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 ability turn into humans
. One becomes Corrupt Corporate Executive Victor Veloci
and schemes to use some kind of 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 group of five teens
who've been given the ability to change into Stock Dinosaurs
at will, trying to help them save the world from Veloci's incredibly ill-conceived plans.
Not to be confused with Street Sharks
, Extreme Dinosaurs
, or Dino Riders
The show originally aired on CBS
' KEWLopolis (really) block from September 2007 to September 2009, when Cookie Jar Entertainment
(who acquired DiC
a year earlier) decided to drop the show from the line-up due to the company wanting to de-emphasize the amount of DiC
shows on the roster and re-naming the block Cookie Jar TV
. However, in April 2010, the show returned to the airwaves as part of Cookie Jar's syndication packages.
Dino Squad provides examples of:
- Alliterative Name: Victor Veloci.
- Ambiguously Gay: Caruso.
- An Aesop: 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.
- Animal Superheroes: Technically, they're transformed humans, but they still follow the mold pretty closely. Notably, this show premiered in the wake of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles revival.
- Artistic License – Biology: Several. Particularly one episode which had a baby gorilla with a tail.
- Artistic License – Geography: The episodes are usually set in actual cities and towns, probably to avoid , but the travel times involved are usually awfully brief.
- Artistic License – Paleontology: Roger's morph is supposed to be a Styracosaur, yet it has Triceratops forehead horns. In general the show's research on dinosaurs seems to have consisted of watching the Jurassic Park movies.
- By the Power of Grayskull!: "GO DINO!"
- Conspicuous CG
- Curb-Stomp Battle: 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.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
- Five-Man Band
- G.I.R.L.: Veloci pretends to be a teenage girl while gaming online, as seen in "The Lost World Wide Web."
- Green Aesop: Lots, but mixed in with all the regular ones.
- Hollywood Hacking: The squad does this to get the upper hand in every 2 out of 3 episodes.
- Humongous Mecha: In "Wannabe."
- Lovecraft Country: It's a Saturday Morning Cartoon that takes place in Maine, and has ancient creatures that rise to attack.
- Infinite Supplies: 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...
- Ptero Soarer: Buzz's Pteranodon morph.
- Raptor Attack: Victor Velcoi.
- Killer Rabbit: Veloci's final mutants in the last episode, that succeeded in taking down the Dino Squad temporarily? PUPPIES.
- Monster of the Week: Although done differently from most such shows in that the villain simply creates the monsters as steps in an experiment 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 second act.
- Reed Richards Is Useless: You can understand why the villain who wants to overthrow the human race 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.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Caruso
- Team Mom: Miss Moynihan. Her CB handle is even "mothersaurus."
- Totally Radical: Buzz is a "Neo Punker". Don't you wish you were?
- Transformation Sequence: Often shown both into and back from super-powered form, although when it is it's just the same footage run the other way.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Max's morph.