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Mr. DNA, Where Did You Come From?

One of the fan favorite “characters” from the original Jurassic Park is the animated Mr. DNA (he even has his own t-shirt). The genetic cartoon is the one responsible for explaining how John Hammond and Jurassic Park scientists took dinosaur DNA and used it to bring dinosaurs back to life. Mr. DNA makes a quick appearance in the new visitor’s center when Gray (Ty Simpkins) is darting around to all the touch screens. Fun fact: Colin Trevorrow actually did the voice for Mr. DNA himself as the original voice actor, Greg Burson, has since passed away. Some effects were applied to Trevorrow’s voice to make it sound like the original.

John Hammond

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There wouldn’t be a Jurassic World without the innovative idea that John Hammond had to create Jurassic Park, for better or worse. Hammond’s presence is still very much felt in Jurassic World as a statue (seen above) of him overlooks the main floor of the visitor’s center and the entire science area is called The Hammond Creation Lab.

Tyrannosaurus Rex Still Loves Goats and Flares

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In the original Jurassic Park, the Tyrannosaurus Rex is easily distracted by flares, and also eventually lured out by a goat for feeding time. It looks like 22 years haven’t changed the dinosaur as the T-Rex impresses crowds by eating a fresh goat in the park. In addition, the climax of the film sees a T-Rex called into action by Claire when she has Lowery open the gate to her paddock and uses a flare to help bring her to the main strip of the park to fight the Indominus Rex. Also, it’s important to note that this T-Rex is the exact same one from the original Jurassic Park, and she has the scars from her first raptor battle to prove it.

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

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When Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Simpkins) are wandering through the jungle after encountering and escaping from the Indominus Rex, they stumble upon the original visitors center from Jurassic Park. When they walk into the lobby, they find pieces of the skeleton that was shattered when the T-Rex threw an attacking Velociraptor into it. In addition, the fallen banner that says “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” is seen and used to create a makeshift torch. This scene is somewhat recreated when the Indominus Rex smashes into the visitor’s center and has a triumphant roar in the lobby.

The Birds!

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Whether it’s a direct reference or not, the sequence when the flying Pteranodons and Dimorphodons escape and attack Jurassic World feels like a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock‘s classic film The Birds. Also, there’s a rather obnoxious shot of the foot of bird stomping down on the ground to open the film, referencing Alan Grant’s (Sam Neill) talk about how birds might be the descendents of dinosaurs, a theory that has become rather popular among those studying dinosaurs.

So You Guys Dig Up Dinosaurs?

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After the opening raptor attack scene in Jurassic Park, there’s a scene with close-ups of Alan and Ellie’s team digging up dinosaurs in the Badlands of Montana. There’s a scene in the visitor’s center where a little girl is brushing dirt of dinosaur bones in a little interactive area, and the shot is a re-creation of sorts of the sequence from the original film.

Dr. Henry Wu

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This is the only character who appears in the film from Jurassic Park. Dr. Henry Wu (played by B.D. Wong) was one of the original scientists who help John Hammond realize his dream of bringing dinosaurs back to life. However, it seems like a lot has happened in 22 years, and he seems a little more menacing and careless about his work now. I’d really like to know what happened to Dr. Wu over the past couple decades to make him such a dick. If you want some more insight into Dr. Henry Wu, check out our interview with B.D. Wong right here.

There’s a Green Button That Says Push to Close

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It could just be a coincidence, but Karen (Judy Greer) goes out of her way to tell her son Zach to push the green button that pops up on his cell phone to answer when she tries to call him. Fans of Jurassic Park might remember a significant green button that needed to be pushed in order to get the power back on.

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