Check out Our Interview With Joseph Mazzello About All Things Jurassic Park and World!

Are you looking forward to tonight’s ‘Watch from Home’ party of Jurassic Park, hosted by Joseph Mazzello? While you know him as Tim Murphy from Jurassic Park, his career has been incredibly diverse, with roles in films like The Social Network, and most recently starring as John Deacon in Bohemian Rhapsody.

We were lucky enough to chat with Joe about all things Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and dinosaur. We cover a variety of subjects, such as runaway raptors, deleted scenes, and where his character may be today.

Tonight’s watch party starts at 8pm EST, and can be watched in the embeded video above once live. Until then, be sure to read our interview below!

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You have an upcoming Jurassic Park ‘watch from home’ with IGN, can you tell us a little bit more about that?

JM: I was approached by Universal first, and I really jumped at the chance! The last time I saw it was in 3D in theatres -a bunch of my friends made me go watch myself, and have their 3D glasses on and look at the screen and look at me back and forth like that for 2 and half hours. That was a chance to really think about what a great movie it was and how it still holds up today. You know I would hold it up against any action movie, any monster movie, really anything. I just think the visual effects hold up really well, the story is beautiful. Spielberg the way he was an artist with every shot, every single one, and you still feel it to this day- the care he took with everything. So any chance that I get to kinda come back to the fans a little bit. If there’s one constant in my entire life, it is guys around my age telling me that they went and saw Jurassic Park 4, 5, 6, or 7 times in theatres and telling me how much they identified with me. They wanted to be me when they were growing up. Stuff like that warms my heart, knowing that I could be apart of something that was so special in people’s lives. To be able to do it for as many people as possible while we’re all at home, we’re all trying to deal with these strange and heartbreaking events together is a great escape for us. Its a way for us to come together and enjoy a great film and impart my insight about it and great memories, and I can wait to do it.

I’ve grown up with Jurassic Park, I’m too young to have seen the original in theaters, but I grew up with it on VHS and it was always a really big part of my life, especially with dinosaurs because ultimately it guided me to go to school for paleontology — though I eventually shifted over to film. But Jurassic Park has been kind of a constant in my life, so outside of Jurassic Park, do you have a continued relationship with dinosaurs, going to the museum or anything along those lines?

JM: Well it’s funny, I have a five year old nephew now who is of course obsessed with dinosaurs. So I’ve been waiting for all this to be over so I can take him to the Natural History Museum in New York and kind of spur his excitement about this thing that was such a big part of my childhood. I think that I’m reliving a lot of it because of him, it’s probably close association with dinosaurs themselves. Jurassic Park of course I live everyday, but dinosaurs, it’s fun to see how excited kids can get about them.

Outside of the Jurassic Park films, do you have a favorite dinosaur that you like that wasn’t a part of the films?

JM: Oh man, that’s tricky looking at Jurassic Park ,and with all the sequels, you see a much bigger variety than you see in the first film. Even like the ‘pterodactyls’… When you saw them in some of the sequels, like in Jurassic World, I thought that was pretty awesome.

So have you kept up with the sequels then?

JM: I have yeah, absolutely! I usually don’t go see them in theaters and then once they kinda…you know I get recognized a lot from the original film. So I try to see them a little more in private now. But yeah, I watched them.

So here’s a question, and its probably a bit of an oddball one but it might the type of thing you would get from a jurassic park fan site. Over the years, Jurassic Park 3 and Jurassic World, had a very long development with many different stories. Was there ever a time that you were potentially going to be involved with Jurassic Park 3 or Jurassic Park 4.

JM: You know, I don’t know if I was. It was probably something that was discussed internally. No one at the time reached out to me about those two films in particular. Obviously, The Lost World, Steven called right away and kinda have me and Arianna come in there, and advance the ball and kind of away we go with the film. And even that was so much fun. But no, in terms of Jurassic World, but if they did, I wasn’t privy to it.

Do you think Tim would have visited Jurassic World when it opened? Do you think that’s something his character would like to do?

