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Dinosaurs: The Complete Third And Fourth Seasons [1992] (4 discs)

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Composer:Bruce Broughton
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MPAA Rating:TV-PG
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IMDB Rating:7.5/10
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Synopsis: Dinosaurs follows the life of a family of dinosaurs, living in a modern world. They have TVs, fridges, etc. The only humans around are cavemen, who are viewed as pets and wild animals.


Reaction: Fun. Funny. Iconic. Creative. Foam Rubber. There's no end of fun words to describe this show.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Guest Cast
Brian Henson => Arthur Rizzic (Nature Calls)
Richard Simmons => Richard Simmons Dinosaur (voice) (Nature Calls)
Sally Kellerman => Pteranodon (voice) (Nature Calls)
Charles Kimbrough => Dr. Ficus (voice) (Germ Warfare)
Dan Castellaneta => Zabar (voice) (Germ Warfare)
Chuck Varesko => Television Announcer (Green Card)
Joe Flaherty => Chief Elder (voice) (Green Card)
Conchata Ferrell => Shelly (voice) (Dirty Dancin')
Cynthia Mace => Myma (The Clip Show II)
Darcy Lee => Kathy (The Clip Show II)
David Wohl => Bob (voice) (The Clip Show II)
Holly Atkinson => Julie (The Clip Show II)
Jeffrey Lampert => Ted (The Clip Show II)
John Hawkes => Andrew (The Clip Show II)
Paxton Whitehead => Sir David Tushingham (The Clip Show II)
David Warner => Spirit of the Tree (voice) (If I Were a Tree)
Michael McKean => Kyle (voice) (If I Were a Tree)
Edward Asner => Evil Georgie (regular) (voice) (Georgie Must Die!)
Tim Curry => Jean-Claude (voice) (Georgie Must Die!)
Elizabeth Collins => Leeza (voice) (Out of the Frying Pan)
Jason Alexander => Grown Baby (voice) (Out of the Frying Pan)
Michael McKean => Mr. Myman (voice) (Out of the Frying Pan)
Glenn Shadix => Monster (voice) (Driving Miss Ethyl)
Michael McKean => Ansel (voice) (Driving Miss Ethyl)
Glenn Shadix => Ray (voice) (Scent of a Reptile)
Jason Alexander => Stu (voice) (Network Genius)
Robert Picardo => Ted (voice) (Network Genius)
Jason Alexander => UFO! Host / Announcer (voice) (We Are Not Alone)
Jeffrey Tambor => Hank Hibler (voice) (Charlene and Her Amazing Humans)
Tiffany Taubman => Caveling (Charlene and Her Amazing Humans)
Jessica Lundy => Mindy (voice) (Getting to Know You)
Tim Curry => Henri Poupon (voice) (Getting to Know You)
John Glover => Prosecutor (voice) (Charlene's Flat World)
Michael McKean => Guy in the Lab Coat (voice) (Charlene's Flat World)
Pat Crawford Brown => Stenographer (voice) (Charlene's Flat World)
Paxton Whitehead => Judge (voice) (Charlene's Flat World)
Robert Picardo => Muse (voice) (Charlene's Flat World)
John Glover => Babysitter (voice) (The Terrible Twos)
Michael McKean => Dr. Herder (voice) (The Terrible Twos)
Jon Polito => Ty Warner (voice) (Swamp Music)
Julius Carry => Mudbelly (voice) (Swamp Music)
Joyce Kurtz => Katie (voice) (Changing Nature)
Michael McKean => Bryant (voice) (Changing Nature)
Kate McGregor-Stewart => Neighbor No. 3 (voice) (Baby Talk)
Thom Sharp => Larry (voice) (Baby Talk)
Kirk R. Thatcher => Wereman (as Kirk Thatcher) (voice) (Little Boy Boo)
Michael McKean => Hank (voice) (Life in the Faust Lane)
Tim Curry => The Devil (Life in the Faust Lane)
Michael McKean => Ed (voice) (Earl, Don't Be a Hero)
Michael McKean => Inspector (voice) (Working Girl)
Michael McKean => Officer Bettleheim (voice) (License to Parent)
Michael McKean => Les (voice) (Into the Woods)
Michael McKean => Police Chief Parish (voice) (Monster Under the Bed)
Robert Picardo => Clerk (voice) (The Son Also Rises)
Susan Norfleet => Pearl Sinclair (voice) (Earl and Pearl)
Tim Blaney => Additional Dinosaur Performer (Earl's Big Jackpot)
Tim Curry => Winston (voice) (Earl's Big Jackpot)
Tim Curry => Chief Elder (voice) (The Greatest Story Ever Sold)
Wendie Jo Sperber => Wendy Richfield (voice) (Hungry for Love)
Select Cast and Crew
Brian Henson => Director
Bruce Bilson => Director
Jeff McCracken => Director
Mark Brull => Director
Max Tash => Director
Tom Trbovich => Director
Adam Barr => Writer
Andy Goodman => Writer
Brian LaPan => Writer
Dava Savel => Writer
Dave Caplan => Writer
Jane Espenson => Writer
Kirk R. Thatcher => Writer
Lawrence H. Levy => Writer
Mark Drop => Writer
Peter Ocko => Writer
Rich Tabach => Writer
Richard Marcus => Writer
Rob Ulin => Writer
Tim Doyle => Writer
Victor Fresco => Writer
Bruce Broughton => Composer
Ray Colcord => Composer
Allan Trautman => Lieutenant / Rocco (voice) / Fran Sinclair
Bill Barretta => Earl Sinclair
Bruce Lanoil => Charlene Sinclair
Christopher Meloni => Spike (voice)
David Greenaway => Roy Hess
Florence Stanley => Grandma Ethyl Phillips (voice)
Jack Tate => Additional Dinosaur Performer
Jason Willinger => Robbie Sinclair (voice)
Jessica Walter => Fran Sinclair (voice)
John Kennedy => Baby Sinclair
Julianne Buescher => Monica Devertebrae
Kevin Clash => Grandma Ethyl Phillips (voice) / Baby Sinclair
Leif Tilden => Robbie Sinclair
Mak Wilson => Earl Sinclair
Michelan Sisti => Charlene Sinclair
Pons Maar => Roy Hess
Rickey Boyd => Grandma Ethyl Phillips
Rob Mills => Robbie Sinclair / B.P. Richfield
Sally Struthers => Charlene Sinclair (voice)
Sam McMurray => Roy Hess (voice)
Sherman Hemsley => B.P. Richfield (voice)
Star Townsend => Additional Dinosaur Performer (as Star Townshend)
Steve Whitmire => Robbie Sinclair / Richard Simmons Dinosaur / Pteranodon
Stuart Pankin => Earl Sinclair (voice)
Suzie Plakson => Monica Devertebrae (voice)
Tom Fisher => Additional Dinosaur Performer
Tony Sabin Prince => Fran Sinclair

