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08.20.2015

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Did you know that at one point Universal Cartoon Studios was developing a JURASSIC PARK animated series? I didn't, but I'm not surprised since there have been more than a few cartoon TV show based on popular movies (Remember when there were three animated series based on films starring Jim Carrey?), and several pieces of concept art from the abandoned project have landed online.

The artwork was created by artist William Stout, and in a post on his blog from 2014, he shared some details on the series, including why it didn't get made.

Although I own a copy, I don’t think this trailer is available anywhere. Upon the success of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park movie, all kinds of ancillary projects abounded: toys, games, novelties, apparel, etc.

Towards the end of all of this merchandising I got a call from artist Will Meugniot, asking if I’d be interested in designing a Jurassic Park animated series. This was not going to be a kiddy show (although kids of all ages, including myself, could enjoy it). They wanted the show to be a mature prime time series with top writers and state-of-the-art television animation augmented with quite a bit of CG animation. Universal Cartoon Studios wanted a “graphic novel look” to the series. I came in, showed my portfolio and was hired.

We made a trailer to communicate the look and feel of the series, also showing how we would combine computer animation with traditional animation. All we needed was Spielberg’s approval.

I heard through the grapevine that he never bothered to watch what we had done. By that time the word was out that he was burnt out on Jurassic Park merchandising and all of the film’s commercial exploitation. So, it never got made. Too bad.

I'd love to see the trailer, however I doubt it's going to be released (offically or unoffically) any time soon. You can check out the concept art below, and if you're interested, you can purchase them here. Would you have watched Jurassic Park: The Animated Series?

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6:33PM on 08/20/2015
Probably for the best this didn't happen. How many of those movie spin-off animated shows were honestly very good.
Probably for the best this didn't happen. How many of those movie spin-off animated shows were honestly very good.
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6:27PM on 08/20/2015
Looks like a spiritual sequel to the Magic School Bus
Looks like a spiritual sequel to the Magic School Bus
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1:09PM on 08/20/2015
My only concern is I feel this would have cheapened the film. Now, if this was groundbreaking prime time stuff in terms of animation then maybe it could have worked. I don't think I've ever seen a serious animated series on prime time before. I'm just a little weary as to how you would combine traditional animation with a "graphic novel" look with cg. How does that work? I don't think I've ever seen that either.
My only concern is I feel this would have cheapened the film. Now, if this was groundbreaking prime time stuff in terms of animation then maybe it could have worked. I don't think I've ever seen a serious animated series on prime time before. I'm just a little weary as to how you would combine traditional animation with a "graphic novel" look with cg. How does that work? I don't think I've ever seen that either.
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12:55PM on 08/20/2015
As a person in the industry, that concept art would have been an animator's nightmare. I'm not sure I believe that art is anything close to what the show would have (or could have) looked like. At least not past a single overproduced pilot episode.
That being said, it still looks pretty cool and I hope to see what was made one day. It always sucks when people work on projects that never get to see the light of day.
As a person in the industry, that concept art would have been an animator's nightmare. I'm not sure I believe that art is anything close to what the show would have (or could have) looked like. At least not past a single overproduced pilot episode.
That being said, it still looks pretty cool and I hope to see what was made one day. It always sucks when people work on projects that never get to see the light of day.
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12:13PM on 08/20/2015
This could have been great. I definitely would have given it a chance.
This could have been great. I definitely would have given it a chance.
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11:08AM on 08/20/2015

Release the trailer!!

The artwork looks beautiful! I'm surprised that they didn't move forward with the animated show the movie being a HUGE HIT!
The artwork looks beautiful! I'm surprised that they didn't move forward with the animated show the movie being a HUGE HIT!
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10:47AM on 08/20/2015
Would have definitely been cool to see.
Would have definitely been cool to see.
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10:09AM on 08/20/2015
These artworks remind me of that old Return To The Planet of the Apes cartoon. It could be that awesome.
These artworks remind me of that old Return To The Planet of the Apes cartoon. It could be that awesome.
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