JM: My goodness, its funny because I feel there’s still so much character and you could go so many different ways with it. You could go the way it was a traumatizing event and his love for dinosaurs kind of faded – or became a fear instead of a love. Or you could do that it was something more, and he’s a average kid and being the grandson of John Hammond and being the heir to these things that he might want to get involved. But being at the park as a spectator, we could go either way with that, but either way it would be interesting.

It would be interesting to see his character’s perspective. Its funny, there was a comic book series released called Jurassic Park Redemption that featured an adult Tim and he kind of started his own little park, and his rules were no carnivore’s this time and lets do it right, and of course the scientists didn’t listen and things went astray. It would be one of those things that fans have wanted to see where Tim’s role would go. Tim and Lex have a legacy with Hammond and they probably still fit into the puzzle somewhere.

JM: I hope one day that’s something that gets answered. There is so much you can do with these characters and its such a phenomenal franchise that has grown and now been beloved across generations. It’s still a character that is near and dear to my heart and there is so much you can do with him going forward.

Now with Jurassic Park, I’m sure you get asked this a lot, what’s your favorite filming story.

JM: The one that stood out to me, there’s obviously a couple, the Hurricane Inniki, which at the time was the biggest hurricane to hit the US. The fact that was going to be happening, and on the last day of shooting [before halting for the hurricane] we wake up in the morning and they say we’re going to evacuate — but then Steven comes in and says ‘no, we’re going to hangout here, let it pass over us’. We ended up having the entire crew in the ballroom together like it was camp, and the craft services and caterers had a bunch of food for us, they brought in all the lawn chairs from the pool and we all just hung out as this hurricane was coming in. And Steven, because he was so passionate about what he does, and he’s such a perfectionist and has a love for film, his emotion behind this was “I’ve got to go out there and film this thing as it’s approaching, and maybe use it for the movie”. I guess having that kind of personality at the helm, it made me love acting and potentially directing which I ended up doing, only grew. It was something I found so inspiring. It was such a wild and crazy time thinking about how my mom and brother and sister were at home – there were no cell phones and all the phone lines were down so they didn’t know what happened to us. Such a wild time in our lives.

Onset though, a story I tell a bunch that I’m sure you guys know, but on my birthday, we were doing the kitchen scene and I’m supposed to be running to the freezer. I’ve got my limp going and I’m running to the freezer, and the Raptor is supposed to take a right and I’m supposed to take a left. Well the raptor was on wheels and being pushed since it was such a fast shot. The guys lost control of it and it ended up going left with me, and I turned around and its claw hit me in the head. I got knocked down on the floor! Steven came running over to see if I was okay. I was a little bit dizzy but I was alright. And Steven said “well this is as good a time as any, ready everybody?” and he starts singing happy birthday! I had Happy birthday sung to me by the entire crew of Jurassic Park, which was such a wild thing. And after that Steven actually asked me if we could film a little bit more, but at that point I was a little bit out of it. So he said “okay I think we got it, we got it”.

That’s a testament to working with practical animatronic dinosaurs I suppose – they really do make it real, on and off screen.

JM: Absolutely. It was funny too because it sort of played out the way it does in the movie where you’re waiting to see the dinosaurs and don’t really see them. Because first we started shooting in Hawaii, the first things we did mostly were CGI stuff. So it was like the Gallimimus around us that were not there. Then the T. rex coming out and eating one of them, that was just someone holding a big piece of wood that was like two stories high with a Tyrannosaur head made of cardboard on top of it, and guys moving it up and down. And then when we ultimately got to LA and started shooting in the studios we started working with dinosaurs every single day, and at last the Trex. It became so unbelievable how massive these machines were, and Steven would sometimes call me out of school on set, and show me them because he knew I was so interested and he’s got that childhood imagination and still has it. So he always wanted to show me these incredible dinosaurs they were building. Every day on set was wonderful. They were the best days possible, and even the worst day was still better than bad days I had on any other set.

