Dino Babies

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Dino Babies
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Title poster
Also known as Dinobabies
Genre Cartoon
Created by Fred Wolf
Written by

Ken Koonce

Michael Merton
Directed by

Gary Blatchford

Tony Love Bill Wolf
Starring Sam Vincent, Andrea Libman, Sarah Strange, Kathleen Barr, Scott McNeil, Matt Hill
Theme music composer Dennis C. Brown
Composer(s)

Peter Meisner

Maxine Sellers
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (52 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s) Fred Wolf
Producer(s)

Fred Wolf[1]

Kara Vallow
Editor(s) Peter Grives
Running time 22.5 minutes
Production company(s) Fred Wolf Films Dublin
Distributor Group W Productions
Release
Original channel BBC One/BBC Two
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release September 28 1994 – May 2 1996

Dino Babies is a British children's animated television series spotlighting six young dinosaurs who share stories and adventures.

Production & Airings[edit]

Dino Babies first aired on the BBC from 1994 to 1996. It comprised 26 20-minute double episodes. Dino Babies found a welcome home on many international stations, but the show had little luck getting noticed in the United States. In 1996, however, the series was syndicated across the country. The show had somewhat better success in Canada, where it aired on YTV from 1994 until 1999.

Overview[edit]

In each episode, the Dino Babies put their own imaginative spin on a classic tale, from "Dak and the Beanstalk" to "The Abominable Snowbaby". As fun as these flights of fancy were, they always had something important to say about the dinosaurs themselves and the world around them. By acting out classic tales, the dinosaurs learned valuable moral lessons.

Characters[edit]

  • Truman (voiced by Kathleen Barr) - The group’s unofficial leader and chief storyteller, a bespectacled blue brainiac with a tuft of orange hair.
  • LaBrea (voiced by Andrea Libman) - The only female Dinobaby. A headstrong purple dinosaur, often challenged Truman’s authority, but she was a good friend at heart.
  • Stanley (voiced by Matt Hill) - A green dinosaur with orange spots. He is a bragger who often runs into danger.
  • Franklin (voiced by Sarah Strange) - A timid, hesitant purple dinosaur.
  • Marshall (voiced by Samuel Vincent) - Franklin’s little brother. A brown, diaper-wearing daredevil.
  • Dak (voiced by Scott McNeil) - A blue, attention-starved pterodactyl.

