Pokémon Snap: The Gritty Reboot


Gotta capture ’em all! In celebration of the 20th anniversary and 3D theatrical re-release of Jurassic Park in 2013, we paid tribute by recreating the trailer with a unique twist.

Drawing parallels between Nintendo 64’s one-off Pokémon photo-taking bonanza, Pokémon Snap, and John Hammond’s clone-dinosaur park, our trailer follows Todd Snap’s dramatic and dangerous trek through the wilds of Professor Oak’s Pokémon Island. Shooting on location and bringing 3D characters to life, all while paying homage to one of our favorite films of all time made this project a ton a fun. The video was viewed well over a million times, and was shared by the likes of Kotaku, Mashable, and Nintendo Life.

Gritty Reboots is a YouTube channel that takes popular and nostalgic video games, TV shows, comics and more and turns them into gritty, cinematic trailers.

Behind the Scenes

Take a look at the Behind the Scenes process of how we did our best to transform forested PNW landscapes into the tropical terrain of Isla Nublar/Pokémon Island.

Visual Effects: Before and After

Below, you can check out the final video before and after our visual effects treatment.

Jurassic Park Vs. Pokémon Snap

Does our Pokémon Snap trailer feel familiar? Compare it to the Jurassic Park 3D re-release trailer, which we intentionally mirrored nearly shot-for-shot.


Produced by Cinesaurus
Writers: David Hudson, David Zimmermann
Director of Photography: David Zimmermann
Editor: David Zimmermann
Visual Effects: Steven Hudson, David Hudson, David Zimmermann
Music: Jacob Rosok, Bryan Nguyen
Sound Design: David Zimmermann


Todd Snap: Forest Gibson
Professor Oak: Steven Hudson