It seems like for everyone involved in the movie, the production was something special and the movie itself with the visual effects, with what Stan Winston Studios did with the animatronics, what ILM did with the CG animals, what really is revolutionary on so many fronts, I think on top of the wonderful story, the great directing, the great acting, its one of the many reason it has held up and is so near and dear to so many people’s hearts.

JM: I agree. Like I said, after Jurassic Park because the CGI was so brilliant, movies started leaning on CGI too much and that continues to this day where a lot of films look like cartoons. As good as CGI often is, you still know when you can actually reach out and touch something. There’s something to be said, even the puppeteering back in the day, even if they looked a little wonky, you still know it was there. I think that’s also what helps make the originals so iconic. And the other thing is, it’s really a small story if you think about it. Like what is the movie Jurassic Park really about? Yes it’s about dinosaurs, it’s about monsters, it’s about the chase, it’s about all of that. But it’s really about very few people stuck in a small place, and this guy who doesn’t want to have children who is forced to take care of two of them in a dire situation, and learns to love them. That at its core is so Spielberg. It’s a story about a father, a family, a member that pushes against it but ultimately finding that redemption, and finding that love. I just think that when a story can play out on the small personal level, and play out on a grand scale, when those things come together you can tell it’s a classic and that’s what Jurassic Park is.

We talk about it a lot, the sense of intimacy across the board in the original Jurassic Park is what makes it so relatable on a character level, makes the story so engaging, which ultimately makes the action so believable. There’s a certain tactile sense to it that makes the story really resonate, and the things that play out visually really anchor to reality. Like you said with CG, one of the things about shooting practical is that practical has limitations and imperfections like the real world has limitations and imperfections.

JM: Right!

And sometimes I see CG, beautiful and incredible work, but it almost starts to break the sense of believability when everything is so beautiful, so incredible. The sunsets are so perfect, the mountain range so ideally placed that, while it looks photoreal but you as an audience member know its not real, and the illusion breaks. It’s interesting how Jurassic Park, being out there on location as much, embracing these ‘limitations’ made it feel all the more genuine.

JM: Right and thats not to say that brilliant, brilliant films haven’t been made using CGI almost completely but I think that there’s still that feeling you want to have something tangible there to hold onto as the audience. Something that you know is there, something that is real that you get invested in. Because when the more you can make people feel actual danger, the more invested you’re going to get, the more you are going to feel the plight of those characters.

Absolutely. You talked about the Raptor in the kitchen and how it hit you but what do you think has happened to that Raptor that got locked in the freezer. Where do you think that Raptor is today?

JM: Well it probably ate a lot of frozen meatballs. So it did okay, for a little while anyway. But who knows, maybe one day there will be a sequel in the works about the frozen raptor.

The frozen raptor being thawed out. On its revenge spree.

JM: Exactly. I think it’s perfect. Who knows what sub-zero temperatures do to dinosaurs. We’re about to find out!

Exactly, but we’ll probably have to wait for Jurassic Park 27 on the moon. Jurassic Moon.

Ok, so I imagine you’ve been asked this before, but when you’re in the Ford Explorer tour vehicle in Jurassic Park, the T. rex pushes its head down through the viewing dome — I guess when the window is on top of you and Arrianna Richards, a part of the window had broken off? Which was not supposed to happen.

JM: That’s correct.

Was that a scarier moment when that happened?

JM: You know, in real life, these are really heavy machines that are being handled by people in a remote way. And so there was inherent danger just even if they were big blocks, the fact that they were being controlled and brought towards you. And it was supposed to hit the plexiglass, it was supposed to come down. But it was not supposed to come down with that kind of force that it would actually come down that far, and actually break the plexiglass in half. Actually, you can see it in the movie that there’s a quick shot of the Trex with a missing tooth in that moment because the tooth fell out when it hit the glass, and they tried for like half an hour to get it back in and it wasn’t sticking, so we just said screw it we’ll just do it without it. So that’s a good little thing to watch out for, not an Easter egg. But it’s something funny to watch out for if you can pause it.

Another question a lot of people had, are there any notable deleted scenes that your character was involved in?

