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Dinosaurs Cast

Series Description

The Dinosaurs TV show was a comedy series that was created by Jim Henson ("The Muppet Show") for Disney Studios. The Sinclairs were a working-class family of dinosaurs with all of today's modern conveniences and social problems. They keep their food (often still alive) in the refridgerator and watch their favorite shows on television. Stone-aged type humans are the wild animals and sometimes family pets. Dad has to deal with a boss that would make Scrooge look like mother Teresa and a daughter who is reminisent of a valley girl and a son with a purple mohawk hairstyle! It was pretty much a typical sitcom with dinosaurs for Cast as a twist!

Dinosaurs Characters

Voices:

Stuart Pankin .... Earl Sneed Sinclair
Jessica Walter .... Fran Sinclair
Sally Struthers .... Charlene Sinclair
Jason Willinger .... Robbie Mark Sinclair
Florence Stanley .... Grandma Ethel Phillips
Sherman Hemsley .... Bradley "B.P." Richfield
Sam McMurray .... Roy Hess
Kevin Clash .... The Baby
Suzie Plakson .... Monica DiVertibrae
Michelan Sisti .... Charlene Sinclair
Pons Maar .... Roy Hess
Leif Tilden .... Robbie Sinclair

Dinosaurs Trivia

Jim Henson was inspired to create the Dinosaurs TV show after seeing the technology developed by "Jim Henson's Creature Shop" for the 1990 movie, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles".

Note that many of the Dinosaurs characters' last names are the names of oil companies ... Sinclair, Phillips, Hess, and BP!

Seven episodes of the Dinosaurs TV show did not air during their initial run due to cancellation of the series. They did, however, air later in syndication. Their titles were, "Scent of a Reptile", "Earl and Pearl", "Life in the Faust Lane", "Variations on a Theme Park", "Working Girl", "Into the Woods", and "Georgie Must Die".

Among his many other series and credits, you may remember Stuart Pankin as the vice principal on the series, "Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher".

Grandma Ethel's maiden name was Hinkleman.

Jason Alexander ("Seinfeld") did guest starring voices on seven episodes of Dinosaurs! Each time he did a different character! Those were the first times that Jason performed characters' voice professionally, but it didn't stop there! He went to do many voices in major motion pictures and on television!

Do you remember seeing Jessica Walter during her seven years on the hit series, "Trapper John, M.D."?

At the beginning of Dinosaurs, the characters' ages were: Earl - 43. Fran - 38. Robbie - 14. Charlene - 12. Baby - 1.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

Dinosaurs - The First Season

  1. The Mighty Megalosaurus (4/26/1991)
  2. The Mating Dance (5/3/1991)
  3. Hurling Day (5/10/1991)
  4. High Noon (5/17/1991)
  5. The Howling (5/24/1991)
Dinosaurs - The Second Season
  1. Golden Child (9/18/1991)
  2. Family Challenge (9/25/1991)
  3. I Never Ate For My Father (10/2/1991)
  4. Charlene's Tale (10/9/1991)
  5. Endangered Species (10/16/1991)
  6. Employee Of The Month (10/23/1991)
  7. When Food Goes Bad (10/30/1991)
  8. Career Opportunities (11/6/1991)
  9. Unmarried... With Children (11/13/1991)
  10. How To Pick Up Girls (11/20/1991)
  11. Switched At Birth (11/27/1991)
  12. Refrigerator Day (12/11/1991)
  13. What Sexual Harris Meant (12/18/1991)
  14. Fran Live (1/8/1992)
  15. Power Erupts (1/15/1992)
  16. The Clip Show (1/22/1992)
  17. A New Leaf (2/5/1992)
  18. The Last Temptation Of Ethyl (2/12/1992)
  19. Nuts To War - Part 1 (2/19/1992)
  20. Nuts To War - Part 2 (2/26/1992)
  21. Slave To Fashion (3/20/1992)
  22. And The Winner Is ... (3/27/1992)
  23. Leader Of The Pack (4/24/1992)
  24. Wesayso Knows Best (5/8/1992)
Dinosaurs - The Third Season
  1. Nature Calls (9/18/1992)
  2. Dirty Dancing (9/25/1992)
  3. Baby Talk (10/2/1992)
  4. Network Genius (10/16/1992)
  5. The Discovery (10/23/1992)
  6. Little Boy Boo (10/30/1992)
  7. Germ Warfare (11/6/1992)
  8. Hungry For Love (11/13/1992)
  9. License To Parent (11/20/1992)
  10. Charlene's Flat World (12/4/1992)
  11. Wilderness Weekend (12/18/1992)
  12. The Son Also Rises (1/8/1993)
  13. Getting To Know You (1/15/1993)
  14. Green Card (1/29/1993)
  15. Out Of The Frying Pan (2/5/1993)
  16. Steroids To Heaven (2/12/1993)
  17. Honey, I Miss The Kids (2/19/1993)
  18. Swamp Music (2/26/1993)
  19. If You Were A Tree (4/18/1993)
  20. We Are Not Alone (4/25/1993)
  21. The Clip Show II (7/2/1993)
  22. Charlene And Her Amazing Humans (8/20/1993)
Dinosaurs - The Fourth Season
  1. Monster Under The Bed (6/1/1994)
  2. Earl, Don't Be A Hero (6/8/1994)
  3. The Greatest Story Ever Sold (6/22/1994)
  4. Driving Miss Ethyl (6/29/1994)
  5. Earl's Big Jackpot (7/6/1994)
  6. Terrible Twos (7/13/1994)
  7. Changing Nature (7/20/1994)

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Each week, father Earl, mother Fran and the kids (Robbie, Charlene and Baby Sinclair) would explore a new topic or taboo, then learn an important lesson about life. As all four seasons of this Emmy-winning series are now streaming on Netflix Instant, we've been revisiting the Sinclairs and company, and couldn't help but wonder where the people behind these dynamic dinos are now.

  • Earl Sinclair, Stuart Pankin

    Then: Prior to voicing the oft-perplexed patriarch of 'Dinosaurs,' Pankin was famous for headlining the HBO comedy series 'Not Necessarily the News,' which won 10 CableAce Awards over the course of seven seasons.

    Now: In his late sixties, Pankin is still performing. Recently he scored roles in the Academy Award-winning romance 'The Artist' and on the made-for-TV movie 'A Christmas Wedding Date.'

  • Fran Sinclair, Jessica Walter

    Then: Walter was an established television actress with nearly 30 years experience when she signed on to voice the ever-patient and caring mother of this dino family. She'd appeared on such popular shows as 'The New Adventures of Wonder Woman,' 'Knots Landing' and 'The Love Boat.'

    Now: For years, Fran Sinclair was arguably her best-known TV role. Then came a strange little sitcom called 'Arrested Development.' There Walter played the polar opposite of the always loving Fran with the endlessly suspicious and often hilariously cruel matriarch, Lucille Bluth. Though the series was cancelled in 2006, it found a wider audience afterwards. Miraculously it will return on Netflix later this year. In the meantime, you can enjoy Walter's sharp tone on the equally outlandish and hysterical spy spoof cartoon 'Archer.'

  • Robbie Sinclair, Leif Tilden

    Then: The eldest son of the Sinclair family was voiced by the elusive Jason Willinger; Leif Tilden filled out Robbie's dino-suit, physically performing the role. He'd got his start in this brand of puppeteering by playing Donatello in the live-action 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' movies.

    Now: Tilden retired from the physically demanding career of full-body puppeteer back in 2001, after completing shooting on the deeply weird comedy 'Monkeybone,' wherein he played the Cyclops. Since then, he's moved into work as a location manager. Most recently, he worked on 'Law & Order: LA.'

  • Charlene Sinclair, Sally Struthers

    Then: Prior to voicing the fashionable and boy-crazy teen dino daughter, Struthers made her mark on television as Gloria Bunker-Stivic on the classic TV comedy 'All in the Family,' which led to the short-lived spin-off series 'Gloria.' However, her career as a voice actor began even earlier, dating back to 1971 when she played the teenaged Pebbles Flintstone on the 'Flintstones' spin-off 'The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.'

    Now: From 2000-2007, Struthers experienced a comeback playing Babette Dell on the popular dramedy series 'Gilmore Girls.'  Lately she's devoted her time to regional theater, headlining productions of 'Annie,' 'Hello Dolly' and '9 to 5.' Her last small screen role was in 2011, when she voiced a character on the Fox cartoon 'American Dad!'

  • Baby Sinclair, Kevin Clash

    Then: Having worked with Henson's muppeteers for years by this point, Clash pulled triple-duty on the little pink fireball Baby Sinclair. Not only did he lend his voice to the baby's catchphrase-laden lines ("Gotta' love me!" and "Not the mama!"), but also this master puppeteer operated Baby's body and mouth.

    Now: Clash went on to become best known for voicing the playful little monster Elmo, giving the long-running 'Sesame Street' a new jolt of life. Sadly, a public scandal demanded that Clash step down from his involvement in the show in the fall of 2012.

  • B.P. Richfield, Sherman Hemsley

    Then: Long before he lent his voice to the carnivorous and cruel executive of the Wesayso Corporation, Hemsley made his television debut on 'All in the Family,' playing the gruff but lovable George Jefferson. From 1975-1985, Hemsley headlined the popular spin-off series 'The Jeffersons' and he rounded out the '80s as Deacon Frye on NBC's 'Amen' (1986-1991).

