Prepare to get Jurassic!! Awesome Cartoons goes back in time with Dinosaucers!!

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With shows such as Jurassic Park and Land of the Lost, dinosaurs have become a staple in pop culture. The thought of interacting with these majestic beasts can be both fascinating and terrifying. We know the dinosaurs were selected for extinction to make way for the evolution of man. But what if that wasn’t the case. What if they simply…left. Better yet, what if they evolved like humans. What if they came back? Fret not. There is a show that answered these the questions and made dinosaurs cool. Devildriver1313 is here to take you on an Awesome Cartoons expedition to meet the Dinosaucers.

The "D" of the logo would leap into screen, roaring to fade out.

The “D” of the logo would leap into screen, roaring to fade out.

From Transformers to Men in Black, intergalactic battles between alien races where Earth is the battle ground has become the basis for many movie and shows of the like. In the days of laceless Adidas sneakers and glam metal, several cartoons followed this premise. But one stood out because it actually connected the warring alien species with the planet Earth. Dinosaucers was that show. Created by DIC Entertainment, the series followed the Dinosaucers and their battles against the evil Tyrannos. According to the series mythos, both factions originally come from a planet in a counter-Earth orbit known as Reptilon. Most of the characters are named after the type of prehistoric animal they are based on, or some pun of the name. Both groups have a base of operations. The Dinosaucers base is called the Lava Dome and is situated inside an inactive volcano while the Tyrannos base is located beneath a tar pit. Each group consists of eight members. On the Dinosaucers side we have Allo, an evolved Allosaurus and the leader of the Dinosaucers; Dimetro is the scientist/mechanic of the group and is an evolved Dimetrodon; Bronto Thunder is an evolved Apatosaurus and is the muscle of the group; Stego is an evolved stegosaurus who is cowardly yet is very capable at hand to hand combat; Tricero was a member of Reptilon’s police force before joining the Dinosaucers. He is an evolved triceratops, as his name suggests. Bonehead is Allo’s dim-witted nephew and the evolved form of a Pachycephalosaurus. Ichy is an evolved Ichthyosaurus with the ability to speak to aquatic life. Rounding out the group is Teryx, the only female member and an evolved Archaeopteryx.

On left, Tyrannos (top to bottom) Brachio, Styraco, Quackpot, Ankylo, Genghis Rex, Plesio, Terrible Dactyl. On right, Dinosaucers (top to bottom) Bronto Thunder, Stego, Tricero, Dimetro, Allo, Bonehead, Ichy, Teryx

On left, Tyrannos (top to bottom) Brachio, Styraco, Quackpot, Ankylo, Genghis Rex, Plesio, Terrible Dactyl. On right, Dinosaucers (top to bottom) Bronto Thunder, Stego, Tricero, Dimetro, Allo, Bonehead, Ichy, Teryx

In the Tyrannos’ corner, we have Genghis Rex, an evolved tyrannosaurus who is evil and cruel as his name implies. Princess Dei is an evolved Deinonychus and Rex’s sister. Ankylo is Genghis Rex’s dimwitted, sycophantic assistant who is extremely loyal. He is an evolved Ankylosaurus. Quackpot, an evolved Hadrosaurus, is the practical joker of the group who once had a children’s show called “Duckbill’s Playhouse.” Therefore, he objects to harming children and even protects and cares for them at times. Brachio is the archetypal thug of the gang and is an evolved Brachiosaurus. Styraco serves as the Tyrannos engineer who is an evolved styracosaurus. Plesio is cunning and shifty, looks like a pink dragon though he is an evolved Plesiosaurus. Lastly is evolved Pteranodon, Terrible Dactyl. He speaks with a British accent and is mostly responsible for the conflicts between the Dinosaucers and Tyrannos by observing some “suspicious” activity and reporting it to Genghis Rex.

AWESOMENESS!! Besides it being a cartoon about freaking dinosaurs?! It can’t be any more awesome than that. But let’s not leave it at that. Dinosaucers has some amazing animation. The designs of the dinosaur characters and the humans were very well done. Though the show was not as action packed as other cartoons at the time, the action it did have was still entertaining nonetheless. It was really to cool to see a dino battle even if they walked up right and were able to talk. These battles get even more interesting when the Dinosaucers would dinovolve to their ancestral dinosaur forms. Even better, they retained their senses about them. But for me, what made the show fun was the similarities to another awesome cartoon, Transformers. Allo, the leader of the Dinosaucers, is calm, collective and serious, much in the manner as Autobot leader Optimus Prime. Like Prime, he is the first to greet their human companions known as the Secret Scouts, who possess “Planeteer” like rings that granted them special abilities. Another reference is the Dinosaucers base is located in an inactive volcano the same as the Autobot ship, the Ark. Likewise, the Tyranno’s base is under a tarpit, similar to the Decepticon ship, the Nemesis, being in the ocean. Another attribute is human companions. Spike, his father Sparkplug, Carly and Chip Chase round out the total number of humans close to the Autobots. For the Dinosaucers, it is Ryan Spencer, his sister Sara, David and Paul. Again, four total for each show’s heroes. One more obvious comparison is how Plesio is to Genghis Rex what Starscream is to Megatron, someone who seeks to usurp their leader for power.

The Dinosaucers meet the Secret Scouts

The Dinosaucers meet the Secret Scouts

Dinosaucers was distributed by Coca-Cola Telecommunications (yeah, they had a broadcast company though it clearly didn’t last). It ran for 65 episodes but unfortunately those episodes ran for just one season before it was canceled. This also affected the proposed toyline from company Galoob which never released. Just like their ancient ancestors, the Dinosaucers have left an impact on our lives though theirs was cut too soon.

No lie! Coca-Cola used to do television outside of hiring pop stars for commercials.

No lie! Coca-Cola used to do television outside of hiring pop stars for commercials.