History Literature / Dinotopia

17th Jan '17 12:28:20 PM Xtifr
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* '''''Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time''''' - Arthur Denison and his son William are shipwrecked and brought via dolphins to Dinotopia. With their new ''Protoceratops'' translator Bix, they travel across the island and learn about its culture and customs. Arthur learns about the scientific achievements of the Dinotopians, while Will and his new LoveInterest Sylvia train to be [[DragonRider Skybax riders]] together. Has a ChekhovsGunman in Lee Crabb, a cranky dinosaur-hating man who becomes a recurring villain in later books.
* '''''Dinotopia: The World Beneath''''' - Arthur Denison leads an expedition into the World Beneath to explore an AdvancedAncientAcropolis. He finds a new LoveInterest who accompanies him on the expedition and Lee Crabb tags along, hoping to find riches in the lost city underneath and perhaps a way off the island.
* '''''Dinotopia: First Flight''''' - A {{Prequel}} to the other books that takes place in ancient times. Gideon Altaire is a citizen of the technologically advanced city of Poseidos who is discontent with living in a culture of artificial dinosaurs. He discovers a ''Scaphognatus'' named Razzamult who tells him of a plan to invade the Dinotopian mainland and replace all the dinosaurs there with robots. Gideon rescues a group of captive pterosaurs, steals the [[MineralMacGuffin Ruby Sunstone]] that powers the attack force, and escapes to the mainland. There he [[GoingNative Goes Native]] to help repel the invasion, in the process becoming the first human to ride a pterosaur.
* '''''Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara''''' - Arthur Denison's exploits have caught the attention of the [[ShroudedInMyth mysterious]] emperor of the isolated city of Chandara. He and Bix are invited to tour the city, but their invitations are stolen by none other than Lee Crabb, forcing them to sneak past the border guards and find their way into the city through other means. Along the way, they meet a variety of people and dinosaurs.

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* '''''Dinotopia: ''Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time''''' Time'' - Arthur Denison and his son William are shipwrecked and brought via dolphins to Dinotopia. With their new ''Protoceratops'' translator Bix, they travel across the island and learn about its culture and customs. Arthur learns about the scientific achievements of the Dinotopians, while Will and his new LoveInterest Sylvia train to be [[DragonRider Skybax riders]] together. Has a ChekhovsGunman in Lee Crabb, a cranky dinosaur-hating man who becomes a recurring villain in later books.
* '''''Dinotopia: ''Dinotopia: The World Beneath''''' Beneath'' - Arthur Denison leads an expedition into the World Beneath to explore an AdvancedAncientAcropolis. He finds a new LoveInterest who accompanies him on the expedition and Lee Crabb tags along, hoping to find riches in the lost city underneath and perhaps a way off the island.
* '''''Dinotopia: ''Dinotopia: First Flight''''' Flight'' - A {{Prequel}} to the other books that takes place in ancient times. Gideon Altaire is a citizen of the technologically advanced city of Poseidos who is discontent with living in a culture of artificial dinosaurs. He discovers a ''Scaphognatus'' named Razzamult who tells him of a plan to invade the Dinotopian mainland and replace all the dinosaurs there with robots. Gideon rescues a group of captive pterosaurs, steals the [[MineralMacGuffin Ruby Sunstone]] that powers the attack force, and escapes to the mainland. There he [[GoingNative Goes Native]] to help repel the invasion, in the process becoming the first human to ride a pterosaur.
* '''''Dinotopia: ''Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara''''' Chandara'' - Arthur Denison's exploits have caught the attention of the [[ShroudedInMyth mysterious]] emperor of the isolated city of Chandara. He and Bix are invited to tour the city, but their invitations are stolen by none other than Lee Crabb, forcing them to sneak past the border guards and find their way into the city through other means. Along the way, they meet a variety of people and dinosaurs.



* '''''Dinotopia Lost''''' - The pirate ship ''Condor'' and its captain Brognar Blackstrap lands on Dinotopia, threatening the peaceful ways of the entire island. They kidnap a family of ''Struthiomimus'' and unknowingly take them into the Rainy Basin, home of the ''Tyrannosaurus rex''. Furthering complicating things, the pirates also capture a baby rex, upsetting the balance of power amongst the saurians of the Basin and Will Denison and his ''Protoceratops'' sidekick [[DeadpanSnarker Chaz]] must rescue the captives and stop Blackstrap's crew.
* '''''Hand of Dinotopia''''' - Will's fiance Sylvia Romano disappears off in search of the legendary Hand of Dinotopia, supposedly a way to get off the island. Teaming up with Chaz again, Will heads off to find her and later joins her in her quest for the Hand.

