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I got an opportunity to visit Jurassic World last week and lived to tell you about it. After the jump you will find my virtually spoiler-free Jurassic World review, which gives you an idea of what to expect, what was good, and what was not, without spoiling anything that couldn’t otherwise be learned from the marketing.

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Sesame Street Jurassic Park

With the release of Jurassic World just a few days away, there’s plenty of retrospective looks back at the entire Jurassic Park franchise around the web. Some of them are pretty scathing, like Everything Wrong with The Lost World: Jurassic Park, while others are just adorable and fun, like the Sesame Street spoof of Jurassic Park that debuted this week.

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Everything Wrong with The Lost World

This week brings the third attempt at a sequel to the modern classic that is Jurassic Park. If the buzz from the world premiere is any indicator, this might finally be a worthy sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s original dinosaur adventure. But that doesn’t make the disappointing sequels in between any better.

There was no way that any sequel could live up to the magic of Jurassic Park, but Spielberg tried with The Lost World: Jurassic Park. They upped the dinosaur action, introduced another tyrannosaurs rex, more velociraptors, but decided to throw any semblance of a decent script out the window. But that’s just the tip of what’s wrong with The Lost World, and the folks at Cinema Sins have taken 16 minutes to point out everything wrong with the obligatory sequel.

Watch Everything Wrong with The Lost World: Jurassic Park after the jump! Read More »

International Jurassic World Trailer

While I’m undoubtedly anticipating the release of Jurassic World next week, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t cautiously optimistic. From what we’ve seen in the footage so far, there’s a lot of dinosaur spectacle and action, which is the easiest way to market the film to a culture that has always been obsessed with dinosaurs. However, something just hasn’t felt right.

But a new international Jurassic World trailer has just landed online, and it’s the best one yet. With the exception of a faint echo of Bryce Dallas Howard yelling “Run!” and one quick line at the end, there’s absolutely no dialogue. It’s ominous and haunting, even if it does still show a little too much of the Indominus Rex wreaking havoc on the park.

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Jurassic Park Mondo gallery

UPDATE: We’ve added a bunch of new artwork from the show!

Just last month we learned that Mondo was having another gallery show this month, this time paying tribute to the modern action adventure classic Jurassic Park. The gallery won’t open up in Austin, Texas until June 12th, when Jurassic World hits theaters, but in the meantime, some new artwork from the show has just been unveiled.

The show is appropriate called “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth,” and it’s chock full of phenomenal, original artwork with plenty of references to everyone’s favorite dinosaur flick.

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Jurassic World early buzz

Jurassic World had its world premiere in Paris over the weekend. Even though director Colin Trevorrow said he probably wouldn’t be back as director for a potential sequel, the early buzz on Jurassic World after the premiere is that he did a fine job on the film.

Keep in mind that this is a premiere screening, so some of the audience may be high on the hype of the movie and the allure of the event. But some are also usually the biggest fans who are sometimes harder to impress, especially with a sequel to a modern classic like Jurassic Park. Even so, early reactions on Twitter seem to indicate that this is the best sequel in the franchise, and it’s finally a worthy follow-up to Steven Spielberg’s original.

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Jurassic World video Raptor Pratt

The park reopens on June 12 when Jurassic World hits theaters. Universal Pictures knows it has got a potential blockbuster, so the marketing is wisely using the audience’s nostalgia for the original Jurassic Park in the new film’s favor. The John Williams score, Steven Spielberg‘s enthusiasm, Chris Pratt‘s fandom, it’s all been used of the marketing strategy for the film. Speaking on a personal level, it’s definitely working.

The latest Jurassic World featurette continues this trend with a John Hammond voiceover, Pratt’s reverence for the franchise and Spielberg himself talking up the film. But it also goes one step further but showing a ton of brand new footage from the movie. In fact, the video might be half all new footage. Check out the new Jurassic World video below. Read More »

Raptor Encounter

The lesson of every film in the Jurassic Park franchise, up to and including this summer’s Jurassic World, is “Don’t mess with dinosaurs.” But clearly, the folks at Universal Orlando Resort still haven’t gotten the message.

This weekend, the park introduced the Raptor Encounter, a new attraction that allows guests to get “up close and personal” with one of two velociraptors. Take a peek at the Jurassic Park Raptor Encounter at Universal Orlando after the jump. Read More »

Theme Park Movies and Scenes

This weekend, director Brad Bird takes into a whole new world with the Disney sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland. The film starring Britt Robertson and George Clooney is influenced and inspired by the real-life Disney theme park attraction of the same name (even if references to Walt Disney were cut out of the movie). Therefore, this seems like the perfect time to take a look back at some of our favorite theme park movies and scenes from the big screen.

Below we have a countdown of the Top 15 Favorite Theme Park Movies & Scenes. Frankly, there aren’t an overwhelming number of theme park-based movies before you start getting into bad movie territory (such as Beverly Hills Cop III or Final Destination 3). That’s why we’ve included some great scenes from films that might not be entirely set at a theme park. We’ve also expanded the concept to include carnivals, fairs and water parks, because it just makes sense. Check out the list after the jump! Read More »