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There are three distinct variations of Velociraptor which were cloned by InGen, not counting sexual dimorphism seen within each individual version. However, despite the surface level variations, each sub-species remains relatively similiar in terms of physical attributes. Each species is roughly 6 feet tall…

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Uniting the Franchise: How Jurassic World 3 Should Incorporate Dinosaur Designs from ‘Park’ Films

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2021 is swiftly approaching. Jurassic World 3 is already shaping up to be an event unlike anything we have seen since the original Jurassic Park. With Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum all returning for major roles in the upcoming film, it is easy to see that we are in store for a movie with some serious callbacks to the film that started it all. With the return of old human characters, Jurassic World 3 is posed in the perfect position to be a film that showcases the original aspects of Jurassic Park side by side with the new ideas put forth in the Jurassic World movies. We can talk about the human characters until the sun goes down, but at the end of the day, the highlight of Jurassic has always been the dinosaurs.

One complaint that we see time and time again is how different some of the dinosaurs look in the newer films. While some fans view these differences as a major drawback, it’s time to take a hard look at how these perceived differences actually present a unique opportunity to showcase exactly what these dinosaurs are: genetically engineered, theme park…creatures. In other words, these dinosaurs are simply lab-created animals melding natural science and science fiction.

So today, let’s take a look at some specific examples of these differences. Let’s start with a classic: the mighty Stegosaurus. We first got a glimpse at the creature on Isla Sorna in The Lost World Jurassic Park. This Jurassic Park era Stego was on the more athletic side. As you can see below, it featured a straight tail and narrow head, which featured a beak of some sort. Its athleticism was put on full display when it sensed a threat in Sarah Harding approaching its infant.

Now, let us compare that to the Jurassic World era Stegosaurus. The new creation featured a heavier retro build, with a drooping tail and a wider head (with lips instead of a beak). Their coloration is slightly different, and their skin texture is entirely different than their park counterparts. We’re first introduced to them roaming Nublar’s Gyrosphere Valley in Jurassic World, presumably engineered under Masrani’s supervision to achieve certain goals.

In a universe where scientists have been cloning and creating new dinosaurs for over twenty five years, these differences can be explained by genetic manipulation. Perhaps the old Stegosauruses were just too agile and destructive with their more athletic build and size. Maybe the Jurassic World scientists realized a beefier build appealed to the parks older demographs who imagine dinosaurs with more outdated views. Questions like these are exactly the kind of lore I believe are ripe for answering in Jurassic World 3. Before we move on to how exactly the movie can present those answers in a natural way, let’s take a look at another dinosaur example.

The Ankylosaurus is well-known for the armor plating all along its back, but the different eras of Jurassic took the animal in otherwise different directions. We first see the Jurassic Park era Anyklosaur in Jurassic Park 3 as it lumbers underneath the tree some of our characters are hiding out in. It touts rougher scale-based armor with a smaller, colorful head. It has a narrow and angular build overall and is not overtly large.

Once again, let’s look at the Jurassic World edition Ankylosaurus that we see duke it out with the Indominous Rex. Not only is the Jurassic World era animal bigger, it has defined armor plating and a larger, uniform-color head. Just like the Stegosaurus, it sports a bulkier, stockier build overall. It’s been theorized that ‘World’s’ Anylosaurs are female counterparts to ‘Park’s’ males.

Ankylosaurs and Stegosaurs are only scratching the surface. Numerous other species have distinct sub-species within the Jurassic films, with 3 different Pteranodon breeds, over 3 different breeds of Velociraptors, plus a variety of sexual dimorphism seen within Parasaurs, Brachiosaurs, and more.

The best step for Jurassic to take is to embrace the differences and use them as a tool to enrich the deep mythology the universe has already given to us. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see the Jurassic Park 3 raptors running around Blue? That sort of variety in appearance is a treasure trove of rich story that has largely only been explored by the DPG marketing campaign for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. It’s important to not stifle that variety, but embrace it fully, and bring all these elements from various films together.

However, not every difference is a canonical variation – the T. rex of Jurassic World being a prime example. Many fans have complained she looks off from her Jurassic Park appearance – and it’s true – the design has changed in more ways than just aging. This love for Jurassic Park’s iconic designs is another prime reason to bring them back. Not just nostalgia – they’re some of the most iconic creature designs in cinema. Embrace the masterclass work of Stan Winston Studios, Crash McCreery and ILM that laid the foundation for Jurassic World.

