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:
...  Cyrus Crabb 3 episodes, 2002
...  Marion Waldo 3 episodes, 2002
...  Mayor Waldo 3 episodes, 2002
...  Rosemary Waldo 3 episodes, 2002
...  Karl Scott 3 episodes, 2002
...  David Scott 3 episodes, 2002
...  Oonu 3 episodes, 2002
...  Sunstone Restorer 3 episodes, 2002
...  Romana Denison 3 episodes, 2002
...  Samantha / ... 3 episodes, 2002
...  Oriana 3 episodes, 2002
...  Zipeau / ... 3 episodes, 2002
...  Messenger Bird 3 episodes, 2002
...  Dinotopia Citizen 3 episodes, 2002
...  Tina 3 episodes, 2002
Moses Rockman ...  Dinotopian Citizen 3 episodes, 2002
...  Frank / ... 2 episodes, 2002


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 <>

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Release Date:

12 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dinotopia - A Terra dos Dinossauros  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sound effects used for the Pteradons are roars of tigers and mountain lions. For Freefall, the albino pteradon who bonds with David Scott, sounds of baby black bears were added, to give Freefall's character a different tone from the other pteradons. See more »


Dimorphodon is depicted in the film as a feathered bird. It was in reality a flying reptile whose wings were made up of a skin membrane, and wasn't related to the birds. See more »


Cyrus Crabb: Once a scaly, always a scaly.
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13 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

The story takes place about three generations after the original books. It is the tale of two brothers that don't know each other all that well and end up getting stranded together on the island of Dinotopia. In short, it has something for everyone - action, adventure, mystery and romance.

The special effects are the best I've seen for any TV mini-series, and it was incredible seeing these books come to life. The dinosaurs were very well done, with an exception to the "talking" dinosaurs - they were a bit cartoony, but cute. There were a couple oddities concerning story canon and continuity here and there, but they're easily overlooked. This movie is still a great one to watch.

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