Dinosaucers

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Dinosaucers
Dinosaucers-Title.jpg
Dinosaucers title screen
FormatAnimated series
Created byMichael E. Uslan
StarringSee voice cast below
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Japan
No. of episodes65
Production
Producer(s)DIC Entertainment
DR Movie
Running timeapproximately 0:22 (per episode)
DistributorCoca-Cola Telecommunications (1987)
Sony Pictures Television (2002-present)
Broadcast
Original channelfirst-run syndication
Original runSeptember 14 – December 11, 1987 (1987-12-11)
 
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Dinosaucers
Dinosaucers-Title.jpg
Dinosaucers title screen
FormatAnimated series
Created byMichael E. Uslan
StarringSee voice cast below
Country of originUnited States
Canada
Japan
No. of episodes65
Production
Producer(s)DIC Entertainment
DR Movie
Running timeapproximately 0:22 (per episode)
DistributorCoca-Cola Telecommunications (1987)
Sony Pictures Television (2002-present)
Broadcast
Original channelfirst-run syndication
Original runSeptember 14 – December 11, 1987 (1987-12-11)

Dinosaucers is an animated television series co-produced in the United States and Canada. It was created by DIC Entertainment. This animated program originally aired in syndication in the USA in 1987 by Coca-Cola Telecommunications. 65 total episodes were made throughout the show's broadcasting, but it only lasted one season during the 1987-1988 television season.

The show's first 21 episodes can be purchased individually by episode or as a set from online retailer Amazon.com.[1]

There were originally plans by Galoob to release a Dinosaucers toyline, and prototype figures were produced; however, the line was scrapped after the show was canceled. The toys included Stego, Bronto-Thunder, Allo, Bonehead, Plesio, Quackpot, Ankylo, and Genghis Rex.

Description[edit]

The show follows the Dinosaucers and their battles against the evil Tyrannos. Each group is composed of intelligent anthropomorphic dinosaurs or other prehistoric saurian species. The Dinosaucers are also allied with four humans known as the Secret Scouts. The two groups originally come from a planet in a counter-Earth orbit known as Reptilon. Most of the characters are named after the type of prehistoric animal they are based on, or some pun of the name.

Both groups have a central base of operations. The Dinosaucers' base is called Lava Dome and is located in a mountain area, in a dormant volcano. The Tyrannos' base is located under a tar pit. Each of the groups' members save for Teryx and Terrible Dactyl–who can themselves fly–have flying ships in which they can travel and do battle. Most ships actually resemble the personae of their respective owners. Along with their individual ships, both groups have a large mothership of sorts as well.

Dinovolving[edit]

All the Dinosaucers have a button on the front of their uniforms which instantly devolves them to their primitive ancestors dinosaur state, while retaining their intelligence and speech capacity. This special ability is called Dinovolving and initially appeared to be a significant element of the series, as both Allo and Bronto Thunder Dinovolved in the first episode. Despite the apparent technological advantage, most of the later episodes did not feature any Dinovolving. Teryx was the only Dinosaucer who would never Dinovolve throughout the series, while Allo, Tricero, Bonehead and Bronto Thunder would use the ability in more than one episode.

The Tyrannos don't have the secret of Dinovolving, and a few episodes even revolve around their plans to steal the technology somehow. However they do possess a special raygun called a devolver. Blasting a living creature with this weapon has the same "devolving" effect as Dinovolving, but reduces the victim's intelligence to that of the devolved form. For those from Reptilon the form is that of a normal dinosaur while humans get reverted to primitive cavemen. In any case, the device often winds up being used against them, to much comedic effect, rather than on the Dinosaucers. In this fashion, Genghis Rex, Ankylo, Quackpot and Brachio were all changed into primitive dinosaurs at various times in the series. The Tyrannos also possess a weapon called a "fossilizer", which is capable of turning its target into stone, as well as reversing the condition.

Characters[edit]

Dinosaucers[edit]

Secret Scouts[edit]

The Secret Scouts are four teenage humans who help the Dinosaucers as allies. According to the opening credits they met them when they first arrived and gained powers through magic rings they were given. They are some of the closest friends the Dinosaucers have while they are on Earth.

