Mr. DNA was a goofy yet uncanny cartoon character designed to explain to Jurassic Park tourists, who are assumed to be laymen, how InGen recreated the dinosaurs.

He was an anthropomorphic DNA helix with arms, legs, and a face. He was created solely for the movie and never appeared in the novels.




Mr. DNA circa 1993.

Mr. DNA was created by InGen to help visitors understand the processes involved in the creation of the dinosaurs on Jurassic Park. A film starring him and InGen's founder John Hammond would be played in a theater located in the park's Visitor Center before a tour. Mr. DNA also was used on the maintenance board of Jurassic Park's Geothermal Power Plant and on a board telling how tall a person must be to ride the upcoming Bone Shaker roller coaster.

After the Isla Nublar Incident of 1993 the cartoon character seemed to have been put out of service by his company for about a decade.

Jurassic World


A variation of Mr. DNA with the colors of Jurassic World's logo.

Mr. DNA was brought back by the Masrani Global Corporation for their new dinosaur park Jurassic World. He remained the same as his original counterpart, but two variations of him existed, with one being blue and white, representing the colors of Jurassic World's logo, and the other being red and white. His body has also been made thinner, his hands being larger, his neck being shorter, his eyebrows being more pronounced with a pencil-like pattern, and his mouth being larger and wider. His bucked teeth are also more pronounced and he appears to have a chin. Visitors could encounter him in the Innovation Center where he explains the basics of genetics and how the dinosaurs where recreated.[1]






Mr. DNA in the music video for Werid Al's Jurassic Park.

  • Mr. DNA appears briefly in the claymation of Weird Al's song 'Jurassic Park'. Mr. DNA is in a shower and at the moment he realizes that be has been discovered by the scientists, and that everyone can see him naked, he closes the curtains.
  • Mr. DNA's favorite nucleotide is guanine.[1]

Mr. DNA appears in the Jurassic Park Topps adaptation. In order to convey the fact he has a Texan accent to the reader, there is a bit of dialogue concerning how he speaks between Ian Malcolm and Donald Gennaro. "Mr. DNA is from Texas?" asks an apparently incredulous Malcolm. "Kids love cowboys," replies Gennaro, apparently theorizing that Jurassic Park chose to give him such an accent for this reason. Mr. DNA's expository monologue about the creation of dinosaurs and how Jurassic Park functions is also greatly expanded.

Jurassic Park (SNES game)

In the SNES game Jurassic Park Mr. DNA will sometimes pop up and tell you some interesting fact on dinosaurs if your avatar doesn't move for a certain amount of time.

Jurassic Park: Paint and Activity Center

In Jurassic Park: Paint and Activity Center there is an episode in which Mr. DNA explains how to clone dinosaurs.

Jurassic Park: Trespasser

In the level "The Lab" of Jurassic Park: Trespasser, Mr. DNA icons can be found. The icons are shown of the two gates of the dock. On the whiteboards in the administrations building the icons indicate which cargo contained materials for the laboratories.

Jurassic Park: Builder

Mr. DNA never appears in the game Jurassic Park: Builder. However, he does appear in artwork of the game that gets posted on the game's Facebook page.

LEGO Jurassic World

Mr. DNA will be a playable character in the video game LEGO Jurassic World.[2][3][4] Outside of being a playable character, he will provide the player with useful information and educational facts[5] during the loading screens of levels.[6]

Jurassic World: The Game

Mr. DNA is on a screen on the hatchery when you you hatch a dinosaur and as a VIP exclusive decoration in Jurassic World: The Game.

Jurassic World Monopoly

In Jurassic World Monopoly, Mr. DNA is one of the tokens of the game.

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Mr. DNA at Islands of Adventure.

Jurassic Park Discovery Center

In the Discovery Center of the Islands of Adventure attraction there is a "Mr. DNA" attraction where one's DNA is seemingly infused with that of prehistoric DNA, creating a human/dinosaur hybrid which is shown via the screens; one merely places one's face over a 3D mesh of one's choice (based upon the answers to a short questionnaire), creating the effect (at the end, however, the DNA mixture becomes too unstable and is "abandoned").

Jurassic Park Institute Tour

Mr. DNA is featured in the Jurassic Park Institute Tour. In the attraction Mr. DNA Preshow a giant doll of Mr. DNA and a unique animation is shown.

Behind the scenes


The scrapped Mr. DNA death screen from Jurassic Park: The Game.

The animations of Mr. DNA were created by Frank Suarez while the character himself is voiced by Greg Burson in Jurassic Park, and Colin Trevorrow in Jurassic World.

In Jurassic Park: The Game, it was planned that a window with Mr. DNA would appear when the playable character died saying "You died!" along with a counter tracking how many times the player had died.

The Mr. DNA cartoon was Steven Spielberg's way of condensing much of the novel's exposition into a few minutes.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Creation Lab. (2014, November 28). Retrieved from
  2. Kotaku - Lego Jurassic World: The Basics (March 16, 2015) Retrieved from
  3. Gameinformer - Five Things We Know From Playing Lego Jurassic World (March 16, 2015) Retrieved from
  4. IGN - LEGO Jurassic World: Hold Onto Your Bricks! (March 16, 2015) Retrieved from
  5. Tim Wileman Interview.
  6. LEGO Jurassic World, Entwicklerbesuch im Studio
  7. IMDb, Jurassic Park, Trivia
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