Jurassic Park Trilogy: FAQ

Sometimes moments in movies are confusing for some of the people that watch. So we have devised a list of F.A.Q.’s we have commonly seen that helps put the confusion to rest. This page is going to be constantly updated. If you have a question you want answered here e-mail or post in our Forum

Q: Did a tropical storm cause the downfall of Jurassic Park’s security systems?

A: No. It did not as it was Dennis Nedry that disabled the security systems, which in turn disrupted the electricity on the dinosaur’s individual fences allowing them to escape into the park and wreak havoc.


Q: I keep thinking the lawyer [Donald Gennaro] was taking a crap because he was so scared, is this true?

A: While he may have crapped his pants when he saw the T.rex come bashing through the door, he was not on the toilet going to the bathroom. He was hiding because of the rampaging Tyrannosaur outside.


Q: Why was there a cliff in the Tyrannosaur’s paddock one minute when it was solid ground there for the T.rex to escape on?

A: We have determined that the car was pushed down the road by the T.rex; however, we also have noticed the distances between the two tour cars in that scene change quite frequently. We have hypothesized the Rex had solid ground in her paddock up unto the point where it had pushed the car over the fence into the tree. We believe that where it goes down into the cliff that it was the end of it’s respective territory. Technically the T.rex left her paddock in front of Drs. Grant and Malcolm’s car and then walked up the road to attack Lex and Tim’s car. It’s also been rumored that the T.rex Attack scene witnessed in the film was shorter than the one originally planned and that it had the T.rex pushing or dragging the car down the road to go over the ledge. We have found in film proof that the Rex’s paddock had in fact solid ground, where the Rex exits to the tour road, behind Lex and Grant. You can see this from the image here. The trees, to the left of Lex and Grant, indicates to us that there is indeed solid ground, as the next trees we see are lower down into the moat/cliff. This is no flub.


Q: Where did the Spinosaurus come from? Why didn’t the people in TLW run into it?

A: It’s possible the Spinosaurus was misclassified as a Baryonyx. Please read the Notes section for more information. As for why the people did not cross paths with the Spinosaurus? It is quite well-known that due to the plant life differences between both films it’s presumed that both films took place in two different parts of the island.


Q: How were the Pteranodons in TLW loose when in JP3 they were in the cage?

A: We believe the Pteranodons in TLW were P. longiceps (though P. sternbergi is valid due to other film evidence) while the Pteranodons in JP3 were P. longiceps “hippocratesi”. In other words we feel that they were two different species and the P. longiceps were docile as opposed to the P. “hippocratesi”.


Q: Was Isla Nublar, Jurassic Park, Destroyed?

A: There was a cutscene with Peter Ludlow (The infamous board room scene) that tells you that Isla Nublar had been demolished. Now that also raises the question of should we count it as part of the movie? Yes we should because it and the bar scene with Roland and Ajay were shown in the film when it aired on FOX for the first time. Another reason is to explain the focus on Sorna as well. Now it would also make sense to have Nublar demolished by the Costa Rican government for fear of the dinosaurs reaching the mainland. We know Hammond basically guarded Sorna with his life and it was probably assumed that Hurricane Clarissa wiped out the dinosaur inhabitants of Isla Sorna.


Q: Why do the species numbers in Jurassic Park fluctuate? What’s right 10, 12, or 15?

A: Through an exhaustive search, we are pretty confident that the correct answer is “15”. We know there were only slots for 10 embryos a piece in Nedry’s Barbasol Embryo Can. This lead us to a “10 species” theory to explain this technical goof, despite Nedry being told he should get all “15” off of the island by Dodgson. Unfortunately this theory proved wrong as the cryogenic tanks themselves did not have a 5 count on each one of them. This theory was created to keep consistency between prop errors and what we saw on film. This theory held for some time, until some further searching then led to the realization that there were at least 15 spaces (8 on one, 7 on the other) on the tanks and not 10 as originally thought.

Listed below is what we see on the Embryo Storage Units:

The Embryo Storage Devices:
8 species on Embryo Canister 1:
Proceratosaurus
Gallimimus (Version: GA – 2.?)
Tyrannosaurus (Version: TR-)
Velociraptor (Version: VE – 1.??. VE – 2.03)
Brachiosaurus (Version: BA – 1.01)
Dilophosaurus
? (Version: ?.03)
?

