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.

Additional voices[edit]

# 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 - A Dinogirl 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 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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