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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 2 episodes, 2002
Tasha de Vasconcelos ...  Tina 2 episodes, 2002
Moses Rockman Moses Rockman ...  Dinotopian Citizen 3 episodes, 2002
Stuart Wilson ...  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 <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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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 »


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 »


Rosemary: Karl, you're not on vacation; you're expected to work with the other students during the day.
Karl Scott: Look, no disrespect, Rosemary, but I'm not a Dinotopian, and I don't want to become one, okay?
Rosemary: Do you intend to eat our food?
Karl Scott: Well, yeah, I guess.
Rosemary: Then you help us make it. Starting now. And please address me as Matriarch in the future.
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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 »


Spin-off Dinotopia: Quest for the Ruby Sunstone (2005) See more »

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Fantastical adventure that is most watchable!!!
14 May 2002 | by celticbrit13See all my reviews

Dinotopia is a fantastical adventure story that the whole family can sit down and watch together. Although it isn't mind-blowing fantastic, it is very watchable and mostly enjoyable. The main cast is made up of newcomers or not-so-easily recognizable actors and some very interesting CGI and Animatronic dinosaurs ("Zippo" and "26" really stick as as super-great). The pace is a little slow and the plot is a little predictable, but that doesn't make this mini-series any harder to get into. It is an interesting story, with some stunning visual sequences, that has most definitely gotten me addicted to it. All the same, you can still feel the story's morals being forcefully instilled on you as you watch the story unfold. All in all I give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.

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Release Date:

12 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »


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$80,000,000 (estimated)
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