    Now: After 'Dinosaurs' wrapped in 1994, Hemsley resurfaced on beloved family comedies like 'Family Matters,' 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and 'Sister, Sister.' He made his final television appearance in 2011 on the Tyler Perry sitcom 'House of Payne.' Hemsley died in the summer of 2012, leaving behind a rich legacy of laughter.

  • Grandma Ethyl Phillips, Florence Stanley

    Then: By 1991, Stanley was a 40-year veteran of television, but she was most often recognized for playing the tough love-favoring Judge Margaret W. Wilbur on the 1980s sitcom 'My Two Dads.' On 'Dinosaurs,' her gravely voice lent gravity to Earl's always badgering mother-in-law.

    Now: Stanley's next big voice acting role came in 2001, when she played the chain-smoking radio operator Wilhelmina Bertha Packard in Disney's animated sci-fi adventure 'Atlantis: The Lost Empire.' It was a role she reprised in the straight-to-video sequel, 'Atlantis: Milo's Return,' before her death in 2003.

  • Roy Hess, Sam McMurray

    Then: A standout character actor, McMurray made memorable appearances in such celebrated comedies as 'Raising Arizona' and 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' before he voiced Earl's bumbling best friend on 'Dinosaurs.'

    Now: In demand for decades, McMurray has appeared in a wide array of television shows, including the blue-collar sitcom 'The King of Queens,' the iconoclastic cartoon 'The Boondocks' and the drama series 'Scandal,' which is currently in its second season.

  • Monica Devertebrae, Suzie Plakson

    Then: Plakson had landed a string of one-off roles on television series like 'Family Ties,' 'Murphy Brown' and 'Beauty and the Beast,' before she played Fran's liberated and divorced gal pal, the brontosaurus next door.

    Now: You might recognize Plakson for her recurring role on 'How I Met Your Mother,' where she's played Marshall's well-meaning mother Judy Eriksen since 2005.

  • Spike, Christopher Meloni

    Then: Our jaws dropped over this one. Before Meloni voiced Robbie's prickly best friend, he co-starred with Joe Pantoliano in the short-lived sitcom 'The Fanelli Boys.'

    Now: You'd have to have been living a solitary life under a rock out in the farthest reaches of space not to know that the man who played bad boy Spike found a successful niche in cop dramas, with roles on 'NYPD Blue,' 'Homicide: Life on the Street' and of course as Detective Elliot Stabler on 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' from 1999-2011. Since leaving that last series, he has scored parts on the sultry HBO drama 'True Blood,' and in Zack Snyder's hotly anticipated Superman movie, 'Man of Steel.'

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Full Cast & Crew

Michael Jacobs ... (created by) (65 episodes, 1991-1994) Michael Jacobs ... (written by) (65 episodes, 1991-1994) Bob Young ... (created by) (65 episodes, 1991-1994) Bob Young ... (written by) (65 episodes, 1991-1994) Jim Henson ... (idea) (57 episodes, 1991-1994) Jim Henson ... (based on an idea by) (57 episodes, 1991-1994) Rob Ulin ... (Executive Story Consultant) (16 episodes, 1991-1993) Rob Ulin ... (teleplay) (16 episodes, 1991-1993) Rob Ulin ... (written by) (16 episodes, 1991-1993) Rob Ulin ... (story) (16 episodes, 1991-1993) Rob Ulin ... (written by) (16 episodes, 1991-1993) Tim Doyle ... (written by) (12 episodes, 1991-1994) Tim Doyle ... (teleplay) (12 episodes, 1991-1994) Dave Caplan ... (written by) (10 episodes, 1991-1994) Dave Caplan ... (teleplay) (10 episodes, 1991-1994) Brian LaPan ... (written by) (10 episodes, 1991-1994) Brian LaPan ... (teleplay) (10 episodes, 1991-1994) Andy Goodman ... (written by) (8 episodes, 1991-1994) Andy Goodman ... (story) (8 episodes, 1991-1994) Dava Savel ... (written by) (7 episodes, 1991-1993) Dava Savel ... (teleplay) (7 episodes, 1991-1993) Adam Barr ... (written by) (6 episodes, 1992-1994) Peter Ocko ... (written by) (6 episodes, 1992-1994) Kirk R. Thatcher ... (written by) (5 episodes, 1991-1994) Kirk R. Thatcher ... (story) (5 episodes, 1991-1994) Kirk R. Thatcher ... (teleplay) (5 episodes, 1991-1994) Victor Fresco ... (written by) (5 episodes, 1991-1992) Mark Drop ... (written by) (5 episodes, 1993-1994) Mark Drop ... (story editor) (5 episodes, 1993-1994) Steve Pepoon ... (story) (2 episodes, 1992) Steve Pepoon ... (written by) (2 episodes, 1992) Jane Espenson ... (written by) (2 episodes, 1994) Richard Day ... (written by) (1 episode, 1991) Lawrence H. Levy ... (written by) (1 episode, 1992) Richard Marcus ... (written by) (1 episode, 1993) Rich Tabach ... (written by) (1 episode, 1994)
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Dinosaurs (TV series)

American family sitcom television series

Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom television series that aired on ABC from April 26, 1991, through October 19, 1994, and reruns were shown on Disney Channel. The show, about a family of anthropomorphicdinosaurs, was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions and Jim Henson Television in association with Walt Disney Television and distributed by Buena Vista International, Inc.[3][4] The characters were designed by Henson team member Kirk Thatcher.

Origins and development[edit]

News stories written at the time of the show's premiere highlighted Dinosaurs' connection to Jim Henson, who had died the year before. Henson conceived the show in 1988, according to an article in The New York Times, adding he wanted it to be a sitcom, but about a family of dinosaurs. Until the success of The Simpsons, according to Alex Rockwell, a vice president of the Henson organization, "people thought it was a crazy idea."[5]

In the late 1980s, Henson worked with William Stout, a fantasy artist, illustrator and designer, on a feature film starring animatronic dinosaurs with the working title of The Natural History Project; a 1993 article in The New Yorker said that Henson continued to work on a dinosaur project (presumably the Dinosaurs concept) until the "last months of his life."[6]

The television division of The Walt Disney Company began working on the series in 1990 for CBS before the series landed on ABC, which Disney eventually acquired.[7]

Rafael Montemayor Aguiton of Vulture wrote that upon premiere the show "was a hit", and Michael Jacobs stated that this was why the network did not interfere much in the production.[8]

Aguiton wrote that ratings suffered from the show being moved to different time slots on the network.[8] The animatronics made the show relatively expensive, with Stuart Pankin recalling that "I heard it was the most expensive half-hour TV show, at least at that point" and that this contributed to the cancellation.[8]

Plot[edit]

Dinosaurs is initially set in 60,000,003 BC in Pangaea. The show centers on the Sinclair family: Earl Sneed Sinclair (the father), Fran Sinclair (née Phillips – the mother), their three children (son, Robbie; daughter, Charlene; and infant, Baby Sinclair) and Fran's mother, Ethyl.

Earl's job is to push over trees for the Wesayso Corporation with his friend and coworker Roy Hess, where they work under the supervision of their boss, Bradley P. Richfield.

Characters[edit]

The focus of the show's plot is the Sinclair family: Earl, Fran, Robbie, Charlene, Baby, and Ethyl. The family name is a reference to the Sinclair Oil Corporation, which has prominently featured a dinosaur as its logo and mascot for decades, under the now-rejected belief that petroleum deposits were formed during the age of the dinosaurs.[9] Other character and family names throughout the series often referred to rival petroleum companies and/or petroleum products. For example: Phillips, Hess, B.P., Richfield, and Ethyl, among others.

Main characters[edit]

Character Voice Body Face/Head Species Summary
Earl Sneed SinclairStuart PankinBill Barretta
Tom Fisher (occasionally)
Dave Goelz (Seasons 1–2)
Mak Wilson (Seasons 2–4)
MegalosaurusThe patriarch of the Sinclair family, Earl is the protagonist. He is a Megalosaurus and is depicted as being thick-headed and suggestible. Earl works as a Tree Pusher at the WESAYSO Development Corporation.
Frances Johanna "Fran" Phillips SinclairJessica WalterMitchel Young Evans (Seasons 1–2)
Tony Sabin Prince (Seasons 2–4)
Pons Maar (occasionally)
Allan TrautmanAllosaurusThe mother and homemaker of the Sinclair family. Fran is mentioned on the show as being an Allosaurus. On rare occasions, Fran wears fuzzy house slippers. Earl affectionately calls his wife "Frannie".
Robert Mark "Robbie" SinclairJason WillingerLeif TildenSteve Whitmire
Rob Mills (occasionally)
Julianne Buescher (eyes)
HypsilophodonEarl and Fran's son and oldest child, he is a Hypsilophodon. Robbie stands out with his red varsity jacket and bright red sneakers.
Charlene Fiona SinclairSally StruthersMichelan Sisti
Star Townshend (occasionally)
Arlene Lorre (Season 1, episode 1 only)
Bruce LanoilProtoceratopsEarl and Fran's only daughter and middle child, she is a Protoceratops. Charlene stands out by wearing sweaters, necklaces, and earrings.
Baby SinclairKevin ClashTerri Hardin (arms, Season 1–3)
Julianne Buescher (arms, Season 4)
Kevin Clash (head & mouth)
John Kennedy (eyes)
MegalosaurusEarl and Fran's son and youngest child, he is a Megalosaurus as stated by Earl. In the episode "Out of the Frying Pan," Baby is shown as a Ceratosaurus. His legal name is Baby Sinclair, which was given to him by the Chief Elder. Baby is sarcastic and wisecracking. His favorite thing to do is to hit Earl on the head with a frying pan. His catch phrases are "I'm the baby. Gotta love me.", "Again!" and "Not the mama!". Earl will often call his youngest son "Junior". For a while, the character was actually christened as "Aaah Aagh I'm Dying You Idiot Sinclair" (the unfortunate last words of a dying Chief Elder), but it wasn't until the end of the episode in which he received that hilariously crude name that new Chief Elder Edward R. Hero renamed him "Baby Sinclair", after one of his popular catchphrases.

