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Dinotopia 

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:
David Thewlis ...  Cyrus Crabb 3 episodes, 2002
Katie Carr ...  Marion Waldo 3 episodes, 2002
Jim Carter ...  Mayor Waldo 3 episodes, 2002
Alice Krige ...  Rosemary Waldo 3 episodes, 2002
Tyron Leitso ...  Karl Scott 3 episodes, 2002
Wentworth Miller ...  David Scott 3 episodes, 2002
Colin Salmon ...  Oonu 3 episodes, 2002
Christian Simpson ...  Sunstone Restorer 3 episodes, 2002
Hannah Yelland ...  Romana Denison 3 episodes, 2002
Anna Maguire ...  Samantha / ... 3 episodes, 2002
Geraldine Chaplin ...  Oriana 3 episodes, 2002
Lee Evans ...  Zipeau / ... 3 episodes, 2002
Terry Jones ...  Messenger Bird 3 episodes, 2002
Greg Bennett ...  Dinotopia Citizen 3 episodes, 2002
Tasha de Vasconcelos ...  Tina 3 episodes, 2002
Moses Rockman Moses Rockman ...  Dinotopian Citizen 3 episodes, 2002
Stuart Wilson ...  Frank / ... 2 episodes, 2002
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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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Official Sites:

ABC | James Gurney

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UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinotopia See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| | (3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The complete Dinotopian code is:

Survival of all or none. One raindrop raises the sea. Weapons are enemies, even to their owners. Give more, take less. Others first, self last. Observe, listen, and learn. Do one thing at a time. Sing every day. Exercise imagination. Eat to live, don't live to eat. Don't put out the light. See more »

Goofs

The crocodiles that show up in the movie are labeled "mosasaurs". However, mosasaurs were actually fully water-bound animals that were close relatives of snakes and monitor lizards. They had fins, not legs like crocodiles. See more »

Quotes

Romana Denison: David, what is it?
David Scott: It's the height. I think I'm having a panic attack.
Romana Denison: Remember you are of the Sky.
David Scott: I am not of the Sky. I don't know who said that. If anything I'm of the Couch.
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Alternate Versions

Also re-edited into a feature-length motion picture in Australia the title "(Adventures in) Dinotopia", approx. 125 minutes running time. See more »

Connections

Featured in Evolution: The Making of 'Dinotopia' (2002) See more »

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I think some people forget what movies are all about.
29 May 2004 | by Utahraptor2002See all my reviews

I have read the comments of others who have seen this movie or say they have. It sounds to me that people are looking for the acting, graphics, etc., rather than what the purpose of the movie is really for and the lessons it can teach if you pay close attention. Sometimes the comments of others sound as if they didn't even watch it or try to understand it. It's too bad we can't all see eye-to-eye on this, but then again i'm sure this movie wasn't made for everyone. It was probably made for those with a strong imagination and who believe in the impossible.

Now of course the acting, script, graphics, and all could be better, but I didn't judge the movie on those things, but rather the story it told, and I found it to be a fantastic story. It reminded me of when I was young and tried to imagine what it would be like if dinosaurs did not become extinct and lived in the present day. Dinotopia shows one possibility, a possibility that I always imagined and more. I of course love dinosaurs. Zippo was awesome in my opinion. I think he is what got me interested in the movie in the first place because of the fact that he is an intelligent, friendly, and a talking dinosaur. I think it interested me because it is something that I do not get to see very often (visually anyways), but only in my imagination. This movie nearly brought it to life to me. I think Lee Evans did a great job as the voice of Zippo. He really put the emotion and personality in the character of Zippo. Have you ever imagined a city built on top of a large waterfall? I know I haven't and when I saw it, I thought it was breathtaking. Is it possible? Who cares? In this movie it is possible. I believe that it is possible if you can imagine it. I am a big fan of James Gurney (who is the creator of Dinotopia) and Dinotopia. This movie is what made me a fan of Dinotopia. Before I saw this I had never heard of Dinotopia. This movie in fact, is probably my all time favorite. This movie has even changed my life in every way that I can think of for the better. I am glad I saw it. I recommend that you read the books. They will tell all there is to know about Dinotopia better than the movies. Dinotopia is said to be fictional in reality. That may be true, but it has felt more real to me than anything else i've ever seen in reality. "It is possible if you can imagine it." That's probably why it seems so real to me. I have been able to imagine it. Dinotopia has it all and everything about Dinotopia is explained so well that the question I ask is: How can it not be real? Whether it is real or not depends on you. Does everything have to be determined on whether it is real or not by seeing it with your eyes or touching it with your hands? How about the feeling that it gives deep down inside of you. Isn't that proof enough? I give the movie an 8, but for the whole idea of Dinotopia I give it a 10.


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