7 Species on Embryo Canister 2:
Stegosaurus (Version: ST – 2.05. ST – 2.025)
Metriacanthosaurus (Version: MT – 1.?. MT – 2.0)
Triceratops (Version: TC 2.5)
?
?
?
?

A Note: According to a Jurassic Park documentry, “The Real Jurassic Park”, behind Michael Crichton you can see “Baryonyx” as one of the species on the embryo cold storage canisters.

As stated, while looking, we found that Tank 1 had eight, and that Tank 2 had seven. Also of note is that each embryo is initialed with the genera and version number. Evidence supports the version numbers did carry over from the novel to the movie. Many other movie sources (prop brochure) have been confusing on the amount of animals on Nublar exactly. We are lead to believe from the way the scene is editted that Nedry is in fact stealing all fifteen species from Isla Nublar.

Another believed problem is that the Movie Prop Brochure only lists 12 species as the inhabitants on the tour on Isla Nublar. Also worthy of note the prop in the Jurassic Park film has no location for the Herrerasaurus pen.

These are the species on the Prop Brochure map:

12 Species
Brachiosaurus
Gallimimus
Triceratops
Parasaurolophus
Proceratosaurus
Metriacanthosaurus
Segisaurus
Tyrannosaurus
Velociraptor
Dilophosaurus
Herrerasaurus
Baryonyx

Why no Stegosaurus, Pteranodon, or Compsognathus on the tour map? We think this is because the jeep tour was only to feature the 12 dinosaurs from the brochure and the River tour was to feature the 3 listed above exclusively with a few carry overs from the Jeep Safari. Remember Jurassic Park was to be not only a wild-life preserve but a museum, resort, and a theme park. So it would make sense to have different attractions for different “rides” and “exhibits” that were available as your target audience would become bored seeing the same dinosaurs for the different attractions.


Q: What’s with the multiple locations?

A: Now this is the tricky portion. Site B was probably slated to always be the research facility and San Diego was meant to be the spot to showcase the dinosaurs as InGen would logically believe the dinosaurs be like wild animals today and not as dangerous. Now several accidents could’ve happened on Isla Sorna to force InGen into isolationism or the US government caught onto inGen’s entire operation. So they relocated the theme park to Isla Nublar and cooperated with the Costa Rican government probably for jobs and a significant add-on to their tourism and economy. Costa Rica would benefit from this in exchange for Hammond bringing jobs and various other things to Costa Rica. Now I believe InGen had enough to purchase Isla Sorna, but not enough to purchase Isla Nublar so they had to lease it from the Costa Rican government.

InGen also purchased other islands around the world with the intent of building multiple versions of Jurassic Park. One such is Jurassic Park: Europe, This park is actually found off the coast of Africa on the convergence of the American, European, and African plate tectonics, in the Azores that are owned by Portugal. During the disasterous events of 1993 on Isla Nublar, the main facilities on Jurassic Park: Europe were still in construction. Had Dennis Nedry’s sabotage not crippled the Isla Nublar Park, the European version would have opened a year after its counterpart. Several dinosaurs from Isla Sorna were planned to be shipped to Jurassic Park: Europe, but due to the relative disinterest in island after the Isla Nublar incident (InGen only vaguely mentioned it in a post-1997 press release and no reports of attacks have emerged from the region), one can assume none of the dinosaurs made it to the island.


Q: Were there other site Alphabetical Code names?

A: The belief is that none of the theme parks would have a site alphabetical code name given by InGen. The reason for this would be because the parks would be involved in the public eye and are not research facilities like Isla Sorna was. It’s possible inGen’s corporate Headquarters would be identified as Site A, but there is no film evidence to support this claim. We do know that Isla Sorna, as Research & Development facility would be identified as Site B. The parks would be known as strictly by their location names for example: Jurassic Park San Diego, Jurassic Park: Isla Nublar, and Jurassic Park: Europe would have no need to be placed in secrecy like Isla Sorna was.


Q: Who knew about Sorna?

A: So far it is believed that only John Hammond and Henry Wu (aside from the higher-ups in InGen) knew about Isla Sorna. If Nedry knew about it I’m sure he’d be on Sorna stealing the embryos there instead of Nublar.


