Dr. Quest heads up the Amazon to the Land of the Turu in pursuit of high grade trinoxite, a new metal essential to the space program, unaware that "Turu" is a live pteranodon guarding the deposit.


(as William D. Hamilton)

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Episode cast overview:
Roger T. 'Race' Bannon / Nuago / Native Worker 2 (voice)
Jonny Quest (voice) (as Tim Matthieson)
Don Messick ...
Dr. Benton C. Quest / Bandit / Native Worker 1 (voice)
Danny Bravo ...
Hadji (voice)
Aku / Native Worker 3 (voice)
Deen (voice)


The Quest party travels up the Amazon looking for the location of high grade trinoxite ore. They run across a canoe containing one of the native brothers, Aku, who gave Dr. Quest his promising ore sample. Aku's brother had just been taken by the featherless giant bird called Turu. The wary Quests rent a boat and travel further upriver, past aggressive crocodiles, to find a mountain plateau where a living pteranodon resides. Strangely, it's also a pet controlled by a greedy, crippled slaver named Deen, who uses it to snatch natives for his "silver" mine (actually the trinoxite). Dr. Quest quickly decides to put a stop to them, and Deen wants them dead. Written by statmanjeff

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24 December 1964 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


There's a pronunciation discrepancy. The natives call the pteranodon Turu because they can't pronounce the 'L' in Tulu, the name given it by Deen. See more »


The Pteranodon is said to have been extinct for 1 million years. The real figure is closer to 65 million. See more »


Dr. Benton C. Quest: Aku, whatever you said about that turu thing, you didn't say enough! He must be bigger than an elephant!
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A man and his pet dinosaur
25 December 2008 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Dr. Benton Quest is deep in the jungle in search of a rare metal that might prove beneficial to the space program when he runs into a hysterical native who will only repeat the word, "Turu". The Quest Gang accompanies the frightened man and discover a mountain full of the metal they seek guarded by a crazed man in a wheelchair and his giant, flying dinosaur.

Overall, Turu the Terrible is a fairly enjoyable episode. Turu actually poses a real threat to the Quests. In one scene, the giant pterodactyl-like dinosaur gets hold of Dr. Quest and almost takes him into its lair. In another scene, the boat the Quests are using sustains heavy damage after an attack. The ending is something of a let-down, however. as we never discover who the old man is or anything else about him. There are also a couple of moments that make me laugh every time I see them. The first is the sight of Race carrying that bazooka while flying with his jet pack. He carries it like it weighs no more than a loaf of bread. And I hope he never intended to fire the thing while flying. The kick while floating in mid-air would knock him clear out of the jungle. The second thing I get a chuckle out of is the image of the wheelchair-bound old man leading his pet dinosaur to its cage. Yeah, right.

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