JM: Oh boy, I don’t think that’s a question I’ve ever been asked. I don’t think there was anything that I was in, a scene, that was cut. I’m sure in the original script there were things that were cut or moved around. There were certain shots I remember that were cut out. There was one in particular where when the self driving vehicles were on the track, we were supposed to go over this land bridge – a real land bridge in Hawaii – that had no guards on either side of it, they were supposed to have us go over it but we were like “no way”. So they have some doubles in the car of us, and have it go over the bridge for us. But that was something that was cut, I’m not sure why. They were little shots like that, but I can’t think of any scene in particular.

I believe one of the scenes people were questioning was I think in the children’s novelization, it talks about a scene where Grant starts talking about the Tyrannosaurus after the attack, while Lex and Tim are in the storm drain, but he realizes they are too traumatized to continue the conversation. So a lot of people wondered if that was filmed, or was that just part of the novelization from the script.

JM: That was not something that I remember filming. I can say with 99.9% certainty that we did not film it.

Okay! Another question we got was what was the hair and makeup process for making your electrocuted look.

JM: Ha! I can’t totally remember but it was my hair. Boy I wish I could remember. Monty Hall, I think he did the make up. But I can’t totally remember but it didn’t take any longer than usual. Pretty much a lot of hairspray to make it stand up. Actually Spielberg always had an issue with me coming to the set, my hair was always too neat in his opinion. And so whenever I would come on set, and no matter what, he would come over to me and rub his fingers through my hair, and just jostle it around a little just to make sure it was always messy. But I can’t quite remember the process but if I could I would do it again. For the IGN Watch From Home.

Are there any small details that Jurassic “superfans” would appreciate or know or what to know from your experiences?

JM: I think the answer to that question has to be join us tonight, because when I watch the movie is when all these things really come rushing back to me. I’m gonna try my best to really try and dig into the depths of my brain to remember every little moment.

Do you keep up with the Jurassic Park community to a degree just to see what people are talking about or are interested in over the years?

JM: I will say they definitely keep up with me. I get great messages all the time from Jurassic Park fans, and I’ve had a lot of great conversations around the world with people who love the film so it keeps me up to date just having people who enjoy these films so much. It makes me feel a part of the family which is a wonderful thing because it’s such a wonderful franchise to be part of, they’re making great movies and my hope is we keep seeing Jurassic Park a long way into the future.

Absolutely.

We wanted to end this with a huge thank you to Joe for taking the time to do this interview with us, and chat all things Jurassic. You can follow him on his Twitter here, and Instagram here. We hope to see you tonight during the Watch from Home stream!


‘Jurassic World 3’ Officially Titled ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ and Has Begun Principal Photography!

Hang on to something — It’s official, Jurassic World 3 has begun principal photography and now has an official title: ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’! The title and filming reveal of the sixth Jurassic Park sequel is unveiled on Colin Trevorrow’s newly active Instagram (as well as on his Twitter), with more set photos promised to come.

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Filming is taking place near Cache Creek, a location a little outside of the small town of Merritt in British Columbia, Canada. Not much is known about the shoot, but snow can be seen on the ground in the image shared by Colin Trevorrow, possibly indicating a dramatic change of scenery for the dinosaurs to roam the earth. Also notable in the images is the return of the classic Jurassic Park logo colors – we hope that sticks in place for the final official logo reveal!

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Mamoudou Athie, DeWanda Wise, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Dichen Lachman, Scott Haze, and Isabella Sermon. ‘Dominion’ was written by Colin Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael, with Trevorrow directing.

Stay tuned, as more news is sure to follow, and welcome back to Jurassic World.

Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous is coming to Netflix in August 2020 – First Plot Details, Characters, and Dinosaurs Revealed!

While ‘Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous’ (an all-new animated series from Dreamworks coming to Netflix this year) has remained an exciting mystery since its reveal last year, we finally have our first official information and look at the show outside of the initial tease… from tie-in merchandise. That’s right – New York Toy Fair and Mattel have given us our first real glimpse into the dinos from the show – but before we go there, let’s take a look at the tie-in books discovered by Collect Jurassic which reveal new information and the shows August 2020 release date!

