Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous

TV review by
Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Fun, diverse tween dino adventure has some scary moments.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 32 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Stands out for positive role models.

Positive Messages

Perseverance and curiosity are the main character strengths exemplified here, but the characters all have to improve and use their communication skills to become a good team as well as survive the island's many dangers. 

Positive Role Models

Campers are racially and gender diverse; lead character Darius is Black. He is kind, curious, a wealth of dino knowledge; other campers bring their own skills and qualities to the table. Some stereotypes, but they are often subverted over time. Campers often break rules to find adventure or to try to solve problems; they're frequently unsupervised.

Violence

The dinosaurs are very realistic and scary looking, especially when on the attack. Much like in the movies, characters are often in peril and facing angry dinos in the wild: chases, close calls, lots of intense moments. A seasick and carsick camper vomits frequently.

Sex
Language

"Crud" often used by Darius. Some discussion of dinosaur farts. 

Consumerism

Class issues are often addressed, as one of the campers is a "rich kid" who loves to flaunt his wealth. Based on the popular Jurassic Park film franchise that includes lots of merch. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is an animated adventure series set in the Jurassic Park universe about a group of teens who are chosen to become the first campers on Isla Nublar. Violence includes dinosaurs that are realistic and pretty scary, with lots of close-ups on gnashing teeth and angry dino faces, so if your kids are sensitive, this show may be a bit intense for them. Language is limited to "crud," and there's some discussion of dino farts as well as some barfing by various characters. Some of the campers feel stereotypical -- the Texas rancher, the rich kid, the carsick nerd -- but over time they're given more depth, and the main character Darius is exceptionally likable as the only real dinosaur expert in the mix. This delightful, action-packed series fills a gap for tween dino lovers who have long since aged out of Dinosaur Train and are a little old for Dino Dana; it's also a really great pick for whole-family viewing. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybcstage September 20, 2020

Definitely not for small children

This show is rated TV-PG, and there's a reason it's not Y or G. The show mirrors the events on Jurassic World, but from the perspective of six teenage... Continue reading
Parent of a 4, 8, and 13-year-old Written byjim from maine June 27, 2021

Toxic misogyny on full display

Everything in our current culture tries to tell our young boys that they suck......including this show. Pathetic. Too bad, because if the creators were not tr... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byOmelu October 6, 2020

Thought it was going to be stupid, but appearances may be deceiving. (THIS. SHOW. IS. AMAZING!!!)

When I first saw an ad for this show, I thought it was gong to be dumb; a "How To Train Your Dragon: Rescue Riders" for the Jurassic Park franchise. T... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byArtLover817 September 27, 2020

Don't Waste Your Time

We watched this in class, it was torture! From HORRIBLE AND CREEPY ANIMATIONS, to SUPER ANNOYING VOICES! There is NO educational value, definitely not any posit... Continue reading

What's the story?

Dino-obsessed tween Darius (Paul-Mikel Williams) gets his lifelong wish when he wins a contest to be one of the first campers to visit CAMP CRETACEOUS, located within the infamous Jurassic World theme park. On Isla Nublar, he meets his fellow campers, including conceited rich kid Kenji (Ryan Potter, Big Hero 6), social media star Brooklyn (Jenna Ortega), boisterous Texas ranch kid Sammy, sensitive and cautious Ben, and the quiet, focused Yazmina. With two counselors (Roxie and Dave, played by Jameela Jamil and Glen Powell) to keep the kids in check, camp activities include lab visits, island exploration, and, of course, lots and lots of up-close dino action. Action and adventures ensue as the campers encounter more than they bargained for on this island filled with intrigue, danger, classified experiments, and possible traitors within their midst. 

Is it any good?

This fun, well-written, and beautifully animated series is a great addition to the Jurassic canon, serving an audience that might not be quite ready for the movies. The plot clips along at a perfect pace for tweens, and they'll love the well-rounded (if sometimes stereotypical) characters and the seamless use of kid slang ("bruh" makes many appearances, and Darius states that "dinosaur migration patterns are my jam"). As for the dino drama, Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is a lot like the movies: People are put into peril that seems wildly unnecessary, but heck, that's the Jurassic way. Jurassic World itself remains as dangerous and poorly-thought-out as ever, and adding mostly unsupervised kids into the mix? Yeah -- but it's easily overlooked as all part of the fun and fantasy of this world.

Just like at real camp, the characters bond over a short period of time, showing each other their vulnerabilities and learning to communicate by sharing their own stories. Also, kudos to this series for casting its diverse characters with an equally diverse group of voice actors, as well as including more physical 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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dinosaurs. What do we know about them? How did scientists put this knowledge together over many years? 

  • All the campers at Camp Cretaceous are very different from each other. How do they end up getting along? What do they have in common? 

  • Why do you think Jurassic Park and its many sequels are so popular? Would you ever want to be face to face with a dinosaur? Why or why not? Do you think dinos could ever walk the earth again?

  • How do the campers show perseverance during their adventures in Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous? How about courage? Why are these important character strengths

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