Western Animation: Dink, the Little Dinosaur

Clockwise from the left: Amber, Dink, Scat, Crusty, Shyler and Flapper.

One of the 1980s cartoon series that no one seems to remember, Dink the Little Dinosaur is the story of a young apatosaur named Dink and his friends Amber (a corythosaur), Scat (a compsognathus... maybe), Shyler (an edaphosaur), and Flapper (a pteranodon), who live in the peaceful Mesozoic paradise of Green Meadow and learn important life lessons from an old turtle —with hair— named Crusty. The series depicts the characters' childhood shenanigans and their scuffles with the evil carnivore Tyrannor.

Hey, wait a minute...!!

The series has been uploaded to YouTube.


This series contains examples of:

  • Big Eater - Scat
  • Bloodless Carnage - Shockingly averted in the fourth episode of the series, entitled White Beauty. A dinosaur that has been outcast from society gets into a fight with Tyrannor, and Amber runs off to get help. When the gang comes back to the scene of the battle, there's a trail of blood that they follow to where the dinosaur is hiding out.
  • Carnivore Confusion - Interestingly, the main group features two carnivores: Flapper and Scat.
    • There's also an episode entitled The Gentle Hunter, which could be renamed "Carnivore Confusion: the Dramatization".
    • Well, pterosaurs aren't generally thought of as predators, and Scat is at the very least omnivorous as he is shown chasing some "honey fruit" in the first episode.
  • Cool Uncle: Flapper's never seen Uncle Longbeak.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
  • Fearless Fool: Flapper very rarely shows any fear. This usually leads to him getting very badly injured.
  • Follow the Leader - Conspicuously, the series premiered one year after The Land Before Time (the 1988 original).
  • Hulk Speak: Scat
  • Informed Species: Scat is apparently a Compsognathus, but looks more like a lizard or really tiny crocodile.
  • Interspecies Romance - Implied between Dink and Amber, from time to time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero - In the episode Tar Troubles, despite Crusty's warning to leave it alone, Dink insists on trying to stop a tar flow in the valley. He and his friends inadvertently wind up setting half the valley on fire.
  • Ptero Soarer: Flapper in spades; he has batlike wings, lives in a decidedly birdlike nest, is bipedal, has grasping talons and even folds his wings like a bird when he walks (something that would be impossible for a real life pterosaur of any species). At least he's toothless and has a short tail. Additionally, the series often featured predatory, villainous pterosaurs referred to simply as "scavengers" (despite the fact that they're always seen hunting the protagonists rather than actually scavenging) that look vaguely like toothy azhdarchids.
  • Rampage from a Nail - Dink and his friends once helped a really huge dinosaur with that problem.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The show features these surprisingly often. For starters, Shyler appears to be either an Edaphosaurus or an Ouranosaurus.
  • Stock Dinosaurs - They are all present.
  • Toothy Bird: Averted with Flapper. Played straight with the "scavengers".
  • Unfortunate Name - Dink and Scat.