We know that Jurassic World 3 director Colin Trevorrow plans to expand the universe even more and deal with these creatures on a much larger scale now that they’re part of our world. One of the best ways to explore this evolution naturally, while keeping it tied to the past films is to simply go back to the older, forgotten dinosaurs. Likewise, we can finally explore how these various subspecies may interact – what would a crossbreed of a Jurassic Park female raptor and JP3 male raptor look like? Or would they never have the chance, fighting for territory instead?

What makes the Jurassic Park novel so great is that it tackles the science aspect of the story head on – the novel version of Wu has candid conversations with Hammond about manipulating the DNA of the dinosaurs to alter their physical characteristics and change the way they behave. If we’re trying to find inspiration, that’s where to start the search. Having a character in the movie, like Wu, explain the differences between all the animals on screen only serves to deepen the canon in a positive way. Not only that, it serves as a natural explanation for why Project IBRIS with the raptors at Jurassic World was (eventually) successful compared to the more aggressive raptors from the previous movies.

What are your thoughts on the dinosaur differences? Is this a purposeful creation from Jurassic Park scientists, or do you think the filmmakers were just looking to switch up the styles? If you believe the science backs it up, would you like to see it explained on screen? Sound off in the comments below and tell us how you would explain the uniqueness of the dinosaurs!


42 thoughts on “Uniting the Franchise: How Jurassic World 3 Should Incorporate Dinosaur Designs from ‘Park’ Films

  1. thank you for the stego comparison, i always wondered what differences were so big that people were this angry. i hate the JW stego’s face, it is ugly and dumb.

  2. I love this. I hope we can get some sort of narrative line about the diferent takes on the animals. In the books it’s clear that wu and others view them as products! with the introduction of raptor v1.1 and later raptor v1.2 (don’t remember the exact numbers); and that ending baby raptor wich could change its colour… I think its a very awesome line to explore! not only they would explain in canon the diferent looks for every jp animal, they would also could experiment with diferent takes on the animals and how they would interact with each other… I’m thinking blue meeting a fully feathered velociraptor or utahraptor. or a 1 mt tall trex like the little elephant hammond used in the books!

  3. Apprenez à prononcer

    What a beautiful article!
    we understand that the different variations within the same species (sp) are either natural (mutations) or desired and controlled by the INGEN technique (for practical reasons, such as being more docile).
    This explains why some species have so many variations in their appearance.

  4. What a beautiful article!
    we understand that the different variations within the same species (sp) are either natural (mutations) or desired and controlled by the INGEN technique (for practical reasons, such as being more docile).
    This explains why some species have so many variations in their appearance.

  5. I would like so much that there is in Jurassic World 3:
    -Blue with a male velociraptor of Jurassic Park 3, where in the end they mate and have offspring. But above all, Blue does not die. Blue leading pack of velociraptors from Jurassic Park 3.
    -Rexy/Roberta (or other tyrannosaur as Junior, the young T-rex of “The Lost World Jurassic Park”) fights and defeats the Spinosaurus of JP3 in the middle of dozens or hundreds of terrified people fleeing the fight full of crashing and destruction (such as falling trees or the destruction of buildings). And after defeating the spinosaurus, the t-rex roared victoriously as in the final Jurassic Park under the eyes of many people. But most importantly, no dying t-rex, and no t-rex killed.
    -A meeting between Alan Grant (with Ian Malcom) and Rexy/Roberta: There would be an exchange of glances between Grant and Rexy. Rexy recognizes Alan with the smell, while Grant recognizes her by her scars caused by a velociraptor in Jurassic Park. At first Grant is scared, but reassures himself soon after remembering (with flashbacks) that this t-rex has saved him before. After a calm and respectful exchange of views, Rexy leaves calmly, leaving Alan reassured and happy.
    -The suchomimus, pyroraptor, Deinonychus, Utahraptor, ornithocheirus (with a wingspan of 12 meters), Tarbosaurus, Deinosuchus, Sarcosuchus, some brachiosaurus in a similar scene to Jurassic Park 3 “Brachiosaurus on the Bank” , and mosasaur attacking and killing the whalers. I will not be against a fight between the megalodon and the mosasaur, where the latter will come out victorious.
    -Velociraptors vs dilophosaurus, velociraptors vs pteranodons, and pack of velociraptors from The Lost World vs pack of velociraptors from Jurassic park 3.

