Western Animation: Denver the Last Dinosaur

A French-American co-production, Denver the Last Dinosaur is an animated series from the 1980's (as if you needed to be told) about a group of California teens that find the last dinosaur egg in existence and teach the hatchling, Denver, all about skateboarding, rocking out on guitar, and generally being totally radical. It lasted for 52 episodes and then was promptly forgotten, along with some of the other remnants of the late-80's / early 90's dinosaur mania. The little nostalgia for the series is mostly because of that kick-ass theme song.


  • And Knowing Is Half the Battle: The story occasionally stops in its tracks so the narrator can impart dinosaur facts to the viewer.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: Despite the line "Everywhere we go, we don't even care, if people stop and stare at our pal dino", the characters spend nearly the whole of the first few episodes fretting about whether they've been spotted with the eponymous reptile.
  • Corrupt Hick: Morton Fizzback, the greedy concert promoter.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water
  • Gilligan Cut: After Mario protests that he won't beg his admirer for a favour.
  • The Last Title: The name of the series.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: Denver's name is taken from a passing bus which displays a tourism ad for Denver, Colorado.
  • Mad Scientist: Professor Funt.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Denver looks different than the more realistic dinosaurs in the opening
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Denver's guitar and accessories are pink.
  • Show Within a Show: Apparently in the universe of Denver, there was a crossover show between Lion Voltron and Vehicle Voltron. You get to see about a second of it in one episode when a TV is changing channels quickly. (Keep in mind that Denver's production company, World Events, is the same group that dubbed Voltron for Western audiences)
  • The '80s: Very steeped in it due to the decade, needless to say it's an Unintentional Period Piece.
  • The Kiddie Ride: Not officially licensed, but Zamperla produced a Denver kiddie ride in their earlier years. Given that the show was popular in Italy (where Zaperla originates from) and their poor copyright track records where kiddie rides are concerned tho, it's probably expected.
  • Totally Radical: Even for its day, the show had an unusually high density of California surfer clichés.