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Dinosaurs - Complete First & Second Seasons

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One hopes that Dinosaurs -- a sadly short-lived and criminally underrated series -- will find a more evolved and appreciative audience on DVD than it did on ABC in the early 1990s. Like The Simpsons, which preceded it by two years, Dinosaurs puts a subversive spin, to quote one ancient character, on "safe little situation comedies with time-tested repetitive stories." The Sinclairs may be dinosaurs brilliantly brought to life ...
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Special Features

Pre-Hysterical times: The making of Dinosaurs; Creating Dinosaurs: The sketches that started it all; Dino-eggs
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
One hopes that Dinosaurs -- a sadly short-lived and criminally underrated series -- will find a more evolved and appreciative audience on DVD than it did on ABC in the early 1990s. Like The Simpsons, which preceded it by two years, Dinosaurs puts a subversive spin, to quote one ancient character, on "safe little situation comedies with time-tested repetitive stories." The Sinclairs may be dinosaurs brilliantly brought to life through costumes, puppets, and state-of-the-art audio-animatronics by Jim Henson's Creature Shop, but they hew to sitcom archetype. Earl bombastically voiced by Stuart Pankin is the clueless dad with truly prehistoric attitudes. Fran Jessica Walter is the long-suffering wife with an independent streak. Son Robbie Jason Willinger is an awkward teen questioning dino culture and traditions. Daughter Charlene Sally Struthers is a materialistic pre-teen. The show's breakout character was the Baby Kevin "Elmo" Clash, who makes one of the great entrances in television history. "Who's the mama, where's the mama?" he cheerfully inquires upon being hatched. "I'm the baby. Brand new. Just out. Gotta love me." Unlike The Flintstones,, which featured rudimentary versions of basic appliances, the thoroughly modern Sinclairs enjoy all the accoutrements of contemporary life, including television. They also grapple with family and social issues that have tested TV families as far back as the Nelsons, Andersons, and Cleavers. But if "everyone learned a valuable lesson about life" by episode's end, it wasn't quite the lesson audiences expected. In the anti-drug episode, "A New Leaf," Robbie Sinclair breaks out of "character" to urge viewers not to do drugs so they could "help put a stop to preachy sitcoms." Dinosaurs ironically called itself "an adult themed megahit," but there is much kid appeal in the costumes and the Baby, who insists on calling Earl "not the mama" and gleefully screams, "Again," whenever he suffers some physical calamity, like bouncing off the walls following a sugar rush in "Golden Child". At its best, the writing on Dinosaurs rivals The Simpsons with its playful throwaway gags the puppet anchor on the Dinosaur News Network is aptly named Howard Handupme and astute social commentary "Family Challenge," "What Sexual Harris Meant". It's a shame that Dinosaurs became extinct, but with this DVD, we now have evidence that a comedy colossus once walked the earth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2006
  • UPC: 786936698718
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 11:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,894

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Disc #1 -- Dinosaurs: Season One, Disc One
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   Episode Selection
      The Mighty Megalosaurus
      The Mating Dance
      Hurling Day
      High Noon
      The Howling
   Bonus Features
      Pre-Hysterical Times: The Making of Dinosaurs
      Creating Dinosaurs: The Sketches That Started It All
   Set Up
      Captions
         English For The Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
      Play All
      Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
      Scrubs: Third Season
      The Golden Girls: 5th Season
      The Muppet Show: First Season
      Leroy & Stitch
      Shadows In The Sun: Everything You Want
      The Muppets Wizard of Oz
      Kermit's 59th Anniversary
   Dino Egg
Disc #2 -- Dinosaurs: Season Two, Disc Two
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   Episode Selection
      The Golden Child
      Family Challenge
      I Never Ate For My Father
      Charlene's Tale
      Endangered Species
      Employee Of The Month
      When Food Goes Bad
      Career Opportunities
   Set Up
      Captions
         English For The Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
   Dino Egg
Disc #3 -- Dinosaurs: Season Two, Disc Three
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   Episode Selection
      Unmarried...With Children
      How To Pick Up Girls
      Switched At Birth
      Refrigerator Day
      What "Sexual Harris" Meant
      Fran Live
      Power Erupts
      The Clip Show
   Set Up
      Captions
         English For The Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
   Dino Egg
Disc #4 -- Dinosaurs: Season Two, Disc Four
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   Episode Selection
      A New Leaf
      The Last Temptation of Ethel
      Nuts To War- Part 1
      Nuts To War- Part 2
      And The Winner Is...
      Slave to Fashion
      Leader of the Pack
      WESAYSO Knows Best
   Set Up
      Captions
         English For The Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun for the Family

    My oldest grandson, who is now 19 watched these shows when he was just a little guy. We used to laugh llike crazy back then. So I decided to get them for the younger grandkids now. They are 9 and 11. They have set and watched them 2 or 3 times and now the oldest is requesting them and my daughters and I have set and re-watched them and we still get the giggles and laughes with them. I think they are classics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

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    Delighted to Find the Dinosaurs on DVD

    Jim Henson classic! Remember this tv show from my childhood, and still find it very funny. Fun for Henson fans!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Dinosaurs - an animated (not cartoon) TV show for grown up entertainment that the kids will also like

    I bought this DVD because Dinosaurs was a 1980s TV show my husband, myself and our then young children liked to watch every week. There is a Mom dinosaur who is a stay at home Mom. A Dad who has a very physical job. A teenage daughter and a teenage son, a baby and a grandma. The different episodes in each season deal with very real family issues. For example, respect of aging grandparents, a stay at home Mom worrying she is not being fulfilled and/or appreciated for all she does. Dad deals with going to work all day and earning all the money, but can't buy the TV he wants because he has to feed a growing family.
    The situations are serious, but there is a lot of humor. For children, the humor is mostly due to the character of the baby dinosaur who has the cute/ugly thing going for him. But there is also adult humor, often of the sarcastic variety, that children may not understand.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    cute but not worth the price

    I don't think the first season was the best one. Although there are some very funny moments, overall, I was a little disappointed. I had remembered this show as being funnier than this set was.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not backupable (if that is even a word)

    I have a 2 year old. She, like many her age, love to do things on their own. Especially watch the DVD's. Unfortunately she is murder on them, so as a general rule any movies or DVD's that she likes I'll make a copy of for her to watch and destroy. When it's destroyed enough I make a new copy from the good originals I keep safely away. Unfortunately, this DVD is not copyable. So if you are like me you'll want to show some extra care with this item if you have young ones. Otherwise you may be buying this again. As for the show itself. My girl loves the baby dino.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the baby rules!

    I watched this show and now have my 3 yr. old nice singing the song the baby sang in 1 show! "I'm the baby, gotta love me, big purple eyes and very cuddly.."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Show!

    I am 18 now and i used to watch this like 10 years ago... i havn't seen the show in about 9 or 10 years...and i still remembered everybody's name in the show! and some of the episodes i can see so clear... it was so great...go out and buy this...its a crazy good show..and i been waiting for so long for this to go on dvd or tape or tv to watch it again and now it finally did!! enjoy!! u'll love it!! "im da baby gotta love me!"

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