After months of waiting, years for some of us, Jurassic World is finally ready to stomp into theaters and devour the box office competition. Being the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise that dates back more than 20 years, there is a lot of history to contend with, both within the world of the film and from a viewer perspective. There are obvious nods to the original film, like the fact that Velociraptors once again play a major role, the logos are basically the same, and the fact that the park is set on Isla Nublar off the coast of Costa Rica, the site of the first park.

You can make the argument that the entire movie is a two-hour nod to Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster, but it’s the smaller, subtler tributes that are always the most fun for eagle-eyed fans, or those who have simply seen the movie too many times. With that in mind, we’re going to run through of our favorites references. Some of these are big and obvious, others are blink-and-you’ll-miss-it quick, and there’s one we’re not 100% sure that we actually saw or if our mind is playing tricks on us.

Like we said, there are tons of references to the first film to be found in Jurassic World, and we’re not even going to try include a full list. Once you see the movie you should sound off in the comments and let us know what your favorites were, or point out ones we missed.

Things could get spoiler-heavy beyond this point. We’ll try to keep that to a minimum, but it’s bound to happen. That said, onward brave adventurers.

John Hammond
There are obvious references to John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), the original visionary behind a theme part full of real live dinosaurs, woven in throughout the film. You see a bronze statue erected in his honor, the main visitor center bears his name, and this is, of course, the ultimate realization of his dream. John Hammond is a name bandied about quite often in conversation: Irrfan Khan’s Simon Masrani, now the owner of the park, references how he promised Hammond he would fulfill the older man’s dream, creating a place of wonder and excitement; and there are also many mentions of the mistakes he made in the first run; and of the high cost of playing god and bringing extinct animals back from obliteration. Playing on your prior knowledge, these remarks add a nice ominous layer to the proceedings.

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