[[caption-width-right:200: And it just gets weirder from there.]]

->''"Did anything weird happen tonight?"''
-->-- '''Theodore'''

Say, would you like to see a direct-to video sci-fi movie that is a loose ripoff of ''Film/BladeRunner'', except it stars Creator/WhoopiGoldberg and [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney]]? You wouldn't? Oh... well, TOO BAD, they made one!

Goldberg only completed the movie because Creator/NewLineCinema threatened to sue her if she walked off the film (after seeing Creator/KimBasinger get sued into bankruptcy after the fiasco that was ''Film/BoxingHelena,'' she decided she could live with the shame if it meant keeping the lights on). ''Theodore Rex'' was initially intended as a ''theatrical release'' but went straight to home video instead, making it ''the most expensive direct-to-video movie ever made''. That's certainly something to keep in mind if you dare to watch it.

You know that ''Film/SuperMarioBros'' movie? ''Theodore Rex'' is very similar, and arguably even stranger.

According to an OpeningScroll, the story is set in a [[DarkerAndEdgier Dark and Edgy]] {{Cyberpunk}} city "A long time ago in the future" (really), where humans coexist with [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic animal-people]]. It's a [[BuddyCopShow buddy cop]] movie with ''[[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]]''. Theodore is an anthro ''TyrannosaurusRex'' who wants to be a cop. He gets his chance when he is partnered with Katie Coltrane (Goldberg) to solve another anthro ''T. rex'''s murder.

Then things get ''weirder.''

An extensive review, with links to other reviews, can be found [[http://madnessmonster.wordpress.com/2009/06/29/theodore-rex-review/ here]]. While the film isn't the best quality, the [[BizarroEpisode confusion and sheer randomness of the onscreen action]] is actually kind of impressive. Just when you think the movie can't get any more insane... it ''does''. It '''really''' does. That helps it stand alongside ''Film/SantaClaus1959'', ''Film/ManosTheHandsOfFate'', and ''Film/TheRoom'' on the very thin border between SoBadItsGood and So Bad It's Horrible.

Compare ''Film/HowardTheDuck''. Not to be confused with a notable biography of ''UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt''. Not to be confused with ''Literature/AnonymousRex'', which is a book series that, coincidentally, is about a dinosaur detective solving crimes amongst humans.
!!Tropes used:
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The BigBad clearly sides with the nature side of the "nurture vs. nature" debate.
-->"The genetic code [is] the map of our destiny, and we are all slaves to our DNA".
* TheBigBoard: You can clearly see in the background for a scene at a police station that it tries for some neopunk style version of the giant battlemap with young waifs pushing units around with croupier rakes. However the overblown size and odd dress code means that it looks more like the Olympic curling team are pushing around Hershey's Kisses.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Apparently, anthropomorphic Tyrannosaurs subsist entirely on... milk and cookies. He calls himself a "recovering carnivore", going under the type where carnivorism in talking-animal land is akin to alcoholism.
* [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy Ceratosaurs and Tyrannosaurs and Humans, Oh My!]]: Incidentally, don't look forward to there being any explanation as to why there are anthropomorphic animals. In some scenes, it appears that they may be [[IntelligentGerbil aliens]], and they have their own society and culture. But in others, it is implied that Theo and friends were grown in a lab or something.
* DaChief: The Commissioner.
* DinosaursAreDragons: When the Toymaker, who happens to be chinese (''sigh'') sees Theddy, he mockingly calls him a dragon (''sigh'').
* EveryCarIsAPinto
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Um... this is actually one of the more notable exceptions.
* FantasticRacism: Humans don't like the anthropomorphic animals. Just because [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman they aren't human]], we guess; it's never really explored in the movie.
* {{Gasshole}}: Theodore Rex did not just [[BlatantLies butt trumpet]].
* GratuitousNinja: Apparently there's a "Ninja Grid" in addition to the "Dinosaur Grid."
* HarmlessFreezing: Kane's cryogenic technologies can keep living beings in suspended animation.
* InsultBackfire: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]
-->'''Katie Coltrane:''' Are you The Toymaker?\\
'''The Toymaker:''' I've been called many things.
* LoveInterest: Molly Rex, a female ''Tyrannosaurus'' singer is this for Theodore. She doesn't get much scenes, though.
* PeopleInRubberSuits: Half the cast really. Theo himself is designed just a hair better then ''Film/HowardTheDuck''.
* PlotTwist: [[spoiler: Katie is a cyborg.]]
* RandomEventsPlot: It starts with a pretty butterfly exploding in an anthro's face and just gets stranger.
* RunningGag: Theodore's swinging tail that knocks things over and his love for cookies. The swinging tail gag is more annoying than funny. And the running gag for cookies literally resorts to the shouting of the word, [[SarcasmMode which is a shame.]]
* StarringSpecialEffects
* TheyFightCrime: Whoopi Goldberg + dinosaur.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Theo's love for cookies. He even has an unique dispenser which shoots a cookie at him every morning before he leaves his house. His LoveInterest, Molly Rex, seemingly shares his taste in food.
* VegetarianCarnivore: Theodore Rex is a "recovering" carnivore that eats mostly cookies. Apparently, "I can't believe it's not meat" hasn't been invented yet.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Kane, the BigBad. He wants to start a new Ice Age and essentially start civilization over from there. Seeing as the setting of the movie is your typically [[CrapsackWorld crappy future dystopia]], he [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation kind of has a good point]].