    1. That all sounds terrible. Please tell me you’re not pursuing a writing career because you would be ill suited for such an endeavor. If all the things you want came to pass not only would be an unintelligible mess but also it goes against canon. Blue is the last of her kind. Period. No male raptors left, they probably wiped them all out first thing when they gutted Site B for resources. Also why in the hell would there suddenly be a megalodon? No. Just no.

      1. Be polite! Pay attention to what you are saying because it is not correct what you are telling me! I have the right to express myself like all the others, and to give my opinion as well as my envy and hopes for the next film! There is no guarantee that male velociraptors from Jurassic Park 3 will not reappear because we do not know exactly what they have become. And if they were able to clone a mosasaurus, why not also a megalodon or other extinct marine predator (like the liopleurodon or other).

        1. Site B was gutted, anyone with a brain would exterminate the raptors first thing- hence why we only had four in Jurassic World. Also the sentence “she’s the last of her kind.” is canon about Blue so don’t get snippy with me when your hopes are foolish. And as for the Megalodon, true they could have but why would they? It wouldn’t improve the story in any way, shape, or form just convolute what needs to be a movie that ties the franchise up in a semi-neat little bow. Also putting that many new dinosaurs- also convoluting and pointless. To paraphrase Malcolm “so preoccupied with if you could, you stop to think about if you should.” That sums up the entire list of ‘hopes’ I hate to say.

          1. Your criticisms and arguments are more stupid than my hopes! Nothing is guaranteed that they will never be realized, you can not know the future exactly! If you do not want me to be abrupt with you, as I told you, be polite and neutral in your arguments! And for the megalodon, I did not say that I would like it so much in Jurassic World 3, or even that it will be it necessarily, but that it is not impossible because in addition to the dinosaurs, pterosaurs and mosasaur, a human too has been cloned in “Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom”. And for site B, what proves that there is no velociraptor left? Being intelligent, it is not impossible that some would have survived and escaped the vigilance of humans by hiding, seen as they were many, in addition to the many eggs they laid in Jurassic Park 3. But if is true that there is no more, it is not impossible that they still have their DNA so they can clone others.

        2. One- I have been polite. If you cannot handle logical views on how the story goes then that’s on you.
          Two- the proof of raptors being erased is in the movies if you look carefully. They captured ol’ Rexy but cloned four new raptors, why? Because InGen was probably smart enough to realize raptors held the highest body count and were worth just as much dead than alive. Have we seen it alas canon yet? Technically no but all signs point to it.
          Three- after the high clusterf-k that was the Lockwood auction there’s no way the nations of the world didn’t put up strict rules and laws regarding any further dinosaur cloning. Also, we don’t know the gestation periods and growth rates so and new dinos wouldn’t be worth the time as they’d most likely be juveniles at most. Juvenile- like your little tantrum and your ideas. So don’t complain when someone comes up and gives you a healthy dose of logic, that’s life get used to it.

        3. Oh and one more thing- yes you are allowed to your opinion, however believing that that means no one is going to debate your opinion and getting pissy when someone dumps a bunch of logic in your nonsense stew is foolish. No one here has been truly impolite and yet you seem to think so, obviously you’re not used to seeing things any other way than your own. Sad really.

          1. What’s the world coming to when you make me laugh Ben. It’s not been my intent to harm only to debate in an attempt to help someone see the opposing side, as well as educate on how storytelling- be it in film or book- must chose their scenes carefully. Alas my efforts have fallen upon deaf ears and an obstinate mindset.
            Everyone is entitled their opinion, thinking your opinion cannot be challenged is a sad, narrow minded, and ultimately shallow life.

    2. Looks like someone has watched too many superhero movies. Joking aside, I think these demands/things you want to see are fairly poor if we look at established canon.
      People already didn’t like how superhero-y Blue and the Indoraptor were in FK, these are animals we’re talking about. They have to behave like animals.
      So here are my thoughts on your thoughts:
      – I actually wouldn’t mind this that much, but only if it doesn’t feel forced.
      – I hate this, such a scene could genuinely ruin the film for me.
      – This wouldn’t make much sense, so I wouldn’t want to see it. Rexy and Blue looking at each other and walking away in JW made some kind of sense, they just defeated the I-Rex together. But Rexy would definetely eat Grant as soon as she sees him.
      – I would very much like to see such an overview shot. But a Mosa/Megalodon fight would be incredibly stupid, especially since the Megalodon doesn’t appear anywhere in canon.
      – Raptor vs Dilo, possible / Raptor vs Pteranodon, hate it / Raptors vs Raptors, wouldn’t make much sense.
      Ofcourse I respect your opinion but there isn’t much here that would both feel good and fit the canon.