Jacobs stated that the popularity of Baby contributed to the network allowing the creators to run the show as they saw fit, stating: "As long as the Baby hit his father over the head with a pot, we could use that to hide anything."[8]

Supporting characters[edit]

Character Voice Body Face/Head Species Comments
Ethyl Hinkleman PhillipsFlorence StanleyBrian Henson (seasons 1–2)
Rickey Boyd (seasons 3–4)
Kevin Clash (occasionally)
David Greenaway (occasionally)
Julianne Buescher (face, occasionally)
EdmontoniaEthyl is an Edmontonia who is Fran's mother, Earl's mother-in-law, and the maternal grandmother of Robbie, Charlene, and Baby. Ethyl comes to live with the Sinclairs, and is revealed to have a son named Stan (Fran's brother). Ethyl always wears house slippers and is wheel chair bound. Ethyl enjoys making fun of Earl and hitting him with her cane.
Roy Danger HessSam McMurrayPons Maar (body)
Julianne Buescher (arms)
David Greenaway Tyrannosaurus rexRoy is Earl's co-worker at the WESAYSO Development Corporation and best friend. He is a dimwitted Tyrannosaurus who also has a brother named Roy.
Bradley P. "B.P." RichfieldSherman HemsleySteve Whitmire
Rob Mills (occasionally)
Allan Trautman (occasionally)
Steve Whitmire
Rob Mills (occasionally)
StyracosaurusB.P. Richfield is Earl, Roy, Ralph, Gus, and Sid's heartless, aggressive and temperamental boss at the WESAYSO Development Corporation where he oversees the Tree Pushers. He is a Styracosaurus. In "Hungry for Love," it is revealed that Mr. Richfield has a daughter named Wendy.
Monica DevertebraeSuzie Plaksonn/aJulianne BuescherBrontosaurusA Brontosaurus and Fran's best friend who is the only four-legged dinosaur on the show. She is usually seen from the neck up where it took up to three to four people to operate the neck and head.
SpikeChristopher MeloniDavid Greenaway N/A PolacanthusHe is a semi regular character who resembles a Polacanthus with a bandana, a black leather jacket, and biker boots. Spike is Robbie's best friend who often refers to him as "Scooter." Spike is a bad influence on Robbie, and is fond of manipulating his friend into doing dangerous and/or humiliating things by belittling him.
Ralph Quincy NeedlenoseVarious Various Various TroodonA Troodon who is a co-worker of Earl and Roy at the WESAYSO Development Corporation. The Full-Bodied costume used for Ralph is often used for one-appearance minor characters.
Gustav Joseph "Gus" SpikebackVarious Various Various CeratosaurusA Ceratosaurus who is a co-worker of Earl and Roy at the WESAYSO Development Corporation. The Full-Bodied costume used for Gus is often used for one-appearance minor characters.
Sidney Tiberius "Sid" TurtlepussMichelan SistiJohn KennedyMichelan SistiPsittacosaurusA Psittacosaurus who is a co-worker of Earl and Roy at the WESAYSO Development Corporation. Sid is seen more than the other characters. He enjoys bagels and donuts. The Full-Bodied costume used for Sid is often used for one-appearance minor characters.
Mr. PulmanAllan TrautmanBruce Lanoil (first time)
Tom Fisher (later appearances)
Allan TrautmanTroodonA bespectacled Troodon who is Robbie, Charlene, Mindy, and Spike's teacher at Bob LaBrea High School. The Full-Bodied costume used for Mr. Pulman is often used for one-appearance minor characters.
MindyJessica LundyStar Townsend Julianne BuescherCorythosaurusA female Corythosaurus who is Charlene's best friend. There are two different characters with the same name that are both friends of Charlene. There are also two unrelated characters called Mindy:
  • One green-skinned character named Mindy only appeared in "Slave to Fashion."
  • A brown-skinned character also named Mindy appeared in "Charlene & Her Amazing Humans" and "Scent of a Reptile."
Howard HandupmeKevin ClashN/A N/A PachycephalosaurusA Walter Cronkite-esque Pachycephalosaurus who is the newscaster for DNN (short for Dinosaur News Network) which is a spoof of CNN. He is one of a few characters that isn't a Full-Bodied character.
Chief ElderVarious Voices Various Performers N/A Various species Also known as the Elder-in-Chief, the Chief Elder presides over all of the government in Pangaea. It is assumed that he is the head of the Council of Elders. There had been different Chief Elders in different appearances:
  • The first Chief Elder appeared in the two-part episode "Nuts to War" where he was a Protoceratops. He was performed by Steve Whitmire and voiced by George Gaynes.
  • The Dryptosaurus Chief Elder who died in the episode "And the Winner Is..." is voiced by Sam McMurray and was succeeded by political analyst Edward R. Hero (performed by Allan Trautman and voiced by Jason Bernard). He was about to name Baby Sinclair, but he was dying with the Stegosaurus name announcer thinking the Chief Elder named Baby "Aagh Aagh I'm Dying You Idiot Sinclair". This was the only Chief Elder that was a Full-Bodied character.
  • A suited Chief Elder that appeared in "Green Card" is performed by Mak Wilson and voiced by Joe Flaherty.
  • The Chief Elder that appeared in "The Greatest Story Never Sold" is performed by Allan Trautman and voiced by Tim Curry.
  • The Chief Elder that appeared in "The Golden Child" is voiced by Michael Dorn.
  • The Chief Elder that appeared in "Working Girl" is performed by Allan Trautman and voiced by Joe Flaherty.
Mr. LizardAllan TrautmanN/A N/A IguanodonMr. Lizard is a gray Iguanodon who is the star of Baby's favorite TV show "Ask Mr. Lizard" (a parody of the television show Watch Mr. Wizard). His show helpfully taught generations of children about science that was vaguely related to scientific principles, but mostly existed as a way of ridding the world of young dinosaurs named Timmy. After the often violent death of his assistant, Mr. Lizard would cheerfully call off-camera "We're going to need another Timmy!"

Other characters[edit]

The following characters are not in the Unisaurs category below:

Character Voice Body Face/Head Species Comments
Garrison "Gary"Steve LandesbergN/A N/A DilophosaurusGary is a 50 ft. Dilophosaurus dinosaur whose feet can only be seen. He appeared in the Dinosaurs episode "High Noon". He takes a romantic interest in Fran, and challenges Earl for her.
Henri Charles PouponTim CurryAllan Trautman (puppeteer) N/A ArchaeopteryxHenri Poupon is an Archaeopteryx appeared in the Dinosaurs episode "Getting to Know You." Henri is the father of Francois Poupon and husband of Simone Poupon. The Poupons are a family of birds who come from an unnamed country, clearly based on France. Henri is irritated by exchange student Charlene Sinclair. He is disappointed by the consumption of his own son, but feels that a big screen TV would help the healing process.
BlarneySteve WhitmireSteve WhitmireSteve WhitmireDeinonychusBlarney is a red Deinonychus hand-puppet character on Dinosaurs, intended as a spoof of Barney the Dinosaur. He appeared in Dinosaur TV segments in two fourth-season episodes – "Terrible Twos" and "Into the Woods." Blarney is adored by young children but is less popular with older viewers. He appears on videotapes released as part of the Blarney Home Video Library. Parents who order will "get a new video delivered to their child every hour for the next decade." Titles spoof not only the Barney franchise, but other commercials for mail-order videos, from fitness and health tapes to bridge, computers, and semi-religious quests.
GeorgieAllan Trautman (normal voice), Edward Asner (evil voice) Jack Tate Allan Trautman European hippopotamusGeorgie is a dinosaur dressed as a full bodied European hippopotamus. He is a children's TV icon who appeared in the Dinosaurs episode "Georgie Must Die." He appears as kind hearted. Georgie is actually a megalomaniac planning to take over the world through his financial empire and the devotion of the dinosaur children. After Earl was arrested for impersonating Georgie, Fran invited Georgie down to the police department to clear things up where he showed off his bad side when alone with Earl while stating that he was not pleased with Earl posing as him. Later that night, Earl learned about his motives from Jean-Claude and Brigitte upon them springing Earl from the police department. Earl later fought Georgie on his television show and ended up defeating him. During the credits, Howard Handupme reported that Georgie was arrested for tax evasion and racketeering following an investigation from what happened on his TV show. It was also mentioned that the Chief Elder has pardoned Earl of his crime of posing as Georgie and gave him the Key to the City. Roy ended up taking his place on TV as the eponymous "Uncle Roy." Georgie, like Blarney, is also a parody of Barney.

Unisaurs[edit]

Outside of the recurring characters, there are a group of dinosaur characters called Unisaurs. They are customizable dinosaur characters similar to the Whatnots from The Muppet Show and the Anything Muppets from Sesame Street. Some of the Unisaurs are Full-Bodied while the others are hand-puppets. They come in different types.

