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Dinosaurs - The Complete First and Second Seasons (1991)

Dave Goelz , Bill Barretta , Bruce Bilson , Jay Dubin  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Stuart Pankin, Allan Trautman, Mitchel Evans
  • Directors: Bruce Bilson, Jay Dubin, Mark Brull, Patrick Johnson, Reza Badiyi
  • Writers: Andy Goodman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 2, 2006
  • Run Time: 670 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8NRVC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dinosaurs - The Complete First and Second Seasons" on IMDb

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Pre-Hysterical Times: The Making Of DINOSAURS: Get a first-ever behind-the-scenes look at how Jim Henson's Creaure Shop(TM) brought the dinosaurs to life.

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Meet the Sinclairs -- the funniest family in 60 million years! They're just your average family with one BIG difference. They're dinosaurs, living the good life in sixty million and three B.C.! Daddy Earl, his wife Fran, their kids Robbie, Charlene, and the Baby, and feisty Grandma Ethyl bring a hilarious Jurassic twist to daily life as they eat, drink, make merry, and get their kicks watching cavemen rub rocks together. Based on an idea by Jim Henson, the award-winning comedy series features state-of-the-art puppetry and audioanimatronics. For the first time, you can enjoy the complete first two seasons and rediscover the pre-hysterical fun all over again.

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Created before the days of computer animation, Dinosaurs is an early 1990s television comedy series featuring impressive anthropomorphic, animatronic creatures created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The story lines challenge some of society's most basic assumptions and explore some of the most universally troublesome aspects of "civilized" life. Set in six million three BC, the Sinclairs are your "typical" blue-collar dinosaur family attempting to adjust to the relatively new concept of communal living. The adjustments of moving from a nomadic lifestyle to one of domestication and social interaction are many, and challenging issues like the concepts of right and wrong, faith, and the intricacies of family relationships are forever besieging this every-man's family. Naturally, the Sinclair family approach is to address each obstacle with an abundance of slapstick comedy. The Dinosaurs episodes regularly function on dual levels: the puppetry and silly antics like Baby Sinclair's penchant for hitting her father over the head with a pan while hollering "Not the Mama" appeal to even the youngest children, but the often pointed social commentary and sometimes mature themes are squarely aimed at an adult audience. As a result, parental discretion and guidance are key in determining whether this series is appropriate for children under 9 or 10 years old. --Tami Horiuchi

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312 of 325 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the dinosaurs, got to love them. January 23, 2006
Format:DVD
Finally, after all the years of tortuous waiting Dinosaurs has been released to DVD! This is truly an excellent and hilarious show that has won numerous awards over the years. For those of you who are interested, this is a list of the episodes included in this four disc set of DVD's which includes both season one and two.

Season 1 (1991)

1. The Mighty Megalosaurus (original air date 4/26/91)

This is the first, and one of the all time best episodes of Dinosaurs. Earl has a talk with his newborn son and tells him about the days preceding his hatching. As his tale progresses, he relates his hilarious attempt to attain a raise from his vindictive boss, B.P. Richfield, and the subsequent results. [Overall episode rating : 5 stars.]

2. The Mating Dance (original air date 5/3/91)

Fran, Earl's ever complaining wife, is becoming depressed due to all the work involved with caring for the new baby. As time progresses, Earl eventually becomes aware of her dour expression and decides that it is time to cheer her up. However, he misinterprets her problems and decides that the only way to please her is to re-learn the mating dance from a nighttime school. [Overall episode rating : 4 stars]

3. Hurling Day (original air date 5/10/91)

Earl is elated to learn that his vicious mother in law, Ethel, is hurtling toward her seventy second birthday. On the day of a dinosaur's seventy second birthday, they are hurled by a relative into a deep tar pit. According to the law Earl has been selected for the job, which he willingly accepts. As the day for her hurling draws nigh, Earl becomes ever more delighted and begins to brag to his co-workers and boss about the upcoming hurling.
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97 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Show Before Its Time March 13, 2006
Format:DVD
Dinosaurs was a cutting edge comedy that was definitely before its time.

This cannot truly be considered animation nor a puppet show. Each character had two performers. The first was an actor in a dinosaur costume that did the visual. The second was a voice actor. This created a unique hybrid.

Add to this a writing team that was not afraid to make fun of itself. (Great scene - The family is watching Unsolved Mysteries when Robert Stack says, the next episode we will investigate why people watch this show when a much better show is on another network. --At that time Unsolved Mysteries was Dinosaur's competition.)

The show of course takes place during the Jurassic period and the dinosaurs rule the place like humans, while the humans are cavemen who are wild.

