Fans of the Jurassic Park franchise think Pratt's Jurassic World character appeared in the first movie

By Kelli Bender
June 15, 2015 02:30 PM

It was the wise and smoldering Dr. Ian Malcolm who reminded us, “Life, uh, finds a way.”

Taking that to heart, Jurassic Park fans have found an interesting way of connecting the record-breaking sequel to the 1993 original.

According to Slashfilm, there is a theory running around that surmises Chris Pratt‘s character in Jurassic World, raptor trainer Owen, is supposed to be the adult version of the annoying “Volunteer Boy” in Jurassic Park.

“Volunteer Boy” is the title given to the middle-school-aged kid volunteering at Dr. Alan Grant’s dig site, who thinks raptors aren’t very scary and that the clever dinosaur looks like “a 6-foot turkey.”

Shown in the scene below, Grant counters by detailing the vicious way raptors hunt and kill prey, effectively scaring and shutting up the boy. Grant ends his speech by asking the kid to “show a little respect” to raptors.

From here, the fan theory suggests the kid becomes fascinated by the power of raptors and learns everything he can about them, eventually growing into Owen and applying for a position to care for the creatures at Jurassic World. Chris Pratt’s character even mentions in the movie that his bond with the dinosaurs is “a relationship based on respect.” DING DING DING! There’s a connection.

Additional support for this theory includes the ages of the actors. Chris Pratt is only a year younger than Whit Hertford, who played the “Volunteer Kid,” so it’s not a stretch to believe the boy and Owen are one and the same.

When Slashfilm asked Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow about the theory, he gave this vague response:

“I’m not sure I want to answer because the speculation is so much fun. Let’s not kill the fun.”

Hertford was a little less elusive about his feelings.

Do you think this theory holds up or is it just a bunch of Triceratops poop?