The following are the Full-Bodied Unisaurs:

Character Species Comments
LongsnoutDryptosaurusA generic green Dryptosaurus. This Unisaur was used for:
  • Ansel from the episode "Driving Miss Ethyl". His face was performed by Julianne Buescher, his body was performed by Pons Maar, and voice was provided by Michael McKean.
  • The Babysitter from the episode "Terrible Twos". His face was performed by Bruce Lanoil, his body was performed by Tom Fisher, and voice was provided by John Glover.
  • Buddy Glimmer from the episode "Family Challenge". His face was provided by David Greenaway, his body performed by Jack Tate, and his voice was provided by Sam McMurray.
  • The Devil from the episode "Life in the Faust Lane". His face was performed by Bruce Lanoil, his body was performed by Pons Maar, and his voice was provided by Tim Curry.
  • Dr. Ficus from the episode "Germ Warfare". His face was performed by Bruce Lanoil, his body was performed by Pons Maar, and his voice was provided by Charles Kimbrough.
  • Ed from the episode "Scent of a Reptile". His face was performed by David Greenaway, his body was performed by Jack Tate, and his voice provided by Thom Sharp.
  • Mel Luster from the episode "The Mating Dance". His face was performed by Bruce Lanoil, his body was performed by Jack Tate, and his voice was provided by Richard Portnow.
  • Walter Sternhagen from the episode "The Discovery". His face was performed by Bruce Lanoil, his body was performed by Pons Maar, and his voice was provided by Thom Sharp.
NeedlenoseTroodonA tall dinosaur resembling a Troodon with an elongated snout. In addition to being used for Mr. Pulman and Ralph Needlenose, this Unisaur was used for:
  • The Doctor from the episode "Golden Child". His face was performed by David Greenaway, his body was performed by Tom Fisher, and his voice was provided by Sam McMurray.
  • Glenda Molehill from the episode "Switched at Birth". Her face was performed by Bruce Lanoil, her body was performed by Tom Fisher, and her voice was provided by Mimi Kennedy.
  • Heather Worthington from the episode "A Slave to Fashion". Her face was performed by Terri Hardin, her body was performed by Tom Fisher, and her voice was provided by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
SpikebackCeratosaurusA bulky Ceratosaurus with a striped back, striped tail, and a nose horn. In addition to being used for Gus Spikeback, this Unisaur was used for:
  • Al "Sexual" Harris from the episode "What "Sexual" Harris Meant". His face performed by Bruce Lanoil, body performed by Jack Tate, and voice provided by Jason Alexander.
  • Bob the DMV Worker from the episode "Unmarried...With Children". His face was performed by David Greenaway, his body was performed by Jack Tate, and his voice was provided by David Wohl.
  • Gus Molehill from the episode "Switched at Birth". His face was performed by David Greenaway, his body was performed by Jack Tate, and his voice was provided by Jason Alexander.
  • The Job Wizard from "Career Opportunities." His face was performed by David Greenaway, his body was performed by Jack Tate, and his voice was provided by Jason Alexander.
TurtlepussPsittacosaurusA brown turtle-headed Psittacosaurus that was used as Earl's co-worker Sid Turtlepuss. This Unisaur was also used for:
  • The Clerk from the episode "The Son Also Rises". His face was performed by Bruce Lanoil, his body was performed by Jody St. Michael, and his voice was provided by Robert Picardo.
  • The Dinosaur Chief from the episode "Hurling Day". His face was performed by Kevin Clash, his body was performed by Michelan Sisti, and his voice provided by Harold Gould.
  • The Folk Singer from the episode "I Never Ate My Father". His face was performed by John Kennedy, his body was performed by Michelan Sisti, and his voice was provided by Steven Banks.
  • Frank from the episode "Fran Live". His body was performed by Michelan Sisti and his voice was provided by Thom Sharp.
  • General H. Norman Conquest from the episode "Nuts to War". His face was performed by John Kennedy, his body was performed by Michelan Sisti, and his voice was provided by Jason Alexander.
  • The Insurance Agent from the episode "Family Challenge". His face was performed by Bruce Lanoil, his body was performed by Jack Tate, and his voice was provided by Peter Bonerz.
  • Jean-Claude from the episode "Georgie Must Die". His face was performed by David Greenaway, his body was performed by Michelan Sisti, and his voice was provided by Tim Curry.
  • Mr. Myman from the episode "Out of the Frying Pan". His face was performed by David Greenaway, his body was performed by Leif Tilden, and his voice was provided by Michael McKean.
  • The Muse from the episode "Charlene's Flat World". His face was performed by John Kennedy, his body was performed by Jack Tate, and his voice was provided by Robert Picardo.
  • Officer Bettelheim from the episode "License to Parent". His face was performed by David Greenaway, his body was performed by Michelan Sisti, and voice was provided by Michael McKean.
  • The Odd Job Dinosaur from the episode "How to Pick Up Girls".
  • UFO Host from the episode "We Are Not Alone". His face was performed by Bruce Lanoil, his body was performed by Michelan Sisti, and his voice was provided by Jason Alexander.
  • Zabar from the episode "Germ Warfare." His face was performed by David Greenaway, his body was performed by Michelan Sisti, and his voice was provided by Dan Castellaneta.
Unnamed Female Unisaur ClassCorythosaurusA female Corythosaurus with a short snout, eyelashes, hair-like crest, and lighter-hued skin that was often used for Mindy. This Unisaur was also used for:
Unnamed Female Light Green UnisaurDryosaurusA female Dryosaurus with a short snout, eyelashes, hair-like three crest.

The Hand-Puppet Unisaurs are usually used for television personalities, elders, officials, audience members, and other characters that can be viewed from the waist up. Here are the following Unisaurs in that category:

Character Species Comments
Frilled blue dinosaur ProtoceratopsA blue Protoceratops that was used for the first Chief Elder in "Nuts to War" and was also used for:
  • Harold Heffer from the episode "What "Sexual" Harris Meant". He was performed by Bruce Lanoil and voiced by Jack Harrell.
  • Elder #2 from the episode "Charlene's Flat World".
  • Judge D. X. Machina from the episode "Earl's Big Jackpot". He was performed by Bruce Lanoil.
  • Shopper from the episode "Power Erupts."
Frilled green dinosaur LeptoceratopsA green Leptoceratops with a large muzzle that was used for various characters. Sometimes has horns to make it look like a Triceratops.
Crinkly-green humanoid-faced dinosaur MoschopsA crinkly-green humanoid-faced dinosaur that was used for the other Chief Elders and was also used for:
Gray Iguanodon-faced dinosaur IguanodonThat was often used for Mr. Lizard and other background appearances.
Cleft-chinned Albertosaurus-esque dinosaur AlbertosaurusThat was often used for Captain Action Figure, various newscasters, and various reporters.
Timmy-type MussaurusA child Unisaur that was often used for Timmy in the "Ask Mr. Lizard" TV show. Two variations of this Unisaur existed: a green one and a blue one.
Duckbilled blue dinosaur EdmontosaurusA blue Edmontosaurus that was used for:
Brown needlenose CoelophysisA brown puppet version of a Needlenose that was used for Mr. Otto Lynch from "What "Sexual" Harris Meant" (performed by Allan Trautman).
Stegosaurus StegosaurusA Stegosaurus puppet that was used for:
  • The Caroler from "Refrigerator Day".
  • Government Clerk from the episode "And the Winner Is..."
  • Newsboy from the episode "Charlene's Flat World".
  • USO Soldier from the episode "Nuts to War" Pt. 2.

The Stegosaurus puppet was also used several times as a student at Bob LaBrea High School.

Crested brown dinosaur CorythosaurusA crested-brown Corythosaurus that was used for:
  • The Guy in a Labcoat from the episode "Charlene's Flat World"
  • The Jury Foreman from the episode "Earl's Big Jackpot"
ParasaurolophusParasaurolophusThe Parasaurolophus puppet was often used for female characters starting in "Slave to Fashion."
VelociraptorVelociraptorThe Velociraptor puppet was used in the final season.

Episodes[edit]

Main article: List of Dinosaurs episodes

Topical issues[edit]

Although Dinosaurs is targeted at a family audience, the show touched upon multiple topical issues, which include environmentalism, endangered species, women's rights, sexual harassment, LGBT rights, objectification of women, censorship, civil rights, body image, steroid use, allusions to masturbation (in the form of Robbie doing the solo mating dance), drug abuse, racism (in the form of a dispute between the two-legged dinosaurs and the four-legged dinosaurs), peer pressure, rights of indigenous peoples (in the form of the dinosaurs interacting with cavepeople), corporate crime, government interference in parenting, and pacifism.[10]

In the episode "I Never Ate for My Father," in lieu of carnivorism, Robbie chooses to eat vegetables, and the other characters liken this to homosexuality, communism, drug abuse and counter culture.[11]

The 2-part episode "Nuts to War" was a satire of American involvement in the Gulf War, with two-legged dinosaurs going to war with four-legged dinosaurs over pistachios instead of oil.[12]

In the final season, "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" (a take-off of The Greatest Story Ever Told) references religion when the Sinclair family becomes eager to learn the meaning of their existence. The Elders dictate a new system of beliefs, and the entire cast (with the exception of Robbie) abandons science to blindly follow the newly popular "Potato-ism".

Another religious-themed episode was "The Last Temptation of Ethyl," in which Ethyl willingly allows a televangelist to exploit her near-death experience to extort money from followers. She backs out after having a second such experience, where instead of heaven, she experiences a "place not so nice": an existence surrounded by nothing but multiple Earl Sneed Sinclairs.

