Compsognathus is a popular dinosaur. The well preserved fossils that allow us to know so much of its anatomy also allow us to portray the dinosaur in a variety of modes including animation and as static models. These, in turn, create an even more popular image of the dinosaur. The dinosaur has been used as a model for Jurassic Park and a number of other movies and documentaries. It is the quintessential small dinosaur that can be shown with a very dinosaur-like body plan (Coelophysis not withstanding).The dinosaur has also appeared in books, popular magazines, and as toys. Most recently it has been given a role in the developing game ARK. They appear to be capable of being tamed and running around with your character. There have been less useful sidekicks.