The Dinosaurs are an animatronics stone-age working-class family created by Jim Henson for Disney. Incredibly overweight, even for a dinosaur, Earl Sinclair is married to Fran and tries/fails to support 14-year-old valley girl Charlene, 16-year-old Robbie (whose crest eventually turns into a mohawk and gets dyed purple), widowed, cranky Grandma Ethel, and terrible-twos Baby, the true master of the house. Sharp social commentary is featured surprisingly often; Earl is a tree-pusher for the Wesayso Development Corp., which regularly implements schemes to screw their workers even more and destroy the world for marginal profit increment. Chilled but live prey are kept in the refrigerator and are helpful when you can't find the milk, and caveman humans make occasional appearances as wild animals and pets. Written by
The initial design for Grandma Ethyl Phillips was a pterosaur. A winged creature, which are often erroneously called dinosaurs and generally referred to as pterodactyls. She was to be depicted as always hanging upside down, usually in a closet. But the design of the puppet would have proved to be incredibly difficult to manipulate. So she was changed to her final design seen in the series. See more »
[Fran is giving Earl the silent treatment because he mistakenly buried her mother alive; Earl reads from the apology card he bought]
What can I say? I've ruined your day, and made you all angry and surly. How could I make such a thoughtless mistake? And bury your mother too early.
[Fran continues to ignore him]
Aw come on, Fran! They wouldn't make these cards if it didn't happen all the time!
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Although the credits list actors/puppeteers for the characters individually in the credits, the Howard Handupme newscaster character, despite being in multiple episodes, is never listed separately and credited directly (presumably his portrayer(s) is/are listed under the "other actors" credits). See more »
"DINOSAURS," is my opinion, is an absolute ABC classic! I don't think I've seen every episode, but I still enjoyed it. It's hard to say which episode was my favorite. However, I think it was always funny when a mishap occurred. I always laughed at that. Despite the fact that it was a short-lived series, it was nice that all the main characters stayed with the show throughout its entire run. It seems that no one stays with a show throughout its entire run. Everyone always gave a good performance, the production design was spectacular, the characters and everything about them were well-designed, and the writing was always very strong. In conclusion, I hope they bring it back on the air for fans of the show to see.
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