Several jokes in the series were at the expense of television shows in general. Earl often wants to watch TV rather than do something more practical, and several jokes accuse television of "dumbing down" the population and making it lazy.

Captain Action Figure shows up in children's programming that Fran mistakes for a commercial. Whenever Captain Action Figure mentions a product, the screen flashes "Tell Mommy I WANT THAT!". Before the appearance of Georgie, Dinosaurs used a puppet reminiscent of Barney the Dinosaur named "Blarney" in two episodes. During his appearances, members of the Sinclair family commented on his annoying characteristics and failure to teach anything to children.

The characters will sometimes break the fourth wall as well, especially Baby. An example of such is seen in the episode "Nature Calls" (Season 3, Episode 1) when Fran and Earl spell out words in front of Baby during an argument, who, after looking at the camera and saying "This could get ugly", proceeds to spell out "They think I can't spell" with his alphabet blocks.

Series finale[edit]

The series finale of Dinosaurs, titled "Changing Nature", depicts the irresponsible actions of the dinosaurs toward their environment, and the ensuing Ice Age which leads to their demise. In the episode, a swarm of bunch beetles do not show up as expected to devour a form of creeper vine. Charlene discovers that a wax fruit factory called FruitCo has been constructed by Wesayso-controlled swampland that serves as the bunch beetles' breeding grounds, causing the extinction of the species (save for one male named Stan) who were killed off by the developers. Charlene and Stan make this information public on the news. After getting a phone call from his superiors at Wesayso who are fearing a public relations nightmare more than any environmental threat, B.P. Richfield quickly puts Earl in charge of an attempt to destroy the vines, which have grown out of control without the beetles to keep them in check. Earl proposes spraying the planet with defoliant which causes the destruction of the vines, but also kills off all plant life on the planet. B.P. Richfield assumes that the creation of clouds will bring rain, allowing the plants to grow back, and so decides to create clouds by dropping bombs in the planet's volcanoes to cause eruptions and cloud cover. The dark clouds instead cause global cooling, in the form of a gigantic cloud cover that scientists, the viewer learns, estimate would take "tens of thousands of years" to dissipate. When he gets a call from Earl, B.P. Richfield dismisses this as a "4th quarter problem" and states that Wesayso is currently making record-breaking profits from the cold weather selling blankets, heaters, and hot cocoa mix as the result of the "cold snap". Later, Earl apologizes to his family and Stan for his actions that led to the end of the world. Baby is reassured by Robbie and Charlene that whatever happens, nobody is going to leave and that they will all stay together. Earl tries to assure everyone that it will work out okay, saying that dinosaurs have been on this Earth for 150 million years and it is not like they are going to just disappear. There is a brief shot of the wax fruit factory as it starts to get buried in snow. At DNN, Howard Handupme states that the weather forecast is the same. He concludes his broadcast by saying, "This is Howard Handupme. Good night. Goodbye." The ending credits roll with scenes of snow falling around the Sinclair home, signaling the start of a volcanic/nuclear winter.

Stuart Pankin, the voice of Earl, stated that the ending "was a simplistic and heartfelt social comment, yet it was very powerful" with "subtlety" being a defining aspect.[8]

The television series creators decided to make this finale as a way of ending the series as they knew the show could be canceled when they created season 4. Michael Jacobs stated that "We certainly wanted to make the episode to be educational to the audience", and as people knew dinosaurs were no longer alive, "The show would end by completing the metaphor and showing that extinction."[8]Ted Harbert, president of ABC, expressed discomfort at the ending in a telephone call, but allowed it to go forward.[8]

Jacobs stated that correspondence from parents revealed that "They understood the creativity in the final episode, and they were sad at the predicament we presented in the story."[8] Pankin stated that "Everybody was at first shocked, but I think it was more of a reaction to the show ending."[8] Pankin stated that he did not remember a significant number of audience members being angry about the ending.[8] In 2018, Jacobs stated that the episode would have trended on social media had it been released that year.[8]

Noel Murray of The A.V. Club stated that the episode "delivered as blunt an environmental message as any major network TV broadcast since The Lorax."[13] Brian Galindo of Buzzfeed described it as being shocking for children.[14]

Timothy Donohoo of CBR stated that "The show's climate change-oriented ending is also more topical than ever, as concerns over the opposite continue to bring into question humanity's carbon footprint."[15] Donohoo also stated that "Dinosaurs became TV's most shocking finale precisely because it opted not for some moderately funny ending joke, but to subvert all expectations by advancing an important message through the protagonists' house, and their world at large, being engulfed in a fatal freeze."[15]

International screening[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the show was screened on ITV in 1992 and in reruns from 1995 to 2002 on Disney Channel.[16] In Canada, the show started airing reruns in 1992 on The Family Channel and aired them until the late 1990s; the show also aired on CHRO-TV in the early-to-mid 1990s. In Australia, the show started airing on the Seven Network from February 1992 through to 1995. In Ireland, in the mid-1990s, it was shown on a Sunday evening on RTÉ Two (known as network 2 back then). In 1994, it was shown in Italy on Rai 1. The show has also aired on TV3, then moved in 2003 to TV2 in New Zealand, KBC in Kenya and M-Net in South Africa. In Brazil the show started airing on Rede Globo in 1992, on SBT from 2003 to 2005, on Band from 2007 to 2011, and on Canal Viva in 2014.[17]

As of January 2021, Dinosaurs is available on Disney+[18]

Home media[edit]

The first three volumes were released on VHS on December 6, 1991. On May 2, 2006, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons as a four-disc DVD box set. The DVD set includes "exclusive bonus features including a never-before-seen look at the making of Dinosaurs". The complete third and fourth seasons, also a four-disc DVD set, were released on May 1, 2007, with special features, including the episodes not aired on U.S. television. Both sets are currently available only in Region 1.

On September 29, 2017, Hulu acquired the streaming rights to Dinosaurs along with fellow Disney–ABC television properties Home Improvement and Boy Meets World, in addition to fellow TGIF programs Family Matters, Full House, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Perfect Strangers and Step by Step.[19]

Dinosaurs was added to Disney+ on January 29, 2021 for the US.[20]

Reception[edit]

As of November 2020, the series has an approval rating of 96% on review aggregatorRotten Tomatoes.[21] Its first season received a 93% approval rating: "Dinosaurs, marries astonishingly expressive puppetry with genuinely funny satire of social norms, making for a forward-thinking prehistoric sitcom."[22] While its fourth season received more critical praise, with a 100% approval rating.[23]Common Sense Media rated the series a three out of five stars and said: "Dino puppet-driven sitcom deals with modern issues."[24]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^"Brian Henson's Goal – Bringing 'Dinosaurs' To Tv'". Orlando Sentinel. April 20, 1991. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  2. ^Du Brow, Rick (February 23, 1991). "Television: The ratings success of CBS' Ed Sullivan, Mary Tyler Moore and 'All in the Family' retrospectives may doom innovative entries in the 'Twin Peaks' mode". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  3. ^Bibisi, Suzan (February 3, 1994). "'Dinosaurs' Takes Puppetry Into The Electronic Age". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  4. ^Cerone, Daniel (November 17, 1991). "Primal Secrets From the World of 'Dinosaurs'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  5. ^Kahn, Eve M. (April 14, 1991). "All in the Modern Stone Age Family". The New York Times.
  6. ^Owen, David. "Looking Out for Kermit", The New Yorker (Aug. 16, 1993.) (PDF)
  7. ^Grover, Ron. The Disney Touch. Homewood, IL: Business One Irwin, 1991. pp. 167–168.
  8. ^ abcdefghijkAguiton, Rafael Montemayor (August 7, 2018). "Dinosaurs: The Making of TV's Saddest, Strangest Sitcom Finale". Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  9. ^"DINO History | Sinclair Oil Corporation".
  10. ^Rosenberg, Howard (February 19, 1992). "Television: ABC series sinks its teeth into witty social commentary a la 'The Simpsons' and finds its metier". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 18, 2010.
  11. ^"Did Homosexuality Kill the Dinosaurs? - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved January 23, 2021.
  12. ^"Nostalgia Fact Check: How Does Dinosaurs Hold Up?". www.vulture.com. Retrieved August 11, 2021.
  13. ^Murray, Noel (July 21, 2011). "Dinosaurs, "Changing Nature"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  14. ^Galindo, Brian (May 14, 2013). ""Dinosaurs": The Most Traumatizing Series Finale Ever". Buzzfeed. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  15. ^ abDonohoo, Timothy (July 23, 2019). "25 Years Later, Dinosaurs Still has TV's Most Shocking Finale". CBR. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  16. ^"BBC – Comedy Guide – Dinosaurs". January 7, 2005. Archived from the original on January 7, 2005. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  17. ^"'Família Dinossauros' estreava há 25 anos. Veja curiosidades da série". revistaquem.globo.com. April 26, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2019.
  18. ^"When will 'Dinosaurs' be on Disney Plus? Find out what is the released date of the show". Republic World. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  19. ^Hatchett, Keisha (September 29, 2017). "This Is Not a Drill: Boy Meets World Is Now On Hulu". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  20. ^Spellberg, Claire (December 15, 2020). "Jim Henson's 'Dinosaurs' Is Finally Coming to Disney+ in January". Decider. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  21. ^"Dinosaurs" – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
  22. ^"Dinosaurs" – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
  23. ^"Dinosaurs" – via www.rottentomatoes.com.
  24. ^"Dinosaurs - TV Review". December 13, 2017.

