History Literature / Dinotopia

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...
27th Jun '16 3:38:05 PM DragonRanger
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* FunWithAcronyms: The Code of Dinotopia is a list of eleven proverbs (well, ten-and-a-half, given that much of the last line is missing) well-known among all Dinotopians. The first letter of each line put together makes a twelfth, "Sow good seed". (For what it's worth, the TV miniseries ruins the acronym, changing the lost line from "Don't p..." to "Fin...", full line "Find the light".)



* SpoofAesop: The Code of Dinotopia, a list of proverbs, has its last line cut off at "Don't p..." Some Dinotopians have he suggested that the line might be "Don't pee in the bath." [[spoiler:In actuality, code eleven is "Don't put out the light."]]

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* SpoofAesop: The Code of Dinotopia, a list of proverbs, has its last line cut off at "Don't p..." Some Dinotopians have he suggested that the line might be "Don't pee in the bath." [[spoiler:In actuality, code eleven is "Don't put out the light."]]"
31st Mar '16 11:09:52 PM schoi30
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* NobleSavage: Stinktooth the ''Giganatosaurus'' 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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* NobleSavage: Stinktooth the ''Giganatosaurus'' ''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.



* NonMaliciousMonster: The carnosaurs of the Rainy Basin. Bix describes them as "hungry by nature, with no stomach for civilization"

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* NonMaliciousMonster: The carnosaurs carnivores of the Rainy Basin. Bix describes them as "hungry by nature, with no stomach for civilization"



* PteroSoarer: Skybaxes, the ''Pteranodon'' guardians of the World Beneath and InstantMessengerPigeon ''Dimorphodon''. They have most of the inaccuracies seen in other depictions.
** The TV miniseries makes a glaring error by portraying the ''Dimorphodons'' as birds, with feathers, toothless beaks and everything.



* PrecociousCrush: Will Denison is the subject of this, from a T. Rex hatchling of all things.
* PrehistoricMonster: Utterly averted. Most of the dinosaurs are wise and peaceful, and they are 'all'' sentient. Even the uncivilized carnosaurs of the Rainy Basin are not above negotiating with any travelers who try to buy safe passage with offerings of fish.

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* PrecociousCrush: Will Denison is the subject of this, from a T. Rex rex hatchling of all things.
* PrehistoricMonster: Utterly averted. Most of the dinosaurs are wise and peaceful, and they are 'all'' sentient. Even the uncivilized tyrannosaurs and carnosaurs of the Rainy Basin are not above negotiating with any travelers who try to buy safe passage with offerings of fish.fish.
* PteroSoarer: Skybaxes, the ''Pteranodon'' guardians of the World Beneath and InstantMessengerPigeon ''Dimorphodon''. They have most of the inaccuracies seen in other depictions.
** The TV miniseries makes a glaring error by portraying the ''Dimorphodons'' as birds, with feathers, toothless beaks and everything.
23rd Mar '16 12:41:16 AM Emperor_Oshron
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** In one of the not-quite-Canon spin-off novels, a city-dwelling herbivore was shown journeying through the Rainy Basin as she was about to die, providing the carnivores with food. This act was referred to in almost religious terms.

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** In one of the not-quite-Canon spin-off novels, a city-dwelling herbivore was shown journeying through the Rainy Basin as she was about to die, providing the carnivores with food. This act was referred to in almost religious terms. Another of the novels has a similar set-up in the mountains where local herbivores in the process of dying also offer their bodies to the local saber-toothed cats as part of a peace treaty.
17th Mar '16 9:54:32 AM Kuruni
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** [[DragonRider Pterosaur Rider]] -- [[Tropers/TragicTheDragon This editor]] couldn't have been the only one thinking of Will and Cirrus when she saw ''{{Film/Avatar}}''.
5th Jan '16 6:33:36 PM WillKeaton
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The book features gorgeously detailed illustrations, courtesy of [[http://dinotopia.com/ author/illustrator James Gurney]], previously best known for his book covers, animation background art, and especially for his incredibly detailed illustrations of historical cultures in ''National Geographic''.

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The book features gorgeously detailed illustrations, courtesy of [[http://dinotopia.com/ author/illustrator James Gurney]], Gurney,]] previously best known for his book covers, animation background art, and especially for his incredibly detailed illustrations of historical cultures in ''National Geographic''.
27th Dec '15 7:13:34 AM Raptorslash
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* DumbDinos: Averted - the dinosaurs are fully sapient and live alongside humansas equals.

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* DumbDinos: Averted - the dinosaurs are fully sapient and live alongside humansas humans as equals.
27th Dec '15 7:13:24 AM Raptorslash
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* DumbDinosaurs: Averted - the dinosaurs are fully sapient and live alongside humansas equals.

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* DumbDinosaurs: DumbDinos: Averted - the dinosaurs are fully sapient and live alongside humansas equals.
27th Dec '15 5:25:57 AM Raptorslash
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* DumbDinosaurs: Averted - the dinosaurs are fully sapient and live alongside humansas equals.
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