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* '''''Dinotopia Lost''''' ''Dinotopia Lost'' - The pirate ship ''Condor'' and its captain Brognar Blackstrap lands on Dinotopia, threatening the peaceful ways of the entire island. They kidnap a family of ''Struthiomimus'' and unknowingly take them into the Rainy Basin, home of the ''Tyrannosaurus rex''. Furthering complicating things, the pirates also capture a baby rex, upsetting the balance of power amongst the saurians of the Basin and Will Denison and his ''Protoceratops'' sidekick [[DeadpanSnarker Chaz]] must rescue the captives and stop Blackstrap's crew.
* '''''Hand ''Hand of Dinotopia''''' Dinotopia'' - Will's fiance Sylvia Romano disappears off in search of the legendary Hand of Dinotopia, supposedly a way to get off the island. Teaming up with Chaz again, Will heads off to find her and later joins her in her quest for the Hand.
6th Jan '17 2:30:46 PM schoi30
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* HonorableElephant: The mammoths and other proboscideans that live on the Forbidden Mountains.
21st Nov '16 6:01:16 PM ElSquibbonator
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* ScienceMarchesOn: In general, the series is very good about taking actual science into account, but there are a number of instances that haven't aged well from a palaeontological perspective:
** The early books routinely depict theropods without feathers, such as Enit the [[RaptorAttack ''Deinonychus'']]. Most later books have them correctly shown with feathers.
** In the Dinotopian Olympics, one of the events involves riding ''Deinocheirus,'' which are portrayed as essentially oversized Film/JurassicPark -style ''Gallimimus.'' In reality, ''Deinocheirus'' looked [[http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/10/22/deinocheirus-exposed-meet-the-body-behind-the-terrible-hand/ very different.]]
** The pterosaurs probably get it the worst overall. The Skybax (supposedly a species of ''Quetzalcoatlus'') are portrayed as scaly, bipedal, and feeding on fish. We now know, however, that''Quetzalcoatlus'' was actually a stork-like terrestrial stalker of large land animals. Similarly, ''Dimorphodon'' is depicted as an agile, strong flyer (so much so that it's used as an InstantMessengerPigeon), rather than the relatively weak flyers they actually were.
21st Nov '16 6:00:21 PM ElSquibbonator
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* ShownTheirWork: Not that surprising, seeing how as James Gurney was already a well established paleoartist when he created the series.

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* ScienceMarchesOn: In general, the series is very good about taking actual science into account, but there are a number of instances that haven't aged well from a palaeontological perspective:
** The early books routinely depict theropods without feathers, such as Enit the [[RaptorAttack ''Deinonychus'']]. Most later books have them correctly shown with feathers.
** In the Dinotopian Olympics, one of the events involves riding ''Deinocheirus,'' which are portrayed as essentially oversized Film/JurassicPark -style ''Gallimimus.'' In reality, ''Deinocheirus'' looked [[http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2014/10/22/deinocheirus-exposed-meet-the-body-behind-the-terrible-hand/ very different.]]
** The pterosaurs probably get it the worst overall. The Skybax (supposedly a species of ''Quetzalcoatlus'') are portrayed as scaly, bipedal, and feeding on fish. We now know, however, that''Quetzalcoatlus'' was actually a stork-like terrestrial stalker of large land animals. Similarly, ''Dimorphodon'' is depicted as an agile, strong flyer (so much so that it's used as an InstantMessengerPigeon), rather than the relatively weak flyers they actually were.
* ShownTheirWork: Not that surprising, seeing how as James Gurney was already a well established paleoartist when he created the series.
15th Nov '16 8:33:47 PM Atreides
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* TooDumbToLive: In the mini-series, Waterfall City is about to be attacked by hundreds of thousands of viscous Pteradons. What should we tell the population to do - hide in their homes or in many of the large buildings? Nope, everyone gather in the open then run around like crazy when the aerial attackers arrive.

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* TooDumbToLive: In the mini-series, Waterfall City is about to be attacked by hundreds of thousands of viscous vicious Pteradons. What should we tell the population to do - hide in their homes or in many of the large buildings? Nope, everyone gather in the open then run around like crazy when the aerial attackers arrive.
15th Nov '16 8:32:51 PM Atreides
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* TooDumbToLive: In the mini-series, Waterfall City is about to be attacked by hundreds of thousands of viscous Pteradons. What should we tell the population to do - hide in their homes or in many of the large buildings? Nope, everyone gather in the open then run around like crazy when the aerial attackers arrive.
5th Nov '16 7:27:11 PM schoi30
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* {{Veganopia}}: Although this appears to have been retconned to mere [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pescetarianism pescatarianism]].

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* {{Veganopia}}: Although this appears to have been retconned to mere Or rather [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pescetarianism pescatarianism]].pescatarianism]], given fish and seafood is still fair game.
5th Nov '16 7:24:45 PM schoi30
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* CanonImmigrant: Many of the towns and locations featured in the Young Adult novel series appeared on the map of Dinotopia in ''Journey to Chandara''.

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Many of the towns and locations featured in the Young Adult novel series appeared on the map of Dinotopia in ''Journey to Chandara''.



