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“Dinosaurs”: Cinematic Gold

by Suzie McCarthy

Photo Courtesy of Muppet Wiki

The show “Dinosaurs” produced by Michael Jacobs Productions and Jim Henson Television is making a huge comeback on Disney+. Audiences are glued to their televisions watching this timeless classic.

Who in their right minds could ever forget the Sinclair family, the animatronic stars of “Dinosaurs”. This blast from the past has five-star comedy accompanied by old-school, animatronic puppets. 

Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets of television and motion pictures, was the brains behind the plot of “Dinosaurs”. Unfortunately, Henson died shortly before it was aired.

Airing back in 1991, “Dinosaurs” is a sitcom ahead of its time. Consisting of 65 episodes over four seasons, it’s difficult to understand why the show ever ended. The dinosaur family is very similar to modern-day families which makes it very relatable.

Earl Sinclair is the dino dad of his working class family set in 60,000,000 BC in Pangea. The audience follows Earl and his family’s day-to-day life in a light-hearted demeanor. It’s hard not to laugh when this family hits the screen. 

Earl Sinclair’s family consists of Charlene— the daughter, Fran— the mother,  Robbie— the son, Ethyl— the grandma, and Baby. Each character has their own humorous traits that bring life to the show.

Many of the show’s characters were named after big oil companies at the time such as Sinclair, Phillips, Hess, and Richfield. This was an interesting choice for producers to go with considering the show revolves around dinosaurs.

“Dinosaurs” has a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes which is extremely high for a kids show, especially a kids show as old as it is. Another popular kids show, “Cocomelon”, only has a 80% Rotten Tomatoes score which is strangely high seeing as “Cocomelon” is one of the worst shows ever created.

This series had excellent acting, realistic animatronics, family-friendly humor, and a great plot line. Considering it was created back in 1991 and is still amazing, I would rate it a 10/10.

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