Season One of Camp Cretaceous will have a tie-in novel, which is available to Pre-order on Amazon now! Thanks to it, we have an expanded synopsis, character name, and release date for Season One of the anticipated show

Get lost in the dangerous world of dinosaurs with this Deluxe Junior Novelization based on Season One of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous–the exciting new series premiering on Netflix in August 2020!

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous–the exciting new television series on Netflix–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–the home of the Jurassic World theme park. 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. Told from dino-nerd Darius’s point of view, this action-packed novelization expands on the amazing first season of Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous and features eight pages of full color images and a poster!

While most of that information was known, we now know one of the lead campers names: Darius. However, the larger reveals are coming straight from the press kit from Universal Pictures for Mattel’s toy fair lineup. Warning – some my consider these light spoilers!

First off, meet Bumpy the baby Ankylosaurus – an important dinosaurs that the campers in the show end up bonding with. This little baby may be cute, but its parents are likely right around the corner, and ready to bulldoze.

Now meet “Toro” the Carnotaurus, one of the shows main antagonistic dinosaurs which will terrorize the campers as they’re stranded on Isla Nublar. Not much is known about the dangerous dino, but we can see it’s been in many fights, and sports some fresh wounds on its face.

Apparently ‘all’ of the toys on the table below are actually based on Camp Cretaceous dinosaurs – let’s take a look: new Barynonyx (more on that later), Mussasaurus, Ceratosaurus, Raptors, Parasaurolophus (with an interesting metallic paint – again more on that later), Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Indominus Rex, and Tyrannosaurus Rex

Now let’s get into the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it reveal via the official press assets for the upcoming mini dinosaurs! Again, potential spoilers.

First off, notice there are three uniquely named Baryonyx characters – “Grim”, “Chaos”, and “Limbo” – which are labeled the same way Carnotaurus “Toro” is. This explains why there are different Baryonyx toys seen on the show floor vs press kit. Next, there is a surprising description tag for the Parasaurolophus — bioluminescent. Does that explain the metallic paint on the Sound Strike toy? Take a closer look below!

Baryonyx “Grim”

Baryonyx “Limbo”

Baryonyx “Chaos”

Pasaurolophus (Bioluminescent)

While we can only guess as to what roles these unique dinosaurs may play in the show, we’re incredibly excited to learn and see more in the future! While that’s it for the major reveals, we suspect a few more toys revealed may actually be from “Camp Cretaceous” – don’t quote us on it, but we’re betting the dino that looks to be a Troodon is from the line, as is the new Plesiosaurus. Take a look at our top guess for toys from the show!

Suspected Camp Cretaceous Toys

The Mattel toys will all be available later this year, and Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous season one debuts on Netflix in August. Stay tuned, as we’re sure more official information about the show outside of merchandise can’t be far away!

What are you looking forward to most from the show, and what are your thoughts on the toys? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!


Huge Assortment of Mattel Jurassic World and Camp Cretaceous Reveals from Toy Fair 2020!

New York Toy Fair is here, and we visited Universal Picture’s showcase this morning to take an exclusive first look at some of the upcoming Jurassic World merchandise – including some Camp Cretaceous (the upcoming Netflix animated series) from Mattel! As a picture is worth 1000 words, be sure to just check out our images and galleries below:

Update – the initial press kit distributed included early prototypes not meant for public reveal. We’ve removed the images at the request of Universal and Mattel.

Attack Packs

 

 

 

 

Savage Strikes

 

 

 

Sound Strikes

 

 

 

Massive Biters

 

 

Carnotaurus “Toro” (Camp Cretaceous)

Epic Roarin’ T. rex (Camp Cretaceous)

Feeding Frenzy Indominus Rex

Snap Squad

We have a TON more uploaded in our Facebook album HERE – be sure to check it out!

What’s notable is the baby Ankylosaurus Attack Pack is from Camp Cretaceous and is named Bumpy. We’ll have more details from that show soon, but in the meantime it’s worth noting that all the toys on the table pictured below are allegedly from the upcoming Animated Series.

