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As the most enduringly popular blockbuster movie of the 1990s (only Titanic was a bigger box-office hit, and the animated features Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Toy Story as lucratively beloved), Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel has not only spawned a gigantic franchise toplined by four sequels — with a fifth due in The New '20s — but also a plethora of parodies and references in other works.

Having become a Stock Parody, Parody Episodes and Whole Plot References to Jurassic Park are listed at Jurassic Farce. Below are shorter-form takes relating to specific scenes, lines, characters, and the like.

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Doraemon
    • Doraemon: Nobita's Three Visionary Swordsmen is an installment of the series set entirely in the Dream Land, where Nobita and Doraemon can choose their new dreams thanks to a prototype Dream Machine. One of the available dreams is called "Jurassic Planet by Spielberg" which Nobita initially wants to enter, but declines because there isn't a role for Shizuka in it.
    • Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur have a Sinoceratops character whose appearance is based on the one from Fallen Kingdom instead of a real-life Sinoceratops, down to the coloring and having a hole in their fenestrae.
  • The 2-part Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode "Fossil Fools" is a spoof of Jurassic Park featuring genetic hybrids of the main characters and dinosaurs created by King Dedede with the help of a Mad Scientist.
  • Episode 11 of Kemono Friends ends with Kaban luring the Black Cerulean away with a torch, just like how Grant and Ian did with Rexy.
  • Sonic X: In "Emerald Anniversary", when Dr. Eggman chases after Sonic, they end up on the set of Jurassic Park. Sonic jumps on top of the t-rex's head, while Eggman accidentally crashes into it.

    Comic Books 
  • In Runaways, Molly tries to explain her strategy for fighting the Light Brigade to Klara by referencing Jurassic Park. It fails because Klara has not actually seen the movie.

    Fan Works 
  • In Boldores And Boomsticks a Pokémon world version with a Tyrantrum replacing the T Rex makes a brief appearance as Yang channel surfs.
  • Jaune Arc, Lord of Hunger: When Jaune first encounters a Grimm, he assumes its vision is based on movement because he learned about it from a movie about a Grimm theme park.

    Film - Animation 
  • In The Good Dinosaur, the first time Arlo meets the Velociraptors, they're lurking in tall grass — a Lost World-specific reference for a change.
  • Teen Titans Go! See Space Jam: During Wayne Knight's first scene as Stan Podolak in Space Jam, Beast Boy recognizes him as "that fool from Jurassic Park, yo!"
  • Toy Story 2: While in Al's Toy Barn, Rex falls out of the toy convertible his friends are riding in and runs to catch up with them. Potato Head sees Rex in the side-view mirror (note that the mirror is located on the passenger side, correcting JP's error).
  • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story: A theater marquee with the movie's logo is seen during the "Roll Back the Rock" number. Both movies feature dinosaurs and were produced by Steven Spielberg.

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Fantasia, a slapstick comedy film made in Hong Kong where the protagonist is an amateur wizard, unintentionally animates a stuffed dinosaur into a living, raptor-sized monster at one point, who then pursues the main characters into a nearby kitchen in a spoof of the first Jurassic Park's kitchen scene. The camera angles even follows the Spielberg movie, frame-by-frame.
  • The Flintstones: The local playground is called Jurassic Park, with the movie's logo used in the sign. Like We're Back! above, both movies featured dinosaurs and were produced by Steven Spielberg.
  • In the climax of the Rapid-Fire Comedy gangster spoof Jane Austen's Mafia!, which parodies the climactic killings of The Godfather, several parodies are piled on at once. The protagonist arranges for the 5-year-old assassin Chucky (who is dressed to resemble the evil doll of the Child's Play series) to be devoured by a pack of Compsognathus, making for a Lost World-specific reference.
  • Matilda: While pursuing Matilda, Trenchbull snorts against a window like a Velociraptor.
  • One of the movies up for an Academy Award in the third Naked Gun film is Geriatric Park. In its representative clip, analogues of Lex and Tim get menaced by a giant senior citizen with an equally giant walker in a thunderstorm, and Grant gets crushed by it!
  • In Spider-Man 2, Octavius's appearance at the café, where a series of loud stomps from his tentacles precedes his appearance, echoes the first appearance of the T-rex.
  • Swiss Army Man: Hank asks Manny if he knows Jurassic Park, in many scenes they also sing or hum the theme song.
  • Ted 2: The movie's theme plays when Ted, John and Sam gaze upon a large field of cannabis plants.
  • Tremors 5: Bloodlines: When a pair of raptor-sized Shriekers pursues the main characters into a kitchen.

