Credit: Chuck Zlotnick

The similarities between Jurassic Park and Jurassic World that fans have been noticing since the Jurassic World trailer was released last year were intentional. “It’s a sequel to the first movie,” director Colin Trevorrow said in an interview with Uproxx. And indeed, Jurassic World contains a surfeit of references to Jurassic Park. Ahead, our five favorite Easter eggs.

That’s the same T. rex.

In that same interview with Uproxx, Trevorrow confirmed that the T. rex who helps save the day at the end of Jurassic World is the same one that terrorized viewers in Jurassic Park. “Yeah, you’ll see that the scars that the raptors gave her at the end of the first movie are still on her now,” Trevorrow said.

Dr. Ian Malcolm makes an appearance

Sort of. While Jeff Goldblum’s beloved character doesn’t have an official cameo in Jurassic World, his book, God Creates Dinosaurs, is shown in the hands of doomed assistant Zara.

Jake Johnson is basically playing Samuel L. Jackson

The New Girl star is given the lion’s share of Jurassic Park meta commentary — he’s literally wearing a t-shirt with the film’s logo — right down to how his character was conceived. “[Colin] said, ‘You’re playing the part that Samuel L. Jackson did,” Johnson told Uproxx. “And Colin is like, ‘No, you don’t leave the control room. You’re my Samuel L.’ That will be the first and last time Samuel L. Jackson and I ever play the same character. That’s one of those bucket list moments.”

The original banner is used as a torch

At one point in Jurassic World, the film’s two young stars — a pair of brothers played by Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins — stumble upon the original Jurassic Park site, complete with the first film’s famous “When dinosaurs ruled the Earth” banner. They immediately turn its tattered remains in a torch. “I always knew this movie would have an interesting relationship because it isn’t a sequel or a reboot or a remake, it’s all of those things in a strange way,” Trevorrow told Birth Movies Death when the sequence was brought up during an interview. “My third rail was being derivative and making a carbon copy of Jurassic Park. If anyone wants to insult me, that’s what they can tell me I did! It was my worst fear.”


The music

Not so much an Easter egg as inherent to the success of the film, but Michael Giacchino’s score uses John Williams’ classic Jurassic Park theme in a way that’s both familiar and brand new.

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