Parents' Guide to

Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun, diverse tween dino adventure has some scary moments.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 30 parent reviews

age 2+

Perfect for us, be careful if sensitive

We love camp Cretaceous! My son is two and doesn’t get scared by anything and lovessss dinosaurs. If you have a sensitive little one this show isn’t for you but we have watched the whole thing at least 10 times over. He loves when animals make the noises they’re supposed to make so he loves the roaring and stomping, dislikes movies where dinosaurs talk. The characters have good arcs and are interesting to watch how they develop and interact with each other. There is some scenes where dinosaurs eat people but my son loves them just thought I’d give an fyi in case your little is sensitive. 10/10 love this show.
age 11+

Good start, unnecessary romance in later seasons

My older daughter and I agree that the first few seasons are great with lots of (sometimes scary, but she loved that) dinosaurs, suspense, teamwork, action and friendship. From around Season 5 romance elements are introduced first between a boy and girl, and later on between two girls who had been best friends leading up to a kiss. It feels unnecessary to the story, but I was not really surprised when they added romance. It is not necessary to push every deep friendship relationship into a romantic one.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (30 ):
Kids say (57 ):

This fun, well-written, and beautifully animated series is a great addition to the franchise canon, serving an audience that might not be quite ready for the movies. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous's plot clips along at a perfect pace for tweens, and they'll love getting to know the characters and listen to seamless uses of kid slang ("bruh" makes early appearances, and Darius states that "dinosaur migration patterns are my jam"). As for the drama, Camp Cretaceous is a lot like the movies: People are put into peril that seems wildly unnecessary, but, heck, that's the Jurassic way. Isla Nublar's theme park remains as dangerous and poorly thought out as ever, and adding mostly unsupervised kids into the mix? Not to mention a second, secret island that pits dinos against each other for the sadistic enjoyment of the uber-rich? Sure -- but this is all easily overlooked as part of the fantasy of this world.

Just like at real camp, the characters bond, show each other their vulnerabilities, and learn to communicate by sharing their own stories. Also, kudos to the series for casting its diverse characters with an equally diverse group of voice actors, as well as including more body diversity than many shows (teen and adult characters look realistic and have a range of body types). Families should note that each episode ends with a cliffhanger, so while it's tempting to binge, it could be fun to parcel this show out slowly for maximum impact and excitement.

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