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Dinosaurs was a half-hour sitcom which aired on ABC. The series, conceived just before Jim Henson's death, focused on a family of dinosaurs, the Sinclairs, and used ground-breaking full body, animatronic puppets.

The show was a joint venture that merged the talents and resources of Michael Jacobs Productions, The Jim Henson Company, and Disney's Touchstone Entertainment. Dinosaurs made use of a system known as animatronics to express and alter the dinosaurs' facial movements, a process developed by Brian Henson and his team at the LondonCreature Shop.

The show was an effective parody of human life and the American sitcom. Dinosaurs was set in the year 60,000,003 BC. Just a million years earlier, the dinosaurs behaved like animals, eating their offspring and living in swamps. But now they had evolved, raising families, living in houses, working, and paying taxes.

Earl Sinclair, a megalosaurus, works for the WESAYSO Development Corporation, under the direction of triceratops B.P. Richfield, leveling forests to make way for housing developments. Earl's wife Fran, an allosaurus, runs the house and family. The Sinclairs have three children: 14-year-old son Robbie; 12-year-old daughter Charlene; and 1-year-old Baby Sinclair, whose birth is recounted in the pilot.

The series has been released on DVD by Buena Vista Home Entertainment. The first box set, Dinosaurs: The Complete First and Second Seasons, was released in May 2006. The second set, Dinosaurs: The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons, was released in May 2007. The series has also been released to Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ (as of 2021).

Origins

News articles written at the time of the premiere highlighted the show's connection to Jim Henson, who had died the year before. "Jim Henson dreamed up the show's basic concept about three years ago," said a New York Times article in April, 1991. "'He wanted it to be a sitcom with a pretty standard structure, with the biggest differences being that it's a family of dinosaurs and their society has this strange toxic life style,' said Brian Henson. But until The Simpsons took off, said Alex Rockwell, a vice president of the Henson organization, 'people thought it was a crazy idea.'"[1] A 1993 article in The New Yorker said that Henson continued to work on a dinosaur project until the "last months of his life."[2]

Henson was working with designer William Stout in the late 80s on a feature film with animatronic dinosaurs, with the working title of The Natural History Project; Henson contacted Stout about the project again in the last months of his life. That project may have been the inspiration for Dinosaurs.

The television division of The Walt Disney Company had begun working on the series in 1990 for CBS, before the series landed on ABC.[3]

Notes

  • Many of the dinosaur characters' names were based on the names of oil companies (Sinclair, Phillips, Hess, Richfield) or the categories of fuels they produced, like Ethyl. Sinclair Oil in particular is known for its dinosaur mascot.
  • B.P. Richfield's first and middle initials were inspired by British Petroleum.
  • Seven episodes of the show were filmed and produced, but did not air in the initial run of the series. They were however included in the syndication package.
  • At one point a Dinosaurs movie was planned, but never produced.[2]
  • In 1993, Michael Jacobs produced a pilot for Fox, referred to as First Family and The Ooog Show, which would have focused on cavemen and essentially continued the same concept as dinosaurs with mammals. Jacobs and Dinosaurs staff writers Tim Doyle and Bob Young wrote the script. The cast included several Dinosaurs alums: Joe Flaherty starred as caveman patriarch Ooog, while guest actors in the pilot included Suzie Plakson as Zsa Zsa and Michelan Sisti as "4th Caveman." The series was not picked up.

Cast

Puppeteers:Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kevin Clash, Bill Barretta, Rickey Boyd, Julianne Buescher, Kevin Carlson, Mitchell Young Evans, Tom Fisher, David Greenaway, Terri Hardin, Brian Henson, John Kennedy, Bruce Lanoil, Arlene Lorre, Pons Maar, Noel MacNeal, Drew Massey, Rob Mills, James Murray, David Rudman, Tony Sabin Prince, Michelan Sisti, Jodi St. Michael, Jack Tate, Leif Tilden, Allan Trautman, Mak Wilson

Regular Voices:

Recurring Voices:Jason Alexander, Tim Curry, Michael Dorn, Joe Flaherty, John Glover, Joyce Kurtz, Jessica Lundy, Michael McKean, Robert Picardo, Glenn Shadix, Thom Sharp

Guest Voices:Shaun Baker, Jason Bernard, Pat Crawford Brown, Stephen Caffrey, Ken Hudson Campbell, Dan Castellaneta, Conchata Ferrell, George Gaynes, Buddy Hackett, Jack Harrell, Sally Kellerman, Mimi Kennedy, David Leisure, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Edie McClurg, Kate McGregor-Stewart, Susan Norfleet, Gary Owens, Michael Richards, Richard Simmons, Jeffrey Tambor, Fred Travalena, John Vernon, Paxton Whitehead, David Wohl

Paxton Whitehead appeared on-camera as paleontologist Sir David Tushingham to host two clip shows.

Sources

  1. ↑Kahn, Eve M. "All in the Modern Stone Age Family", The New York Times. April 14, 1991.
  2. 2.02.1Owen, David. "Looking Out for Kermit", The New Yorker. August 16, 1993.
  3. ↑Grover, Ron. The Disney Touch. Homewood, IL: Business One Irwin, 1991. pp. 167-168.

See also

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  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Most of the characters wear everything but pants, and it's not just the men. Fran and Charlene might wear a nightdress if they were going to sleep, otherwise the female characters all are pantsless too. Lampshaded in the "smoo" episode, when censorship goes amuck, Earl shows that, as part of the push for censorship, the pants that he suddenly is forced to wear, to Fran's horror.
    • Averted with B.P. Richfield: While there were never any full-body shots of Richfield on the series, the toy of the character wears pants. He's also frequently shown to wear suspenders, so it'd be pretty pointless of him to wear a garment that's meant to hold up an article of clothing he isn't wearing.
    • Technically also averted with Baby Sinclair, since he wears a diaper.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: Earl is a Megalosaurus. Fran is, according to Word of God, an Allosaurus. What their children are is anyone's guess. On the behind-the-scenes feature for the DVD, the creators admit that the kids' designs aren't based on any real dinosaurs and are made-up (though Charlene does resemble a Protoceratops while fans peg Robbie to be a Hypsilophodon).
  • Predation Is Natural: What else would the carnivorous dinosaurs like Earl are supposed to eat?
  • Theme Naming: Several characters are named for oil companies. Fossil fuels, get it?

     The Sinclair family 

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Voiced by: Stuart Pankin
Puppeteered by: Dave Goelz (season 1, early season 2), Mak Wilson (mid-season 2 onward)
Suit performed by: Bill Barretta (most episodes), Tom Fisher (occasional, seasons 2-3)

The not-quite-bright patriarch of the family, who works as a tree pusher for the WESAYSO Corporation.


  • Affectionate Nickname: Roy calls him "Pally Boy".
  • Apologizes a Lot: He gets like this when faced with his boss, law enforcement, or Elder Dinosaurs.
  • Boisterous Weakling: Earl calls himself the "Mighty Megalosaurus" and loves to throw his weight around at home, but several characters can cow him with no trouble. When he *does* fight, he tends to get his ass kicked easily.
  • Bumbling Dad: To a T. The show's most common running gag is that Earl simply can't control his youngest son, Baby.
  • Butt-Monkey: Emphasized that his life sucks on a daily basis in "The Son Also Rises" what working a minimum wage job to support his family and comes home to get hit in the face by Baby for being not the mama.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Even in the episodes where his complaints seemed to have a certain degree of validity, he was always proved 100% wrong by the coda. Lampshaded/subverted in "License to Parent". In the final scene of the episode Earl gripes about how "you were right, I was wrong... Fran is perfect and Earl learns another lesson." Fran disagrees, saying that perhaps she learned the lesson this time around.
  • Cowardly Lion: He once attempted to fight with a dinosaur over a hundred times his size, knowing full-well that he had no possible chance of winning. The situation resolved itself in the end, though he did give the other guy's toe a good walloping.
  • Dad the Veteran: "The Mating Dance" reveals that he spent a few years in the Pangean Navy before he and Fran got married, though it's mostly used to introduce a hilariously-bad sex ed video from said navy.
  • Deal with the Devil: He once traded his soul for a mug with a devil. Fortunately, the mug came with a guarantee of refund for unsatisfied customers which Earl found when the devil was about to collect. Earl's refund came as a Reset Button Ending that made time come back at the moment the devil showed up to offer the deal in the first place.
  • Dirty Coward / Lovable Coward: Whether his cowardice is meant to be endearing or shameful depends on the episode.
  • Expy: He's basically what you'd get if Ralph Kramden were a dinosaur.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Earl thinks he is this compared to his sister Pearl, as he got a job and stopped dreaming about a career in Country music. Given that it led Pearl to leave her family and leave them at a bad time, he's not wrong.
  • Happily Married: He and Fran bicker, he often takes her for granted, and they only have sex on Thursdays, but he adores her and will do whatever he can when his marriage appears to be threatened.
  • Henpecked Husband: Fran can be quite aggressive and condescending towards him.
  • Hidden Depths: A bumbling bluecollar father that used to sing Country and can still do it with little retraining.
  • I Have No Sister: Earl disowns his twin sister Pearl for getting into the country music business. To him, she abandoned their family at the worst possible time. They're able to patch things up.
  • Informed Species: He looks more like an overweight lizard than a Megalosaurus.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: In his prime, Earl was incredibly buff.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: In a dream sequence in And the Winner Is... he accidentally causes a nuclear war. Then he causes the end of the dinosaurs for real in Changing Nature.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: While not truly malicious about it, whenever prejudice is stoked against four-legged dinosaurs (such as in "Nuts to War" or "Green Card"), he'll be one of the first to espouse bigoted views, particularly to Monica.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Megalosaurus is one of the Stock Dinosaurs, but is rarely seen in media.
  • Straw Character: Generally shown to be very conservative and close-minded. He will belittle Robbie and Monica for their more progressive views by calling them "left-wing".
  • Straw Misogynist: When episodes tackled gender relations, Earl (along with other male characters) would often be put into this position.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: The conflict of many episodes is driven by Earl's selfishness and shortsightedness.
  • Weak-Willed: Earl is browbeaten and manipulated by everyone from his wife to his boss to his infant son. Beyond this, if a tactic is said to only work on the impressionable, rest assured he'll fall for it. In one instance, after insisting he would no longer be swayed by a greedy doctor's smooth talk, Earl is somehow mesmerized by the doctor's excellent penmanship. Unfortunately this is what ended up leading to the extinction of dinosaurs as he couldn't bring himself to object to WESAYSO and Richfield's methods at a critical moment and allowed them to proceed with their plans, which in turn lead to an ice age.
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Voiced by:Jessica Walter
Puppeteered by: Allan Trautman
Suit performed by: Tony Sabin Prince (late Season 2-4), Mitchel Young Evans (season 1), Pons Maar (early season 2)

