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Anime Review: Dinozaurs

Reviewer: Olen Bjorgo

In honor of crashing into Mr. Black’s Dino Month like how I used to drive a battery powered toy Jeep into a tree, I decided to do something I thought would be funny. Something… unique, you could say. And by unique, I mean something I vaguely remembered from waking up on Saturday mornings, and rediscovered in a half-asleep frenzy on a Tuesday night that left me realizing why nobody remembers this show.

“There!  I just saw a Dinozaurs fan!  Wait…no, just a Dinomorph.

False alarm.”

Dinozaurs (because the Z makes it hip and cool for kids!) was a Saturday morning cartoon show that aired on Fox Kids here in the US, and follows the adventures of a young boy named Kaito who loves dinosaurs and discovers that a group of alien robot creatures called the Dragozaurs want to absorb all of Earth’s life force because we got so much of the stuff. However, our world was defended in the past by the Dino Knights and after 65 million years, they’re back to defend us once again! And wow, has this show not aged well at all!

Even if you forgive the fact that the show was originally made in 1998 and has what was very bad looking CGI for the Dragozaurs and Dino Knights even in its own time, the animation is just bad overall. It’s not a bad looking show in the sense that it’s unwatchable, but it certainly doesn’t look like anything really worthwhile or really stands out. Like a lot of shows hopping on the CGI bandwagon back then, it feels more like a gimmick to show that they would spend the money to make the show look better than it really was. However, the show is quite colorful, and some battles looked pretty neat, but it still isn’t enough to forgive everything else.

Beware the robo horny toad of your nightmares.

The music in the series is generic and uninspired. Nothing really stands out except the really lame opening. Seriously, I can’t say much else about this without just repeating the same fact over and over. The battle themes, background music, even the theme for the bad guys, nothing stands out.

The story is kind of like the Power Rangers or any other sort of show where each week the group has to defeat the bad guys so that the world is safe from harm. The one good thing is that the Dino Knights aren’t just the initial group that we’re introduced to but rather many others that had been separated due to the progression of time and the separation of the continents over millions of years, so the inclusion of new toys to adver… er, I mean, new characters to see in action would be appealing to see when you’re younger.

A whole entire kids’ show just to sell overpriced toys?  Now who would do a

thing like that?

The show had a massive cast with a lot of notable actors who still noticeable work today like Wendee Lee or Steve Blum, but it also has a lot of folks you don’t really hear about too often like Beau Billingslea (Cowboy Bebop, Naruto Shippuden), Jason Spisak (Young Justice, Fallout: New Vegas), Michael Lindsay (Bleach, Digimon), or Philece Sampler (Days of Our Lives, Blue Exorcist). Big or small, remembered or forgotten, working or retired, or even passed away like in the case of Bob Papenbrook (Heat Guy J, Last Exile), I can’t say in good conscious that many of the roles were all that good or memorable. Again, it was very generic. Sure, it was cool to hear a couple of voices and be excited because then you remembered the good stuff they’ve been in, but it’s still a Saturday morning cartoon with CGI fossils battling alien dragon lizard things that survive on Final Fantasy plot devices. Believe me, it’s really not worth the effort saying how well they play their roles or who they were.

In case you couldn’t tell by now, it’s really not worth your time to see this show that nobody remembers for a good reason. Maybe if you’re bored and want to show a friend this old forgotten thing for a bad show night, you could try it. However, you’re not gonna get good riffing material from it aside from bad puns. Along with an environmental message, because anything about saving life on Earth had to have an environmental message, it’s just boring. And if little Atty didn’t even like watching this to the end like I did for this review, that’s really saying something since I watched a lot of stupid crap. Then again, I still do. Damn…

Rating: 3.6

Visuals: 4
Audio: 3
Narrative: 4
Acting: 4
Atmosphere & Experience: 3

  Director: Tetsuro Amino

  Licensed By: Saban Entertainment

  Studio: Sunrise

  Release Date (N.A.): Oct 21, 1997

  Release Date (JP): Jan 25, 1993

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