Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Dog of the Geek: Dino the Dinosaur

dinoBreed: Snorkasaurus

Original Appearances: The Flintstones (1960-1966)

Other Appearances: Dino pretty much appeared in all Flintstones cartoons and movies. Dino has also appeared in comic books, children's storybooks, and in doll form.

Biography: In episode eighteen of The Flintstones, Dino was portrayed as talking. Fred and Barney were hunting snorkasauruses for their dinner. Wilma and Betty befriend the dinosaur, who winds up acting as a sort of all-purpose butler at the Flintstones' house, ironing and answering the phone. However, this is pretty much contradicted by all other Dino appearances, including “The Flintstone Kids,” which presents Dino as a baby snorkasaurus with child versions of Fred, Barney, Wilma and Betty. Dino is most often portrayed as a pet dog, although a very enthusiastic one! Fred is often floored by Dino (literally) when he arrives home from work, with Dino licking his face energetically.

Powers: Dino had the proportionate strength of a dinosaur of his size.

Group Affiliation: Flintstones family pet.

Miscellaneous: Mel Blanc provided Dino's voice until 1989, when the role was taken over by Frank Welker, Hanna-Barbera's go-to voice guy for most of their cartoon dogs. In the episode of The Flintstones in which Dino talked, he was voiced Jerry Mann doing an impression of Phil Silvers.

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