Valley of the Dinosaurs

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Valley of the Dinosaurs
Valley of the Dinosaurs.jpg
Genre Animation
Adventure
Action
Drama
Science Fiction
Directed by Charles A. Nichols
Voices of (See article)
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Taft Broadcasting (original)
Warner Bros. Television Distribution (current)
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 7 (1974-09-07) – December 21, 1974 (1974-12-21)

Valley of the Dinosaurs is a 30-minute Saturday morning animated series produced by the Australian studios of Hanna-Barbera Productions and broadcast on CBS from September 7 to December 21, 1974.

Opening narration[edit]

Deep in the heart of the Amazon, the Butler family was exploring an uncharted river canyon. Suddenly, caught up in a violent whirlpool, they were propelled through an underground cavern and flung into a hostile world of giant prehistoric creatures...a world that time forgot. Now, befriended by a family of cave dwellers, each day is an adventure in survival for the Butlers in...the Valley of the Dinosaurs!

Plot[edit]

Science teacher John Butler along with his wife Kim, their two children, Greg and Katie, and their dog, Digger, are on a rafting trip on the Amazon River. As they are going down the river, their boat hits a rock and capsizes. The family then gets caught in a whirlpool. When they surface upon going through an underground cavern, they find themselves in a prehistoric valley where they meet caveman Gorok, his wife Gara, their two children Lok and Tana, and their pet, a baby Stegosaurus named Glump. The two families become friends. Gorok and his family help the Butlers in their attempts to find a way to return home, while the Butlers help them in their daily lives by, for example, introducing them to basic technology, such as simple machines (the lever and the wheel), sailboats and windmills.

Episode list[edit]

  1. "Forbidden Fruit" – September 7, 1974
  2. "What Goes Up" – September 14, 1974
  3. "A Turned Turtle" – September 21, 1974
  4. "The Volcano" – September 28, 1974
  5. "Smoke Screen" – October 5, 1974
  6. "Pteranodon" – October 12, 1974
  7. "The Saber-Tooth Kids" – October 19, 1974
  8. "After Shock" – October 26, 1974
  9. "Top Cave, Please" – November 2, 1974
  10. "S.O.S." – November 9, 1974
  11. "Fire" – November 16, 1974
  12. "Rain of Meteors" – November 23, 1974
  13. "To Fly a Kite" – November 30, 1974
  14. "Test Flight" – December 7, 1974
  15. "The Big Toothache" – December 14, 1974
  16. "Torch" – December 21, 1974

Cast[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Characters from the show appeared in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Beyond the Valley of the Dinosaurs" with Gorak voiced by Chris Edgerly and Tana voiced by Mary Birdsong.

Comics[edit]

Charlton Comics published 11 issues of a comic book series based on the TV cartoon featuring new stories from April 1975 until December 1976.

Home Media releases[edit]

On March 22, 2011, Warner Archive released Valley of the Dinosaurs: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Land of the Lost - another 1974 TV series, live-action, with a similar premise.

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