Denver...

Another of my old fav cartoons from my childhood. Aptly reflects the period of time when dinosaurs were the in thing and environmental protection, pollution, green house effect etc were popular public concerns. Nowadays people seem to be more concerned about terrorists and the recent wars... =( The world isn't getting much better huh? I loved the representation of the characters which represented American society in miami at that time. The cool guys were rockers back then. No hip hop of indie music or whatever young people follow nowadays. Back then it was good ol rock and roll. The theme song below was very catchy too. How I wish modern cartoons were as educational as the ones of my childhood...



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 nationally syndicated throughout the United States 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.

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 to the time whence he came.

Characters

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.