Additional voices[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1

# Title Air Date
1 "These Doors Are Made For Knockin' / The Raft" 28 September 1994
  • These Doors Are Made For Knockin' - Truman tells them a story of three Dino Babies who each thought the doors to their caves were the best.
  • The Raft - Dak strands the Dino Babies on an island, so they make rafts to get back across the water. Only Stanley's raft works.
2 "Dak And The Beanstalk / When Dinos Soar" 5 October 1994
  • Dak And The Beanstalk - Truman has difficulty telling a story about a beanstalk, five adventurers captured by a giant and their escape. With support from the others he finishes it.
  • When Dinos Soar - The Dino Babies try to make Franklin fly to help him overcome his vertigo. He finds out how to fly but Dak gets him to use it against his friends.
3 "Goldisocks And The Three Dinobabies / Tree's A Crowd" 12 October 1994
  • Goldisocks And The Three Dinobabies - LaBrea tells Marshall a story of Goldisocks who barges into the house of Three Dino Babies, while Truman, Stanley and Franklin are elsewhere.
  • Tree's A Crowd - Dak finds the Dino Babies' tree cave which annoys the others especially when he pretends to fake an injury.
4 "The Wizard Of Ahhs / Some Like It Hot" 19 October 1994
  • The Wizard Of Ahhs - Truman tells a story of a Dino baby girl called Dorothy and her adventures in the land of Ahh.
  • Some Like It Hot - Truman tells a scary monster story, then the Dino Babies are met by a dragon baby named Puffy. They are against him at first but befriend him after finding him.
5 "A Big Little Problem / Snoring Beauty" 26 October 1994
  • A Big Little Problem - Marshall stumbles into a land inhabited by little Punysaurs and he becomes their ruler until the smallest of them makes the Punysaurs come to their senses.
  • Snoring Beauty - Marshall has trouble sleeping, so Truman tells him a story of a Princess put under a sleeping spell.
6 "The Cloneheads / Robbing Hood" 2 November 1994
  • The Cloneheads - A group of alien heads mimic the Dino Babies' features and want Truman for his stories, but nobody believes Truman when he tells them.
  • Robbing Hood - In the middle of a bowling game Truman tells a story about a hero named "Robbing Hood" who forms a band of Merry Men. Together they take back what the Sheriff of Rottingham taxed from the poor.
7 "Fuzzy Come Home / Crumby Trails To You" 9 November 1994
  • Fuzzy Come Home - In the care of the Dino Babies, Fuzzy runs away. Stanley tries a substitute for Fuzzy, but Puffy helps find the real Fuzzy.
  • Crumby Trails To You - On a camping trip, Truman tells a story of Hansel and Gretel.
8 "A Tooth Fairy Tale / The Egg and Them" 16 November 1994
  • A Tooth Fairy Tale - Marshall is upset by his wobbly tooth, so Truman tells him a story about Cindy and her missing tooth.
  • The Egg and Them - Marshall finds an egg and Franklin hatches it into a baby T-Rex named Trixie. Trixie ensures her stay until she finds a mate.
9 "Look Before You Eek / Treasure Chest Island" 23 November 1994
  • Look Before You Eek - The Dino Babies investigate an Earthshake and meet a trio of Gargoyles, Marshall being the only one to give them a chance to be friends.
  • Treasure Chest Island - Truman tells the story of Jim Hawkins who finds a treasure map, but after finding the treasure, he refuses to share it with his friends, possibly influenced by the evil Long Dak Silver.
10 "Franklinstein / Washed Up" 30 November 1994
  • Franklinstein - Truman tells the story of a mad scientist who creates a candy-loving monster.
  • Washed Up - The other Dino Babies are shocked when Truman can't tell anymore stories. Fortunately the whole experience turns out to be Truman's dream.
11 "The Soreheads And The Stone / LaBrea's Secret Garden" 7 December 1994
  • The Soreheads And The Stone - Truman, with a little help from the other Dino Babies, tells a story of a group of knights who can't pick a leader.
  • LaBrea's Secret Garden - A meteor fragment crash lands and turns plants into monsters, which capture LaBrea, so the other Dino Babies mount a rescue attempt.
12 "A Lad In A Lamp / Jurassic Ark" 14 December 1994
  • A Lad In A Lamp - In Truman's latest story, a poor young boy finds a magic lamp and gets three wishes, but it isn't that simple.
  • Jurassic Ark - Franklin has the Dino Babies help him build an Ark when he mistakenly believes the island is in danger.
13 "Alice In Wonderfulland / The Abominable Snowbaby" 21 December 1994
  • Alice In Wonderfulland - Truman helps LaBrea discover her imagination through the story of an unimaginative girl who finds herself in a strange land.
  • The Abominable Snowbaby - The Dino Babies stumble upon a baby Yeti, and Stanley finds himself in the clutches of its angry mother.

