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The Human Being and the Dinosaur 

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John Monroe
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Lydia Monroe
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A lesson in the feeling of superiority
1 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Manhattanite Magazine cartoonist John Monroe (William Windom) is being rejected to write by his editor Hamilton Greeley (Harold J. Stone). At home, John's daughter Lydia (Lisa Gerritsen) has punched a boy at school, Fenton Berger (Jimmy Miller). She tells John and her mother Ellen (Joan Hotchkis) that it was over sex and that he was he was severe in telling her where babies come from. Fenton and his father (Jesse White, "Harvey") comes to the Monroe's house to talk over the matter. It turns out to be a fanciful story involving bluebirds and lily pads told to him by his mother. Mr. Burger and John disperse on good terms. John talks to Lydia about why it is wrong to act the way she did. He reinforces his talk with a story "about a meeting that took place a long time ago between the most superior and most inferior beings on the face of the earth... a human being and a dinosaur." The James Thurber story is a combination of animation and live action with the superior-minded man (Windom) berating a dinosaur over its future extinction. They both had the same knowledge in the cartoon, but man lacked sympathy and instead used it to feel superior. Man wished to record the noble deeds of man, which happened to be the bad traits of man. Even knowing his dim future, the dinosaur seemed satisfied that he would never live to become like man. "Moral- the noblest study of mankind is man, says man." John goes to his editor with the sketch.


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