Jurassic News seems to be dropping thick and fast for fans of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World – with the second instalment of the Jurassic World motion comic series already dropping on the official Jurassic World YouTube Channel! This entry, titled ‘Dinosaur Crossing’, continues the idea of giving us a bite-size look at a post-Fallen Kingdom world with some interesting tidbits thrown in which perhaps hint at the direction which we will see the story take in 2021’s Jurassic World 3.
Before we dive into our own thoughts, you can check out the second episode, ‘Dinosaur Crossing’ below.
The focus of the second short is two Herbivores – the Ankylosaurus and the Triceratops – locked in an all-out dual on a busy road somewhere in America. The main character of the short, who is an employee for the Department of Wildlife (and also the husband of Rebecca, whom we are introduced to in the first short), heads out to a job in the middle of nowhere when he stumbles upon the two animals brawling. Thrust into a dangerous situation, he has to quickly get his vehicle out of a sticky situation so that he can drive away and escape the potential threat which the herbivores may pose.
I have to admit – it is incredibly fun getting to see two Herbivores ‘butting heads’ in a literal manner. Frequently within the films, we will see fight sequences which Carnivores are particularly prominent within, since they tend to have more appeal for wider movie-going audiences. With this in mind, it is nice seeing the creative team behind the motion comic experiment with bringing different creatures to the forefront. Whilst both the Ankylosaurus and the Triceratops have appeared in the films, they only have a handful of memorable moments – so seeing them going toe to toe is pretty awesome. However, the short brings much more to the forefront than just the two animals fighting.
As the above image shows, this particular short also looks at the wider impact which the dinosaurs being lose in the public is having – with a state of National Emergency declared. We also see several other sequences with different dinosaurs causing injury to members of the public – building upon the short pieces of footage which we saw at the end of Battle at Big Rock. Clearly, this is becoming an issue a lot quicker than we would have predicted after Fallen Kingdom – so perhaps more dinosaurs have escaped from other InGen facilities, like those hinted at within the Live Show. It is apparent that something will need to be done within the third film to round these creatures up – and the way in which they do this will be interesting. Perhaps Sanctuary Island does exist?
Returning to the short, however, it is a fun dive into a world which is being ravaged by dinosaurs. Whilst I am not a massive fan of the art-style which Universal have chosen for the Motion Comic, I am incredibly grateful to see more Jurassic material being pumped out in a non-movie year. This shows that Universal are willing to invest in the franchise year-round now, and also has me hopeful for what else we may say in 2020 and throughout the buildup to the third entry in the Jurassic World series.
What did you all think of ‘Dinosaur Crossing’? Were you happy to see Herbivores getting to come to the forefront for a change? And what do you think about the Jurassic universe currently being in a state of emergency? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for more on the Motion Comic as soon as it releases!