Season 2

# Title Air Date
14 "Dakula / The Ugly Duckbill" 1 February 1996
  • Dakula - While on a camp out, Truman tells the story of a pizza eating vampire.
  • The Ugly Duckbill - Truman tells a story of how people are special no matter what they look like.
15 "The Different Dragon / Cyranose" 8 February 1996
  • The Different Dragon - After meeting their old friend Trixie, Truman tells the story of a dragon who was expected to scary because of who he was.
  • Cyranose - Truman tells a story about how a man was ashamed of his appearance, but had a good heart to make up for it.
16 "Peter Prank / Scarebusters" 15 February 1996
  • Peter Prank - Truman tells a story of a boy who never wanted to go to school.
  • Scarebusters - Franklin, trying to be brave, meets the Glowworms. Franklin's glowing makeover scares the Dino Babies, but he then introduces them to his new friends.
17 "A Nose For The Truth / Housepests" 22 February 1996
  • A Nose For The Truth - Truman tells the story of Pinosio, the boy whose nose always grew when he told a lie.
  • Housepests -
18 "Chrysanthemumbelina / Tantrum Of The Opera" 29 February 1996
  • Chrysanthemumbelina - LaBrea has a dream about a Dino girl who lives in a flower, and tells the other Dinobabies.
  • Tantrum Of The Opera - Truman tells the story of a Phantom living underneath an opera house, who repeatedly tries to kidnap the star singer, Christine, because he hates opera. Fortunately, he isn't the only one.
19 "Rapermzel / The Braggy Little Tailor" 7 March 1996
  • Rapermzel - When LaBrea's mother gives her a bad haircut, she doesn't want the others to see. So Truman tells the story of a Princess whose hair grew to great lengths.
  • The Braggy Little Tailor - The others are tired of Stanley's bragging, so Truman tells the story of a tailor who thought he was the best at everything.
20 "The Selfish Ogre / Big Blanket Bedtime Story" 14 March 1996
  • The Selfish Ogre - When LaBrea refuses to share her flowers with the others, Truman tells a story of an ogre who was extremely selfish.
  • Big Blanket Bedtime Story - While watching a colony of ants, Truman tells a story about a shabby, humble Princess named Gorgia who tries to prove her worth to marry the prince.
21 "The Frog Bride / Mr. Dakyll And Dr. Hide" 21 March 1996
  • The Frog Bride - Truman tells the story of a Dino girl who is turned into a frog by a wicked witch for stealing from her cherry orchard. The curse can only be broken if a Prince asks her to marry him.
  • Mr. Dakyll And Dr. Hide - Truman tells a story about an ice-cream inventor who unwittingly invents a formula which unleashes his bad side.
22 "Goldfingers / The Starling And The Statue" 4 April 1996
  • Goldfingers - Stanley learns that you can have too much of a good thing through the story of King Midas.
  • The Starling And The Statue - Truman tells the story of a starling who helps a talking statue, the Happy Prince, to make life better for his former subjects.
23 "The Princess And The Pauper / The Dancing Princesses" 11 April 1996
  • The Princess And The Pauper - Truman tells a story about a Princess who swapped places with a Pauper to experience a better life. Instead they are landed in the dungeon until the Princess clears everything up.
  • The Dancing Princesses - Truman tells the story of two Princesses who secretly sneak out each night, while he and the other Dino Babies look for Marshall's secret new friends.
24 "Oliver Twirp / The Snide Piper" 18 April 1996
  • Oliver Twirp - Dak invites the other Dino Babies to a party, but they are never happy so he tells them a story of a boy who was harshly mistreated.
  • The Snide Piper - When LaBrea breaks a promise to Franklin and Marshall, Truman tells her a story of how an entire town broke a promise to a piper.
25 "Beauty And The Beak / Ebegeezer Scrimp" 25 April 1996
  • Beauty And The Beak - After LaBrea encounters a caterpillar, Truman tells a story of how people and things aren't always what they appear to be.
  • Ebegeezer Scrimp - Truman tries to teach Dak a lesson on selfishness with a story on Ebegeezer Scrimp and the time fairy.
26 "The Emperor's New Robe / Mother Goose On The Loose" 2 May 1996
  • The Emperor's New Robe - LaBrea makes friends with a snobbish Dino girl who thinks she is more special than everyone else, so Truman tells a story about an emperor who thought too much of himself as well.
  • Mother Goose On The Loose - The other Dino Babies want to try telling stories, however this causes Truman to think they don't like his stories anymore.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fred Wolf Films - TV Series". Retrieved 10 June 2013. 

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