Dink, the Little Dinosaur

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Dink, the Little Dinosaur
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Title screen
Starring R. J. Williams
Anndi McAfee
Ben Ryan Ganger
S. Scott Bullock
Frank Welker
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21 (42 segments)
Running time 30 minutes (2 segments)
Production company(s) Ruby-Spears Productions
Hanna Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release September 16, 1989 – November 3, 1990

Dink, the Little Dinosaur is an animated series produced by Ruby-Spears Productions and co-produced by Hanna Barbera Productions. The series originally aired on the CBS Kids block on CBS from 1989 to 1990.[1] Several of the series' episodes were combined into the 1989 video movie Dink the Little Dinosaur while further episodes combined to form the Land of No Return on September 14, 1994.


The series followed Dink, a dinosaur, and his four friends as they explore and dwell in the volcanic landscape of prehistory in a place called Green Meadow. Its outlines fostered positive behaviors, such as caring about oneself and others, tolerance, ecology, problem-solving and teamwork.

The second season introduced a weekly segment called "Factasaurus" that taught lessons and fun facts educating children about different dinosaur species.


Main Characters
Name Species Voice Description
Dink Brontosaurus[2] R. J. Williams Kind, brave, smart and has a strong bond with his friends.
Amber Corythosaurus Anndi McAfee A close friend of Dink's, she is like a big sister figure.
Scat Compsognathus Frank Welker[3][4] Tends to be paranoid, but has a humongous appepite and he speaks in third person.
Shyler Edaphosaurus Ben Ryan Ganger A shy friend of Dink, with a speech impediment and looks up to Dink and Amber as older siblings.
Flapper Pteranodon S. Scott Bullock Tends to be a braggart and a jokester and he speaks with a slight lisp. He constantly tries to land in water, but always fails.
Crusty Proganochelys Frank Welker Mentors the dino youngsters and tells them stories that often help teach them valuable lessons.
Name Species Voice Description
Ariel Parasaurolophus Jennifer Darling Exceptionally courageous and self-sacrificing, she lives at the Lake of Mists and is viewed by other dinosaurs as an almost supernatural figure.
Uncle Longbeak Pteranodon Hamilton Camp Flapper's uncle, whom he talks about a lot.
Pearl Edaphosaurus A female friend of Shyler.
Scratcher Deinonychus Dick Beals A Herbivore by his own choice.
Red Brachiosaurus Sometimes called Thundermaker. Actually a spirit who lived in the Cave of Spirits.
Earthshaker Ultrasaurus Frank Welker Shakes the ground when he walks and talks. None too fond of smaller creatures, but willing to return a favor.
Dippo Diplocaulus Dana Hill Afraid of what other dinosaurs think of his kind. Good friends with Shyler.
Opo Opisthocoelicaudia Friend of the gang who helps Ariel to escape from Tyrannor.
Dim Rebbachisaurus A dimwitted friend of the gang.
Tubble & Hubble Diplodocus Jim Cummings,
Jack Angel
An old pair of pathfinders for their herd.
Squirt Stegosaurus Russi Taylor Once thought Crusty was his mother.
Shortspike Scelidosaurus Friend of Dink and separated from his parents due to a volcano trouble.
Cornelius Iguanodon Once a rival of Dink's.
Trail Blazer Brontosaurus Used his tail to create Green Meadow and Tarpit Pass (which protects Green Meadow from Hunters like Tyrannor).
Patch & Ridetail Brontosaurus" Trail Blazer's children.


Once Trail Blazer's rival.
Tiny Megazostrodon Joey Camen[citation needed] A friend in need, helped by Dink to get fruit guarded by a bullish Dicraeosaurus.
Brighteyes Titanosaurus Jodi Carlisle A mother to be. Helped by the gang to protect her eggs from Egghunters.
Buttercup Proganochelys Billie Hayes Crusty's childhood turtle friend.
Beast Saurolophus Michael Bell Has a disfigured body structure.
Iggy Camptosaurus Shyler helps him find his way home.
Nobbie Pachycephalosaurus A good friend of Shyler.
Daisy Barosaurus Scar once had a crush on her.
Brusier Barosaurus Daisy's boyfriend.
Glowy Firefly Shyler wanted to keep.
Melodi Supersaurus Kath Soucie Then gang helps her save her mate.
Forest Corythosaurus Cam Clarke Once made Dink jealous one time.
Stormfoot Centrosaurus Dana Hill Fought Dink in the "Challenge of the Desert" duel.
Jerry Gerrothorax Tail gets stuck under a rock but is rescued by Crusty.
Mama Triceratops Triceratops Once thought Scat was her son.
Name Species Voice Description
Tyrannor Tyrannosaurus Chases Dink and his friends all over their prehistoric world. He is feared by every known dinosaur.
Hunters Various carnivorous dinosaurs that mostly reside in Hunter's Grove.
Scavengers Pterodactylus Frank Welker A troublesome flock.
Fleetfoot Ornitholestes Jim Cummings Hunts Pterosaurs.
Honeyfruit Monster Iguanodon
Sharptooth Allosaurus According to Crusty, he would even scare Tyrannor. He had fought Trail Blazer with the resulting fight creating Green Meadow and Tarpit Pass.
Snakenecks Elasmosaurus
Sandtooth Dinilysia
Watertooth Nothosaur
Shelleater Baryonyx Known to prey on turtles.
Bolderbuns Zigongosaurus Frank Welker
Waterhunters Kronosaurus,
Egghunters Acanthopholis A trio that targets Brighteyes' eggs.
Sharpmouth Albertosaurus
Slidetooth Gigantophis


