26 Times Jurassic World
and similarities to Jurassic Park
by Mitch Burns
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With Stephen Spielberg as executive producer, and director Colin Trevorrow so willing to service the fans of the 1993 original, you knew we were going to get some moments in Jurassic World paying homage to its predecessor Jurassic Park.
Some are small, and some may have been unintentional, but nonetheless, they all reminded us of the glorious Jurassic Park. Here they are:
1. uncovering the original Jurassic Park
We could break this one down into a few parts, as it unveils several bits of nostalgia from the first film. The boys first encountering the old park, climbing the steps and opening the giant doors we know so well. They walk across the main hall, where the battle between the T-rex and Velociraptor’s took place all those years ago, dinosaur bones from old exhibits and a piece of the banner that fell lay on the ground. Items such as the night vision goggles found in the jeep by Tim Murphy while they waited outside the Tyrannosaur paddock. The walkie-talkies used in the first film by Dr. Ellie Sattler as she embarks on her mission to turn the parks power back on, and some more little tidbits make this scene wonderful for old fans.
2. Rexie/The same T-Rex!
That’s right, the Tyrannosaurus-Rex that fans of the original Jurassic Park have lovingly named Rexie is back, and it’s great to see her. Not only has director Colin Trevorrow confirmed that it is the same T-Rex, but it’s quite obvious. In those final moments of Jurassic World you can see an old scar on Rexie’s neck, one that she must have got from that final battle in Jurassic Park.
You’ll hear many noises in Jurassic World that sound familiar, for one, the Velociraptor sounds are hauntingly familiar. Then, in the films final moments we’re treated with a victorious roar from The T-Rex, which is quite similar to her roar after defeating the Velociraptor’s in the final battle of Jurassic Park.
4. The Flare
During the finale, Claire Dearing has the smart idea to get some help fighting the Indominus Rex, who better to help but Rexie. What better to get the attention of our old friend, but a red flare, one very similar to the one used by Dr. Alan Grant (and Ian Malcolm) as he tries to get the attention of the T-Rex, and draw her away from Tim and Lex.
5. John Hammond statue and Hammond Creation Lab
When Jurassic World was in the very early stages of development, there were talks of having Richard Attenborough reprise his role as the creator of the original Jurassic Park, and founder of the company InGen. Unfortunately, in August of 2014, Attenborough passed away. Not long after, director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, tweeted out a picture from the set of Jurassic World, a statue of John Hammond. The cloning laboratory is also named The Hammond Creation lab, this is where all the dinosaurs are created.
6. “We spared no expense”
The character John Hammond supposedly passed away shortly after the events of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The company InGen passed to Simon Misrani, the son of Hammonds friend.
Simon Misrani talks a lot about his friend John Hammond, his love and his passion, and he does utter Hammond’s famous line “We spared no expense”.
7. Dr. Henry Wu
Dr. Henry Wu is the only human character to have appeared in Jurassic Park and make a reappearance in Jurassic World. In Jurassic Park, Dr. Wu was a geneticist, in Jurassic World, he has been promoted to chief geneticist, and is the one who created the Indominus Rex.
8. Mr. DNA
Rexie and Dr. Henry Wu aren’t the only returning characters from the original Jurassic Park. In the main building in Jurassic World, you can see children watching a screen, on the screen is Mr. DNA explaining to the kids some fun facts about dinosaurs. Mr. DNA is the one that explained to Grant, Sattler, Malcolm and the others how the cloning works in Jurassic Park.
In Jurassic Park he was voiced by Greg Burson, who died in 2008. In Jurassic World Mr. DNA was voiced by the film’s director Colin Trevorrow.
9. “What’s the matter kid? You never had Lamb Chops?”
Apparently The T-Rex’s favorite food is goat. We all remember the horror from the original Jurassic Park as the kids and the lawyer Donald Gennaro are sitting in the jeep, in the pouring rain, when a goats leg hits the jeep, they look up to see the Tyrannosaurus Rex slurping down the last bits of the goat that was once tied up. In Jurassic World, we get a brief scene of Rexie eating another goat, as guests of the park watch on.
10. Kids don’t understand technology
This is one of the better throwback moments from Jurassic Park, one that made me smile pretty large while I sat in the theater during Jurassic World. Remember that scene in Jurassic Park when the T-Rex is bearing down on the jeep where Tim and Lex are trying to turn the flashlight off, as it is drawing the attention of Rexie? Lex says “How do I turn it off?” and Tim replies “I don’t know!”.
In Jurassic World, Zack and Gray are in the back of an armored van, the rear doors are wide open and a velociraptor is bearing down on them. They find an electric prodder in the back of the van, and grab it. Zack says “How do I turn it on?” and Gray responds with “I don’t Know!”.
11. Claire Dearing’s outfit
Claire’s outfit in Jurassic World has two references to characters from the first Jurassic Park. One, she wears all white, which is a reference to John Hammond, who wore all white in Jurassic Park.
About midway through the movie, Claire takes her shirt, rips it open, rolls up her sleeves, and ties it in a knot. A clear reference to the way Dr. Ellie Sattler wore her shirt in Jurassic Park.
12. “They’re flocking this way”
It seems that the dinosaur Gallimimus does only one thing, runs. The iconic scene from Jurassic Park, where Tim, Lex and Dr. Grant are on the open plains and the herd of Gallimimus are running towards them is recreated in Jurassic World, as the we see the Gallimimus running in an open field, alongside a Jurassic World jeep.