The first season was a summer show with five episodes. The second season was a full season with 24 episodes.

Let's hope that they release the last three seasons together!

This is a great show that adults will watch at one level, teenagers at another and kids at their own. What ever age, it will be enjoyed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest animation ever!!! May 9, 2006
Format:DVD
As others have said, this was a show ahead of its time. Its sometimes biting satire was extremely well done. But it wasn't always satirical. It displayed love, family values, the foibles of raising children and many other human emotions and societal situations.

I used to use episodes for my college level management course, especially the ones featuring the WESAYSO company (Earl's employer) and intereactions between Earl and his boss. Those situations were closer to the truth about corporate life than at least one of the previous reviewers can face.

The hurtling of Ethel (an amazing character) was a wonderful satire on what we do with our senior citizens in this culture.

Buy this 2 disc set and keep an eye out for the next editions. I am.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Earl's Family May 1, 2006
Format:DVD
The 1990's really brought some of the most entertaining family shows that ABC had actually had showcased from Family Matters to The Drew Carey Show. Nevertheless, there is always one that has definitely delivered well. With the success of the Henson family, and Jim Henson Productions, the Muppets had a hugely successful franchise base that still has delivered today, but innovations of the prehistoric past have also brought in very well too. With Dinosaurs, the show became a outrageous and cult classic about Earl Sinclair and his family Robbie, Charlene, Baby, and his wife Fran through the comical prehistoric times. Now, it finally has a home on home video.

Dinosaurs: The Complete First & Second Seasons really became the prime of the ABC series. The DVD compilation includes some of the funniest primetime episodes ever, that still introduce comical and delightful family fun. The episodes that are highlighted here definitely still remain as pure delights like Family Challenge, where Earl & company go on this television game show just to have a chance to play for a television set, and Nuts To War Parts I & II where the dinosaur population goes to war over pistachio nuts and Robbie gets himself into the conflict, and Golden Horn, where Baby Sinclair is declared The Golden Child from a horn coming out on his head, and becomes a popular favorite among the populace that also is the most powerful leader in the realm of Pangia. The episodes here were definitely remastered well, and still deliver within each moment of delight and fun.

For those who haven't seen Dinosaurs during its era on ABC, this is a absolute delight for all to watch and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
absolutely brilliant from the first episode to the final.
Published 9 days ago by infinte_variety
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome
Published 14 days ago by tc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank You
Published 16 days ago by Kellie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, G's favorite movies. Love the case! Makes a great gift.
Published 16 days ago by Miss Maggie
5.0 out of 5 stars It looks as if it is bad enough that it will not play
I recieved them in a timely manner, but when I got them I had noticed the one of the discs had come loose inside the package and it got scratched . Read more
Published 22 days ago by Geminigirl6875
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I wish they would bring this show back!
Published 27 days ago by Kitty Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars Our family loved it!
Love this series! Great buy and price.
Published 1 month ago by Harley_Momma18
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the mama!!!!!
Always loved this show! Have talked about it often throughout the years and finally decided to see if it was available on DVD. YAY!
Published 1 month ago by Tina F. Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars It Brings back fond memories of my Life
It bring back fond memories of happier times in my life where a TV Show brought me a little joy each week
Published 1 month ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! So funny
When I found these at the library I was so excited because I loved this show as a kid and I knew my 5 and 10 year old would too. I just didnt know it was on dvd! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth jimenez
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season three
I was wondering that too....
Dec 16, 2006 by Ambrosia Brown |  See all 2 posts
Spanish language?
Hello Francisco Murillo!

I am sorry you have waited so long for a reply to your question, I have only just seen it myself. I recently purchased both this product and The Complete Seasons Three and Four set from amazon.com USA and am sorry to report that there is no Spanish language option. There... Read More
Oct 27, 2013 by AverageJane123 |  See all 2 posts
which show had a weary and beaten down Earl come home from work and tell...
married with children?
Aug 30, 2011 by No |  See all 4 posts
Dinosaurs DVD -vs- VHF
Sometime during Dinosaurs' initial run on ABC, 3 VHS tapes were released, 2 episodes per tape. If my memory serves me correctly, they were referred to as volumes 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6.

I believe that the 2 sets of DVD's contain all of the episodes that were ever produced.
Aug 24, 2008 by Muster Mark |  See all 3 posts
Widescreen or full screen?
Full Screen...just like how the episodes were suppossed to be.

P.S. I just found this post.
Aug 17, 2008 by Jonathan Buchanan |  See all 2 posts
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