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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Country:

UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)
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| | (3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The TV series often did not accurately portray Dinotopia's Footprint Alphabet from the book series. Translating it often spells random letters that don't make words. See more »

Quotes

Marion: [to Karl] we don't use weapons, for weapons are enemies, even to their owners.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version's length is 240 minutes which includes the entire mini-series, hidden footage and deleted scenes. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2002) See more »

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I loved it!
10 July 2002 | by PaleoLoverSee all my reviews

I thought that "Dinotopia" was absolutely excellent. At the beginning, the acting seemed a bit, well, fake; but as it went on the actors became a lot more believable. Zippo has been compared to Jar Jar Binks...but how could you do that when Zippo isn't a thing like Jar Jar? Jar Jar was hard to understand and just plain silly, not smart at all. Zippo spoke great English and was intellectual. The dinosaurs were a delight to see, as well...I've been a huge fan of dinos since I was little. I'm definitely going to buy the DVD so I can see it again and again. Congratulations to the creators of such a great miniseries!


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