Many long-running film franchises, from Pixar to Star Wars, endeavor to include Easter eggs, references and call backs to what came before. The Jurassic World series is no different, as the continuation of the dinosaur franchise has shown its willingness to reference the three Jurassic Park films and especially, Steven Spielberg's iconic 1993 original. Jurassic Park was hugely influential, setting a blockbuster standard and leaving a lasting impact on filmmaking. More than that, it also remains a beloved and iconic film that conjures a deep sense of nostalgia 25 years later.
The Jurassic World films recognize that and exhibit a reverence for what came before, packing in plenty of Easter eggs for fans of the franchise to spot. Check out 10 cool Easter eggs we spotted in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and be sure to let us know in the comments if there are any we missed.
The following contains spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom!
Glass of Water
The infinitely quotable Dr. Ian Malcolm only appears briefly in Fallen Kingdom but they still manage to sneak in a subtle little Easter egg into his scene. Our favorite eulogizer on life's sense of direction is seen testifying to Congress about what should be done about the dinosaurs on Isla Nublar. On the table he's sitting at are a pitcher and glass of water. This is something of a reference to the glass of water shaking in the original film, signaling the arrival of the T-Rex. It also calls back to when Ian Malcolm was using water drops to explain Chaos Theory to Ellie Sattler.
Painting of John Hammond
While the Jurassic World films are very different than Steven Spielberg's original, they have a great deal of reverence for it and, especially the character of John Hammond. The late Richard Attenborough's John Hammond was an optimistic dreamer with a twinkle in his eye and a sense of childlike wonder. In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, there is a painting of John Hammond inside the Lockwood mansion. It is massive, befitting a visionary of his stature, on par with Newton or Galileo. Similar to how Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle referenced Alan Parrish, this Easter egg reminds everyone that this is all started with John Hammond.