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Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Action, humor bolster so-so franchise add-on.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Kids see an insider attempt to sabotage operations at the park in underhanded ways and to sway loyalties of other employees. Meanwhile, Claire, Owen, other park employees try their best to make the venture successful, demonstrate impressive problem-solving skills in the process.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Claire is industrious, capable in her management role, compensating for her boss's utter incompetence and impulsiveness. Owen's self-absorption sometimes interferes with his ability to relate to co-workers and to take direction, but when push comes to shove, he can be an effective team player.

Violence & Scariness

Tasers shock people, causing them to appear as skeletons briefly, and emit charges that can bring down a low-flying helicopter. Dinosaurs roar menacingly at park visitors. Some perilous moments, as when a patron's gondola car falls from its wire toward the T-Rex enclosure.

 

Sexy Stuff
Language

Rarely "dumb."

Consumerism

This series is an effective commercial for the Lego brand and the Jurassic World merchandise in particular.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar is an animated series that's set before the live-action Jurassic World movie and features characters introduced in Lego Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit. Expect lots of action related to the dinosaurs, who roar at and threaten park employees and visitors. Other perilous scenarios put people in danger, as when a gondola car falls into the T-Rex enclosure and its passenger fears for his life. A more subversive threat exists in an employee who finds ways to sabotage the park while posing as a loyalist. On the upside, main characters Claire (voiced by Britt McKillip) and Owen (Ian Hanlin) continue to enjoy a productive working relationship despite their differences and prove themselves capable, creative problem solvers on a daily basis.

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What's the story?

In LEGO JURASSIC WORLD: LEGEND OF ISLA NUBLAR, the Jurassic World theme park is up and running under the watchful eye of assistant manager of park operations Claire Dearing (voiced by Britt McKillip), but where dinosaurs roam, mayhem is the only predictable outcome. While animal behaviorist Owen Grady (Ian Hanlin) attempts to train the park's main attractions, Claire pulls double duty keeping the park running smoothly and keeping tabs on her eccentric boss and park owner, Simon Masrani (Dhirendra). But between controlling the dinosaurs and putting out figurative fires started by a sneaky insider plotting against the park's success, Claire and Owen have their work cut out for them.

Is it any good?

This series picks up the Jurassic World tale shortly after the events of The Secret Exhibit and presumes viewers know both the backstory and the characters ahead of time. There's no introductory phase to help newcomers get up to speed, which makes it difficult for them to follow as characters come and go and events unfold quickly. Because Legend of Isla Nublar also bridges the kid-geared Lego Jurassic World stories and the more intense 2015 feature film Jurassic World, it has trouble nailing down a definitive target audience as well.

That said, there's always something visually and comically appealing about Lego productions like this one. Small details -- the disproportionate size of a coffee cup relative to the character using it, or the image of a disc of blocky leaves broken from a tree by a hungry herbivore -- make its animation unique and relatable to viewers familiar with Lego building sets. Even without a compelling storyline, Lego's brand name will draw an audience for this action-packed series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the commercial aspect of toy-inspired productions like this one. In what ways does Legend of Isla Nublar serve as an advertisement for Lego products? Is there anything inherently wrong with this kind of marketing ploy? Does it affect your potential desire for Lego toys?

  • How does Claire make up for Simon Masrani's utter incompetence in his leadership role? Would this kind of arrangement work in the real world? What can be learned by working with people very different from us? In what ways do you see this play out in the story?

  • What examples of integrity do you see in the story's characters? Whose actions demonstrate the opposite? Why is integrity an important quality to have?

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