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Extreme Dinosaurs is an American animated series from 1997 based on a toy line from Mattel starring a foursome of heroic anthropomorphic dinosaurs and their nemeses: a trio of malevolent velociraptors with plans for world domination. Eventually, the evil dinosaurs' objective is to cause global warming by increasing the Earth's temperature, which will make life on earth more comfortable for reptiles. In Extreme Dinosaurs, the prehistoric reptiles were transformed by an alien criminal, and were given increased intelligence and an anthropomorphic form. A new female, alien police officer character who became involved in the struggle by accident was also added. The key hero and villain characters first appeared in the cartoon series Street Sharks in the last few episodes of that series, the heroes were dubbed the Dino Vengers and were slightly different than the Extreme Dinosaurs. They, except possibly Stegz, also seemed to show some prejudice towards raptors.
Extreme Dinosaurs Toy Line
The Extreme Dinosaurs, like Street Sharks, had a toy line to accompany the show. The toys were mostly made of soft vinyl and included either one or several weapons. Repaints to many of the Extreme Dinosaurs also proliferated during the nineties.
- T-Bone (Tyrannosaurus rex): The team leader. He is easily the most serious of the group, although he displays a more casual side. Whereas the others often become distracted by their own interests, T-Bone is always focused. His signature move, that he can perform alone or with any in the group, is the "Saurian Stomp" which shakes the local ground. He is voiced by Scott McNeil.
- Stegz (Stegosaurus): The team's technological specialist and the most contemplative of them. He can curl his body into a destructive saw blade, using the plates on his back as its cutting edge. He is voiced by Sam Khouth.
- Bullzeye (Pteranodon): A wise-cracking youngster, whose chief weapon is a shriek of ear-splitting frequency. Bullzeye is lazy and has a bad habit of making purchases off the shopping network channels. He is voiced by Jason Gray-Stanford.
- Spike (Triceratops): A martial arts expert, Spike is armed with a hard head that can bust through, apparently, anything. He's smitten with ally Chedra and, despite his overeagerness to fight, tends a garden in his free time (akin to Samurai warriors). He is voiced by Cusse Mankuma.
- Hardrock (Ankylosaurus): Joined the team partway through the series. Hardrock is from another dimension and is far-too-friendly by nature, but is still capable of fighting effectively. Of the group, he is the pacifist and most understanding. He is voiced by Blu Mankuma.
Their enemies are the Raptors, a gang of Velociraptors.
- Bad Rap: the orange, striped leader of the Raptors, who has a metal brace-like device attached to his mouth (and, briefly, a weapon on one hand that can dissolve solid matter effortlessly). His goal is to permanently alter the Earth's biosphere to closely resemble the Mesozoic. Voice done by Gary Chalk.
- Haxx: A black raptor with implants on the backs of each wrist that produce green blades, whose tail has been replaced with a blade-covered, spinning, duplication. Less gifted dinosaur: Too clumsy and idiotic to carry out his companions' plans, so that he usually spoils the whole plot. Voice done by Lee Tockar.
- Spittor: A red raptor with launchers on the backs of each wrist and in the throat that spray potent, adhesive acid. His supply runs out in the first episode and he spends other episodes trying to find a substitute. The "brain" is quite skilled at making up sophisticated plans. Voice done by Terry Klassen.
During the episodes of Street Sharks the Raptors also appeared as the nemeses of the Extreme Dinosaurs/Dino Vengers. However, Bad Rap and Spittor had their basic hide colors exchanged.
Quadrainians are a race of aliens from another dimension that resemble humans but lived millions of years earlier and have blue skin and hair.
- Chedra Bodzak: a female law officer who has been stranded on Earth. Companion of the Extreme Dinosaurs. Chedra is obsessed with law and always carries a Codebook wherein the many rules of her race are inscribed. Although her book is (as T-Bone observes) sixty-five million years out of date, Chedra persists in quoting from it and in scolding her friends when they violate its edicts. Voice done by Louise Vallance.
- Argor Zardok: a criminal on the run who created both the Extreme Dinosaurs and the Raptors out of ordinary Earth saurians 65 million years ago. He then fled to another dimension when the planet began volcanically erupting (thanks to a machine he gave Bad Rap), abandoning his creations. Voice done by Terry Klassen.
- Porcupine McVells: Paleontologist and owner of a private Dinosaur Museum. Being very used to oddities, he has no objection to allowing the ravenous Extreme Dinosaurs to stay in his establishment for as long as they choose. He lends them a "crock-pot" to use as an incubator for the then-unhatched egg that would later become Stegz's pet Ostrich, Ditto; shares his knowledge of machinery; and presumably keeps their existence a secret.
- Peter Benning: a little scrupulous scientist who knows of the Extreme Dinosaurs and Raptors, on several occasions he tries to capture them but has failed every time.
- Becky Scarwell: a secretive Scientist who has been researching mutations and extra-terrestrials. She captures the Extreme Dinosaurs more than once, learning in the process how intelligent they are. Voice done by Marcy Goldberg.
- Ridge: A dinosaur of unknown species. He fights as champion in an intergalactic fighting arena enslaved by a Queen.
- Prince H: the fictional prince of England who sometimes helps the Extreme Dinosaurs with some missions. He keeps their secret too.
- Ditto: Stegz's pet Ostrich who had hatched from an egg which Bad Rap mistook for real dinosaur eggs. Occasionally appears in various episodes.
List of Episodes
- Out of Time
- Fossil Fooled
- Ick-Thysaurus Vacation
- Inevitable Eggstinction
- Monstersaurus Truckadon
- Saurian Sniffes
- Mission Implausible
- Bullzeye Surfs The Web
- Loch Ness Mess
- Rebels without a Clue
- Dialing for Dinosaurs
- Lunar Toons
- Raptorian Crude
- Incredible Shrinking Dinosaurs
- Shink Rap
- Jurassic Art
- There's no Place like Dome
- The Rule Book of love
- Have a Nice Daynosaur
- The Dinosaur Prophesy
- Bones of Contention
- The Bad Seed
- The Return of Argor
- Holiday on Ice
- Earth vs. the Flying Raptors
- The Raptor who would be King
- Day of the Condorsaurus
- Night of the Living Pumpkins
- Lights, Camera, Raptors
- A Few Good Dinosaurs
- Captain Pork
- Enter the Dinosaurs
- The Weresaur
- Tiptoe Through the Tulips
- Dinosaur Warriors
- Cliff Notes
- The Mysterious Island of Dr. Monstromo
- Agent Double O Dinosaurs
- Surfasur's Up
- The Extreme Files
- Sir Gus and the Dragon
- A Bone to Pick