After somehow becoming immortal and surviving the extinction of their species by hiding out in a cave for millions of years, two velociraptors emerge with the [[HumanityEnsues ability to turn into humans]]. One becomes CorruptCorporateExecutive [[StevenUlyssesPerhero Victor Veloci]] and schemes to use some kind of [[AppliedPhlebotinum mutating formula]] to "genetically reconstruct all life forms and turn them back into what they rightfully should still be: dinosaurs!”

The other raptor mentors a [[FiveManBand group of five teens]] who've been given the [[{{Animorphism}} ability to change into]] StockDinosaurs at will, trying to help them save the world from Veloci's incredibly ill-conceived plans.

Not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'', ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeDinosaurs'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'', ''WesternAnimation/DinoRiders'', or ''WesternAnimation/KungFuDinoPosse''.

The show originally aired on Creator/{{CBS}}' [[XtremeKoolLetterz [=KEWLopolis=]]] (really) block from September 2007 to September 2009, when Creator/CookieJarEntertainment (who acquired Creator/DiC a year earlier) decided to drop the show from the line-up due to the company wanting to de-emphasize the amount of Creator/DiC shows on the roster and re-naming the block Creator/CookieJarTV. However, in April 2010, the show returned to the airwaves as part of Cookie Jar's syndication packages.

!!''Dino Squad'' provides examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: The kids defeat mutants with a pair of guns, the blue one, the Chiller, which [[FreezeRay super-cools a monster]] and [[FridgeHorror causes the mutant DNA to squirm out of the mutant's body in search of warmth]]. That accomplished they unleash the orange gun, the Spiller, which does the exact opposite of spilling by [[WeaponsThatSuck sucking up the mutant DNA]].
* AlliterativeName: Victor Veloci.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Caruso and Veloci.
* AnAesop: One per episode, as well as a recycling one played over the end credits. Some episodes, like "Fire and Ice." went for more than one.
* AesopAmnesia: Caruso's actions in his quest for frame have threaten to expose the team on at least three separate occasions.
* AnimalSuperheroes: Technically, they're transformed humans, but they still follow the mold pretty closely. Notably, this show premiered in the wake of a ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' revival.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Several. Particularly one episode which had a baby gorilla with a ''tail''. Another claimed that cold-blooded animals can stay warm by keeping active and keeping their blood pumping.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: The episodes are usually set in actual cities and towns, probably to avoid TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse, but the travel times involved are usually awfully brief.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Roger's morph is supposed to be a ''Styracosaurus'', yet it has ''Triceratops'' forehead horns. Also, Caruso's ''Stegosaurus'' form has five spikes on his tail and a beakless mouth full of sharp teeth. In general the show's research on dinosaurs seems to have consisted of watching the ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' movies.
* BrokenAesop: In the episode "Tangled Web" the group call Caruso out for lying to them. Unless they've told their parents about how they can transform into dinosaurs and secretly fighting against evil villain, they have no moral high ground.
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: "GO DINO!"
* ConspicuousCG
* CriticalResearchFailure: This show is extremely guilty of this. And what makes this more mind boggling is the fact that this cartoon was intended to be an educational show.
* CurbStompBattle: This is the usual result when Veloci changes to his raptor form to fight, since he's dwarfed in power by just about every other creature in the show. Examples include him being vaulted off the ''T. rex'''s nose, and being blown away when a giant gorilla roars at him. One wonders why he bothers.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Caruso prefers not to go by "Irwin".
* ExpositoryThemeTune: The theme song basically describes what happened to the team as they earned their transformations.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs
* EyeRecall: The team’s transformations manifest these.
* FacelessGoons: The Raptor Dyne troopers all wear identical face-concealing helmets with red visors.
* {{GIRL}}: Veloci pretends to be a teenage girl while gaming online, as seen in "The Lost World Wide Web."
* GreenAesop: Lots, but mixed in with all the regular ones.
* HarmlessVillain: Veloci's actually a lot more dangerous in human form because that's how he has an army of heavily-armed minions and fleet of tricked-out vehicles. When he changes into a raptor he's far less powerful than pretty much every other inhuman creature in the show, least of all the Dino Squad themselves.
* HollywoodHacking: The squad does this to get the upper hand in every 2 out of 3 episodes, from hacking his communications to simply making his blimp tilt slightly.
* HumongousMecha: In "Wannabe."
* InfiniteSupplies: Despite the good raptor telling the kids that as a school teacher she can't afford the same kind of equipment the villains have, she ''can'' afford the fancy guns the kids use to turns monsters back to normal, toyetic motorcycles and a hydrofoil built to look like dinosaur faces, a radar system that can detect anything with prehistoric DNA as well as a force field around the lighthouse where she lives to keep anything with prehistoric DNA from being detected, computers that can effortlessly override those of the villains, supplies to seed clouds, to take the kids on a field trip to Hawaii when there's monsters out there...
* KidAppealCharacter: Buzz is the youngest team member, likes things like bugs and video games, has a dinosaur form that flies instead of having SuperStrength, and is the dispenser of "it's okay to be different" Aesops.
* KillerRabbit: Veloci's final mutants in the last episode, that succeeded in taking down the Dino Squad temporarily? ''PUPPIES''.
* LovecraftCountry: It takes place in Maine, and has ancient creatures that rise to attack. It qualifies in concept, if nothing else.
* {{Megalodon}}: The monster in the first episode. It looks more like a mosasaur than a megalodon though.
* MisplacedWildlife: "Wannabe" had the Squad dealing with mutated wild hedgehogs in North America.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Although done differently from most such shows in that the villain simply creates the monsters to gather scientific data in order to complete his main plan to create a dinosaur-populated planet. He doesn't actually control them and usually doesn't specifically use them as part of some kind of evil plan. This leads to some episodes where the Dino Squad defeats the monster halfway through and then has to contend with Veloci, who's showed up to collect his specimen, in the final act.
* PowersInTheFirstEpisode: The team receives their transformations in the series premiere and go on their first mission.
* PteroSoarer: Buzz's ''Pteranodon'' morph.
* RaptorAttack: Victor Veloci and Ms. Moynihan.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: You can understand why the villain who wants to overthrow the human race [[CutLexLuthorACheck doesn't share the miracles of science he's produced]], but one gets the feeling the kids could do more good offering their services to the government than running around zapping mutant puppies. In one episode they make a solar-powered car feasible to win a road race, and in another Rodger whips up a bunch of gadgets straight out of ''The Jetsons'', like a hat that gives you a haircut with an array of miniature lasers, for no greater purpose than pulling pranks on his teammates.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Caruso. He truly wishes his name was bigger than it is.
* StrawCharacter: Caruso gets this big time.
* StockDinosaurs: ''T. rex'', ''Stegosaurus'', ''Velociraptor'', etc.
* TeamMom: Miss Moynihan. Her CB handle is even "Mothersaurus."
* {{Thememobile}}: Hero and villain alike have a dinosaur theme to every vehicle they own. Veloci seems to have a different one in every episode, even up to including dirigibles, monster trucks and submarines.
* TotallyRadical: Buzz is a "Neo Punker". Don't you wish you were?
* TransformationSequence: Often shown both into ''and'' back from super-powered form, although when it is it's just the same footage run the other way.
* TwoDecadesBehind: ''The whole show.'' It would have fit right in with early-90's action cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/StreetSharks'' and ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'', with its cheesy theme song, overused transformation sequences, heavy-handed {{Aesop}}s and Buzz's neon mohawk. Yet it came out in 2007, when such shows were considered passé. The Halloween episode even has a reference to the Funky Chicken dance.
* TyrannosaurusRex: Max's morph.