Netflix just dropped the first trailer for their upcoming animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, about a group of kids trying to survive a dinosaur outbreak in the titular theme park. And it looks… exactly like Jurassic World, only with worse-looking dinosaurs. But maybe that’s not a bad thing?
The 8-episode series, from Netflix and DreamWorks Animation and executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow, follows six teenagers trapped on the other side of Isla Nublar during the events of Jurassic World. It’s got big “Season 2 of Lost” energy, which isn’t necessarily a warning sign, but the CG animation feels weirdly dated (I kept thinking of Jimmy Neutron while watching the trailer). That said, it does tease some action setpieces that look genuinely exciting, and I’ll give anything featuring dinosaurs the benefit of the doubt. Plus, you could do worse than developing Jurassic World into an all-ages adventure series featuring Jameela Jamil as a camp counselor.
The voice cast for the series includes Paul-Mikél Williams (Westworld) as resident dinosaur expert Darius; Jenna Ortega (You) as social media sensation Brooklynn; Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6: The Series) as self-appointed VIP Kenji; Raini Rodriguez (Bunk’d) as gregarious and enthusiastic Sammy; Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergs) as sensitive and bookish Ben; and Kausar Mohammed (Silicon Valley) as world-class athlete Yaz. Jameela Jamil (Legendary) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) recur as camp counselors Roxie and Dave. Scott Kreamer (Cleopatra in Space) and Aaron Hammersley (Star vs. the Forces of Evil) serve as executive producers and showrunners.
The show premieres September 18th on Netflix. Check out the trailer below.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous follows a group of six teenagers chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a new adventure camp on the opposite side of Isla Nublar. When dinosaurs wreak havoc across the island, the campers are unable to reach the outside world and will quickly go from strangers to friends to family as they band together to survive.