Thanksgiving is about two very important things: family, and feathered bird-like creatures that bring us joy and sustenance. Strangely enough, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom could be credited with celebrating those very same things, especially with the first look at footage from the anticipated sequel playing up the family aspect. Take a look at this heart\warming Thanksgiving treat below:
The quick clip from the J.A. Bayona-directed sequel shows Chris Pratt's Owen Grady in a scene that looks like a flashback to raptor Blue's younger days. The relationship between handler and animal starts to form between the two Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom co-stars, as Grady's leather gauntleted hand beckons Blue to come closer for some raptor daddy love. The creature acquiesces, and aww-inducing moment is had by all.
Before we go any further, let's take a moment and seriously appreciate this moment of beauty between Owen and Blue. With their relationship already acting as a crucial point of the story of Jurassic World, it looks like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom looks to pick that thread right back up with a flashback to the early days of the power duo's partnership. And it's a really cute flashback at that, as baby Blue is simply adorable in her smaller state. It's an impressive moment that'll win over people's hearts, and sell a lot of merchandise, should baby Blue be made into a stuffed animal or figurine of some sort. When you think about it, it's just a good business practice for a follow-up so hotly anticipated as this is.
A good way to build a sequel that really brings your audience back to the table is the further development of characters they know and love. So delving deeper into Owen and Blue's backstory, just as that Twitter clip suggests, is a really effective way for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to bring recover its audience without much resistance. People love cute creatures and handsome men that know how to handle them, so the fact that it's a baby dinosaur palling around with Chris Pratt just means that this new film has hit the jackpot when it comes to advertising genius. With the stakes being what they are for this upcoming sequel, they can use all of the help they can get.
With 2017 coming to a close, we're about to get looks at a lot of 2018's would-be blockbusters. That pack sees Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom running pretty far ahead of the competition, just on its predecessor's pedigree alone. Coming in second after the massive showing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World broke records and racked up an impressive $652.3 million total internationally, revitalizing the brand that had sat dormant since 2001. Now, with the world's eyes on the franchise yet again, J.A. Bayona and his crew will have to deliver a spectacle that's just as amazing, if not moreso, with this sequel.