Dinotopia (2002– )

Part 1 

Karl and David try to adapt to life in Dinotopia, and step one is to attend Dinotopia's grade school, where Marion teaches them the rules of their society as well as the dinosaur language. However, Karl plans to escape from the island.



(teleplay), (books)

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Episode credited cast:
Cyrus Crabb
Marion Waldo
Mayor Waldo
Rosemary Waldo (credit only)
Karl Scott
David Scott
Romana Denison (credit only)
Zippo (voice)
Messenger Bird (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moses Rockman ...
Dinotopian Citizen
Sunstone Restorer


Pilot Frank Scott takes his sons, half-brothers raised by different mothers, along on an island hopping holiday, but just after spotting an unchartered yet inhabited large isle, the plane crashes at sea and unconscious Frank presumably drowns. Dardevil Karl and cautious, studious David swim ashore and are astonished to be find a society where people cohabit happily with tame, even speaking dinosaurs. Told there is no way off the island, they must set out on a perilous 'diono-bus' journey, beleaguered by wild pterodactyls and relieved by Oonu's squadron of tame 'skybax' aerial Dino's, to the splendorous capital Waterfall City, where the ruling mayor sends them to mixed school where Marion, whom they befriended o the way, teaches with her saurian life partner, erudite Zippo. David takes to it and saurians, Karl rebels revolted, yet wins a graduation commendation by cheating. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

12 May 2002 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The code of Dinotopia, for whatever reason, is taken out of order from the book. Specifically, rules #1 (Survival of all or none) and #2 (One raindrop raises the sea) were switched. As well, the final, missing code (Don't p...) was replaced with "Find the light." These changes ruin a hidden 12th Dinotopian code, as when the first letter of all eleven codes are combined, it spells "Sow good seed," though with the shows changes, it spells "Osw good seef." See more »


[Karl has just rescued Zippo from being dragged under and eaten by a Mosasaur guarding the entrance to the World Beneath. Zippo runs away from the shore, screaming in fright]
Zippo: [inspecting his gnawed tail] He was EATING me!
[shakes his fist at the Mosasaur; passionately]
Zippo: I hope you choke on it!
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