Be sure to stay tuned, as we will be bringing you more news from New York Toy Fair 2020 as the show continues tomorrow! What’s your favorite upcoming toy? Sound off in the comments below!


Mattel’s Jurassic World Amber Collection Owen and Blue Now Available at Entertainment Earth!

Wave 2 of Mattel’s Amber Collection is roaring its way online, and is no longer exclusive to Gamestop stores. Starting now, you can pre-order Owen and Blue from Entertainment Earth – while they are available from other online retailers, these collectibles will not be available from Big Box Brick and Mortar retailers, meaning this is certainly one of the best way to pick them up as a collector!

Jurassic World Owen Grady 6-Inch Scale Amber Figure

Relive nostalgic, iconic film moments with this Jurassic World Owen Grady 6-Inch Scale Amber Collection Action Figure that captures the spirit of the franchise legacy with movie-authentic decoration and deluxe detail. Standing approximately 6-inches tall and inspired by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Owen features movable joints for posing and play action, and he comes with a removable knife accessory, an extra set of exchangeable hands, and a display stand. You don’t want to miss him!

For even more fun, pair this exciting Owen figure with the equally exciting Jurassic World Velociraptor Blue 6-Inch Scale Amber Collection Action Figure! Sold separately.

This amazing action figure portrays the scene when Owen returns to Isla Nubar to save his endangered trained velociraptor Blue. Finding Blue in the jungle, Owen extends his hand to her, but little does he know that she will later end up saving him!

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Jurassic World Raptor Blue 6-Inch Scale Amber Figure

Inspired by the blockbuster movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, this sensational Jurassic World Velociraptor Blue 6-Inch Scale Amber Collection Action Figure of the Owen-friendly Velociraptor measures roughly 6-inches tall, features movable joints for posing and play action, and includes a stand for display. The feel and spirit of the film and the film series are captured in excellent detail and the movie-accurate deco, too. Don’t let Blue get away from you!

For even more fun, pair this exciting figure of Blue with the equally exciting Jurassic World Owen Grady 6-Inch Scale Amber Collection Action Figure! Sold separately.

This awesome Blue action figure and embodies her intellect and ability to experience empathy, which allows her to develop a close bond with Owen Grady – so much so that she risks her life to save him!

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You can check them out in action in the video below, which also provides a sneak peak at what’s coming next (Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus)

What characters and dinosaurs do you want to see in the Amber Collection, and will you be picking up Owen or Blue? Let us know in the comments below!

‘Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park’ Launch Trailer | Out Now!

Welcome back to Jurassic Park! The brand new classic Jurassic DLC based upon the first three films is now available on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC — check out the launch trailer below, and read on for more details!

Join Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Ian Malcolm on Isla Nublar, in an all new storyline where you’ll rebuild and open the greatest attraction on earth, Jurassic Park. Use your skill as an expert park manager to overcome intriguing new challenges, and show the world you’ve got what it takes to handle the heat when life finds a way!

For anyone who may have missed our previous announcement, this fantastic new expansion pack contains a whole host a brand new story missions, classic buildings inspired by film, dinosaur skins you’ll most definitely recognize and much more! Don’t forget, Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park comes alongside free update 1.12, with features that have been highly requested from the community like new Ranger team functions and a restroom requirement for guests.

Jurassic World Evolution: Return to Jurassic Park launches today on Steam, Playstation 4 and Xbox One for £15.99 ($19.99, €19.99).

Perhaps the most exciting bit of news is that Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum have returned to voice the roles of Dr’s Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm respectively. They’re intregal to this altnernate cannon story where after the fateful events of the first film, they return to the islands and help Hammond rebuild. This time it will be flawless.

Stay tuned, as our review will be coming as soon as we’ve spent enough time with the game and completed its story!

Will you be picking up the ‘Return to Jurassic Park’ DLC, and what do you hope it adds to Jurassic World Evolution? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for the latest news!


Watch the Brand New Jurassic World ‘Motion Comic’ that Explores the Events After Fallen Kingdom!