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Robbie has a teenage mutant ninja caveman on his wall
  • The Baby character was called "the baby" or Junior during the first two seasons. In [Dinosaurs: And the Winner Is... (1992)], Baby Sinclair is taken to the Cave of the Elders, where he is given his official name Ugh Ugh I'm Dying You Idiot Sinclair. The name was later exchanged for his new official name: Baby Sinclair.
  • Nature Calls: Apart from the regular characters, no full-body dinosaurs appear in this episode. The only guest characters are the pteranodon, the mammals Baby meets, and the hand-puppet dinosaurs on the T.V.
  • Hungry for Love: In the German dubbing all the dialogue about Mr. Richfield eating Wendy's boyfriend was replaced. He instead says, that his wife put him on diet and he ordered food to his workplace so nobody would find out he is cheating. Spike later says that Wendy's ex-boyfriends got lost in the woods while hunting and that they appeared again.
  • Charlene's Flat World: Charlene and Robbie return from their trip around the world, their mother has cooked their favorite meal. When the son and daughter ask how she knew they would return on that particular day, she replies that she had prepared the same meal every day since they had left. The father mentions that she had made meatloaf for eighty days, so that is how long it took them to circumnavigate the globe, an obvious reference to the famous [?] Jules Verne novel (and later the movie) "Around the World in Eighty Days."
  • The Son Also Rises: The title is a parody of the novel 'The Sun Also Rises' by Ernest Hemingway, which was published in 1926. The title is a biblical quote from Ecclesiastes: "The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose."
  • Getting to Know You: The French birds want Charlene to acknowledge the genius of Jerry Lewis. At the time this episode was made, Americans generally regarded the early work of Lewis as embarasing buffoonery in poor taste and did not understand why the French loved him. This has not changed in 25 years.
  • If I Were a Tree: The title is based on a question asked during an interview between [?] Barbara Walters and movie actress [?] Katharine Hepburn, [?] Katharine Hepburn asked Barbra if she was a tree, what kind of tree would she be. A common misconception followed that [?] Barbara Walters herself asked the question to Katharine.
  • Georgie Must Die!: The second parody of Barney used in the series, the first was a red dinosaur named Blarney.
  • Georgie Must Die!: Inside joke: Earl has to open the mouth of his Georgie costume to see who's in front of him. In real life the puppeteer inside the Earl costume could only see through Earl's mouth to know where he was walking. This was why Earl was constantly huffing and sighing during the show when he was exasperated over something.
  • Georgie Must Die!: Georgie is a parody of Barney, of [Barney and Friends (1992)]. Barney is owned by a company called Henson International Television, or HiT. Jim Henson, who was involved in this show, was a co-founder of HiT.
  • A feature film spin-off was planned during the fourth season. But the show's falling ratings resulted in the cancellation of the show and the planned film.
  • During production of the 10th show of Season 4, Kevin Clash, in character as Baby Sinclair got cranky during film causing cast and crew to crack up laughing.