  • The gamebook, Into the Jaws of Doom have a bad ending where you get devoured alive by Velociraptor animatronics. The book then gleefully calls you "Jurassic Pork"!
  • In Queens of Geek, Taylor hangs out in an old Jurassic Park T-shirt.
  • In The Someday Birds, Charlie sees a T. rex skeleton at a museum and is surprised by how small it is, because Jurassic Park led him to believe T. rexes were as tall as skyscrapers.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: In Will and Carlton's recollection from "Will Goes a-Courtin'", Uncle Phil's appearance is heralded by their drinks rippling from the sounds of his footsteps.
  • VH1's I Love the '90s opened the 1993 episode with the panelists discussing the movie. For his part, Hal Sparks "would go to Jurassic Park in a heartbeat!" if it were real.
  • The Larry Sanders Show:
    • In "Nothing Personal" Jeff Goldblum appears as himself in a key plot thread: Larry, in need of an A-list guest for the week, reluctantly approaches Goldblum as a guest — as the two are friends and Larry is worried he will be seen as exploiting the friendship by doing so. This episode was made in 1995 so Jurassic Park is mentioned multiple times; Hank creeps out Goldblum by saying that the movie "changed my life." A few characters also ask Goldblum how Laura Dern is doing, referencing the relationship they had at the time.
    • Goldblum appears again in "Just the Perfect Blendship". After he performs a jazz piano piece on the show, during the break for commercial Larry compliments him and notes "They see you with the mechanical dinosaurs, they don't know about this."
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden:
    • The show couldn't NOT bring this franchise up when it did a pastiche of Ariana Grande's "thank u, next" that turned it into a tribute to guest Jeff Goldblum: "But who could forget that hot doctor/That he played in Jurassic" (complete with a clip of Malcolm's smile at the sight of the Brontosaurus). One of Corden's backup dancers is dressed as Malcolm (the others three represent Seth Brundle, David Levinson, and the Grandmaster) and gets menaced by guys in inflatable T.rex costumes, and later come the lyrics "I'm so frickin' grateful for his pecs" referencing his infamous Shirtless Scene.
    • There are multiple references to the film in a "Drop the Mic" rap battle between Corden and Goldblum: Goldblum mocks the fact that Corden has a wife and kid with "But hey, I guess it's true/Life, uh, find-finds a way!" while Corden jokes that "Your role in Jurassic Park was easy I bet/Since you're so oldnote  you had a dinosaur as a pet!"
    • When Goldblum served as a Guest Host in December 2019, one joke in his monologue was about a Los Angeles mansion being put on the market with a $150 million asking price. "Hey, but really, $150 million — for that kind of money, you could literally build Jurassic Park!"
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert did a Parody Commercial in 2019 hyping a tax preparation service staffed by Jeff Goldblum (playing himself). Unfortunately, because he has no tax preparation experience, Goldblum spends all his time discussing his career and making jokes like "Life insurance, uh, finds a way!" to bored clients by way of video conferencing.
  • Married... with Children's Season 8 Halloween Episode "Take My Wife, Please" has Al Bundy confronted by a trick-or-treater dressed as a Dilophosaurus. When Al tells the kid there's no candy, he ends up with a faceful of mock spit from the kid's rigged costume!
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000's first Summer Blockbuster Review special included a segment where Mike and the bots riffed upon electronic press kit clips hyping The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
  • Saturday Night Live parodies:
    • Jeff Goldblum hosted the 1993-94 season premiere and in his monologue fielded questions from audience members...all of which hinged on their belief that the dinosaurs in the movie were real. He patiently tried to rebut them, but when Laura Dern herself asked about how scared he was when they were working with the dinosaurs, he gave up.
    • Goldblum returned as host for the 1996-97 Season Finale and was now hyping The Lost World...only to have to gently explain to Chris Kattan, who was desperate to play a dinosaur, that the movie was already shot and his services were not needed.
    • In Season 43's Bill Hader-hosted episode, screen tests of 1992's Hopeless Auditionees for the original film include "Hugh Grant" (Alex Moffat) and "Lisa Kudrow" for the part of Malcolm, "Alan Alda" (Hader) for Muldoon, "Wesley Snipes" (Chris Redd) for Mr. DNA, "Pee-Wee Herman" (Mikey Day) for Nedry, "Roseanne Barr" (Aidy Bryant), "Clint Eastwood" and "Al Pacino" (Hader) for Hammond, and many more. (Oddly, no one is seen auditioning for the role of Grant.)
    • Just a few weeks later, Donald Glover played a lawyer who works for Jurassic Park and defends it against various parties suing it for the injuries/deaths they and/or their loved ones sustain there thanks to dinosaurs constantly running amok. In particular, he defends the T.rex because it always turns out to be the hero in the end.
    • In Season 46's Bill Burr/Jack White episode, the Cold Open has Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden (Jim Carrey) teleporting himself to the Vice Presidential debate, ending up as the fly that lurked on Mike Pence's head for two minutes during the actual debate a few days prior in a spoof of The Fly (1986). From there, Biden undergoes a further Slow Transformation into Jeff Goldblum (since he played the protagonist in that film) and mocks the Republican party by, among other things, paraphrasing Malcolm's "God creates dinosaurs..." speech.
  • Seinfeld: In "The Couch", when George attempts to rent the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's instead of reading the book, multiple rows of Sega Genesis games can be spotted behind him in the video rental store. One of these games is Jurassic Park.
  • Stranger Things:
    • Bob having to restore the power to Hawkins Lab via resetting the circuit breakers is a subtle parallel to an identical scene. He is even guided on the radio by another character, just like in the film. Sadly though he succeeds in his mission, he doesn't make it.
    • There's scene in Season 3 where the monster is seen in a rearview mirror labeled with OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum occasionally nods to his signature role:
    • In the premiere episode "Sneakers":
      • Head shots of him from these films appear as part of a Blipvert of his various film roles near the top of the show, ending on a still from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
      • During his discussion with high-end sneaker designer Dominic Ciambrone, Ciambrone asks him "Were dinosaurs real?" Goldblum is taken aback, but Ciambrone points out that "There's a thing where the world is flat still and people think there were never dinosaurs." Goldblum replies "Um...those people are...Let me put this nicely. Uh, incorrect." The implication, of course, is that Goldblum is being asked this because of his association with these films.
    • In "Barbeque", one of his interview subjects paraphrases one of Malcolm's most famous lines ("Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.") by way of explaining his work in raising insects as a mainstream food source for the future. Goldblum is a little surprised and lampshades this.
    • In "Bicycles", when he mentions the velocipede in the brief history of the bicycle, he parenthetically notes it's "like a Velociraptor".

