of five star rating, stating that it improved compared to its first, while Daniel Hart from Ready Steady Cut said it did not, giving the season three stars out of five, and calling it a "missed opportunity". Danielle Solzman, from Solzy at the Movies, praised the exploration of the fictional Isla Nublar and the pacing of all eight episodes. Writing for Mashable, Brooke Bajgrowicz complimented the overall story in the season and the growing tension, but criticized the plot of the episode "Brave", which took place entirely in a flashback and only focused on the character of Ben.
From Collider, Haleigh Foutch ranked the season in her list of the top seven "new shows" to watch on Netflix, stating that the new season "leaves plenty of opportunity for action while making room for more character-focused moments". Screen Rant journalist John Orquiola lauded the show's story, action, and characters, specifically in the episode titled "The Watering Hole", stating that it was similar to the ending of the original Jurassic Park, and a "clever spin" on the directing style of Steven Spielberg. Rafael Motamayor, writing for The New York Observer, also shared positive feedback to "The Watering Hole", stating that the episode was "full of wonder" that allowed the show to "capture the feeling of the original Jurassic Park, while bringing the dinosaurs to the forefront of the story."
The third season of Camp Cretaceous received highly positive reviews from critics, with some calling it the series' best. From ComingSoon.net, Jeff Ames gave it a "9/10" for its character development and wrote that while it continued to use the same formula for its action sequences, "the creators know these characters so well, and have such a firm grip on audience expectations, that they manage to outmaneuver their episodic trappings and deliver a final product that satisfies, thrills, and, best of all, leaves you wanting more." Animation World Network's Victoria Davis also praised the season for its overall tone, noting that "the attention paid to small visuals adds to the heightened emotion by conveying a sense of aging and maturity in the characters." Furthermore, Den of Geek's Alana Joli Abbott gave it four stars and a half out of five for being able to balance "calmer, lighter moments with heart-pounding action, and real concern that favorite characters won't make it out alive", and said that the series was one that children of all ages could enjoy. However, Comic Book Resources's Renaldo Matadeen gave a negative review, finding that the finale "botched" Ben's character development when being separated from Bumpy, writing that "it's underwhelming and destroys the heroic nature he's developed. Ben should have made his own call in a rational and not melodramatic manner, so the next season could move past his screaming and anxious self. By trying to force humor, it just feels regressive and culls the badass leader he was turning into."
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s)||Result||Ref.|
|Annie Awards||April 16, 2021||Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Emad Khalili and Ivan Wang (for "Welcome to Jurassic World")||Won|||
|Daytime Emmy Awards||June 25, 2021||Outstanding Daytime Promotional Announcement||Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (for "Launch Campaign")||Won|||
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