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Denver, the Last Dinosaur
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Title screen of original Denver, the Last Dinosaur opening
Genre animation, children's
Created by Peter Keefe, Calico Productions, World Events Productions
Country of origin  United States
 France
Language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 52
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Original run September 12, 1988 – November 22, 1988

Denver, the Last Dinosaur is a U.S.-French cartoon for children originally released in 1988 by World Events Productions (the same company responsible for the English dubs of: Voltron and for Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs). It was syndicated nationally throughout the US in 1988, with reruns airing until 1990. Episodes often focused on issues of conservation, ecology, and friendship.

The show ran for two seasons, as the dinosaur boom that had followed The Land Before Time waned, causing viewership to drop. The series received a recommendation from the National Educational Association.

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Plot

The show revolved around the adventures of Denver, the last dinosaur, who was released from his egg by a group of interracial modern California teens: Jeremy, Mario, Shades, Wally, and Casey, along with tag-along older sister Heather. The kids taught Denver the finer points of skateboarding and other pastimes while protecting him from concert promoter Morton Fizzback who wanted to use the dinosaur to make money.

The series begins when Jeremy, while preparing for a knowledge test about nature, and his friends visit the farm of the "Labrea Tar Pit" - A place in Los Angeles (which is spread over a large area and contains a large collection of extinct animal and plant fossils) and go to the Museum. At the farm the friends encounter a gang of bullies. The friends escape the bullies by hiding behind a fence on the farm. Behind the fence they find a pit that contains a prehistoric egg. As the friends are playing with the egg it suddenly cracks and a green friendly dinosaur emerges who, surprisingly, understands English. The kids name him Denver after they spot an advertisement for the city of Denver on a passing bus.

The children decide to keep Denver and to keep his existence a secret. Denver is first hidden in a pool house at Wally's home. After Wally's sister discovers Denver they move Denver to the old school gym. After a while Denver gets kidnapped by the manager Morton Fizback. Morton puts Denver on a stage in front of an audience in order to become rich.

At the end Denver is almost sold to scientists that want to examine and experiment on him. Eventually everything turns out fine and Denver gets to return to the gang and rescue them from Nick and his thugs.

In addition to his natural skills and abilities Denver can also, with the help of a piece from the shell of his egg, take the gang with him back in time to the dinosaurs' time and visit the place and time where he came from.

Characters

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Main characters

  • Denver the Last Dinosaur - The title character. Voiced by Pat Fraley.
  • Wally - Boy who takes Denver in, Denver's closest friend. Voiced by Adam Carl.
  • Jeremy - the intelligent guy amongst the gang who is able to provide information about dinosaurs. Voiced by Adam Carl.
  • Mario - A kid with an enormous ego. Voiced by Cam Clarke.
  • Shades - A cool kid who always wears sunglasses (where his name is derived from). Voiced by Cam Clarke.
  • Casey - Girl with a crush on Mario. She is also the machinist of the gang. Voiced by Kath Soucie. Youngest of the gang.
  • Heather - Wally's older sister, voiced by Kath Soucie.

Minor characters

  • Rocky - Wally's pup.
  • Chet - Heather's boyfriend, voiced by Rob Paulsen.
  • Freddy - A teenage genius who is also a fan of comic books, and has a strong, though somewhat comical sense of justice. He was originally hired by Morton Fizzback to conduct an experiment on Denver's tar egg shell, but later helps out Denver and the gang, and provides technical support.

Villains

  • Morton Fizzback - Evil concert promoter, voiced by Brian Cummings.
  • Professor Funt - Evil scientist, sometimes works with Morton, voiced by Brian Cummings.
  • Nick - Leader of two other bullies, Scott and Rod, who cause trouble for the boys, voiced by Rob Paulsen.

Merchandise

Knott's Berry Farm offered a Denver promotional tie-in with its new Kingdom of the Dinosaurs attraction (which would later take its last rider in 2004), as did Ralston-Purina with its new cereal brand Dinersaurs (which sold poorly and disappeared from grocery shelves after less than a year).

World Events Productions (WEP) and TVShowsonDVD.com have announced that DVD series of the first 10 episodes of Denver: The Last Dinosaur would be released. The DVD would only be available online and a limited 1,000 copies would be up for purchase beginning October 8, 2007. The first DVD would include the hour-long pilot episode, and the following eight.

Episode list

  1. Denver, the Last Dinosaur (Hour Long Pilot Episode)
  2. In the Chips
  3. Videohhhh!
  4. The Monster of Lost Lake
  5. Denver Makes the Grade
  6. Big Top Denver
  7. The Misunderstanding
  8. Lions, Tigers, and Dinos!
  9. Change of Heart
  10. Broncosaurus
  11. Denver, Dino-Star!
  12. Dinoland
  13. Winning
  14. Enter the Dino
  15. Radio Denver
  16. The Phantom of the Movie Theater
  17. Missing Links
  18. Dog Gone Denver!
  19. Party Time
  20. Aunt Shadie's Ghost Town
  21. Moviestarus
  22. Denver at Sea
  23. Ski Denver
  24. Beach Blanket Dino
  25. History Repeats Itself
  26. Battle of the Bands
  27. The Comic Book Caper
  28. Carnival
  29. Pen Pal
  30. China Town Caper
  31. Denver, the Lost Dinosaur
  32. Denver and the Cornstalk
  33. Tea Time for Dinosaur
  34. Camp-Out
  35. Birthday Party From Outer Space
  36. Art Show
  37. Food Wars
  38. Dino-cise
  39. Denver, the Last Dragon
  40. High Flying Denver
  41. Denver at the Digs
  42. Chef Denver
  43. Fizzback's Follies
  44. Dinos are My Life
  45. Bayou Blues
  46. Canatta
  47. Pluto Needs People
  48. Arabian Adventure
  49. Venice Beach Blast
  50. Big News Denver
  51. Viva Denver!
  52. There's No Business Like Snow Business

Aired

  • China: CCTV-1
  • Poland: Tele 5
  • Philippines: Island's TV 13 (now IBC 13)
  • UK: Nickelodeon, Sky Channel as part of Fun Factory Saturday and Sunday morning programming.
  • France : France 3, Direct 8
  • Gibraltar: GBC TV.
  • Israel: Channel 1
  • Italy: Italia 1.
  • Kazakhstan: Khabar TV.
  • Romania: TVR1.
  • Sweden: TV3.
  • Ethiopia: ETV
  • Serbia: TVNS Plus
  • Germany: RTL Plus
  • Kenya
  • Macedonia: MTV1
  • South Korea: EBS
  • Brazil: Globo
  • Chile: Etc...TV
  • Greece: Seven-X
  • Portugal: RTP1
  • Hungary: Magyar Televízió 1 (the national TV)

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