Get ready to journey back into the growing Jurassic World, this time in ‘motion comic’ form. In a surprise release, Universal Pictures unleashed the first episode of an ongoing motion comic series titled ‘A Rising Tide’, following the events at the end of Fallen Kingdom. Much like ‘Battle at Big Rock’, this canon entry explores new content not tied to the core characters of the films, however directly tied to the events they partook in.

Check out the first episode of the series below, and read on for our thoughts!

It’s a new world as humans and dinosaurs are forced to coexist. An unwelcome contestant enters a surf competition in Hawaii.

About Jurassic World:
From Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Jurassic World immerses audiences of all ages in a new era of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs and humankind must learn to coexist. Jurassic World is set against a global backdrop of diverse locations, with a sprawling story grounded in believable science and populated by distinctive dinosaurs, heroic humans, and cunning villains at both ends of the evolutionary spectrum.

Cinema’s only dinosaur-driven live action franchise, Jurassic World has earned three Academy Awards® and over $3.6 billion worldwide across four films. Its cross- generational appeal can be attributed to audiences’ enduring fascination with dinosaurs and boundless imagination, both nurtured by each new installment. Jurassic World is more than a film franchise. It is a larger-than-life destination for exploration, discovery, and epic adventure. Dinosaurs live again, and they live in Jurassic World.

In the first episode, we’re introduced to who appears to be the core character of this mini-series: Rebecca Ryan. Rebecca is a TV reporter who gives a report on what was ultimately the scene we saw at the end of Fallen Kingdom: the escaped Jurassic World Mosasaurus eating someone during a surf competition in Oahu Hawaii. After we see some first hand accounts of the events, and the report wraps up, Rebecca’s character is seen driving home and making a call to her family.

During the aforementioned call some ominous music plays: the InGen/Mercenary theme from the World films. Is this a hint at her having more ties to Jurassic World beyond simply reporting on the events? O is that music an anthem to her new call to action, unlocking the secrets behind the prehistoric residents of Isla Nublar no longer being contained to the island. Three more episodes will follow today’s installment, and we expect her character to remain an important player throughout (although the series promises unique points of view each episode).

The other obvious question is what does this motion-comic series mean for Jurassic World 3? Could Rebecca in fact be a character from the sequel, which is due to begin filming in a few short months, or could her character stumble upon some larger plot elements (beyond the dinosaurs on mainland) that will come into play? This story already feels like setup for something larger, and we’re excited to see how everything unravels, expands, and connects.

It’s great to see the Jurassic World universe grow, and we’re hopeful more content like this, as well as traditional comics and books will become a regular thing. Truth be told, we’re really keeping our fingers crossed for another live-action short film, and this series certainly has the potential to lead right into one – and of course pave the way to Jurassic World 3.

Let us know what you hope to see from this series as it moves forward and evolves in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for all the latest news!


Jurassic World Evolution ‘Raptor Squad’ DLC Coming Tomorrow!

If you’re dying for some new Jurassic World Evolution content prior to the December 10th ‘Return to Jurassic Park’ DLC, Frontier has you covered. Coming tomorrow, a new DLC pack will be available for purchase at $1.99 adding the Jurassic World ‘Raptor Squad’ – Blue, Charlie, Delta, and Echo!

Become the Alpha with the brand new Jurassic World Evolution: Raptor Squad Skin Collection, the complete skin set of the original Jurassic World Velociraptors! With this pack you’ll gain access to new, unlockable genes which will allow you to incubate Velociraptors with these fantastic new skins.

The Jurassic World Evolution: Raptor Squad Skin Collection is coming 26 November on Steam, Xbox One and Playstation for £1.49/€1.99/$1.99 (prices may vary depending on your region and platform).

The iconic pack of Velociraptors have been long requested since the launch of the game, with fans eager to add the squad to their park since before release. This perhaps is a point worth mentioning – this pack only adds new skins for existing dinosaurs, which felt missing from the core release, and probably should be free. With so much paid DLC already released for the game, and even more on its way, this feels like a bit of a grift instead of a gift. But I digress.