  • In recent years, Jeff Goldblum, who is also a professional-quality jazz pianist, has introduced a gag to his cabaret act claiming that the famous main theme of the franchise actually has the following lyrics: "In Jurassic Park/Scary in the dark/I'm so scared that I'll be eaten..." He's worked the tune into some of his TV appearances, particularly on talk shows.

  • The Now Playing Podcast reviewed every film in the series in anticipation of the release of Jurassic World in 2015, along with reviews of the two Crichtcon books on their book-themed review series. Reviews of Fallen Kingdom and Dominion were followed up on in the respective years they came out.

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    Puppet Shows 
  • In the Dinosaurs episode, "Driving Miss Ethyl"', Earl and Ethyl are in Earl's car on their way to Ethyl's 60th high school reunion. As a large creature moves closer to the car, a glass of liquid in the cup holder starts jiggling.
  • In Sesame Street, there is a segment of "Cookie's Crumby Pictures" entitled "Jurassic Cookie", where Cookie Monster clones the DNA of a giant gingerbread T-rex. For once, a cookie tries to eat him!

  • A 1993 sketch on The Bob & Tom Show might be the first to use the "Geriatric Park" pun. In this mock trailer, guests are led on a guided tour of a nursing home, with the senile senior citzens' behavior described the way that of the dinosaurs are. They even have a resident named Rex who causes trouble when he loses his favorite spoon, but the guide successfully distracts him by saying "Hey, look over there, it's Vic Damone!"

  • The National Basketball Association's Toronto Raptors owe their name to the movie popularizing the Velociraptor. In turn, the area outside their arena where the fans gather is known as "Jurassic Park" (though for obvious trademark reasons, the team itself calls it "Raptors Tailgate").

    Video Games 
  • The Darkside Detective:
    • Attempting to use the internet terminal in the town library without a valid password results in it displaying an animation of the librarian wagging her finger and saying, "Uh uh uh! You didn't say the magic word!"
    • The Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton at the city museum has a placard claiming that it drowned while attempting to swim to the mainland from a theme park on an island off Costa Rica.
  • In The Itchy and Scratchy Game, the first level is entitled, "Juracid Bath".
  • One of the mini-games in The Muppets: On With the Show! for the Game Boy Advance is entitled "Jurassic Pork", wherein Miss Piggy has to battle a giant prehistoric pig brought back by Dr. Honeydew's time machine and save Kermit.
  • In Chapter 3 of BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm, a character who is supposed to be guiding the party instead takes them on a surreal detour to visit Jurassic Park. After realizing his error, he sheepishly gets them back on track, and the incident is never mentioned again.
  • One of the weapons in Jetpack Joyride 2 is a green umbrella named "Ancient Tech", which features a logo heavily inspired by the one of Jurassic Park.
  • Early on in Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair, which takes place at a party that Rie Miyamoto throws at her family's mountain resort, the power goes out and protagonist Raiko Shinpuku has to go into the basement to turn it back on again. Once successful, Raiko says, "Miss Miyamoto, I think we're back in business."
  • In The Last of Us Part II, during the first flashback scene, Joel and Ellie visit the ruins of a museum. While exploring the dinosaur exhibit, Joel reminisces about a dinosaur movie he once saw, then remarks that the sequel wasn't as good.