No. Title Original air date
1 "Shell Game"
2 "Shyler's Friend"
Shyler is unsure of how to approach and befriend Pearl and his friends' assistance isn't helping.
3 "Dink, Come Home"
4 "White Beauty"
5 "Crusty's Baby"
Crusty becomes the unwitting mother of a newly hatched Stegosaurus he names Squirt. However Squirt doesn't eat well, forcing Crusty to unite him with his actual mother.
6 "The Gentle Hunter"
Scat meets a plant-eating Deinonychus named Scratcher. Scratcher is driven away by a Styracosaurus herd, so Dink has to save him from becoming a hunter.
7 "Phantom Of The Cave"
Dink and his friends explore the Cave of Spirits to find out more about the Thundermakers. They find one named Red, who is having trouble with Scavengers.
8 "Dry River"
A rockfall has dammed up the river and Earthshaker is not willing to unblock it until Dink extracts a thorn from his foot.
9 "Tricera-Scat"
Scat dozing inside an eggshell is mistaken by a mother Triceratops for one of her newly hatched babies.
10 "Search"
Flapper does impractical pranks on various dinosaurs, but puts a stop to it when Shyler is in need of rescuing.
11 "Amber's Crusade"
Marooned on an island, Amber and Shyler have to look after three baby Psittacosauruses. After a close call from Tyrannor, they make it homewards.
12 "Old Timers"
13 "Uncle Longbeak"
14 "Surprise"
Dink goes to get a reflecting stone for Amber's Hatching Day. With aid from Tiny and two Ichthyosauruses he finds it.
15 "The Hollow Tree"
Dink investigates a mysterious inhabitant of a hollow tree. It turns out to be a Diplocaulus named Dippo whose looks are ridiculed, but Flapper rescues him and Shyler from a storm.
16 "Badge Of Courage"
During a hike to Firetop Mountain, Dink meets Shortspike and goes with a Firebug to rescue his family.
17 "Wish Mountain"
Shyler's attempt to make a wish with his loose tooth is interrupted by a Oviraptor and a Ankylosaurus.
18 "Crusty's New Home"
Tired of fixing his cave, Crusty moves elsewhere. Not finding a new home to his liking, he returns to find Dink and his friends have fixed his old home.
19 "Small Stuff"
Two Erythrotheriums ruin Dink and his friends' digging efforts to protect their home. Dink compensates them after saving their lives.
20 "Lights Out"
Amber gets a crystal rock, which she thinks is magical due to coincidental good events, but when the rock breaks Flapper has his own tricks against Tyrannor.
21 "Mystery Of The Broken Claw"
Amber is blamed for destroying a water hole, so she investigates with her friends. They find the hunters did it and manage to thwart a hunter ambush and restore the water hole.
22 "Encounter At Flatrock"
Crusty gets lost trying to find Flatrock. Dink having failed to accompany him, goes off to save his from the Shelleater.
23 "The Sky Is Falling At Green Meadow"
24 "Sea Rescue"
Scat is lost from a tsunami. Dink and his friends accompanied by marine creatures locate and rescue Scat amidst a storm.
25 "Raiders Of The Lost Nest"
26 "Land Of No Return"
Dink and his friends lure Tyrannor into the 'Land of No Return'. Flapper comes to their rescue, then they rescue Tyrannor himself.
27 "Scavengers"
28 "Tar Troubles"
Against Crusty's advice, Dink interferes with a tar pit and frantically tries to stop it spreading, but end up starting a major fire.
29 "Honeyfruit Hero"
Scat tries to a hero by saving the Compsognathuses' Honeyfruit supply from a monster, which turns out to be an Iguanodon instead of mere bugs.
30 "Tall Tale"
Crusty tells the story of Trail Blazer, his herd's survival, the battle against the Sharptooth and the formation of Green Meadow many years ago.
31 "Crusty's Reunion"
32 "Tale of the Beast"
A disfigured Saurolophus is believed to be a menacing beast. Amber whom Beast rescued is able to clear the misunderstanding.
33 "Scat-ter Brained"
A close encounter with Tyrannor and a bump on the head, convinces Scat that he is a T-Rex. Meeting Tyrannor again during a rockfall restores Scat.
34 "Fraidy Scat"
Scat's fear of night things makes him sleepy in daytime. He overcomes his fear to rescue his friends trapped under a fallen tree.
35 "The Reluctant Head-Banger"
Shyler befriends Nobbie, but his appetite is too big for Dink's lot to handle. However Nobbie rescues them from being buried under a rockfall.
36 "Wrongs of Spring"
37 "Overrun"
38 "The Last Of Their Kind"
Shyler catches a Firebug he calls Glowy. A distressed Supersaurus named Melodi is looking for her mate. Shyler and his friends find and rescue Melodi's mate.
39 "Day Of The Snake"
40 "Rivals"
41 "Challenge"
42 "The Secret"


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