“Jurassic World: Dominion” to Introduce New Reliance on Animatronics

The battle to create two distinct trilogies

With Trevorrow back on directing duties for Dominion, there is clearly a concerted effort to capitalize on the massive nostalgia for Spielberg’s seminal movie. The 1993 film is the definitive dino flick, so any subsequent Jurassic Park media is always going to have to exist in that shadow. However, Jurassic World showed that new interpretations can be successful, a trend that has also been realized in several other areas of the entertainment industry.

The most tangible example is Jurassic World: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, a water-based amusement ride replaced its Jurassic Park predecessor in 2019. While the general thrill remains the same, the Jurassic World version introduced new animatronics and effects to update the attraction in keeping with the modern trilogy. The franchise’s two trilogies are also capable of existing side-by-side with one another: the Betway Casino slots library includes Microgaming releases based on both Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. While the two slots have similar mechanics, the color scheme and choice of symbols give each its own distinct identity. The soundtracks for each movie work on a similar basis. John Williams’ iconic score for Jurassic Park set a high bar for Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack for Jurassic World. Giacchino incorporated motifs from Williams’ work to bridge between the old and the new, but otherwise, Jurassic World‘s soundtrack relies on original melodies to help the modern trilogy sonically stand on its own.

This pattern can similarly be observed in the gaming industry, with the Nerdbot review of Jurassic World: Evolution comparing the 2018 theme park simulator with 2004’s Operation Genesis. While there are some common elements, Evolution ‘s visuals are unique and pay clear tribute to Trevorrow’s trilogy.

So, whether it’s a theme park ride, an online slot, a soundtrack, or a computer game based on Jurassic World, it will inevitably invite comparisons with the same things based on Jurassic Park. These examples successfully forge their own identity, a tough challenge that lies ahead for Trevorrow in Dominion. While Jurassic World felt like a fresh take on the franchise, the emphasis of animatronics and the presence of the original cast will make the parallels with Jurassic Park more prominent than ever in the new trilogy.

Veer too close to Spielberg’s movies and Dominion may feel gratuitous, while straying too far could potentially produce another flop like Fallen Kingdom. The latter doesn’t feel like too much of a danger, as you’d think that Neill, Dern, and Goldblum’s reunion will bode well for Dominion‘s fortunes at the box office. Early reports indicate that Trevorrow has concocted a plot and a directing style to match the star quality of the cast.

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