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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

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Language:

English

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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| | (3 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

'Utopia' has 2 possible meanings. Literally, it means 'without a place' or 'a place which doesn't exist' yet figuratively it means 'a perfect place where everyone is happy'. When combined with a prefix 'dino-' it means 'a perfect place for happy dinosaurs'. See more »

Goofs

When the baby Chasmosaurus hatches out of its egg, it's mistakenly identified as a "hadrosaur". Hadrosaurs were duck-billed dinosaurs, Chasmosaurus actually belonged to the horn-faced, parrot-beaked ceratopsians. See more »

Quotes

[an ankylosaurus appears before the boys' eyes]
Karl Scott: [shocked] My God! What is that thing?
David Scott: [amazed] It's-It's a dinosaur!
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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 Witness from Dinotopia (2002) See more »

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A magical delight
11 January 2006 | by michael-steadSee all my reviews

I found this to be absolutely enchanting. There is a richness to the cinematography reminiscent of the film Babe, making it super-real, and the special effects add a layer of beauty to the film, rather than being a distraction.

There is a strong narrative thread, based around two half-brothers, washed up on the shores of the island. You have to make the leap into believing that somehow this island exists - almost undiscovered - as a haven where dinosaurs and humans co-exist.

The drama is driven along by the fact that the brothers barely know each other, having been brought up by different mothers. As they search for their father, who was with them in a plane that crashed, their differences become exacerbated.

With the exception of a lone tyrannosaurus attack, the story steers clear of the usual dinosaurs; instead it showcases some that appear less often in modern films, such as the enormous ankylosaurs, who act as acolytes and guards on the island.

I found myself caught up in the magic as the brothers take a ride on a dinosaur bus to Waterfall City. One of the lovely conceits of the films is that dinosaurs and humans work with each other in a variety of different ways. It is through the interaction with dinosaurs that the brothers each go on a journey of self-discovery and development.

There are some plot twists along the way, some love stories, and a complex villain, played very well by David Thewlis. The drama is divided up into rather lengthy sections. I find them enthralling and have watched them several times, but you really need to set a large chunk of an afternoon or an evening aside to enjoy each part.

This is a very male-centred drama, the women tend to be brought on in supporting roles and sometimes the leading characters behave quite infuriatingly. However, even though you are, like the brothers, dropped in the deep end of the story, it all makes sense, all the important plot strands get resolved and you can come out of it wishing that the island was real.


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