After a plane crash, two opposing half-brothers find themselves on an amazing lost island where enlightened pacifist humans and intelligent talking dinosaurs have created a utopian medieval society. But imminent disaster approaches.
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Series cast summary:
 Mayor Waldo 3 episodes, 2002
 Sunstone Restorer 3 episodes, 2002
 Samantha / ... 3 episodes, 2002
 Messenger Bird 3 episodes, 2002
 Dinotopia Citizen 3 episodes, 2002
Moses Rockman ...
 Dinotopian Citizen 3 episodes, 2002
 Frank / ... 2 episodes, 2002


Half-brothers Karl, a born rebel, and David, the more curious and scholarly of the two young men, are flying a small airplane over the ocean with their rich father. The plane gets caught in a storm and crash-lands near an uncharted island. Trapped in the sinking plane wreck, the father orders the boys to abandon him and save themselves. The two manage to swim safely to shore where they meet Cyrus, the local misanthropic pariah who holds a serious grudge against the islanders. He informs them that the island is called Dinotopia as both humans, who have reached spiritual, philosophical and intellectual enlightenment here a long time ago, and dinosaurs, who somehow survived here and evolved into sentient talking dinos with human intelligence, live there together in utopian pacifist harmony, save for the carnivores. The boys travel to the island's capital, where they meet Mayor Waldo and his disciplined, orderly, caring and quite lovely scholarly daughter, Marion, who along with the ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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12 May 2002 (USA)  »

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Dinotopia - A Terra dos Dinossauros  »

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Did You Know?


In Dinotopia even the dinosaurs speak, not to mention that all the people in Dinotopia speak perfect English. See more »


When the baby Chasmosaurus hatches out of its egg, it's mistakenly identified as a "hadrosaur". Hadrosaurs were duck-billed dinosaurs, Chasmosaurus actually belonged to the horn-faced, parrot-beaked ceratopsians. See more »


[an ankylosaurus appears before the boys' eyes]
Karl Scott: [shocked] My God! What is that thing?
David Scott: [amazed] It's-It's a dinosaur!
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Spin-off Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone (2005) See more »

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Dinotopia is a Visual Spectacular!
21 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Dinotopia is a Visual Spectacular!

Though the mini-series is corny in areas, it the good type of corny...not that crappy 'we're the best' Hollywood corny. It's a movie that's not afraid to admit that it's corny or that some of it's acting isn't the greatest at times. On the upside the visual effects are amazing. If you watch the mini-series and think that you are looking at a painting/drawing style it's really quite breathtaking. Another thing thing I must say for this movie is that it is entertaining, fun ride, action packed. I was neve bored watching this film. Overall it was just a good 4.5 hours to spend. Light hearted...good family fun...but not one of those typical family movies.

Recommendation: Read the books by James Guerny as well "Dinotopia" and the "World Beneath" =)

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