DinoSquad

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DinoSquad
Dinosquadlogo.jpg
Format Animated series
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) DIC Entertainment
Distributor Cookie Jar Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel CBS (KEWLopolis)
KidsCo
Original run November 3, 2007 – December 6, 2008

DinoSquad is an American animated television series that was produced by DIC Entertainment (Now Cookie Jar Entertainment) and aired on the KEWLopolis block on CBS from November 3, 2007[1][2] - September 12, 2009. Reruns of the show used to air in syndication as part of the Cookie Jar Kids Network block.[3] The show now runs on Cookie Jar Toons. This show was the last series produced by DIC before Cookie Jar's acquisition of DIC. The show was about five teenagers, each with the power to turn into a respective dinosaur. They use this power to fight the villainous Victor Veloci, who is intent on returning the world to the age of dinosaurs by turning humans into new mutant dinosaurs and accelerating global warming.

Show summary[edit]

Five teenagers, Roger, Max, Caruso, Fiona and Buzz, gain the power to turn into dinosaurs by getting covered in ooze that mutated their DNA on a school field trip. With the help of their mysterious science teacher, Ms. Moynihan (who is an anthropomorphic velociraptor), they learn to use their unique abilities to protect the planet from Victor Veloci. Victor is widely known as the head of company Raptor Dyne, but is also a 65 million-year-old anthropomorphic velociraptor. His secret identity is unknown to everyone except himself and the audience. His true plan is to turn everyone into dinosaurs and increase the climate to that of the Mesozoic era with the goal of returning the world to how it was when dinosaurs ruled. However, his plans always backfired and thus the return to the age of the dinosaurs was never meant to be. Dino Squad is set in Kittery Point, Maine. Season 2 episodes began airing online on August 4, 2008 before airing on CBS on September 13, 2008.

Dino Squad Members[edit]

  • Ms. Moynihan (Joanne Moynihan) - A science teacher who is a Velociraptor that survived extinction and gained a human form. She can communicate telepathically with the teens.
  • Max (Rolf Maxwell) - A hunky 18-year old high school senior in Ms. Moynihan's class. He is the team leader and captain of the football team. His Dino form is a Tyrannosaurus. Max is voiced by Ian Eli Lee.
  • Caruso (Erwin Caruso) - A handsome high school senior in Ms. Moynihan's class. He is vain and obsessed with the idea of fame. He is obsessed with his "good looks". He can be a pain sometimes though as his selfishness and arrogance hurt the team. Though he did prove himself worthy to the squad in episode 23. In that same episode he is revealed to have created his own line of moisturizers. He also practices yoga. His Dino form is a Stegosaurus (although his dino form has five tail spikes and no beak, unlike the real Stegosaurus). Caruso is voiced by Benjamin Beck.
  • Fiona (Fiona Flagstaff) - Another high school senior in Ms. Moynihan's class. She is the only girl on the Squad (with the exception of Ms. Moynihan), and has a penchant for fast things like rollerblades or race cars. Ironically what grosses out Fiona entices Buzz (spiders, insects, etc.). She is allergic to spider bites, as revealed in Never Judge a Dinosaur by its cover. Fiona is the squad's resident mechanic and gear head, and is also a tomboy. Max and Buzz may have a crush on her, but she doesn't seem to notice. Her Dino form is a Spinosaurus. Fiona has a little sister called Terri. Fiona is voiced by Dana Donlan.
  • Roger (Roger Blair) - Another high school senior in Ms. Moynihan's class. He is very smart and has a prankster streak. He is able to come up with gadgets even though his creations sometimes fail. Is somewhat arrogant like Caruso but helps the team when duty calls. He has a little brother named Mikey. His Dino form is a Styracosaurus (although his dino form has the horn arrangement of a Triceratops). Roger is voiced by Kelcey Watson.
  • Buzz (Neil Buzmati) - Another high school senior in Ms. Moynihan's class. He is 17 going on 18, His name is same as buzz the mascot and is the youngest member. He's the "punk" kid, who is scared of his own shadow. Several times throughout the series, he also shows affection for small creatures traditionally considered "gross" in European culture, such as rats, snakes, cockroaches, and spiders. Buzz is anything but a coward when he is needed in action. His alternate form, a Pteranodon, is one of the two non-dinosaurs in the Dino Squad.
  • Rump - The Dino Squad's mischievous pet dog. He can transform himself into a strange animal that looks like a hybrid between a pig and a horse. The Dino Squad has not yet determined the species of dinosaur his "dino form" is supposed to be (although since Ms. Moynihan never "taught" him how to control his transformations as she did the kids, it's likely his dino form is mostly canine and it bears a resemblance to Andrewsarchus). Rump usually gives Caruso a hard time from when he took his jacket in "The Beginning" as a stray dog, up until the episode "Runaway Ugly" when he ate Caruso's cupcake.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Terri - Fiona's brainy little sister. At first she is jealous of Fiona. She appears in 3 episodes (A Mole Lotta Trouble, Wannabe, and Never Judge a Dinosaur by its Cover). Although she may be as intellectual as Roger, she has also exercised substandard judgment—Terri is voiced by Sarah Heinke

Raptor Dyne[edit]

  • Victor Veloci - The main antagonist and a business magnate who owns Raptor Dyne. He wants to revert the world back to the way it was over 65 million years ago. His dino form is a Velociraptor. He and Ms. Moynihan were the only survivors of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.
  • Henchman - There are multiples of this character. In episode 23, Caruso dresses up as one to fake out Veloci's real henchmen.

List of Dino Squad episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2007-2008[edit]

NO. # Title Airdate
1 1 "The Beginning" November 3, 2007
2 2 "Growth Potential" November 5, 2007
3 3 "Tangled Web" November 10, 2007
4 4 "T-Rex Formation" November 12, 2007
5 5 "Who Let the Dog Out?" November 19, 2007
6 6 "Bully-4-U" November 23, 2007
7 7 "The Lost Wide Web" November 27, 2007
8 8 "Headline Nuisance" December 11, 2007
9 9 "Who'll Stop the Rain?" December 15, 2007
10 10 "Zoom in on Zoom" December 30, 2007
11 11 "A Mole Lotta Trouble" January 20, 2008
12 12 "The Not so Great Outdoors" April 15, 2008
13 13 "Pet Peeve" May 20, 2008

Season 2: 2008[edit]

NO. # Title Airdate
14 1 "The World According to Liam" September 30, 2008
15 2 "Runaway Ugly" October 6, 2008
16 3 "Attack of the Brain-A-Saurus" October 14, 2008
17 4 "Wannabe" October 21, 2008
18 5 "Fire and Ice" November 14, 2008
19 6 "Never Judge a Dinosaur by its Cover" November 17, 2008
20 7 "Easy Riders and Raging Dinos" November 18, 2008
21 8 "Once Percent inspiration" November 19, 2008
22 9 "Howa Lowa Can you Goa?" November 20, 2008
23 10 "Scents and Scents Ability" November 21, 2008
24 11 "I Think I Can't, I Think I Can't" November 22, 2008
25 12 "Perseverance" November 29, 2008
26 13 "The Trojan Dinosaur" December 6, 2008

Broadcast History[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bynum, Aaron H. (August 24, 2007). "CBS & DiC Establish KEWLopolis, Saturdays". Animation Insider. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ Ball, Ryan (November 1, 2007). "Dino, Sushi Join CBS Menu". Animation Magazine. Retrieved April 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Network A". Ascent Media. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 

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