“Is it a big fat polyester dinosaur who’s the color of an International House of Pancakes with a paper plate over his face?”
– Yakko Warner (Animaniacs) – “Baloney and Kids”
Cartoons love to anthropomorphize animals, no matter what the species. Sometimes it is used to sometimes sneak stuff past the sensor’s radar. But it’s mostly to sell a bunch of toys and merchandise. For the most part, it works when we anthropomorphize certain mammals, because it’s so cute, we can suspend our disbelief. Not so much when it comes to dinosaurs. There are too many differences between humans and dinosaurs, physically and intellectually.
I’ll confess that this list was tougher than the previous Top Ten (real) Dinosaurs list. That is one reason why I wanted to do that one first, and this one later. While all top ten lists are subjective, the previous one was almost all anthropology. I picked 10 species that I found to be the most fascinating, or “cool.” And despite the joke I wrote on my previous post, the study of actual dinosaurs in an endeavor for all ages. Fictional dinosaurs, on the other hand, is mostly for kids only.
Fictional dinosaurs fall into two categories: cute; or scary powerful. Thankfully, I found a few in the latter category to place onto my list. And not surprisingly, they are my Numbers 1, 2, and 3.
So without any further adieu, here are our lists.
The Top Ten Fictional Dinosaurs
- 10. Dopey (TV’s “Land of Lost”)
- 9. Rexy (Night at the Museum)
- 8. Tiny (Meet The Robinsons)
- 7. Rex (We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story)
- 6. Yoshi (various video games)
- 5. Rex (Toy Story)
- 4. Dino (TV’s “The Flintstones”)
- 3. Pete (Pete’s Dragon)
- 2. Godzilla (various movies)
- 1. Grimlock (Transformers)
Honorable Mentions: Barney (Barney and Friends), Big Bird (Sesame Street)
- 10. Nessie (Loch Ness)
- 9. Earl Sneed Sinclair (TV’s “Dinosaurs”)
- 8. Bob (“Dilbert” comic strip)
- 7. Blue (Jurassic World)
- 6. Rex (Toy Story movies)
- 5. Dopey (TV’s “Land of Lost”)
- 4. Yoshi (various video games)
- 3. Zombie Sue (“Dead Beat” by Jim Butcher)
- 2. Grimlock (Transformers)
- 1. Godzilla (various movies)
Honorable Mentions: Agumon (Digimon); Alex (Tekken); Big Bird (Sesame Street); Bloodfang (comic book); Bowser (video games); Charlie, Delta & Echo (Jurassic World);
Grimmace (McDonald’s); the Jurassic Park raptors; Riptor (Killer Instinct); Talon (Primal Rage).
Next Podcast Unlimited list: Top Ten toys of the 1980’s.