“Jurassic World” on Netflix: The series is not nearly as bad as it looked in the trailer! – Series news

The “New Adventures” from the Dino-Camp Kreidezeit are currently running on Netflix. A children’s series with cheap animation – that’s what I assumed after the trailer. In fact, the “Jurassic World” series is surprisingly good!

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One of the editors should already have a look at the new animated series “Jurassic World: New Adventures” on Netflix, after it landed directly in the top ten of the streaming service shortly after its launch. Alright, so I sacrificed myself, even though I didn’t really feel like it. In the back of my mind I still had to laugh out loud when I saw the first trailer and mumbled “What the fuck” to myself – and not out of enthusiastic overwhelm!

No seriously, I didn’t find the trailer as stupid as I had in a long time, I thought that the animations (except for the dinosaurs) looked really bad. And the whole thing seemed like kid stuff to me, and in a worse sense – because I have absolutely nothing against well-made series for children.

So, because of the good work, I checked out Jurassic World: New Adventures – and that was a good thing! The series surprised me in a positive way and i actually watched after episode 1. Something I haven’t done recently on big flagship shows like Netflix’s Biohackers and the ARD event Oktoberfest 1900 (and that’s saying something when I quit a show after just one episode).

Jurassic World: New Adventures isn’t as bad as the trailer made me think. The animation turns out to be quite acceptable, especially that of the dinosaurs is actually really good, which was already indicated in the preview. And that’s not really surprising, because behind the series is Steven Spielberg’s animation company DreamWorks Animation, which is also responsible for cinema hits like “Shrek”, “How to Train Your Dragon” and “The Croods”.

True “Jurassic Park” flair

But even more important: The series is entertaining and transports the – sometimes threatening – “Jurassic Park” flair in such a convincing way that I would not have expected when I was expecting a “children’s series”.

This is not least due to the absolutely convincing use of music and noises – and the many references to the “Jurassic Park” or “Jurassic World” cinema franchise, so that you get the impression that you are really part of the big picture see embedded story. There is talk of John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) and also of Dr. Grant (Sam Neill) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard).

A highlight, however, is the music by Leo Birenberg, which takes up many of John Williams’ really big “Jurassic Park” themes. And when the Velociraptor screeches and the T-Rex roars, it sounds just like in the movies. This contributes immensely to the atmosphere of the series and lets “Jurassic Park” fans wallow in pleasant memories.

Nostalgics are well served

About “Jurassic Park”: Somehow “Jurassic World: New Adventures” feels like you’re being sent on the very first trip to the Dino Park again, only this time with children instead of adults – a younger audience can experience here again what their parents must have felt at the time when they watched “Jurassic Park” in the cinema.

So many scenes from the great original are referenced directly, be it the first glimpse of the majestic island, driving through the grand gate, the first visit to the lab with a hatching dinosaur, and even a giant dung heap that Jurassic Park” Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) digs. And of course Mr. DNA should not be missing.


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Always good for a moment of goosebumps: the large gate to the park.

With so much nostalgia, the story was of secondary importance to me. What is it supposed to look like: People get in danger on Dino Island, mostly out of their own stupidity. At first it annoyed me a little that the youngsters in the Dino-Camp actually often behaved like idiots and ran into their misfortune with their eyes wide open – but to be honest it’s not exactly different with the adults in the movies. And if everyone just obediently followed the rules, there would be no drama.

Animation is a matter of taste – but the dinosaurs are doing well!

You quickly get used to the quite poorly detailed animation style of the human figures, I’m just spoiled by Pixar and Co. too. If I switch to one of the current animated series for children such as “Fireman Sam”, my toenails are much more likely to curl up. But the dinosaurs and the backgrounds look really good!

More important to me than the figure drawing in the animation is the figure drawing regarding the characters. Lo and behold, I would hardly have thought it possible, but the teens at Camp Kreidezeit with their problems and quirks come across as believable and amused me (Ben throwing up with his germ phobia) and touched me (Darius with his father story) .

Steven Spielberg: “Don’t do kiddy series!”

The fact that the series appealed to me is probably also due to the fact that, with its high pacing and the many life-threatening situations for the protagonists, it is not exclusively aimed at children – due to its sometimes quite frightening dinosaur scenes, it is more aimed at children adolescents and young adults. Steven Spielberg made sure of that – and when Spielberg vouches for something, in my experience that usually proves to be a seal of quality.


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Also animated pretty scary: Velociraptors.

So does “Adventures New” showrunner Scott Kreamer opposite to io9 confirms that Steven Spielberg had a say in the series and most importantly made sure it didn’t degenerate into a “kiddy version” of “Jurassic World”.

From the outset, the filmmaker legend gave the order that the animated series had to feel like the great role models “Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic World”.

Conclusion: Entertaining snack for dinosaur fans

So now this all sounds like one big hymn of praise – it’s not. My expectations were just very, very low after the trailers and I was pleasantly surprised and well entertained. What do we learn from this? Don’t be fooled by trailers!

I didn’t feel directly tempted to go through the whole thing in one go (which I often do as a declared series junkie).

But the crisp 25-minute episodes are a fun snack for anyone who loves the Jurassic World franchise and wants to while the time leading up to the launch of Jurassic World 3: Dominion on June 10th, 2021 – and all this without having to have an alibi child sitting next to you on the sofa.

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