13. Lowery’s T-shirt
This is probably the most blatantly obvious reference to Jurassic Park. Lowery Cruthers, played by Jake Johnson, a control room technician, wears a T-shirt with the old Jurassic Park logo on it. He states to Claire Dearing that he bought it off eBay, and she says the shirt is in poor taste, as a lot of people died at that first park.
InGen, is a bioengineering company founded by John Hammond. The company and it’s logo makes many appearances during the film, Simon Misrani is now the CEO of the company. InGen is alive and well, and makes many of the products seen in Jurassic World, You’ll notice the logo all over military equipment, helicopters and more.
15. Henry Wu escapes again
In Jurassic Park, I always found it a little strange when the geneticist scurried away from the island in the first film, leaving his creations to wreak havoc upon the island, and he was never heard from again. Until Jurassic World and when shit begins to hit the fan again, Henry Wu hops in a helicopter with some dinosaur DNA and leaves everyone behind to fend themselves against the monster he created.
16. Another sick Dinosaur
An iconic scene from Jurassic Park, is when the group comes across a sick triceratops. The paleontologists, Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Alan Grant are shocked to see the dinosaurs. Tears well up in Dr. Sattlers eyes, and Dr. Grant lies on the Triceratops chest as it inhales and exhales. In Jurassic World, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing come upon a wounded and dying Apatosaurus, the Indominus Rex has been killing dinosaurs for sport. Claire becomes quite emotional, and Owen comforts the dinosaur in its last moments of life. It’s a moment quite reminiscent of the sick Triceratops in Jurassic Park.
17. Arriving at the island
We haven’t been back to Isla Nublar in 22 years, and we arrived on a helicopter last time. The shot of the helicopter arriving to the island in Jurassic Park is a beautiful shot, overladen with John Williams’ iconic score. In Jurassic World, guests arrive on a cruise ship, and the island looks as beautiful as it did all those years ago, and the shot is quite similar.
18. God Creates Dinosaurs
Ian Malcolm, the character played by Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, went on to write several books, one of them, titles “God Creates Dinosaurs” can be seen twice in Jurassic World. Once, it is being read by Zara young, Claire’s assistant, while on the monorail with the kids Zack and Gray. The other time, the book is seen in the Jurassic World control room, possibly owned by the character Lowery.
19. The Main Gates
“What do they have in there? King Kong?” Ian Malcolm says as their jeep rolls up the giant wooden gates at the entrance of Jurassic Park. Well, the monorail in Jurassic World zooms along its track, and comes upon a gate, almost completely similar to the one in Jurassic Park, only this one says Jurassic World at the top.
20. The Score
Jurassic World enlists composer Michael Giacchino to create the films score, and he does a great job creating his own music, and putting his own unique spin on it. Although, the film wouldn’t be the same without a little of John Williams Jurassic Park score. Giacchino ends up using bits of Williams score on about 4 tracks, and it’s quite nice.
21. Jurassic Park Jeep
In Jurassic World, when the kids Zach and Gray stumble upon the old Jurassic Park, they find two jeeps from Jurassic Park. They get one of the jeeps working, and that jeep has a number on it, number 29, the same jeep that Hammond and the lawyer Donald Gennaro drive from the helicopter to the Jurassic Park Visitors centre.
23. Raptor going for a ride
In both Jurassic World and Jurassic World the velociraptor’s go for a ride on the back of a dinosaur. In Jurassic Park, the raptors jump on the back of the T-Rex, attacking it. In Jurassic World, the raptors not only jump on the Indominus Rex, attacking it, at one point the velociraptor named Blue, uses the back of Rexie the T-Rex, to get a leg up on the Indominus Rex.
24. Egg Hatching
In Jurassic Park, there is a pretty memorable scene in the cloning lab, where the group gathers around an egg as it slowly hatches, it turns out to be the hatching of a velociraptor. At the beginning of Jurassic World, we watch as an egg slowly hatches, revealing the Indominus Rex.
The Spinosaurus, who was actually a huge part of Jurassic Park 3, makes an appearance in Jurassic World and it’s an interesting moment. Jurassic Park 3 recieved a lot of negative criticism, and some of that criticism came from the spinosaurus killing the fan favorite, the T-Rex. In Jurassic World, the T-Rex gets its revenge, as it crashes the skeleton of a Spinosaurus that hangs in the main hall of Jurassic World. Many fans say that the significance of this scene is a metaphor for Jurassic World shattering the memory of Jurassic Park 3.
26. Character similarities
The main characters in Jurassic World each have a counterpoint in Jurassic Park. Some similarities are small, but in some cases they are big, you’ll get a similar vibe from quite a few characters in Jurassic World.
- Jurassic World Character: Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) – Jurassic Park character: (Mix) Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and Robert Muldoon (Bob Peck)
Reason: Lead Male character (Grant), rugged (both), heavily involved with raptors (muldoon), stern (both).
- Jurassic World Character: Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) – Jurassic Park character: Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern)
Reason: Lead female character, strong, yells “Run” and wears similar outfit
- Jurassic World Character: Lowery Cruthers (Jake Johnson) – Jurassic Park character: (Mix) Ray Arnold (Samuel L. Jackson) and Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight)
Reason: Sits at computers (both), messy work station and drinking soda (Nedry), brave (Arnold), lead control room character (Arnold)
- Jurassic World Character: Zach Mitchell (Nick Robinson) – Jurassic Park character: Lex Murphy (Ariana Richards)
Reason: Looks after little brother, older sibling, smart
- Jurassic World Character: Gray Mitchell (Ty Simpkins) – Jurassic Park character: Tim Murphy (Joseph Mazzello)
Reason: Scared, little brother, really into dinosaurs.
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