Q: What was Nedry’s 18-minute window about?

A: Basically the amount of time he felt he had before all hell broke loose. Because of Nedry’s 18-minute window and him supposed to be returining back to the control room after the believed quick delivery of the stolen embryos to Dodgson’s contact on the boat. He very well could’ve been supplying Dodgson with embryos for 10 of the species then and then the other 5 later as he was leaving Nublar (maybe when another boat would come in then and delivery the other embryo storage unit?) when he returned to San Jose.


Q: Are the Jurassic Park islands (Isla Nublar and the Las Cinco Muertes) real?

A: No. The islands seen in the movies are not real; however, the Azores island chain is real, but it is believed from the continuity perspective that the island they wanted to use was also fake. Costa Rica definently doesn’t have an Isla Nublar and Las Cinco Muertes chain, another point to make is actually that the islands use improper Spanish and Costa Rica is a Spanish speaking country. Plus if there were, we probably would’ve had a San Diego Incident of our own and it’d be all over the news. It’s why the JP series is Science-Fiction at it’s finest.


Q: Why, in Jurassic Park 3, did Dr. Grant have a dream about the JP3 Velociraptor species, Velociraptor “antirrhopus sornaensis”, instead of the Velociraptor “antirrhopus nublarensis”, when he never even saw the Sorna sub-species before?

A: If you listen to the JP3 commentary you will discover they tried their best to grey the animal out to look canon with the JP Velociraptors in some ways. This may not hold up completely because JP3 actually destructurizes the pre-established movie canon in a lot of ways; however, it’s noted the attempt was made to grey the animal out and make it look like JP’s Velociraptor species.


Q: What species of dinosaur did the eggs belong to that Dr. Grant and the kids find in Jurassic Park?

A: They were Velociraptor eggs, they were in the old Velociraptor Paddock that the Velociraptors were in before they were relocated to the Raptor Pen because they kept attacking the paddock fence when the feeders came.

Evidence of this is from the two-toed tracks at the nest that only Velociraptors make, the Velociraptor Paddock fence failing when the fences are failing all over the park, the music played during this scene is the same music played during the Velociraptor hatching from the egg in the hatchery, and Muldoon telling Dr. Grant and the others about having to relocate the Velociraptors to the Raptor Pen because they kept attacking the paddock fence when the feeder came.


Q: Why is there less equipment on Isla Nublar than on Isla Sorna? Wouldn’t InGen need the same amount of equipment to clone their dinosaurs?

A: With InGen moving most of their operations to Isla Nublar, it’s likely that any adult dinosaurs that inGen had on Isla Sorna they brought over by boat to Isla Nublar when the paddocks were finished. The lab on Isla Nublar was slowly being turned into using a “step-by-step” process on how to clone the dinosaurs for the visitor’s to see and therefore, they would be directly cloned at Jurassic Park: Isla Nublar. As technology advanced it would require less equipment than what was on Isla Sorna to clone the dinosaurs. It’s possible Sorna could’ve slowly became a research facility for the animal’s behavior and experiment with the version numbers there.


Q: What killed Enrique and the guy on the boat in Jurassic Park ///?

A: A tricky question! No one is meant to know. That’s the truth of the answer, not even the JP3 commentary revealed the culprit. Though in an early script it was suggested the Pteranodons were responsible, somehow managing to be able to leave the aviary. Other people suggest it would have to be the Spinosaurus capable of it. No one knows for sure is all.


Q: What’s with the dinosaur territories? I thought they were to stick to the outer-rim of the island and away from the shore they’d be alright in TLW, but in JP3 it’s different, why?

A: In TLW, Hammond tells Malcolm that the carnivores are located in the islands interior, and that the team could stick to the outer edge of the island. In JP3 there is a conversation that the closer you get to water, the bigger things get, and that the carnivores are on the exterior of the island. Likely it is because of the Gatherer team taking the baby rex the team changed the tyrannosaur’s perceived territory and thus changing all the territories at the same time.
JP3 establishes that carnivores roam everywhere, not just the island’s interior. It could be possible that since the events of JP3 that the tyrannosaur’s territory widened to include parts of the island’s exterior, but it could be possible the population of carnivores has gotten significantly larger on top of this.

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