    Web Animation 

  • When Benny makes his first appearance in Charby the Vampirate he is preceded by ripples in a puddle in a shout out to the T-rex's approach from the movie.
  • Dumbing of Age makes reference to it a few times, mostly because of Dina and her love of paleontology. She has rather mixed feelings about the franchise: on the one hand she respects it for the impact it had on bringing dinosaurs to the mainstream, she also cannot fully condone it due to several paleontological errors it made, most notably the lack of feathers on them in recent movies. She did, however, learn enough piano to play the them from Jurassic Park.
  • Housepets! had an arc entitled "Let's Imaginate Jurassic Park", which featured the characters reenacting and spoofing the movie.

    Web Original 
  • As of 2021, RiffTrax has riffed upon all the films aside from The Lost World: Jurassic Park (possibly because Mike, Kevin, and Bill previously tacked the electronic press kit on Mystery Science Theater 3000; see Live-Action TV above). Jurassic Park features "Weird Al" Yankovic as a guest riffer alongside Mike Nelson, while Jurassic Park III is a solo riff by Matthew J. Elliott. The films have occasionally been referenced in other riffings:
    • In The Visitor, the imperiled leading lady escapes a vicious hawk by slamming a door behind her. The doorknob shakes as the unseen hawk on the other side tries to turn it. When it stops, Bill quips "It left to go try the kitchen in Jurassic Park."

