Jurassic World has arrived, and there is a lot to be seen in the new film that picks up 20 years after the events of Jurassic Park. Already, Easter Eggs have been revealed for the new film, and there are also a number of cool connections that bring together the two films. Check out a lot of hidden things that you can look for when viewing the film the first time or your fifteenth time.
Please know that there are some spoilers ahead, and you may want to wait to read them until after viewing Jurassic World.
1. Jeff Goldblum’s character of Ian Malcolm is not in this film, much to the disappointment of so many people. Still, he is in there in a subtle way. Early on, as Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) arrive at Jurassic World, they take a ride on a train, and that’s where it happens.
Sitting behind the two brothers is their escort (Katie McGrath) and she is reading a book that has a photo on the back of it of Goldblum. Maybe it’s this one.
2. John Hammond (the late Richard Attenborough), the creator of Jurassic Park, was bound to be in it somewhere. A bronze statue of him has been erected, the visitor center is named after him, and there is more.
Hammond is discussed at length sometimes and how the mistakes made in his original park would be fixed in this new one. Obviously, that may not work so well.
3. While Zach and Gray explore in Jurassic World, they pass some young girls who get sneezed on by long-necked baby herbivores. This is exactly what happens to Lex (Ariana Richards) in Jurassic Park.
4. In case you didn’t know, the Tyrannosaurus Rex you see in Jurassic World is the exact same one that ended up being the hero in Jurassic Park. There are still scars on her side due to the final fight with the raptors.
5. As for human characters, Dr. Henry Wu, played by B.D. Wong, is the only character from Jurassic Park who makes an appearance in Jurassic World. He may be one of two characters if a Reddit user’s theory actually proves to be true in the long run.
6. In the middle of the park is Winston’s Steak House, and that is named after Stan Winston. He is the iconic special effects master who brought both the physical and digital dinosaurs to life in the first three films. Winston died back in 2008.
7. Michael Giacchino’s score does borrow heavily from that of John Williams, and cues can be heard numerous times throughout the film. The key piano tune was even heard in the first trailer for Jurassic World.
8. Even though everything at Jurassic World was built new on Isla Nublar, there are numerous mentions to Jurassic Park. Lowery (Jake Johnson) has on an old school T-shirt from the original park that he found on eBay.
At one point, Zach and Gray end up finding sanctuary in the old ruins of the 20-year-old park. Even in the old visitor center, the “When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth” banner can be seen heaped on the ground. Look for the night-vision goggles and old jeeps too.
9. There are some references to Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight), but Cinema Blend actually believes that a part of the new Jurassic World park is called “Nedry (Something).” Right after the Ian Malcolm book is seen early on, apparently some banners are shown reading his name. Interesting.
10. Even though the second and third films are virtually ignored, the skeleton of the Spinosaurus is displayed next to Winston’s Steak House. It gets a bit of bad treatment later in the film by an old favorite.
11. Ian Malcolm’s chaos theory is subtly referenced when a soldier uncovers the tracking beacon of the D-Rex. A drop of blood drips on his arm and goes one way, but then a second drips and goes the other way. Malcolm explained to Ellie (Laura Dern) why that happens with water in the first film.
12. Mr. DNA does make a cameo as well. He shows up to congratulate Gray when he makes a correct choice in the Hammond building.
13. There are numerous smaller tributes to Jurassic Park such as the eye in the leaves, the T-Rex being attracted by a goat and a flare, the East Dock sign, and more. Make sure to look for the frilly Dilophosaurus hologram.
Bonus: For those that weren’t aware, another one of Steven Spielberg’s huge films makes a cameo in Jurassic Park. Yes, it’s two quick mentions, but Jaws shows up in the original film, and it shows that Dennis Nedry had great taste in movies, at least.
Jurassic World is bound to be huge, and there is no doubt that it will likely spawn another sequel or two. Now people will probably go back and see the movie a few more times to catch all the Easter Eggs and Jurassic Park references they can see.
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