Earl's wife. The Closer to Earth matriarch.


  • Flat Character: She mainly exists just to personify Voice of Reason and Women Are Wiser.
  • Happily Married: She truly does love her husband Earl. In "High Noon", she is even offended by her mother suggesting she ditch Earl and says to her suitor's face that Earl is the only man she'll ever love.
  • Hypocrite: Defends the religion of Potato-ism in "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" claiming "Some answers are better than no answers" but then chastises it only because it almost ended up getting her son and husband burned at stakes for heresy. Nobody ever notices her hypocrisy.
  • Informed Species: Despite being offically identified as an Allosaurus, she more closely resembles an Iguanodon, with a splash of Dilophosaurus due to her crests. She does start to look a bit more like anAllosaurusin the later seasons, however.
  • Not So Above It All: While she's usually more sensible than Earl, there are occasions where she is the one who is reckless or in the wrong.
    • In "Wilderness Weekend", she gets drunk because Earl and his friends accidentally left the beer at home and took the coffee with them instead. The inebriation causes her and the other women she's with to be more open about their attraction to the opposite sex. Earl is shown to be a bit disturbed by his wife being forward with him.
    • In "Out of the Frying Pan", she becomes rather obsessed with making Baby a star. Even after Earl warns her that she's letting Baby's popularity go to her head, she doesn't snap out of it until she has an Imagine Spot of Baby resenting her in his adulthood.
    • In "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", nearly every dinosaur gets brainwashed by the new religion known as "potato-ism", Fran included. Fran doesn't come to her senses until her own son Robbie, the only person to openly dissent with this new religion, is sentenced to being burned at the stake for being a non-believer.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: An Allosaurus
  • Voice of Reason: She tends to be the sensible one and tries to tell the rest of the family to make the right decisions. Sometimes even the voice of simple logic.
  • Women Are Wiser: She's always trying her hardest to steer Earl in the right direction.
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Voiced by: Jason Willinger
Puppeteered by: Steve Whitmire (most episodes), Rob Mills (occasional, season 3)
Suit performed by: Leif Tilden

The oldest son.


  • Big Brother Instinct: Depending on the episode, he can be caring about his younger siblings. In "Little Boy Boo", he was genuinely concerned when he thought Baby Sinclair was choking on a cookie and he was willing to make up with his little brother after scaring him. In "Charlene's Flat World", he did his best to help his sister when she was being charged for "malicious thinking".
  • A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: The Boy to Charlene's Girl and Baby's Baby.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Robbie knows a lot about social justice and is the smartest member of the family in terms of intellect, but he doesn't really apply himself in regards to school. His teacher notes in his report card in "The Mighty Megalosaurus" that he has potential.
  • Cartoon Creature: Just what kind of dinosaur is he supposed to be? The creators even claimed he's not supposed to be a real dinosaur. Fanon generally pegs him as a Hypsilophodon.
  • Not So Above It All: He may be smart, but he's still a teenager, and still at the mercy of his hormones and inexperience.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Rare male example. His red tennis shoes stand out very strongly against every other character's bare feet.
  • Only Sane Man: On quite a few occasions, he is presented as the only rational and reasonable character on the show. The most notable example is in "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", where he's the only dinosaur who knows that the new religion of "potato-ism" is only being used to manipulate everyone and to prevent them from thinking for themselves.
  • Sibling Rivalry: He sometimes gets into petty arguments with his sister Charlene.
  • Soapbox Sadie: Every social issue that comes up in the series, it's a good bet the one that's crusading for social justice is Robbie.
  • Teen Genius: In terms of pure intellect, Robbie is probably the smartest member of the family. He once built a prototype for an endlessly renewable source of energy, and even built a rocket ship.
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Voiced by:Sally Struthers
Puppeteered by: Bruce Lanoil
Suit performed by: Michelan Sisti (most episodes), Arlene Lorre (first episode), Star Townshend ("Out of the Frying Pan")

The daughter and Robbie and Baby's sister.


  • A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: The Girl to Robbie's Boy and Baby's Baby.
  • A-Cup Angst: In "Charlene's Tale," Charlene wallows in self-pity that she is the only girl at school who hasn't grown an adult tail yet, tails essentially being used as a stand-in for breasts. She even tries to buy a prosthetic one until she eventually catches up with puberty.
  • Cartoon Creature: She looks like a theropod with a ceratopsian frill.
  • Catchphrase: She occasionally says "La-la-la" to herself.
  • The Ditz: She's initially very vapid and silly, and even expressing a desire to marry a guy who'll do her thinking for her. She matures as the series goes on.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: In "Charlene and Her Amazing Humans", Charlene feels underappreciated by her family since she's the middle child. When her human act becomes a huge success, her parents start praising her and she pushes onward with her act just to bathe in their praise. When she finally lets the human children go, she feels as if she will fade into obscurity again until her parents tell her that she doesn't need to do anything to earn their love.
  • Soapbox Sadie: She starts off as someone shallow, but by the end of the series, she becomes an example of this on par with her brother, Robbie. This is most blatant in "Changing Nature", where she rails against WESAYSO for condemning the Bunch Beetles to extinction.
  • Sibling Rivalry: She sometimes argues and fights with her brother Robbie.
  • Teen Genius: Shows definite signs of this, particularly later on in the series. She is made a supervisor at WESAYSO and devises a system to boost productivity to atmospheric heights.
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Voiced by: Kevin Clash
Puppeteered by: Kevin Clash (face), John Kennedy (eyes), Terri Hardin (arms, seasons 1-3, uncredited), Julianne Buescher (arms, season 4, uncredited), Brian Henson (occasional lead puppeteer, season 2), Rickey Boyd (occasional lead puppeteer, seasons 3-4), Steve Whitmire (lead puppeteer, "Earl and Pearl")

The youngest.


  • A Boy, a Girl, and a Baby Family: The Baby to Robbie's Boy and Charlene's Girl.
  • Abusive Offspring: Anytime he and Earl share screen time, expect Baby to bludgeon him with something while screaming his war-cry of "NOT THE MAMA!", especially if it's a frying pan.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: He's the Sinclairs' youngest child and can be quite troublesome. Taken Up to Eleven in "Terrible Twos", where he acts like he's possessed solely because he turned two years old. They're only able to undo the curse by lying and throwing him a fake Third birthday party.
  • Catchphrase:
    • I'm the baby, gotta love me!
    • NOT THE MAMA!
    • Again! (after something dangerous/painful happens to him)
  • Extreme Omnivore: Even for a dinosaur Baby Sinclair has no standards when it comes to food. He likes to try to eat pests (and pets) in the Sinclair house. If hungry enough he'll even try to eat his own tail.
  • His Name Really Is "Barkeep": "Baby" is his given name. The Sinclairs were so frustrated by the hassle involved in naming him that they took the easy way out. In one episode, they sent him to the Elder to give him a real name but the Elder died and due to a technicality, he was named after the Elder's dying words, "Aaah Aagh I'm Dying You Idiot". At the end of the episode, the new Elder named him "Baby" and this time, it stuck.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of often being an irksome pest to his family, he occasionally shows that he does care for them.
  • Kid-Appeal Character: While the show is for a general audience while dealing with heavy themes, Baby Sinclair appeals to young children the most, and was prominently featured in merchandise because of this.
  • Momma's Boy: He really loves "the Mama".
  • OOC Is Serious Business: In one episode he becomes violently ill from a tainted pacifier. In the later stages of the illness, Baby deliriously tells Earl that he loves him (and even calls him "daddy" instead of "not the Mama"). This horrifies Earl, making him realize that he was on the verge of death.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Whenever something dangerous or painful happens to him, he says "Again!"
  • Vocal Evolution: As the series progressed, Baby started sounding more and more like Elmo. Bonus points for both characters being performed and voiced by Kevin Clash.
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Voiced by: Florence Stanley
Puppeteered by: Brian Henson (seasons 1-2), Ricky Boyd (season 2 onward), David Greenaway (occasional), Kevin Clash (occasional)

Fran's elderly mother.