      1. – “Poor” is a bit too exaggerated in my opinion. And think again, I loved Blue against the indoraptor. Already they are genetically modified animals endowed with great intelligence, so it is not surprising if at times they have behavior that can appear human or otherwise.
        -For the confrontation of the t-rex against the spinosaurus, there are many for whom, it would not ruin the film. Proof there is a petition that is already launched.
        -Alan Grant has already met more than once with Rexy, and yet he is still alive. If it’s after eating well that the old T-rex finds Grant, there’s no reason she should eat it.
        -The megalodon does not appear in any movie, like other creatures mentioned or not, but only in some video games derived from the films of the saga “Jurassic Park” or “Jurassic World”.
        -For Raptors vs. Pteranodons, I refer to a deleted scene of Jurassic park 3; and Raptors vs. Raptors will still make sense, the proof: in “Jurassic Park” the “Big One” has killed at least 5 of its kind, in “The Lost World” we can see 2 velociraptors arguing violently while Sarah Harding fled after falling from the roof.

        1. Did the Big One really kill all the rest though? Maybe one or two, but didn’t Muldoon have one killed at the beginning of the film. Hear the gunshots as the scene fades to Gennaro on the raft?
          I think Hammond was hiding a lot of shit.

  6. I’m down for anything but jp3 male raptors to return, i swear they’re the most overrated dinosaur in the franchise. But that stegosaurus comparison is so funny, nothing is “athletic” about the lost world’s build, they’re literally the same except for the texture and lack of beak.

    1. I disagree, i can clearly see the more robust look of the lost world stegosaurus. The back, hip and tail muscles are thicker and more straight… anatomically, the JW stegosaurus looks dumb and wimpy and to me, more closely resembles the old “errored” way of thinking how dinosaurs stood and walked…. before we realised there was clear spinal alignment with hip and straight tail balance much how stan winston studios researched all current knowledge of the anatomy of said animals…. minus a few alterations for cinematics…. at least in posture, and body proportions, Stan Winston nailed it!!! IMHO that is why the first two films still hold to a seriously higher standard. The stegosaurus from the lost world seems more “accurate” instead of the stupid looking dopey stegosaurus and other dinosaurs from the JW franchise…. I am not a big fan of how they sacrificed the accuracy for cinematics in JW…. screw Michael Bay and his grey, mundane way of viewing the world….. bring back the more accurate, realistic and vibrant Stan Winston effects designs!!!! Again, just my two cents…

  7. Great article! Been shouting about this for a long time – bring the ‘Jurassic Park3’ raptors back in ‘Jurassic World 3’ and beyond! They were the best fictional portrayals of dromaeosaurs on film.

  8. Great article, I like the World films but I don’t see them as in sync with the Park trilogy. Dabbling deep into the rich lore potential of InGen making different versions of the same species is probably another important, canonical topic Trevorrow would for not incorporate in the new films, alongside topics involving Sorna and The Construction of Jurassic World. But either way I can’t wait to see how JW3 turns out!

  9. The film makers were trying different styles based on what the director wanted. I truly wished they stuck with Spielberg’s version from the start. No more CGi. Let’s get some more animatronics back in the films. I also wanna see all of the different raptors from JP, TLWJP and JP3 come together.

  10. great article. i miss the lost world stegos there design is so much superior to the jw one’s what’s also funny is in the app games and mattel’s toy line the stego’s have beaks which makes me wonder if the beakless design was a last minute change and if so why as it looks terrible, as for the sagging tail i believe when i saw that in the theatre i immediately went wtf and i realized they made them bulkier but i never realized just how much bulkier they made them. and now stegos in science look even more different thanks to new discoveries so i wonder if that will have any effect on the jw3 design probably not but at the very least ill be happy to see tlw individuals back.