The Secret Scouts. (From left to right) Sara, Paul, Ryan and David

Tyrannos[edit]

The Evil Tyrannos. (From left to right) Styraco, Plesio, Genghis Rex, Quackpot, Brachio, Ankylo and Terrible Dactyl

The Tyrannos are the forces of evil in the series and, like the Dinosaucers, have a total of 8 members in their group. The picture above does not show Princess Dei, as she does not appear at the presentation of the series and is only introduced later as a means to balance the difference in numbers and power of the two opposing factions.

During the course of the series, Plesio, Terrible Dactyl and Quackpot would all betray Genghis Rex at least once over matters of conscience. Nevertheless, they would eventually return to Rex's side out of loyalty to his cause.

Minor characters[edit]

Home video releases[edit]

DinosaucersVHS1.jpg

U.S. Releases[edit]

Dinosaucers has not been released on DVD and there are no known plans to do so from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. There have been four tapes in total released on VHS cassette in NTSC format specifically for the United States and Canadian markets. None are still in print or available, making these 4 VHS tapes rare.

UKdinosaucers.jpg

UK releases[edit]

There were two tapes in total released for the UK market in PAL format. Unlike the United States released tapes that had two episodes on each tape, the United Kingdom tapes had five episodes each on both tapes released, making it superior to the North American VHS tapes, since the UK tapes contains more episodes showing.

However, the first 21 episodes can be purchased and downloaded online on Amazon.com as well as on iTunes.

Episode guide and writing credits[edit]

