Remember Dinosaurs TV show, 1990s children’s series about a suburban nuclear family of Jurassic creatures? Like many 90s children’s films, Dinosaurs was perhaps underestimated. Today, it is happily remembered as one of the most iconic shows on ABC’s famous TGIF lineup. Dinosaurs was a visual feast and a relic of its time.
The puppet theater and animatronics were amazing, and seeing it today gives a whiff of nostalgia like no other. To make Dinosaurs so striking that a lot of work had to be put behind the scenes, which led to a series of facts and stories that happened during the making of the show. Here are 10 things viewers probably did not know about it.
Updated March 25, 2022 by Alex Gentile: In the early 2000s, nostalgic 90s shows were not easy to grasp. As interest in the last decade of the 20th century grows over the years, more obscure series, such as the TV show Dinosaurs, become easily accessible to the next generation thanks to streaming services. Reviewing shows like Dinosaurs often makes the audience want to look back or even question whether the show was broadcast as they remember it. This list has been refreshed with new things that the audience may not have known about the development of the cult hit show.
Jim Henson thought of the show in the late ’80s
Legendary puppet master and TV producer Jim Henson tragically died in 1990, a year before Dinosaurs The TV show aired its first episode on ABC. However, the show still sprouted from the man’s creative mind when he got the idea back in 1988 while developing technology that some of the best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie moments.
Unfortunately, Henson did not live long enough to see his dino vision come alive on screen, but it did Mupper the creator’s influence is still throughout the series, from the unique aesthetic all the way down to the irreplaceable humor.
The names of the dinosaurs are oil companies
The primary family in Dinosaurs The TV show is the Sinclair family, transparently named after the Sinclair oil company, whose gas station mascot is a giant green dinosaur. Children may have been able to pick it up, but probably missed how several of the other dinosaurs’ names also came from large oil companies.
Roy Hess, BP Richfield and grandmother Ethyl Phillips were all characters in the show. When we read their names today, we cannot help but notice a pattern, a cryptic nod to what these prehistoric beings would slowly become over a few million years.
Famous guest stars
That Dinosaurs TV show perhaps known for his crooked characters, but several famous faces lent their voices to the show during its run. Although he is not in the lead role, Tim Curry plays several characters in the series, from Henri Charles Poupon to the Devil himself.
SeinfeldJason Alexander can also be heard playing various characters like Stu Boomird and Gus Molehill. Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Arrested development‘s Jeffrey Tambor also joined the series.
The baby shared a voice actor with Elmo
Have you ever noticed that the iconic Baby dinosaur in the Sinclair family had a familiar voice? One that sounds like a certain little red monster on Sesame Street? Well, that’s probably why Dinosaurs The TV show “The Baby” was narrated by Kevin Clash, the man best known for voicing Elmo.
Clash created Elmo’s distinctive falsetto tenor and worked as the character’s primary puppet master from 1985 to 2012. Between 1991 and 1994, he also had time to tune The Baby. He also performed in Labyrinth, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and several of the best Muppets moviesmore than giving back to the Jim Henson Company that started his career.
It was edited for streaming
Unfortunately for fans, when nostalgic TV shows come to streaming, they sometimes lose their edge. Series like Malcolm in the middle has removed controversial dialogue from uploads to streamers like Hulu and Dinosaurs TV show fell victim to the powers that be.
In one episode, Mr. Richfield sings a Jimmy Hendrix song while indulging in some herbal poisoning. Netflix and Hulu edited this sequence and replaced it with another track that played. In addition, the original broadcast of the show had a laugh track, which was removed when it was uploaded for streaming.
The Simpsons Tried to mock the series
In 1992, Dinosaurs TV show was hit by another iconic family sitcom, The Simpsons. In the beginning of The Simpsons‘Season 3 Episode “Black Widower,” the titular family watches a show similar Dinosaurs on their television.
Bart exclaims, “It’s like they saw our lives and put it on screen,” and harshly suggests that Dinosaurs TV show ripped The Simpsons. In fact, as we know, Henson was conceived Dinosaurs in 1988, a year before The Simpsons sent his first paragraph. Yet one is mocked The Simpsons is something of a badge of honor, even if it is factually unjustified.
There was almost a movie
Below Dinosaurs In the fourth and final season of the TV show, Disney considered a feature film spinoff to the show. Unfortunately, the series faced declining viewership at this point in the race, leading to its cancellation and no movies. The plans for the film were still only evolving when it was scrapped, so fans have no idea what it would have been about, or whether it would have been a movie release or a TV special.
From people who The Muppet’s movie, however, the audience knows that the Jim Henson Company usually does a great job of switching from television to film. To see what they could do with Dinosaurs would have been a safe treatment.
Nintendo is considered a video game
That Dinosaurs the film was not the only alternative media spinoff that was considered for Dinosaurs TV show. For a while in 1993 Nintendo considered making a video game based on the series for its Super Nintendo console.
Discussions about the game took place at a time when many popular TV shows were getting video game adaptations. However, these games rarely succeeded as they often strayed from their TV source material and received sharp reviews. Thus, the TV-to-game model from the 1990s passed Dinosaurs reached its peak and Nintendo lost interest in the project.
Baby got a music video
It’s hard to argue that Baby Sinclair is not the star Dinosaurs TV show. From Baby’s slogan to his cheerful demeanor, he is nothing short of the series’ mascot. But do most audiences remember his singing voice?
Fans may not know that Baby Sinclair became so popular that he starred in his own music video during the heyday of the show. The song is not surprisingly called “I’m The Baby (Gotta Love Me).” The video is a time capsule, filled with a 90s aesthetic and references to early MTV, as it repeatedly presents some of the show’s memorable tropes.
The final was planned from the beginning
That Dinosaurs The shocking last episode of the TV show remains far too vivid in many fans’ childhood memories. During the finale, Earl’s company accidentally wipes out all vegetation on earth and then creates a global winter. The episode ends with the Sinclair family gathered in their freezing home as the outside world becomes an ice age.
This is the end of dinosaurs everywhere, and seeing it scared maybe the series’ young audience. To make things more disturbing, this ending was planned from the beginning of the series, as the creators always knew that the extinction was on the horizon for the dinos and could not imagine ending the series without depicting it.
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