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Desc:Shockingly, Denver did not solve mysteries. It might have made his show less painfully dull, though
Category:Cartoons & Animation, Classic TV Clips
Tags:dinosaurs, Saturday Morning Cartoons, horrible cartoons week
Submitted:Xenocide
Date:05/09/08
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Bisekrankas
"Hes my friend and a whole lot more..."

Ok...
afp3683
"we don't care if people stop and stare"

wtf japan
You must have missed the gang rape in the first 15 seconds. Also, was that Parasaurolophus trying to bite a T-rex?

Caminante Nocturno
Do you see those two dinosaurs at 1:08? The two that just keep snapping at each other?

I'd like to believe that they're still doing that somewhere, in some forgotten corner of existence. Somewhere, somehow, they're happily spending all of eternity just snapping back and forth at each other.
Quad9Damage
Those two dinosaurs are the Zax of the 80s. They'll be snapping at each other long after the highway overpass is gone. Greatest animation loop ever.

Beyonce Knowles
What was this show about?
I remember clearly how incredibly boring it was, but I have no idea why.

GoodAaron
Unless I'm mistaken, the premise of the show was that the children found Denver in a giant egg in the La Brea Tar Pits. They promptly taught him English, as well as how to do cool teen stuff like skateboarding and rocking n' rolling.

In return, Denver taught them about conservation and friendship. This would often boil down to some problem (like the school bully being, well, a bully) followed by the kids being utterly stumped as to how to stop the bully from picking on them. Denver would then take the children to his private pool house (or whatever) where they would all sit in a semi-circle and peer into the fragments of his magic egg shell that he emerged from, thus granting them the ability to astrally project back to the Jurassic Period, where a surprisingly appropriate analogue would occur in a kind of dinosaur puppet theatre (i.e. a "tyrannosaur bully" would be attacking a group of friendly brontosaurs, then the brontosaurs would lure him to a river then shove him into it with teamwork or something.) This would be followed by the kids applying this in real life by luring the bully to the aquarium and shoving him into the dolphin pavilion.

I really liked dinosaurs as a kid and my parents bought me this VHS, which I watched over and over hoping that maybe, just once, there would be an episode in which Denver the Dinosaur did something actually entertaining, or altered the time-space continuum with his incessant time-traveling and ripped a hole in the fragile fabric of the universe in a "Sound of Thunder" type scenario.

Sadly, this never happened.

FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown
Now that's a comment.

Mister Yuck
Holy crap, you and I had identical childhoods.

NoCode
I want to know why there was such a wave of cartoon dross during this time period.
snothouse
The actual factual answer: There was a bigger load of children between the ages of 4-12 in the 1980's than almost any other period. And it was the 80's so parents were in the mood to love children with money.

Jeff Fries
Another tastemaking cartoon, as in I'm only 6 but this show is for retards
voodoo_pork
I used to get these fucking theme song stuck in my head for days. Thank you for reintroducing it into my life.
dancingshadow
No shit... for years (and still to this day) this song pops in to my head at the strangest times - usually while driving fast or going fast for any reason.

dementomstie
Yeah, that song is now stuck in my head again and I haven't even watched the video yet. And Damn but this was a horrible cartoon. And I remember digging it as a kid, does that make me a horrible person?

Quad9Damage
I agree. It's one of those songs that gets buried deep within the recesses of your mind, reemerging when you have a random recollection. I'll still be carrying around "He's my friend and a whole lot more" when I'm old and gray.

Too bad the show looks terrible.

BHWW
How bland and mediocre can you get, cartoon wise?
Ursa_minor
The kid crashing on his bike sounds like he must have a cabinet full of plates and bowls for internal organs.
sliggy
Wow. I was totally convinced that this show didn't actually exist, but my memory of it was the product of a fever dream. At least now I know I didn't come up with t hat stupid theme song in a fit of delirium.
B_Ko
This is EXACTLY how i feel about that show Dinosaurs. I thought it was a 4 year fever dream till someone brought a box set to my house.

MK_Ultra
The weird 80's Califlorida setting on this show made me spend a great deal of my childhood thinking Denver was a coastal paradise.
Twitch
This needs to be the next rickroll.
Big Muddy
Huh. Turns out "Dink" was an entirely different gimp dino toon altogether. You could get away with a name like "Gertie" when noone had even seen cartoons before, but Dink and Denver? Thanks for fagging up paleontology Don Bluth.
Camonk
The song is STILL stuck in my head like 80 years later.
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