Prehysteria! (film series)

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Prehysteria!
Directed by Albert Band
Charles Band
David DeCoteau
Produced by Charles Band
Karen L. Spencer
Written by Pete von Sholly (Story)
Mark Goldstein
Greg Suddeth
Brent Friedman
Michael Davis
Neil Ruttenberg
Starring Owen Bush
Austin O'Brien
Kevin Connors
Whitney Anderson
Brett Cullen
Bruce Weitz
Cinematography James Lawrence Spencer
Production
  company
Moonbeam Entertainment
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 1993 – 1995
Running time 250 minutes (3 films)
Country USA
Language English
Box office $ 270,000,000 (Non-Official)

Prehysteria! is a series of three family-oriented, non-horror, monster movie films made in the early to mid-1990s about the adventures of five miniature baby dinosaurs named after famous pop musicians. The dinosaurs were Elvis, a male Tyrannosaurus Rex, Paula, a female Brachiosaurus, Jagger, a male Stegosaurus, Hammer, a male Chasmosaurus, and Madonna, a female Pteranodon. The films were made by Moonbeam Entertainment, the family-oriented sub-brand of B-movie producer Charles Band's Full Moon Entertainment. Richard Band, Michael Bishop, and Fuzzbee Morse composed the music for the movies.

Development[edit]

In the early 1990s, Charles Band was working on a new label from Full Moon Entertainment, called Moonbeam Entertainment. Moonbeam Entertainment was created specifically for family, science fiction and fantasy films. Films created for children and adults, with no "hard edge" to them. Around the same time, storyboard artist Peter von Sholly, approached Band with a concept about creating a movie about miniature dinosaurs. Band, intrigued with the idea, thought that it was perfect to be the first Moonbeam film. David Allen Productions and Mark Rappaport supplied the special effects to bring the dinosaurs to life for all of the films.

The first Prehysteria was co-directed by Charles and Albert Band and it was released in 1993. The film was such a huge success, and it gained over $100,000,000 in rental sales. Due to its outcome, a sequel was quickly developed, and released in 1994. No character from the first film returned, however Albert Band returned to direct. In 1995, Moonbeam developed a second sequel, entitled "Prehysteria! 3". David DeCoteau directed the film. The only returning character was Owen Bush, from the second film. All of the films were released by Paramount Home Video.

Films[edit]

Prehysteria![edit]

Main article: Prehysteria!

The first film in the series that was released in 1993, Prehysteria! tells the story of Rico Sarno, a museum curator, who enters a forbidden temple in South America, and discovers a nest of five eggs. He steals them and brings them back to his museum. Frank Taylor (Brett Cullen), a farmer, sells fossils to Rico and in a mix up, the Taylor's dog takes a cooler, which has the eggs. The kids, Monica (Samantha Mills) and Jerry (Austin O'Brien) discover the dinosaurs when they hatch and try to keep it a secret, until their father finds out. Vicki (Colleen Morris), a woman who works for Rico, sees the dinosaurs, she tells the Taylors not to give them back to Rico because he will expose them. Rico finds out the Taylors have them and hires two robbers to help him get the dinosaurs back.

Prehysteria! 2[edit]

Prehysteria! 2 was the sequel to the first film and was released in 1994. Mr. Cranston is a friend of the Taylors and he watches the mini dinosaurs while they are on vacation. The five miniature dinosaurs break out of the Taylors' farm and accidentally get shipped into a crate of raisins. The crate is found in a box car by Naomi (Jennifer Harte), a girl whose father works at the train station and a rich kid named Brendan Wellington (Kevin Connors) who she helped hide in the box car because he was being chased by bullies who were about to attack him. When the two discover the raisin crate, they get into an argument on who should keep the dinosaurs, Brendan claiming that he saw them first and Naomi claimed them on the fact that it's her box car. Brendan pays a worker for the crate knowing that the dinosaurs are inside. Brendan is unhappy because he has no friends and is desperate for attention because his father doesn't spend much time with him. Naomi and Brendan later become friends and the miniature dinosaurs help the boy get the attention he needs, and try to save him from his abusive Mistress Miss Winters who is allergic to animals. When she finds out about Brendan having pets (not knowing they are dinosaurs) she hires two exterminators. She also views Brendan as a child with a lot of problems and wants to send him to a disciplinary school.

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Prehysteria! 3[edit]

Prehysteria! 3 is the third and final film of the series, and was released in 1995. This time, the five dinosaurs fall out of the back of Mr. Cranston's truck, and they make their way to another family's home. The dinosaurs help the MacGregor family, who is struggling with their mini-putt golf course. Ella MacGregor, (Whitney Anderson) is in love with her Scottish culture, but is sad that the mini-putt golf course is going under. She finds the dinosaurs, and with her family's help, they re-build the golf course with a dinosaur theme, which helps them a lot. But Ella's evil uncle Hal MacGregor (Bruce Weitz) is determined to take over the course by all means, and Ella and her parents must hide the mini dinosaurs to protect them from danger.

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Series release[edit]

By 1995, all of the three films in the Prehysteria! series were out on VHS and laserdisc. As of September 26, 2010, no news has been released by either Paramount Pictures or Full Moon Features about a future DVD release of the series.

See also[edit]

Jurassic Park

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