TitleAirdateCredits
1"Dinosaur Valley"September 14, 1987 (1987-09-14)Diane Duane
2"Take Us Out to the Ballgame"September 15, 1987 (1987-09-15)Michael E. Uslan
3"Happy Egg Day to You"September 16, 1987 (1987-09-16)Diane Duane
4"Hooray for Hollywood"September 17, 1987 (1987-09-17)Felicia Maliani
5"Divide and Conquer"September 18, 1987 (1987-09-18)Michael E. Uslan
6"A Real Super Hero"September 21, 1987 (1987-09-21)Brooks Wachtel
7"Burgers Up!"September 22, 1987 (1987-09-22)Ron Harris
8"Be Prepared"September 23, 1987 (1987-09-23)Mike O'Mahony
9"That Shrinking Feeling"September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24)Doug Molitor
10"Rockin' Reptiles"September 25, 1987 (1987-09-25)Felicia Maliani
11"Sleeping Booty"September 28, 1987 (1987-09-28)Ron Harris & Diane Duane
12"The First Snow"September 29, 1987 (1987-09-29)Michael E. Uslan
13"Trick or Cheat"September 30, 1987 (1987-09-30)Michael E. Uslan & Diane Duane
14"Defective Defector"October 1, 1987 (1987-10-01)Doug Molitor
15"For The Love Of Teryx"October 2, 1987 (1987-10-02)Felicia Maliani
16"A Man's Best Friend Is His Dogasaurus"October 5, 1987 (1987-10-05)Michael E. Uslan
17"Carnivore In Rio"October 6, 1987 (1987-10-06)Somtow Sucharitkul
18"Frozen Fur Balls"October 7, 1987 (1987-10-07)J. Vornholt & S. Robertson
19"Hook, Line And Stinker"October 8, 1987 (1987-10-08)Avril Roy-Smith & Richard Mueller
20"The Prehistoric Purge"October 9, 1987 (1987-10-09)Walt Kubiak & Eliot Daro
21"The Truth About Dragons"October 12, 1987 (1987-10-12)Doug Molitor
22"Chariots Of The Dinosaucers"October 13, 1987 (1987-10-13)Somtow Sucharitkul
23"Eggs Mark The Spot"October 14, 1987 (1987-10-14)Avril Roy-Smith & Richard Mueller
24"Mommy Dino-Dearest"October 15, 1987 (1987-10-15)Brooks Wachtel
25"The Whale's Song"October 16, 1987 (1987-10-16)Durnie King
26"Inquiring Minds"October 19, 1987 (1987-10-19)Mark Cassutt
27"War Of The Worlds...II"October 20, 1987 (1987-10-20)Dennis O'Flaherty
28"Beach Blanket Bonehead"October 21, 1987 (1987-10-21)Chris Bunch & Allan Cole
29"The Bone Ranger And Bronto"October 22, 1987 (1987-10-22)David Bischoff & Ted Pedersen
30"Cindersaurus"October 23, 1987 (1987-10-23)Cherie Wilkerson
31"Trouble In Paradise"October 26, 1987 (1987-10-26)Martha Moran
32"Monday Night Clawball"October 27, 1987 (1987-10-27)Michael E. Uslan (story); J. Vornholt & S. Robertson
33"Age Of Aquariums"October 28, 1987 (1987-10-28)Michael E. Uslan (story); Cherie Wilkerson
34"Scents Of Wonder"October 29, 1987 (1987-10-29)Somtow Sucharitkul
35"Fine-Feathered Friends"October 30, 1987 (1987-10-30)Felicia Maliani
36"Allo & Cos-Stego Meet The Abominable Snowman"November 2, 1987 (1987-11-02)Michael E. Uslan (story); Brooks Wachtel
37"The Quack-Up Of Quackpot"November 3, 1987 (1987-11-03)Michael E. Uslan
38"It's An Archaeopteryx — It's A Plane — It's Thunder-Lizard"November 4, 1987 (1987-11-04)Michael E. Uslan (story); Arthur Byron Cover
39"Teacher's Pest"November 5, 1987 (1987-11-05)Doug Molitor
40"Dino-Chips!"November 6, 1987 (1987-11-06)Somtow Sucharitkul
41"The Heart And Sole Of Bigfoot"November 9, 1987 (1987-11-09)Michael E. Uslan (story); David Bischoff & Ted Pedersen
42"Karatesaurus Wrecks"November 10, 1987 (1987-11-10)Michael E. Uslan (story); David Wise
43"Lochs And Bay Gulls"November 11, 1987 (1987-11-11)Michael E. Uslan
44"The Trojan Horseasaurus"November 12, 1987 (1987-11-12)Ellen Goun
45"We're Off To See The Lizard"November 13, 1987 (1987-11-13)Michael E. Uslan & Felicia Maliani
46"Seeing Purple"November 16, 1987 (1987-11-16)Susan Ellison
47"There's No Such Thing As Stego-Claws"November 17, 1987 (1987-11-17)Michael E. Uslan
48"Applesaucers"November 18, 1987 (1987-11-18)Michael E. Uslan
49"Reduced For Clarence"November 19, 1987 (1987-11-19)Michael E. Uslan (story); Carla Conway
50"Attack Of The Fur Balls"November 20, 1987 (1987-11-20)Clancy Fort
51"Dinosaur Dundy"November 23, 1987 (1987-11-23)Michael E. Uslan
52"Those Reptilon Nights"November 24, 1987 (1987-11-24)Bill Fawcett
53"The Dinolympics"November 25, 1987 (1987-11-25)Bill Fawcett
54"Sara Had A Little Lambeosaurus"November 26, 1987 (1987-11-26)Cherie Wilkerson
55"Beauty And The Bonehead"November 27, 1987 (1987-11-27)Brynne Stephens
56"The Museum Of Natural Humans"November 30, 1987 (1987-11-30)Michael E. Uslan, Felicia Maliani & Lydia C. Marano
57"Saber-Tooth Or Consequences"December 1, 1987 (1987-12-01)Michael E. Uslan, Craig Miller & Mark Nelson (story); Craig Miller & Mark Nelson
58"Camp Tyranno"December 2, 1987 (1987-12-02)Michael E. Uslan & Beth Bronstein (story); Beth Bronstein
59"The Babysitter"December 3, 1987 (1987-12-03)Gerry Conway
60"Toy-Ranno Store Wars"December 4, 1987 (1987-12-04)Michael E. Uslan & Jody Lynn Nye (story); Jody Lynn Nye
61"The T-Bone's Stakes"December 7, 1987 (1987-12-07)Michael E. Uslan
62"Scales Of Justice"December 8, 1987 (1987-12-08)Michael E. Uslan
63"I Got Those 'Ol Reptilon Blues Again, Mommasaur"December 9, 1987 (1987-12-09)Michael E. Uslan (story); Todd Johnson
64"I Was A Teenage Human"December 10, 1987 (1987-12-10)Lydia C. Marano & David Wise (story); Lydia C. Marano
65"The Friend"December 11, 1987 (1987-12-11)Bill Fawcett

Voice actors[edit]

Other credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Dinosaucers: Season 1". amazon.com. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 

External links[edit]