October 10, 2008
Five non-blockbuster dinosaur movies:
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) After betting some other artists that he can, too, draw a dinosaur, Winsor Z. McCay draws friendly herbivore named Gertie—and then enters own picture. Gertie takes her creator carefully on her back for a ride.
The Dinosaur and the Missing Link: A Prehistoric Tragedy (1915) Cavemen Stonejaw Steve and the Duke vie for the attentions of Miss Araminta Rockface, but Theophilus Ivoryhead wins out after he is mistaken as the slayer of Wild Willie, the Missing Link—a monkey-man who had terrorized the countryside.
A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (1991) (pictured above) Tagline: “Where the prehistoric meets the prepubescent.” In a post-Armageddon world, a young woman finds herself in a fight for survival against mutant cavemen, dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals.
Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur (1939) Millions and billions and trillions of years ago, Caspar Caveman and his pet dinosaur, Fido, come up against Daffy when they’re out duck hunting.
Gospozha Dinozavar (“Madam Dinosaur” in Bulgarian) (2002) To escape from her parents’ constant fighting, Nusha imagines a world in which animals, dinosaurs, birds and people sing, dance and fly. When Nusha’s parents invite Madam Dinosaur to take care of the girl, M. Dinosaur befriends her by explaining existential problems, and she includes her new babysitter in her imaginary world. Nusha and Madam Dinosaur sing their dialogue.
These are actual movies. But there have to be more out there. What are your favorite dinosaur movies, both good and horrifyingly bad?
– Tom Frail
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