* DemotedToExtra: Done to some extent to Will in ''Journey to Chandra''. Previously he'd had equal page time to his father, but in this he appeared fleetingly, twice. As might be expected, the role of his LoveInterest Sylvia was similarly reduced. Done much more severely to Oriana, who had been Arthur's traveling companion and budding LoveInterest in ''The World Beneath''. Neither of them are even mentioned at the end, when Arthur's reflecting over the places he's seen on the way.

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Done to some extent to Will in ''Journey to Chandra''. Previously he'd had equal page time to his father, but in this he appeared fleetingly, twice. As might be expected, the role of his LoveInterest Sylvia was similarly reduced. Done much more severely to Oriana, who had been Arthur's traveling companion and budding LoveInterest in ''The World Beneath''. Neither of them are even mentioned at the end, when Arthur's reflecting over the places he's seen on the way.



* FramingDevice: ''First Flight'' is told as a story that Will is learning as part of his Skybax riding training.

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''First Flight'' is told as a story that Will is learning as part of his Skybax riding training.



* NobleSavage: Stinktooth the ''Giganotosaurus'' protects Arthur and his friends from a ''Tyrannosaurus'' after he saves his son, and even helps Arthur stop Lee Crabb from escaping the island. The "savage" part comes from the fact that he's still a carnosaur that lives outside of civilization and presumably eats non-seafood meat.

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Stinktooth the ''Giganotosaurus'' protects Arthur and his friends from a ''Tyrannosaurus'' after he saves his son, and even helps Arthur stop Lee Crabb from escaping the island. The "savage" part comes from the fact that he's still a carnosaur that lives outside of civilization and presumably eats non-seafood meat.



* NonHumanSidekick: Fritz the robohead to Gideon in ''First Flight''.

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Fritz the robohead to Gideon in ''First Flight''.



* PredationIsNatural: Bix explains that Tyrannosaurs and the other carnosaurs in the Rainy Basin are not evil, just hungry by nature, with no taste for green food or diplomacy. Convoys traveling through their territory carry fish to stave them off long enough to get by. Some dinosaurs even make an end-of-life pilgrimage into the Rainy Basin, offering their bodies to the predators as a final act of service.

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* PredationIsNatural: Bix explains that Tyrannosaurs ''Tyrannosaurus'' and the other carnosaurs carnivorous dinosaurs in the Rainy Basin are not evil, just hungry by nature, with no taste for green food or diplomacy. Convoys traveling through their territory carry fish to stave them off long enough to get by. Some dinosaurs even make an end-of-life pilgrimage into the Rainy Basin, offering their bodies to the predators as a final act of service.



* PteroSoarer: Skybaxes, the ''Pteranodon'' guardians of the World Beneath and InstantMessengerPigeon ''Dimorphodon''. They have most of the inaccuracies seen in other depictions.

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Skybaxes, the ''Pteranodon'' guardians of the World Beneath and InstantMessengerPigeon ''Dimorphodon''. They have most of the inaccuracies seen in other depictions.



* RaptorAttack: ''Hand of Dinotopia'' has a tribe of ''Deinonychus'' living on Culebra. They help out the protagonists in exchange for being taught how to fish.

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''Hand of Dinotopia'' has a tribe of ''Deinonychus'' living on Culebra. They help out the protagonists in exchange for being taught how to fish.
12th Aug '16 2:27:30 AM Snicka
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* PredationIsNatural: Bix explains that Tyrannosaurs and the other carnosaurs in the Rainy Basin are not evil, just hungry by nature, with no taste for green food or diplomacy. Convoys traveling through their territory carry fish to stave them off long enough to get by. Some dinosaurs even make an end-of-life pilgrimage into the Rainy Basin, offering their bodies to the predators as a final act of service.
10th Jul '16 9:25:22 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CarnivoreConfusion: The series is one of the few works involving TalkingAnimal characters that openly addresses this issue and has, relatively speaking, a well thought-out approach to the problem. All carnivores have switched to a diet of [[NoCartoonFish fish]] and it's implied that those who can (most notably humans) have gone entirely over to veganism. The twist is that some animals refused to make the change and have exiled themselves to the Rainy Basin and Backwood Flats, where they live as their wild ancestors did (similar to The Wild in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''). Interestingly, this is treated by the major characters as more of an alternate lifestyle choice than a break of the rules and such characters are not vilified as one would expect. At least, not in the book. [[TheyJustDidntCare The movie]] is another story...

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* CarnivoreConfusion: The series is one of the few works involving TalkingAnimal characters that openly addresses this issue and has, relatively speaking, a well thought-out approach to the problem. All carnivores have switched to a diet of [[NoCartoonFish fish]] and it's implied that those who can (most notably humans) have gone entirely over to veganism. The twist is that some animals refused to make the change and have exiled themselves to the Rainy Basin and Backwood Flats, where they live as their wild ancestors did (similar to The Wild in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell''). Interestingly, this is treated by the major characters as more of an alternate lifestyle choice than a break of the rules and such characters are not vilified as one would expect. At least, not in the book. [[TheyJustDidntCare The movie]] movie is another story...
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