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The Legend of Dinosaurs 

Joel and the Bots suffer through a dreary '70s dinosaur movie from Japan. Where's 'Doug McClure' when you need him?



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Episode cast overview:
Joel Hodgson ...
J. Elvis Weinstein ...
Tom Servo / Gypsy / Dr. Laurence Erhardt (as Josh Weinstein)
Ralph Smith ...
Special Guest
Mrs. Smith ...
Special Guest (as Ralph's Mom) (credit only)


Joel and the Bots suffer through a dreary '70s dinosaur movie from Japan. Where's 'Doug McClure' when you need him?

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Comedy | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

28 May 1989 (USA)  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie's actual on-screen title is actually 'The "Legend of Dinosaurs"'. See more »


The two host segments where Joel explains special effects techniques to the Bots were accidentally played in the wrong order, leaving Joel referencing an event that hasn't happened on-screen yet during the first host segment. See more »


Reporter: Everyone is asking the same question...
Tom Servo: Why am I watching this?
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References The People's Court (1981) See more »


Love, American Style Theme
Written by Charles Fox and Arnold Margolin
Performed by J. Elvis Weinstein (as "Lava, American Style")
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"Mount Fuji" (a lot)
21 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's easy to see how this show got a lot better later. This is still passable. I actually really liked the segments out of the theater and it was probably more enjoyable than the actual riffs! It was just really funny to see them make fun of the "Paul Is Dead" hoax. There were so many hidden things that you could find to justify your crazy positions. It does say "was" in the title. This is the earliest example I can see of a parody of a standard sitcom, at least with the laugh track. Glad to know they had support as far back as this.

There were still good lines in this movie. I especially liked, "Let's go in this cave that looks like a dinosaur's mouth". I also enjoyed, "The dinosaur cut the power line". The single riffs worked best here like with, "Hide behind the cans of explosives!". I knew they were going to say something along the line of, "It's a fake, but it's as good as most of the effects in this movie". Their riffs really do get better later. ***

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