YMMV / Dinotopia

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: At a cursory glance, Dinotopia seems to be an island where man has Domesticated Dinosaurs. However, humans and dinosaurs are supposed to be on equal standing. And if you ask Lee Crabb, he would tell you that the dinosaurs are the true rulers and the humans just their opposable thumbed little servants.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: First Flight has a plot that revolves around the main characters riding around on Giant Fliers. Doesn't sound familiar enough? His mount is named Avatar.
  • Mary Suetopia: To an extent, but Guerney has stated that this is intentional.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Wentworth Miller as David in the miniseries.
  • Science Marches On: Inverted in one case, with the books predicting an actual paleontological finding. Oviraptor (literally "egg thief") is referred to as Ovinutrix (egg tender) in western Dinotopia. Oviraptor got its name from its holotype being found with a clutch of eggs that it was thought to have stolen; three years after A Land Apart From Time came out, it was found that the eggs in question belonged to the Oviraptor holotype, and it was likely brooding with them.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The miniseries. Passable story, decent effects and David Thewlis is enjoyable as the antagonist (confusing motivation aside), but that's all it has going for it, especially if you're a fan of British comedian Lee Evans who is wasted as the talking dinosaur Zippo.
  • Special Effects Failure: The only decent looking effect in the TV miniseries is 26, and this is probably because they use practical effects with her as often as they use CGI. The rest are at best mediocre and at worst butt ugly.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids??: The first Dinotopia illustrated novel is a book with loads and loads of illustrations. And it involves talking dinosaurs. It never had a chance. Gurney has stated that his books are for all ages; he likes media where things can be enjoyed both at a shallow surface level and also when more thought is applied.
    • The spinoff novels on the other hand, are definitely meant for kids, though a few of them have crossover appeal. Have we mentioned the Knights of the Unrivaled?