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Encyclopedia > Dinosaurs (television series)
Charlene and Robbie in the episode "Refrigerator Day"

Dinosaurs was an American television sitcom on ABC, about a family of talking dinosaurs that ran for 65 episodes from April 1991 to July 1994. The show ended with of course the beginning of the ice age. Charlene and Robbie in Dinosaurs episode Refrigerator Day, first aired December 11, 1991, screen capture from http://www. ... Charlene and Robbie in Dinosaurs episode Refrigerator Day, first aired December 11, 1991, screen capture from http://www. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... 2002 identity of the ABC Circle logo, designed by Paul Rand in 1962. ... Orders Saurischia    Sauropodomorpha    Theropoda Ornithischia Dinosaurs are animals that dominated the terrestrial ecosystem for over 100-million years. ... April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. ... 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July is the seventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. ...

The show featured animatronic dinosaurs created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The show centered around the Sinclair family: the father (Earl), the mother (Fran), the son (Robbie), the daughter (Charlene), the baby (Baby), and the grandmother (Grandma Ethel). (Curiously, they all appear to belong to wildly different species: Earl and Robbie look like carnivorous dinosaurs, while Fran and Charlene resemble herbivores.) Earl's job was to push over trees for the Wesayso Corporation with his friend and coworker Roy Hess (who wore a hat much like Ed Norton, whom he resembled). If the petroleum references were not insistent enough, Earl's boss was named B.P. Richfield. Audio-Animatronics or just animatronics is a form of robotics created by Disneys Imagineers for several shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ... Jim Hensons Creature Shop is a company founded in 1979 by puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. ... Nodding donkey pumping an oil well near Sarnia, Ontario, 2001 Petroleum (from Latin petra – rock and oleum – oil), crude oil, sometimes colloquially called black gold, is a thick, dark brown or greenish flammable liquid, which exists in the upper strata of some areas of the Earths crust. ...

The most popular characters on the show were Earl and the mischievous Baby. Baby was voiced by Kevin Clash, best known as the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street. His favorite pastime was to hit Earl repeatedly over the head with a frying pan while shouting "Not the mama!" A music video was produced for the song "I'm the Baby, Gotta Love Me". Kevin Clash (born September 17, 1960, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is a puppeteer, best known for his portrayal of the character Elmo on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Elmos World DVD cover Natalie Portman on Sesame Street, with Elmo Elmo is a fictional character on the Sesame Street television show. ... From A Celebration of Me, Grover, showing much of the main cast of Sesame Street. ... This page is about the kitchen item. ... A music video (also video clip, promo) is a short film meant to present a visual representation of a popular music song. ...



  • Gunge, a small rodent-like creature from Fraggle Rock, appeared in a dinosaur's stomach in one episode.
  • Earl exclaims "oh god!" over and over when the egg with Baby hatches, in the pilot episode, "The Mighty Megalosaurus", but later in the series, in "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", the dinosaurs say that they had no higher power or deity.
  • A running gag involved the calendars. They ran backward-i.e. "October" began with the 31st and ended with the 1st, in line with the idea that the years were counting down "B.C."
  • In the last episode, all the characters died as the ice age began. The network advertised that this could be upsetting to children (and eliminated a chance for any sequels).
  • Humans appeared in one episode, where a primitive girl followed one of the children home. Several of the characters expressed the belief that humans could never develop intelligence.

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Cast List

Kevin Clash (born September 17, 1960, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is a puppeteer, best known for his portrayal of the character Elmo on the childrens television show Sesame Street. ... Sherman Hemsley (born February 1, 1938) is an American character actor most famous for his role as George Jefferson on television shows All in the Family and The Jeffersons and as Deacon Ernest Frye on Amen. ... Gary Owens (born May 10, 1936) is a disc jockey and voice actor born in Mitchell, South Dakota. ... Suzie Plakson (born Susan Plaksin on June 3, 1958 in Buffalo, New York) is an American television actress. ... Sally Struthers in the 1970s Sally Ann Struthers (born July 28, 1948 in Portland, Oregon) is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Archie Bunkers daughter, Gloria Bunker Stivic, on the popular and groundbreaking 1970s sitcom All in the Family. ... Jessica Walter (born January 31, 1940) is an American actress. ...


  • Creators Michael Jacobs and Bob Young
  • Executive Producer Michael Jacobs
  • Producer Michael Jacobs
  • Director of Photography, second unit Robert Schoenhut
  • Performance Coordinator Pons Maar
  • Camera Operator Robert Schoenhut
  • Staff Writers included Mark Drop

Photojournalist Michael Jacobs has spent the last 35 years travelling the globe to create images which inidcate the who, what, when, where, why and how of the human condition. ... Bob Young is the founder and once CEO of Red Hat. ...

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