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How foolish we were to think Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous might only last for a single season. The animated series from DreamWorks (and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, and Colin Trevorrow) is coming up on its fourth season a little over a year after it first premiered on Netflix. Most impressive.
Arriving on the platform at the start of next month, Season 4 opens with the show's young heroes finally escaping the dangers of Isla Nublar, only to find themselves on a brand-new island filled with mysterious holograms and drones. This fresh locale brings to mind the futuristic antics of Westworld (it's fine to plagiarize in this case since both properties are based on the works of Michael Crichton).
In addition, the island is home to even more prehistoric creatures — some new (like a cloned saber-toothed tiger) and some familiar (like the T. rex-killing Spinosaurus last seen in Jurassic Park III). "This is an island previously unseen in the Jurassic canon," co-showrunner and executive producer Scott Kreamer explained to Entertainment Weekly. "The kids, basically, are gonna have to figure out what the heck is going on as opposed to other seasons where the audience was ahead of them."
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"Boy, they can't catch a break," Kreamed added. "In the writers' room, we start feeling bad because we've grown really attached to these [characters]. With everything in this show with dinosaurs and now everything else this trailer throws at them, it all comes back to these kids and these relationships. But yeah, just when things seem to be going well, not so much."
Paul-Mikél Williams (Darius), Jenna Ortega (Brooklynn), Ryan Potter (Kenji), Raini Rodriguez (Sammy), Sean Giambrone (Ben), and Kausar Mohammed (Yaz) are all back to voice their characters from the last three seasons. Newcomers to the Jurassic World mythos are Kirby Howell-Baptiste (The Sandman) and Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense) in undisclosed roles.
Kreamer shares showrunning duties with executive producer Aaron Hammersley. Zack Stentz, who developed the project for television, serves a consulting producer.
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous returns to Netflix for its fourth season (comprised of 11 episodes) Friday, Dec. 3. Kreamer also disclosed that Camp Cretaceous will have a bearing on the events of next summer's Jurassic World: Dominion.
"We have our own corner of the franchise," he said. "It's completely rooted in the canon, but things that happen in our [series] inform things that happen in Fallen Kingdom, as well as the upcoming Dominion."