nevertoooldtolovemuppets:

A look at the animatronics used to move the faces of the characters on Dinosaurs.

nevertoooldtolovemuppets:

A look at the animatronics used to move the faces of the characters on Dinosaurs.

(via raptoravatar)

The clip show episodes of Dinosaurs reveal quite a bit about what the creators thought of their show. Both episodes open with a paleontologist who is talking about the past lives of the long dead Dinosaurs, then a series of clips plays sometimes refuting and sometimes enforcing whatever he claims is known about their lives. Most of the clips on these episodes are short and very banal, and the key message of the original episode is gone. The paleontologist is the viewing public who misunderstand or misremember the past. The Dinosaurs of the title then are not the people in the rubber suits, but the same tired tropes and sitcom morals that have always been on the television screens of the viewing public. The creators of Dinosaurs are retreading the same material as their sitcom predecessors, hoping that what the viewer will remember this time will be the moral and not the catch phrases and pratfalls. But alas, a cry of “not the mama” and a swift smack with a  frying pan is how history will remember the show, and so that is what they include in the clip show to have the paleontologists of the future analyze. What the pitchman is selling between clips is a home study archaeology course, and when this sale ramps up, the clips begin to center around the seventh and most prominent member of the Dinosaur family: the family television set. The TV is the home study kit by which the viewer may learn from the moral tales of the past so that they won’t have to keep being repeated in every future television series. However, all of this talk about edification soon turns into promises of riches and a flashy grab for cash, which is how the creators perceive network syndication and commercialization, the only way for an old Dinosaur to rear its head again, but still no one listens to the message and the Dinosaurs will appear in the next series to come along.

"Whatta you make of that?"
"It’s like your life is a series of meaningless events leading up to a moment of utter futility and disappointment."
"Just checking."

"Whatta you make of that?"

"It’s like your life is a series of meaningless events leading up to a moment of utter futility and disappointment."

"Just checking."

"I’ll have you know that the soft blue light of the cathode ray tube has always comforted me, always soothed my frazzled nerves."

"I’ll have you know that the soft blue light of the cathode ray tube has always comforted me, always soothed my frazzled nerves."

The last episode of Dinosaurs is incredibly dark.

"Maybe you were allergic to something in the toxic waste?"

"Maybe you were allergic to something in the toxic waste?"