Dino Babies

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Dino Babies
Dinobabies--cartoon.gif
Title poster
Genre Cartoon
Starring Sam Vincent, Andrea Libman, Sarah Strange, Kathleen Barr, Scott McNeil, Matt Hill
Country of origin Switzerland
Original language(s) English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
No. of seasons 2
Production
Producer(s) Fred Wolf[1]
Running time 22.5 minutes
Distributor Group W Productions
Broadcast
Original channel BBC One/BBC Two/TCC/CBS Kids
Picture format 480i (SDTV)

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

Production & Airings[edit]

It was a BBC television series that aired from 3 September 1990 to 30 March 2001. It comprised 20-minute double episodes, produced in Switzerland by Pingu creators Trickfilmstudio, and dubbed in America in 1992 by DiC Entertainment. The series was brought to the UK in 1994 by creators of Teletubbies and Rosie and Jim, Ragdoll Productions. Originally produced between 1990 & 2001, Dinobabies found a welcome home on many international stations, but the show had little luck getting noticed in the United States. In 1992, however, the series was syndicated across the country. The show had somewhat better success in Canada, where it aired on YTV from 1991 until 1998.

Overview[edit]

In each episode, the Dinobabies 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. 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 pteranodon.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Air Date
1 "These Doors Are Made For Knockin' / The Raft" 29 September 1993
  • These Doors Are Made For Knockin' -
  • The Raft -
2 "Dak And The Beanstalk / When Dinos Soar" 6 October 1993
  • 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 -
3 "Goldisocks And The Three Dino Babies / Tree's A Crowd" 13 October 1993
  • Goldisocks And The Three Dino Babies - 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 -
4 "The Wizard Of Ahhs / Some Like It Hot" 20 October 1993
  • The Wizard Of Ahhs -
  • 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 Little Big Problem / Snoring Beauty" 27 October 1993
  • A Little Big Problem -
  • Snoring Beauty -
6 "The Clone Heads / Robbing Hood" 3 November 1993
  • The Clone Heads - 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" 10 November 1993
  • Fuzzy Come Home -
  • Crumby Trails To You -
8 "A Tooth Fairy Tale / The Egg and Them"
  • A Tooth Fairy Tale -
  • The Egg and Them -
9 "Look Before You Eek / Treasure Chest Island" 24 November 1993
  • Look Before You Eek -
  • 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" 1 December 1993
  • Franklinstein - Truman tells the story of a mad scientist who creates a candy-loving monster.
  • Washed Up -
11 "The Soreheads And The Stone / LaBrea's Secret Garden" 8 December 1993
  • The Soreheads And The Stone -
  • LaBrea's Secret Garden -
12 "A Lad In A Lamp / Jurassic Ark" 15 December 1993
  • 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" 22 December 1993
  • 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 Dinobabies stumble upon a baby Yeti, and Stanley finds himself in the clutches of its angry mother.
# Title Air Date
14 "Dakula / The Ugly Duckbill" 2 February 1995
  • Dakula -
  • The Ugly Duckbill -
15 "The Different Dragon / Cyranose" 8 February 1995
  • The Different Dragon -
  • Cyranose -
16 "Peter Prank / Scarebusters" 9 February 1995
  • Peter Prank -
  • 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" 16 February 1995
  • A Nose For The Truth -
  • Housepests -
18 "Chrysanthembelina / Tantrum Of The Opera" 22 February 1995
  • Chrysanthembelina - LaBrea has a dream about a dinogirl 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" 1 March 1995
  • Rapermzel -
  • The Braggy Little Tailor -
20 "The Selfish Ogre / Big Blanket Bedtime Story" 9 March 1995
  • The Selfish Ogre -
  • 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 Hyde" 16 March 1995
  • The Frog Bride - When a Dinogirl is turned into a frog by a wicked witch for stealing from her cherry orchard, she is cursed- the curse can only be broken if a Prince asks her to marry him.
  • Mr Dakyll And Dr Hyde - An ice-cream inventor unwittingly invents a formula which unleashes his bad side.
22 "Goldfingers / Starling And The Statue" 23 March 1995
  • Goldfingers - Stanley learns that you can have too much of a good thing through the story of King Midas.
  • Starling And The Statue - A starling helps a talking statue, the Happy Prince, to make life better for his former subjects.
23 "The Princess And The Pauper / Ebegeezer Scrimp" 13 April 1995
  • 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.
  • Ebegeezer Scrimp - Truman tries to teach Dak a lesson on selfishness with a story on Ebegeezer Scrimp and the time fairy.
24 "Oliver Twerp / The Snide Piper" 20 April 1995
  • Oliver Twerp -
  • The Snide Piper -
25 "Emperor's New Robe / Mother Goose On Loose" 27 April 1995
  • Emperor's New Robe -
  • Mother Goose On Loose -

References[edit]

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

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