A hidden Easter egg from the original 1993 film jurassic park was spotted by fans on a linked website for the franchise’s sixth installment, Jurassic World Dominion.
Dinotracker is a website that features what are believed to be user-submitted found images of dinosaurs wandering among us. Many fans of the franchise were already having a lot of fun with the premise by submitting their own “observations”.
However, a few tech-savvy users on Twitter were able to spot a nice throwback to Steven Speilberg’s original, hidden in the website’s code.
The code in question is Dennis Nedry’s portrayal of Wayne Knight, the computer programmer and main antagonist of the film who is responsible for shutting down the park’s security system. When Nedry darkens the park, in order to smuggle a dinosaur embryo to sell to a competing genetics company, he blocks access to his computer in the process.
Despite the best efforts of Samuel L. Jackson’s Ray Arnold to cancel the order, a memorable video loop plays on Nedry’s computer in response to the attempted cancellation. It features Nedry as a GIF wagging a finger and repeating over and over, “Ah, ah, ah; You didn’t say the magic word.
As you may already know, Nedry’s fate turns out to be bleak as he is eventually eaten by a Dilophosaurus as he attempts to escape Isla Nublar with the Embryo.
It turns out that the character’s legacy lives on despite his death. When looking at the back-end coding of the Dinotracker website, the Nedry GIF is recreated in delightful detail, using text, which several Twitter users were able to confirm.
“Slow applause for you web developer,” one fan wrote.
“This one is amazing!!” exclaimed another Twitter user.
The hidden code is also not some kind of hoax. Using a Google Chrome browser, we were able to confirm that when you press F12 on the website, under ‘Elements’, Nedry’s likeness indeed appears in full HTML glory.
To verify Jurassic World Dominion in theaters June 10.