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 Apatosaurus named Dink and his friends Amber (a Corythosaurus), Scat (a Compsognathus... maybe), Shyler (an Edaphosaurus), 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...!!

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. Then again, Pteranodon are more piscivorous, and Scat is at the very least omnivorous as he is shown chasing some "honey fruit" in the first episode.
    • There's also an episode entitled "The Gentle Hunter", which could be renamed "Carnivore Confusion: the Dramatization".
    • "Raiders of the Lost Nest" featured a trio of "egg-hunters" which are portrayed as resembling Acanthopholis, a herbivorous dinosaur.
  • Clear My Name: "Mystery of the Broken Claw" had Amber being accused of ruining Green Meadow's only watering hole with a rockslide, which was actually caused by a pack of Spinosaurus trying to lure the other dinosaurs into an ambush.
  • Cool Uncle: Flapper's Uncle Longbeak.
  • Dumb Dinos: Follows the "herbivores are sapient, meat eaters are not" variant (at least any meat eaters who eat meat, with the exception of the "scavengers").
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
  • Fearless Fool: Flapper very rarely shows any fear. This usually leads to him getting very badly injured.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The often annoying Compsognathus is named "Scat" note . It's not like this is an obscure term for that either.
  • Hulk Speak: Scat
  • Imprinting:
    • "Crusty's Baby" had a baby Stegosaurus which imprinted on Crusty.
    • In a case of reverse imprinting, "Tricera-Scat" had a mother Triceratops which thought Scat was her son when he took a nap underneath an egg shell in her nest.
  • Informed Species: Scat is apparently a Compsognathus, but looks more like a lizard or really tiny crocodile. Maybe he is a Terrestrisuchus?
  • Interspecies Romance: Implied between Dink and Amber, from time to time.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: In "Surprise", Dink gets chased by a Deinosuchus only to be rescued by a pair of dolphin-like Ichthyosaurus.
  • 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 Cearadactylus with stumpy crests like a female Pteranodon.
    • The episode "The Secret" featured "Big Wings", which are 80s-styled Quetzalcoatlus that hunt like eagles.
    • "Mystery of the Broken Claw" had a flock of Rhamphorhynchus which served as a bizarre Mesozoic stand-in for bats, namely living in a cave. A previous episode "Surprise" had a Sordes which was portrayed the same.
  • Rampage from a Nail: Dink and his friends once helped a really huge dinosaur with that problem.
  • Raptor Attack: Deinonychus ("Claw Foots") and Velociraptor appear sporadically in the series and both are featherless, as was believed at the time to be fair. The latter also walks in an outdated "kangaroo" stance like the large theropods in the show, although the former has the accurate horizontal stance. Brownie points however for being a case of pre-Jurassic Park dromaeosaurids.
  • Save the Villain: The kids push down a tree to save a drowning Tyrannor - and book it the second he's safe.
  • Scavengers Are Scum: A weird example — among the enemies the group faced was a generic, predatory type of pterosaur referred to in-universe as "Scavengers". However, they're never shown scavenging, instead actively hunting the protagonists, sometimes persistently.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The show features these surprisingly often. For starters, Shyler appears to be an Edaphosaurus.
  • Shrinking Violet: Shyler.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: The main threat of "Day of the Snake''.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: They are all present.
  • Toothy Bird: Averted with Flapper, his Uncle Longbeak, and the "Big Wings".
  • Unfortunate Name: Dink and Scat.