  • Deadpan Snarker: Has a sarcastic outlook on life, especially in regards to her son-in-law.
  • Doting Grandparent: Particularly with Baby, though she has moments of this with Robbie and Charlene.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: To Earl. She's completely ready to die in The Hurling, but as soon as she hears Earl complain that her continued survival would make his life miserable, she decides she does have something to live for after all.
  • Sole Survivor: In the episode where Earl drives her to her high school reunion, they spend the trip over arguing, and Ethyl tells Earl that once she meets up with her friends, they will finalize their plans to move in together so she won't have to put up with Earl anymore. At the reunion, the M.C. informs them that she's the last surviving member of her graduate class, and she falls into a funk, saying she's alone. On the way home, Earl joins her in singing the song he found annoying, and cheers her up.
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Voiced by: Susan Norfleet
Puppeteered by: Ricky Boyd
Suit performed by: Tom Fisher

Earl's younger sister.


  • Cool Aunt: In contrast to her brother's stubborn and strict attitude, Pearl is open-minded and laid back.
  • Country Music: She makes a career doing this.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: Exaggerated, Pearl is almost physically identical to Earl bar her lipstick and clothes.

     WeSaySo Corporation 

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Voiced by:Sherman Hemsley
Puppeteered by: Steve Whitmire (most episodes), Rob Mills (occasional, season 3)
Suit performed by: Allan Trautman (occasional)

Earl's loud, vehement, tyrannical boss.


  • Ascended to Carnivorism: Despite being a Triceratops, he has been known to eat meat, including two mammals involved in an Adam and Eve Plot, and his daughter Wendy's ex-boyfriends. He even tried to eat Earl when the latter talked to him about the importance of family over work (he stopped himself upon learning that Earl could still be useful to the company).
  • Always a Bigger Fish: There's only one dinosaur that he's truly afraid of... HIS boss.
  • Big Bad: The closest thing the show has for one, since a lot of conflicts are caused by his actions.
  • Berserk Button: Efficiency, including any and all mention of "the E Word". He angrily fires Charlene for making WESAYSO's tree-pushing operation more efficient.
  • Carnivore Confusion: He's supposed to be a Triceratops, an herbivore dinosaur, but he ate his daughter's boyfriends and a pair of mammals and occasionally threatened to eat his employees. The only time he ever eats plants like a real Triceratops is in "A New Leaf", but only as a drug addiction.
    • Possibly justified as several paleontologists believe ceratopsians might have been omnivorous.
  • Child Hater: With the singular exception of his daughter, he has been repeatedly been shown to hate kids, to the point of eating them. He employs Robbie and Charlene at different points in the series, and isn't any fonder of them than he is of Earl.
  • Catchphrase: Sinclair! In here, now!
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Reaches its peak in "Changing Nature", where he's willing to bring the world to an end if it will enable him to make a lot of money. It had already been shown how corrupt he is in "Nuts to War", when WESAYSO not only sells weapons to the two-legged dinos government but also to the enemy, four-legged dino army.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He cares very deeply about his daughter Wendy...unfortunately for her ex-boyfriends.
  • Evil Genius: He's far more intelligent than most of the male dinosaurs in the series, but he only uses his intellect for evil purposes.
  • Faux Affably Evil:
    • As Earl and, most of all, the Grapdelites, found out the hard way in Endangered Species, where his promise to take care of the last Grapdelites turns out to mean that he'll devour them.
    • His Image Song "Cold-Blooded Guy" is a perfect example of this. He states such things as loving his family because "they were delicious" and responding to Earl's request for some time off by saying "Well, how 'bout the rest of your life?", an implied threat to fire him.

    Richfield: I feed my dogs...to my snakes, that is! 'Cause I'm a cold-blooded guy!

  • Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: Despite the real Triceratops having been a quadruped, Richfield is only ever seen standing on two legs (which may explain why his hypocrisy in discriminating against four-legged dinosaurs is never acknowledged).
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He tends to get infuriated at the drop of a hat.
  • Image Song: Cold-Blooded Guy, which he sings on the album "Big Songs".
  • Informed Species: Despite being officially a Triceratops (and has the horns of one), his spiked frill is more akin to a Styracosaurus.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Near the end of Endangered Species he seemed moved by Earl's explanation of the Grapdelites status as the last of their kind and told Earl that the Wesayso will take care of the two creatures. Then we see Mr. Richfield laughing smugly and we, and Earl, hear a horrifying crunch.
  • Karma Houdini Warranty: He avoids getting punished for every one of his misdeeds until the series finale. He may have all of that money but he won't be able to enjoy it.
  • Knight Templar Parent: He's eaten every ex-boyfriend his daughter has dated after they broke her heart (not after, while they were dating his daughter). Naturally, this raises problems for the Sinclair family once Robbie starts dating her.
  • Large and in Charge: He's massive and the boss of Earl.
  • Large Ham: He tends to speak loudly and with a lot of vigor.
  • Let Me at Him!: Richfield tries to murder Earl at the Chief Elder election debate after Earl reveals that he was picked by Richfield to lose the election so Richfield can be elected to the position. He had to be restrained by 3 dinosaurs while the debate was being broadcast live on national television.
  • Mean Boss: He quite often belittles, threatens, and insults his employees for no reason.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: The "B" is revealed to be "Bradley" as his mother calls him that in "Earl's Big Jackpot" but the "P" remains a mystery.
  • Not So Above It All: In "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", even he freaks out over not knowing the meaning of life.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Earl's body is possessed by the soul of a tree, Mr. Richfield reacts with pure shock and disbelief when he is told "NO" by someone who isn't afraid of him.
  • Only in It for the Money: His motivation for almost everything he does is to get a lot of cash.
  • Overprotective Dad: Taken Up to Eleven with Mr. Richfield. He's so overprotective, he actually eats his daughters boyfriends. (He claims he only wanted to talk to the first one, but he lost his temper, and "after that, it was like eatin' peanuts.")
  • Spikes of Villainy: B.P. Richfield has a lot of horns on his frill.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: A Triceratops.
  • Straw Misogynist: WESAYSO is full of these, but Richfield is by far the worst of them. He refuses to fire or discipline Al "Sexual" Harris, despite fully acknowledging that his behavior towards Monica was totally inappropriate.
  • Temper-Ceratops: Richfield is a Triceratops who is very short-tempered and intimidates and demeans his employees, especially Earl.
  • Villain Song: The aforementioned "Cold-Blooded Guy", where he gloats about what a despicable and cruel individual he is.
  • Wealth's in a Name: Despite everyone being named for oil companies, Richfield gets two (BP stands for British Petroleum, and Richfield for the last name), which indicate his status amoung the dinosaurs.
  • You Are What You Hate: In episodes like "Green Card", he promotes racism against four-legged dinosaurs even though he is a Triceratops, a four-legged dinosaur.

Voiced by: Sam McMurray
Puppeteered by: David Greenaway (face), Julianne Buescher (arms, uncredited)
Suit performed by: Pons Maar

Earl's buddy and co-worker.


     Other Characters 

Voiced by: Suzie Plakson
Puppeteered by:Julianne Buescher

Fran's friend, and the only four-legged dinosaur seen on the show.


  • Does Not Like Men: She doesn't HATE them, but she doesn't much care for them, and prefers her independence. She can get along with them if they aren't willfully ignorant though, which is why she dates Roy.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Roy, a Tyrannosaurus rex.
  • Meaningful Name: Her last name. As a Brontosaurus, she has a lot of vertebrae.
  • Mentor in Sour Armor: To Charlene. She gives Charlene advice and encouragement in her pursuits, but fully understands that she will not have a fair chance in a male-dominated world.
  • Odd Name Out: Of the major characters, she's the only one to not have a last name related to a real-life oil or gas company.
  • Statuesque Stunner: In Roy's eyes.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: A Brontosaurus.
  • Women Are Wiser: In general. She's about averagely intelligent, but it doesn't help much in this mad world.

Voiced by:Christopher Meloni
Puppeteered and suit performed by: David Greenawaynote Spike always has one hand in his pocket, allowing his suit performer to also operate his face, John Kennedy (assistant, "Dirty Dancing")

Robbie's best friend, and the local troublemaker.


  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: He's had quite a few girlfriends in the past, and tries to get Robbie a date with his crush by pretending to get beaten up by him.
  • Bad Butt: He's never seen actually committing any crime or beating anybody up despite his threats.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Never seen without his leather jacket.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite appearing to be the "bad influence" character, he's one of the few other teenage dinosaur to show genuine concern for Robbie's well-being, even going well out of his way to help him.
  • Meaningful Name: As a Polacanthus, he's covered in spikes.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Yelling in Robbie's ear when he had a throbbing headache in "Steroids to Heaven." Though to be fair, Robbie did kind of deserve it.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Polacanthus rarely shows in mainstream media.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Subverted. His spikes look menacing, but he's generally well-intentioned.
  • The Nicknamer: He calls Robbie "Scooter."
  • Tough Armored Dinosaur: He's a Polacanthus (a type of ankylosaur) and the resident Bad Butt of Robbie's peer group.

Voiced and puppeteered by: Kevin Clash

The chief newscaster at Dinosaurs News Network.


  • Cartoon Creature: It's unclear just what kind of dinosaur he is since he doesn't especially resemble any known Real Life species.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He’s styled after Walter Cronkite, delivering the news in a simple but effective way.
  • Punny Name: "Handupme" refers to the fact that Howard is a puppet that is operated by hand.
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