    Web Video 

    Western Animation 
  • Animaniacs:
    • The short "Video Review" has the Warners going against a dinosaur that emerges from a Jurassic Park video cover.
    • In "Lookit the Fuzzy Heads", the Warners try to hide from Elmyra by going to the movies to see Jurassic Picnic. Of course, Elmyra is looking for them in the movie itself, where she accidentally tears an animatronic dinosaur's head off.
    • The Cold Open for the first episode of the 2020 revival spoofs the scene where Alan and Ellie discover the Brachiosaurus, with the Warners substituting for the dinosaur and Steven Spielberg (voicing himself!) standing in for Hammond. And they also have a Pinky and the Brain! (The show and the movie did debut the same year the first time around.)
      Alan: Clean, vectored outlines... Widescreen format...
      Ellie: These don't look like reruns!
      Spielberg: Uh, well, uh... they're not. I reanimated them.
  • The Critic:
    • One of the rotating Couch Gags had caricatures of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers eaten by a T.rex mid-dance.
    • In "A Little Deb Will Do Ya", the natural history museum where the debutante ball is held has a banner hung outside that reads "We take the fun out of Jurassic Park!"
    • The opening scene from "Eyes on the Prize" is a Coming Attractions clip in which Jay complains to the Dilophosaurus how much he hated the scene where it spat on Nedry. It promptly spits on the similarly rotund Jay, who says "I did not see that coming."
    • In "A Pig-Boy and His Dog", the stray dog Jay's adopted is growing too big for his apartment, inspiring a nightmare that parodies the T.rex's initial attack with Jay in place of the kids and the dog in place of the dinosaur. Jay screams to be let out of the car, or at least be in "a better Spielberg movie" — whereupon a parody of the opening kill in Jaws ensues.
    • In "Dr. Jay", Jay presents a clip from Jurassic Park 2: Revenge of the Raptors (this was before the first sequel came out). Now at least one of them is smart enough to wriggle the keys out of locked doors, talk, and prepare to use "a crude suspension bridge" they've built to start a new life as "Mr. Pilkington — but perhaps I've said too much." Whereupon he smokes a pipe!
    • In "Frankie and Ellie Get Lost", Jay uses his share of his (presumed dead) adoptive parents' inheritance to, among other things, have Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford expelled from New York City. In exchange, however, the city must accept Roseanne Barr, who is already raging from within a shipping container just like the raptor in the movie's opening scene. A few scenes later, she escapes and rampages through Central Park, towering over the trees!
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: The episode "Operation: B.U.L.L.I.E.S." is a parody with bullies as dinosaurs.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • In "The Other Bin of Scrooge McDuck!", Scrooge mutters "Clever girl..." when he finds a half-eaten sandwich during his sasquatch hunt.
    • "Nothing Can Stop Della Duck!" has the shot of a glass of water vibrating to the footsteps of the Gilded Man.
    • In "Beaks in the Machine!", Mark Beaks has a computer-protecting program which consists of a picture of him wagging his finger and saying "Ah ah ah! You didn't say the magic word" whenever the wrong password is put in.
  • Family Guy
    • In "I Take Thee Quagmire", part of the video of Quagmire's "death" has him being attacked by a T-rex, which involved Peter holding a dinosaur figure to the camera while humming the movie's theme.
    • "Hell Comes to Quahog" features the death of a Superstore USA employee sitting on the toilet styled like Gennaro's death.
    • "Padre de Familia" featured a scene where Peter sacrifices a goat to Toby Keith.
    • In "Tales of a Third Grade Nothing", Peter travels by helicopter to Executive Bathroom Island, complete with Dr. Hammond accompanying him.
    • A cutaway from "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream" shows Chris acting like the Dilophosaurus and spitting venom in Lois's face.
  • The Simpsons
    • In "Bart Gets an Elephant", Marge opens the curtains to reveal Stampy the elephant's eye, whose iris shrinks like the T-rex in the film.
      • A similar gag appears at the end of "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo" when the Simpsons' plane home is detained from taking off by a Godzilla attack.
    • In "Sweet Seymour Skinner's Baadasssss Song", a jobless Principal Skinner plans on selling a story about dinosaurs brought back to life called Billy and the Cloneasaurus, getting a long verbal thrashing from Apu for his plagiarism.
    • "Itchy & Scratchy Land" features several nods to this film, along with another Michael Crichton work, Westworld.
    • In the Time and Punishment segment from "Treehouse of Horror V", Homer travels back to a time when dinosaurs "weren't just confined to zoos".
    • In "When You Dish Upon a Star", the celebrities' water glasses shake when a hoard of starstruck townspeople are approaching.
    • In "Monty Can't Buy Me Love", the film's theme plays when Mr. Burns goes off in search of the Loch Ness Monster.
    • "Days of Future Future" features a place called Cretaceous Park ("Now Correctly Named"), where captive dinosaurs perform tricks for their audience.
    • "Walking Big & Tall" features a scene where Albert gets off his Rascal scooter, causing the coffee in Chief Wiggum's cup to ripple, and "roars" like the T. rex.
    • The final segment of "Treehouse of Horror XXIX" is an example of Jurassic Farce: "Geriatric Park", in which Mr. Burns opens an island retirement home ("Now Goldblum-free") where the senior citizens are rejuvenated by being injected with dinosaur DNA. Chaos ensues when Homer raises up the thermostat, turning the seniors into dinosaurs.
    • In "The Hateful Eight-Year-Olds", a shot of the horses on Addy's ranch is accompanied by the score from Jurassic Park. As an added nod, a dinosaur is seen walking behind Lisa in the next shot.
  • In Futurama, Fry visits "Jurassic Kiddie Park" in "I Dated a Robot".
  • Robot Chicken
    • A sketch from "Disemboweled by an Orphan" featured two Velociraptors, sick that they're all female, sneaking into the park's lab to create a male to mate with.
  • In the Tiny Toon Adventures Spring Break Special, the name of the retirement park that Hamton's grandparents live in is called Jeriatric Park, and is heavily modeled after Jurassic Park, complete with an elderly T-rex greeting the incoming residents and visitors.
  • There's an episode of Action League NOW! that's a Whole-Plot Reference to the film, entitled "Yurplastic Park", where Bill the Lab Guy's island of plastic dinosaurs is under seige by the government.
  • The My Life as a Teenage Robot episode "Histrionics" spoofs Jurassic Park with a Mr. Alt Disney replacing Hammond and animatronic historical figures replacing the dinosaurs.
  • In the TUGS segment, "Otis the Movie Star" from the Salty's Lighthouse episode, "Sound Off", Mr. Boffo and Mr. Socco tell Captain Star about their past movies, one of which is entitled, Jurassic Harbor.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In "It's About Time", the boys repair a Time Machine and accidentally strand themselves and their sister in the Cretaceous Period. These were inevitable.
    • In "The Lizard Whisperer", Candace notices Steve the Chameleon (who has been hit with the Gigant-Inator) in the rearview mirror. His footsteps also shake her glass of water.
    • The Mind Screw ending of "Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets" includes, among other things, a tyrannosaur roaring as a banner falls down.