Denver, the Last Dinosaur

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Denver, the Last Dinosaur
Denver the Last Dinosaur title card.jpg
Title card of Denver, the Last Dinosaur
GenreAnimated series
Created byPeter Keefe[1]
Country of originUnited States
France[1][2]
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes50 (list of episodes)
Production
Running time30 min
Production company(s)World Events Productions
Calico Entertainment
Groupe IDDH
Centre National Cinématographie
La Ville D'Angoulême
DistributorWorld Events Productions
Release
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 12 (1988-09-12) – November 22, 1988 (1988-11-22)

Denver, the Last Dinosaur is an American-French animated series produced by World Events Productions and Groupe IDDH. It was nationally syndicated throughout the United States in 1988 with reruns airing until 1990. Episodes often focused on issues of conservation, ecology, and friendship.

The show ran for two seasons, as the dinosaur boom that had followed The Land Before Time waned, causing viewership to drop. The series received a recommendation from the National Education Association.

There is a CGI reboot of the same name which originally went under the name Denver and Cliff which is produced by Zagtoon.[3] The reboot premiered on M6 on August 27, 2018.[4]

Plot[edit]

The show revolves around the adventures of Denver, the last dinosaur, who was released from his egg by a group of California teens: Jeremy, Mario, Shades, Wally, and Casey, along with tag-along older sister, Heather. The kids taught Denver the finer points of skateboarding and other pastimes while protecting him from rock concert promoter Morton Fizzback who wanted to use the dinosaur to make money.

The series begins when Jeremy, while preparing for his Natural History test, and his friends visit the La Brea Tar Pits – a place in Los Angeles (which is spread over a large area and contains a large collection of extinct animal and plant fossils) and go to the Museum. At the museum, the friends encounter a gang of bullies. The friends escape the bullies by hiding behind a fence near the tar pits. Behind the fence they find a pit that contains a large prehistoric egg. As the friends are playing with the egg it suddenly cracks and a green friendly dinosaur emerges who, inexplicably, understands English. The kids name him Denver after they spot an advertisement for the city of Denver on a passing bus.

The children decide to keep Denver and to keep his existence a secret. Denver is first hidden in a pool house at Wally's home. After Wally's sister discovers Denver they move Denver to the old school gym. After a while, Denver gets kidnapped by the manager Morton Fizzback. Morton puts Denver on a stage in front of an audience in order to become rich.

When the children confront Morton about his abduction, he becomes paranoid that someone might find out that Denver is a real dinosaur. At the end, Denver is sold to a scientist named Professor Funt, who wants to examine and experiment on him, and use him to become famous. Eventually, everything turns out fine and Denver gets to return to the gang and rescue them from Nick and his thugs.

In addition to his natural skills and abilities, Denver can also, with the help of a piece from the shell of his egg, take the gang with him back to the time whence he came.

Voice characterizations[edit]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Denver the Last Dinosaur is the main protagonist of the show and a close friend of the gang. He is a green Corythosaurus, the last of his kind, who has proven to be a good and loyal friend. Denver first met Wally, Shades, Jeremy, and Mario when he hatched from his egg when the boys hid behind a fence in the tar pit from Nick and his friends. He surprisingly understands English. Denver got his name when the boys spotted an advertisement for the city of Denver on the side of a bus. He is a rock'n roll music fan and likes to play electric guitar, ride skateboard and eat potato chips. Voiced by Pat Fraley.
  • Wally Adams – Boy who takes Denver in, Denver's closest friend. He cares for various animals – including Rocky (his pup), 3 cats, Ears (a rabbit), and a parrot. Voiced by Adam Carl.
  • Jeremy Anderson – the most intelligent and mature guy among the gang. He acts cerebral and possesses extensive knowledge about a wide variety of subjects, including the origin and habits of dinosaurs. Voiced by Adam Carl.
  • Mario – A brown skin and hair teen with an enormous ego. Voiced by Cam Clarke.
  • Shades – A cool teen who always wears sunglasses (where his name is derived from). Voiced by Cam Clarke.
  • Casey – Youngest of the gang, she is a machinist and often help the other members with the technical problems. She has a crush on Mario, more obvious in the first season. Voiced by Kath Soucie.
  • Heather Adams – Wally's older, and sometimes annoying, sister. She has blonde hair in a ponytail. Voiced by Kath Soucie.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Rocky – Wally's pup.
  • Chet – Heather's boyfriend, voiced by Rob Paulsen.
  • Freddy Facknitts – A teenage genius who is also a fan of comic books, and has a strong, though somewhat comical, sense of justice. He was originally hired by Morton Fizzback to conduct an experiment on Denver's tar egg shell, but later helps out Denver and the gang, and provides technical support.

Villains[edit]

  • Morton Fizzback – Drawn and voiced as an obvious characterization of actor Rodney Dangerfield, Fizzback is an arrogant and greedy rock concert promoter, voiced by Brian Cummings.
  • Professor Funt – Evil scientist, sometimes works with Morton, voiced by Brian Cummings.
  • Nick – Leader of three other bullies, Curt, Scott, and Rod, who cause trouble for the boys, voiced by Rob Paulsen.

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures[edit]

Merchandise and home media releases[edit]

Knott's Berry Farm offered a Denver promotional tie-in with its new Kingdom of the Dinosaurs attraction (which would later take its last rider in 2004), as did Ralston Cereals with its new brand Dinersaurs (which sold poorly and was discontinued by the end of 1988).

Various episodes of the series were released on VHS by Fries Home Video.

World Events Productions released two DVD volumes through their Voltron.com website. The first volume included the hour-long pilot and the following eight episodes. The second volume includes 10 episodes. World Events Productions had the complete series on YouTube; it was removed on December 31, 2010, because of synchronizing problems, but as of February 2012, all but three episodes had been restored. On February 11, 2011, World Events Productions released the complete series on Hulu.

On September 16, 2014, World Events Productions (distributed by VCI Entertainment) released Denver, The Last Dinosaur – The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[5][6]

Episode list[edit]

International airings[edit]

2018 Reboot[edit]

The reboot premiered on M6 on August 27, 2018.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Barnes, Mike. "'Voltron' producer Peter Keefe dies", The Hollywood Reporter, May 28, 2010. Accessed August 26, 2010.
  2. ^ "Décès – Le producteur Bruno-René HUCHEZ nous a quitté", MangaMag, September 24, 2016. Retrieved on August 5, 2017.
  3. ^ "The world of Zag". www.zag-inc.com.
  4. ^ a b "ON kids & family on Instagram".
  5. ^ "Denver, the Last Dinosaur DVD news: Announcement for Denver, the Last Dinosaur - The Complete Series - TVShowsOnDVD.com". www.tvshowsondvd.com. Archived from the original on 2014-06-13.
  6. ^ 'The Complete Series' Front and Rear Box Art, Bonus Material Archived 2014-07-18 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on April 12, 2017
  7. ^ a b c "More mythology on DD's Sunday slot". The Indian Express. 8 June 1996. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 9 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Listing". qubo.com.

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