Web Animation / Reverse Jurassic Park
Reverse Jurassic Park
(also known as Quaternary Park
) is a series of animated videos by TKToons
that spoofs the Jurassic Park
movies. In an Alternate History
of the world where the Cenozoic occurred before the Mesozoic, sapient Velociraptor
marvel at the remains of extinct species such as humans. One wealthy Velociraptor
attempts to open a park where recreated Cenozoic animals are the main attractions. Hilarity Ensues
Aside from the spoofs of the movies themselves, several sequel and spin-off parody videos have also been released.
This work provides examples of:
- 10-Minute Retirement:
Mr. Robustus: I've decided that I'm going to retire!
Mr. Cabazai: You're not gonna retire!
Mr. Robustus: I'm not gonna retire.
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Many of the Velociraptor wear hats and/or glasses.
- Affectionate Parody
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Lime green and hot pink Velociraptor appear in several scenes.
- Amusement Park of Doom: Subverted. This is what Mr. Robustus wanted out of Carboniferous Park in the threequel, but the Meganeura are no more dangerous than ordinary dragonflies, and the Daspletosaurus is completely tame (even allowing Mr. R's grandkids to ride on its back)
- Anachronism Stew: Subverted. It is implied that Psittacosaurus coexists with Velociraptor, however a followup video was made to clarify that the Velociraptor were just mentioning animals from their more recent fossil record.
- Animal Talk: Or Maniraptoriform Talk at least (which Dilophosaurus can also speak).
- Ascended Extra: Dr. Altus only showed up in one scene in the original, and only to sing a little song parodying The Land Before Time. He's present from the "threequel" onwards, showing himself to be calm and level-headed, and acting as the voice of reason alongside Mr. Cabazai.
- Bat Out of Hell: "Reverse Jurassic World" mentions having bats in the park, but this trope is subverted because they are harmless.
- Bears Are Bad News: Grizzly bears take the role of Spinosaurus.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies:
- The Meganeura, but (to Mr. Robustus's disappointment) they're still not large enough to pose any real danger and quickly become disoriented after being exposed to the lower oxygen levels outside of their enclosure.
- The Eurypterus fit this trope as well.
- Big "NO!": Mr. Robustus in the fivequel.
Mr. Robustus: NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
- Captain Oblivious: Dr. Antirrhopus in the Scooby Doo parody.
Dr. Ostrommaysorum said "Jinkies."
- Civilized Animal: All maniraptoriforms shown so far are sapient. As it turns out, so are Dilophosaurus.
- Cloud Cuckoolander:
- Mr. Robustus. While John Hammond was just a sympathetic old man with sometimes questionable morals, his dromaeosaurid equivalent is positively loony.
- Dr. Milleni seems a bit nutty as of the Jurassic World parody as well (in fact Mr. Robustus by comparison was relatively level-headed in this video).
- Cool Pet: The tame Daspletosaurus.
- Disney Death: Mr. Giganticus is assumed to have been killed by a spitting cobra, but shows up at the end alive and well.
- Dumb Dinos: Inverted - the dinosaurs are sapient while humans are stupid and mindlessly violent.
- Expy: Nearly everyone and everything that appears is an expy of a character or dinosaur from the original Jurassic Park films. Examples:
Dr. Mongoliensis: Alan Grant
Dr. Antirrhopus: Ellie Sattler
Dr. Ostrommaysorum: Ian Malcolm
Mr. Robustus: John Hammond
Mr. Cabazai: Robert Muldoon
Dr. Milleni: Henry Wu
Mr. Giganticus: Dennis Nedry
African Elephant: Brachiosaurus
Giraffe: Parasaurolophus (presumably)
Mozambique Spitting Cobra: Dilophosaurus
Bighorn Sheep: Pachycephalosaurus
Grizzly Bear: Spinosaurus
Dr. Elizabethae: Sarah Harding
Mr. and Mrs. Marshalli: Paul and Amanda Kirby
Fruit Bats: Pterosaurs
Fin Whale: Mosasaurus
Indomitable Horrorshow (i.e., a Platypus): Indominus Rex
- The End... Or Is It?: At the end of movie one.
- Everythings Better With Platypuses: The equivalent to Jurassic World's Indominus rex is a platypus.
- Fantastic Nature Preserve:
- For the raptors, at least, since they're in a universe where time's been turned upside down, and they've never seen these animals that we find so familiar. For us this would be a regular Nature Preserve.
- The "sixquel" gives us the reverse of the above: while Late Cretaceous Park would probably be a hit with us, it really wouldn't be too spectacular for Velociraptors.
"It's just a zoo!"
- Fantastic Racism: The Velociraptors (except, naturally, Mr. Robustus) find that keeping a Dilophosaurus in captivity is unethical because he is as smart as they are, yet they have no problems with keeping humans in pens.
- Feathered Fiend: The Velociraptor are quite terrified of the Gastornis and Kelenken, even though the Cenozoic birds claim they just want to chat.
