A one-shot 2011 BBC TV Documentary
about the history of Dinosaur Media
. Discusses several stock tropes present in dino-movies, and reflects on their cultural importance in a lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek way.
Thoroughly talks about:
… and also features a stock of other, often pretty obscure productions, most of which are best left extinct.
- Computer Generated Images: The latest method of bringing dinosaurs and other monsters to life. The program also has a brief Take That moment at it, or more specifically at the '05 King Kong Remake, saying that the movie suffered from an overdose of over-the-top CGI scenes.
- Cultural Translation: Godzilla (1954)'s brash, American Re Cut. Also the later 1998 remake.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: The main theme.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: The T. rex's defeat at the hands of King Kong. Some of the Talking Heads found it too disturbing.
- Feathered Fiend: Velociraptors. The real ones.
- Frazetta Man, and their contrast with sexy cave-women.
- Fur Bikini: Raquel Welch could not be left out.
- Lost World: One of the more commonly used settings in early movies.
- Nubile Savage
- One Million BC: Discusses the time the "genre" was at its peak, and also how the overflow of Fanservice and increasingly diminishing roles of dinosaurs lead to its downfall.
- People in Rubber Suits: Godzilla, Gorgo, and tons of other, forgettable monsters the Narrator just calls "Crapasauruses".
- Prehistoria: The "inventive" new setting that dethroned the Lost World, but brought about a gigantic Anachronism Stew. Again, the cave-women made audiences gloss over this.
- Prehistoric Monster: What Gertie, Gorgo and Ray Harryhausen's creatures were definitely not.
- Raptor Attack: The program goes on to point out that real-life raptors looked nothing like their Jurassic Park cousins, but even so, faux-raptors are still cool and scary.
- Slurpasaur: Strangely an avoided topic.
- Stock Dinosaurs
- Stop Motion: A lost form of art in dinosaur media.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: It's almost everywhere.