The skins themselves are fantastic, clearly built directly from ILM’s files, and offer the best look at these fan favorite dinosaurs since the 2015 film. As a huge fan of Delta myself, I cannot wait to see her up close, in all her glory.

Will you be purchasing the DLC pack, or would you rather wait to see if this release is ever given for free or bundled with larger DLC packs? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for the latest news!


Shop the Jurassic World Collection at Classic Stills with Discount Code Outpost20!

Looking for the perfect gift for yourself or another Jurassic Park super fan this Holiday season? Have some space on your wall for some framed art straight from a film you love? Consider the Classic Stills Jurassic World collection!

Classic Stills, a Los Angeles and London-based publisher of rare and iconic photographs, has collaborated with Universal Brand Development to release a limited-edition collection of iconic still images from Universal Pictures’ 2015 blockbuster film, Jurassic World. This will be the first time still images from the movie will be available as gallery-quality fine art prints and comes exactly one year after Classic Stills launched the first-ever Jurassic Park fine art collection.

“Following the release of our popular Jurassic Park collection, we’re thrilled to offer fans an even wider selection of iconic images and heart-stopping moments from Jurassic World,” said CEO Rene Freling.

The collection of 24 still images spans the entire feature-length film, from the opening scene to the film’s final shot, and features many fan-favorite action scenes in between.

The prints will be available in up to four sizes, with only 100 individually numbered prints available per still image. Prices will range from $149/£125 to $1,000/£850 each.

Classic Stills’ fine art prints are developed using the chromogenic print (C-print) process and are printed on archival-quality photo paper. Every print is framed meticulously by hand, includes acid-free matting and hinging, and is protected by UV acrylic to prevent fading.

The Jurassic World gallery-quality fine art prints will be available for purchase in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain and Italy starting on October 17, 2019. For more information on Classic Stills and the Jurassic World limited-edition collection, please visit https://classicstills.com and https://classicstills.co.uk.

The collection itself spans from in movie frames, and official promotional artwork that were part of the marketing campaign, such as posters. Be sure to use our exclusive discount code Outpost20 for 20% off while shopping this collection!

Which pieces of art are you most interested in within the collection? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned to Jurassic Ouptost!


Daniella Pineda and Justice Smith to Reprise Fallen Kingdom Roles in Jurassic World 3!

The cast of the third Jurassic World film continues to amass its star-studded cast of new and returning actors, adding two familiar names to its roster. Revealed first by Collider, Daniella Pineda and Justice Smith have joined the upcoming Jurassic sequel due to begin filming early 2020.

Daniella Pineda (Zia Rodriguez) and Justice Smith (Franklin Webb) first appeared in 2018’s ‘Fallen Kingdom’, as key members of the Dinosaur Protection Group, run by Bryce Dallas Howard’s character Claire Dearing. While we’re uncertain where the plot of the sixth Jurassic Park sequel will go, the recent short film ‘Battle at Big Rock’ show’s us that dinosaurs are becoming commonplace and a nuisance in some locations. The return of the DPG members signals the likely continued venture of that groups dinosaur rights and conservation lobbying, all while dealing with a rapidly evolving world where dinosaurs are free on US soil.

Justice Smith most recently starred in the live-action Pokemon movie ‘Detective Pikachu’, while Daniella Pineda is part of Netflix’s upcoming live-action ‘Cowboy Bebop’ series due to resume filming next year. They’re joining Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Mamoudou Athie, DeWanda Wise, BD Wong, Isabella Sermon, and Chris Pratt in what promises to be the largest Jurassic ensemble yet, uniting characters from across the eras all while introducing new faces.

Jurassic World 3 is well into pre-production at London’s Pinewood Studios, with a script written by Colin Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael, with Trevorrow directing. Much like the cast, the behind the scenes teams compromise of old and new players: ILM will be returning to bring the dinosaurs to life, collaborating with an all-new animatronics team headed by John Nolan.

Jurassic World 3 will release June 11th, 2021.

Are you excited for the growing cast? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: Collider