  11. The filmmakers are turning Steven Spielberg’s actual perfected dinosaur models into cartoon styled dinosaurs, and needs to be fixed or they will be warped more random for when it comes to new movies in the future.

  12. For the physical changes of the t-rex Rexy/Roberta (whose head and maybe arms too) between Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, we can assume that it is due to age because according to some scientific theories I thought I learned that tyrannosaurs undergo physical changes with age.
    What intrigues me the most is the origin of other scars located on the right side of Rexy/Roberta (since Jurassic World) view that she was not injured on that side at the end of Jurassic Park except for the neck and lower jaw, which means she got them after her fight against the 2 velociraptors in Jurassic Park and before the events of Jurassic World.
    It would be interesting if they explain whether the velociraptors present in the films are indeed genetically modified Mongolian velociraptors (size and physical), or other species (like dakotaraptor, achillobator), or a mixture of other species like deinonychus + utahraptor + velociraptor.

  13. Fans can force it all together as much as they like. Sad truth is, until it’s all established on film, it means nothing. The questions remain, the inconsistencies abound.

    You think they’re going to explain creature design changes in a new trilogy that flat out retconned Isla Sorna!? Dreaming…

  14. I can tell you why the JP3 Pteranodons were locked in a cage and never made it into any park… What did they do the second they got out? They booted it for the mainland. Large, migratory predators, capable of making it to the mainland on their own ability, is not something INGEN wanted to deal with.

    1. i forgot where i read this (and whether they can be trusted) but apparently Hoskins was in charge of the group that subdued the JP3 pterosaurs which lead to his high ranking at InGen. which makes all of the terrible things he did Amanda Kirby’s fault.

  15. I truly despise the new Raptor design. I miss the sleek, eagle-like Raptors. The face in the new ones is too different. Their mouth lines are straight. The old design was curved a lot more, like a wicked smile.

  16. honestly, if everyone had this biotech now, they would move on from dinosaurs pretty quick. the return of older dinos is really the only way to go if there is going to be any dinos in the movie

  17. Spinosaurus needs to return kicking some butt. This time fully grown since it was only a year and a half years old at 43ft long. It’s time to for its spotlight anti hero moment. Especially since it’ll be the 20th anniversary of JP3

  18. “The best step for Jurassic to take is to embrace the differences and use them as a tool to enrich the deep mythology the universe has already given to us. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see the Jurassic Park 3 raptors running around Blue? That sort of variety in appearance is a treasure trove of rich story that has largely only been explored by the DPG marketing campaign for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. It’s important to not stifle that variety, but embrace it fully, and bring all these elements from various films together.”

    This where I call bullshit. First and foremost to incorporate the designs as seen in Jurassic Park with its Jurassic World counterpart the former clones would need to remain consistent. The first step into this plot hole is right in front our noses and was present since the franchise’s debut: Rexy. Not only are her proportions off model but her markings and color scheme have changed drastically and in the case with reptiles and birds, despite the aging process, these animals still retain their patterns at old age (prior to Jurassic World, Rexy was a mauvish gray with purple undertones adorned with small stripes on her back and snout.) Moreover the DPG itself confirms that most dinosaurs in Jurassic World are animals shipped from Isla Sorna; prior to Masrani Global’s intervention a common trait to all InGen’s clones is that they are more closer to resembling their prehistoric counterparts than Masrani’s specifically: Baryonyx, Carnotaurus, Edmontosaurus, Metriacanthosaurus and Allosaurus. One could even use the designs from The Lost World: Jurassic Park games as legit canon and ignore Jurassic World completely. And the reasoning explained behind some of Masrani’s clones make little sense either especially with the Stegosaurus since most of the demographic have grown accustomed to the animal’s depiction from late 80’s-2000s. If we’re to embrace the differences between these new designs then the expansion of the Jurassic Universe already has opened up new controversies just with this article; let alone with the help of the DPGs and first Jurassic World’s lack of consistency and marketing (now I know this is a fan article, but many fans will take this seriously and will perceive it as canonical information when in reality its no different to the DPG’s own articles in terms of what is cherry picked or not.) Now, I could continue on right down into the productive side of things, but the whole highlight of this issue is… Consistency. Until the crew members of the Jurassic World franchise see their “products” as living animals and the hired concept designers use the Park films as reference more than surely enough Jurassic World 3 will not be uniting both designs into their films anytime soon.

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