Dinosaurs are fascinating creatures that have captured the imagination of many generations. They are often featured in movies, books, games, and of course, animated TV shows. Whether they are portrayed as friendly, fierce, or funny, dinosaurs can make any show more exciting and entertaining. Here are the 10 best dinosaur animated TV shows of all time, according to movieweb.com.
10. Dino-Riders (1988)
Dino-Riders is a sci-fi adventure series that follows the war between the heroic Valorians and the evil Rulons on prehistoric Earth. The Valorians use telepathy to befriend and ride dinosaurs, while the Rulons enslave them with mind-control devices and equip them with weapons. The show features a variety of dinosaurs, such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, and Pteranodon.
9. Extreme Dinosaurs (1997)
Extreme Dinosaurs is a spin-off of Street Sharks, another popular animated show from the 90s. It centers on a group of anthropomorphic dinosaurs who were mutated by an alien race called the Raptors. The Extreme Dinosaurs use their skills and abilities to fight against the Raptors and other villains who threaten the Earth. The main characters are T-Bone (a Tyrannosaurus rex), Spike (a Triceratops), Stegz (a Stegosaurus), and Bullzeye (a Pteranodon).
8. Dinosaur King (2007)
Dinosaur King is an anime series based on a card game of the same name. It follows the adventures of three kids who discover dinosaur cards that can summon real dinosaurs. They form a team called the D-Team and use their dinosaurs to battle against the Alpha Gang, a group of villains who want to use the cards for evil purposes. The show features many different types of dinosaurs, such as Spinosaurus, Velociraptor, Parasaurolophus, and Brachiosaurus.
7. Dinosaur Train (2009)
Dinosaur Train is an educational series that teaches children about dinosaurs, paleontology, and natural science. It revolves around Buddy, a young Tyrannosaurus rex who was adopted by a family of Pteranodons. He travels with his siblings on the Dinosaur Train, a locomotive that can transport them to different eras and locations in the Mesozoic era. Along the way, they meet and learn about various dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures.
6. Primal (2019)
Primal is a dark and gritty series that depicts the harsh and brutal life of a caveman and a female Tyrannosaurus rex who form an unlikely bond after losing their families to predators. The show has no dialogue, relying on visuals, sounds, and music to convey the story and emotions. The show is created by Genndy Tartakovsky, who also made Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory.
5. Dinosaucers (1987)
Dinosaucers is a comedy series that follows the conflict between two factions of alien dinosaurs: the heroic Dinosaucers and the evil Tyrannos. They crash-land on Earth and enlist the help of four human teenagers who become their secret scouts. The Dinosaucers can transform into their original dinosaur forms or their humanoid forms, while the Tyrannos can only transform partially. The show features many humorous situations and puns involving dinosaurs.
4. The Land Before Time (2007)
The Land Before Time is a series based on the popular movie franchise of the same name. It chronicles the adventures of Littlefoot, a young Apatosaurus, and his friends Cera (a Triceratops), Ducky (a Parasaurolophus), Petrie (a Pteranodon), Spike (a Stegosaurus), Chomper (a Tyrannosaurus rex), and Ruby (an Oviraptor). They live in the Great Valley, a peaceful place where different kinds of dinosaurs coexist. They often explore the surrounding areas and encounter various dangers and mysteries.
3. Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (2020)
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous is a series set in the same universe as the Jurassic World movies. It follows six teenagers who are invited to join an exclusive camp on Isla Nublar, where they can experience close encounters with dinosaurs. However, things go wrong when the dinosaurs escape from their enclosures and wreak havoc on the island. The teens must survive and find a way to escape before it’s too late.
2. The Flintstones (1960)
The Flintstones is a classic series that depicts the life of a modern Stone Age family. Fred Flintstone is a hard-working quarry worker who lives with his wife Wilma, his daughter Pebbles, and his pet dinosaur Dino. His best friend is Barney Rubble, who lives next door with his wife Betty and his son Bamm-Bamm. The show features many hilarious situations and gags involving dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, such as using them as appliances, vehicles, or tools.
1. Dinosaurs (1991)
Dinosaurs is a sitcom that uses animatronic puppets to portray a family of dinosaurs living in the modern world. Earl Sinclair is the patriarch of the family, who works as a tree pusher for the Wesayso Corporation. He is married to Fran, who is a homemaker and a voice of reason. They have three children: Robbie, a rebellious teenager; Charlene, a materialistic girl; and Baby, a mischievous infant who often says “Not the mama!” The show satirizes various aspects of human society, such as politics, religion, media, and consumerism.