- First Contact: Mr. Robustus accidentally establishes this, thus gaining the technology to build Quaternary Park
- Fossil Revival
- Funny Background Event:
- A rotating fish with the word "Jesus" is seen in the background of two scenes.
- Near the end of the Scooby-Doo parody, a Velociraptor materializes out of nowhere.
- Furry Reminder: The Velociraptors constantly bob their heads like birds and blink with their nictitating membranes.
- Have You Tried Rebooting?:
Mr. Robustus: Oh well, this will be an easy fix. All I have to do is press the reset button!
Mr. Cabazai: Wait! What are you doing?!? *Power goes out* You do realize you just shut off the bloody juice to the human pen, right?
Mr. Robustus: Hmm... I did not know that.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Humans are depicted as mindless killing machines that shoot every living thing in their path with guns, which could also overlap with Humans Are Cthulhu, considering that firearms would appear quite bizarre and alien weapons to the Velociraptor protagonists, creatures that use only their teeth and claws to kill things.
- I Am Not Weasel: The Mauisaurus takes offense to the Harlem Shake parody for implying that it is a dinosaur.
- In a World...:
- ...where the Cenozoic came before the Mesozoic...
- ...but the Paleozoic still came before both....
- ...but all the geological periods of the Mesozoic still occurred in the same order...
- Insane Troll Logic:
Mr. Giganticus: I dressed up as the Phreaky Phanto to keep people from finding out about the ghost. They affect property value you know...
- Laser-Guided Amnesia:
Dr. Mongoliensis: How did you do this?
Mr. Robustus: I don't remember.
- Last-Name Basis: Dr. Antirrhopus, Dr. Mongoliensis, Dr. Cabazai, Dr. Milleni, Mr. Robustus, etc.
- Meaningful Background Event: In the background of the Gastornis song, a plaque is seen explaining the "Jesus" fish, making both meaningful background events.
- Misplaced Wildlife: A Struthiomimus is shown alongside Velociraptors and a Citipati, and the threequel confirms he actually lives in Alberta. Justified as the maniraptoriforms are fully sapient and have been shown to possess means of long-distance transportation.
- Oh, Crap!: Used word-by-word by Mr. Robustus in the fivequel when he realizes that the giant aquarium he is standing in front of just cracked
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Mr Robustus goes from sounding like David Attenborough in the earlier episodes to sounding like some sort of crazy pirate in the later ones.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In the Scooby-Doo parody, was anyone honestly surprised to learn that Mr. Giganticus is the Phreaky Phanto?
- People Zoo: Quaternary Park has humans. Mr. Robustus has also tried to keep Dilophosaurus, Utahraptor, Gastornis, and Kelenken in his later efforts, even though all of them are sapient.
- Prehistoric Monster: Averted by pretty much everything in fact (with the exception of the humans but, you know, they're humans). Everything else is either dangerous but still behaving like a proper animal (the Quaternary fauna from the original, and several of the Paleozoic creatures), completely harmless and tame (the aforementioned Meganeura and Daspletosaurus), or sentient (the Maniraptoriforms and Dilophosaurus).
- Raptor Attack: Averted. A bit ironic considering the fact that it parodies the Trope Codifier.
- Running Gag: Dr. Mongoliensis doing his speech about how dangerous humans are.
- Mr. Robustus can't seem to have a single park go the way he planned. This includes when he hopes for there to be collateral damage - the Meganeura aren't really a threat and the Daspletosaurus is completely tame.
- Sapient Steed: Turns out the Mauisaurus is one, though it doesn't speak the same language as the maniraptoriforms.
- Saying Too Much: Mr. Robustus cuts off Dr. Altus before he can say that a Daspletosaurus has been brought to Carboniferous Park... but takes a while to think of an adequate save.
- Seldom-Seen Species: Citipati, Mauisaurus, Kelenken, and the Mozambique spitting cobra. The sequels and spin-offs also give us Meganeura, Daspletosaurus, Tanystropheus, Dilophosaurus (which at least is seldom seen in its anatomically-correct form outside of documentaries), Utahraptor, Eurypterus, Gastornis, Cameroceras, Anomalocaris, Dunkleosteus, and Khaan.
- Shown Their Work: To the point where a paleontologist has noted that the Velociraptor in these videos are the most accurate animated renditions of that taxon ever.
- Springtime for Hitler: Mr. Robustus in the threequel.
- Stock Dinosaurs: Velociraptor, Protoceratops, and Struthiomimus.
- Take That!:
- The humans are bald in reference to the featherless ''Velociraptors'' of Jurassic Park.
- The inaccurate characteristics of Dilophosaurus in Jurassic Park do not amuse the real Dilophosaurus.
- Tempting Fate: Mr. Robustus actually tries to invoke this in the threequel, but fails.
- Underestimating Badassery: A young Velociraptor mistakenly believes that a human would only be as harmless as a Psittacosaurus.
- Unusual Euphemism: "Son of a Baryonyx".
- Wraparound Background: In the Gastornis song.
- You Meddling Feather Dusters