YMMV: Xenozoic Tales

  • Adaptation Displacement: Most people think of the arcade game when they hear the title Cadillacs and Dinosaurs.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Basically what killed the cartoon after a few episodes. They tried to make it a smarter, darker TMNT-killer and it was a bit too heady for a Saturday morning cartoon. Maybe if they had revived it for the Cartoon Network era it would have had more success...
  • Anvilicious: Some have suggested that the environmental overtones are just a bit heavy-handed in places. Then again, Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped.
  • Executive Meddling: According to Schultz himself, another reason why the cartoon died early. The suits wanted it to be a Turtle-killer, and Nelvana was trying to break away from making cartoons made for older audiences at the same time, leading to problems. And then there were concerns over adding Hannah to The Merch, since the suits thought that female characters belonged in the pink aisle only.
  • Memetic Mutation: Mustapha in the arcade game has one rather memorable quip.
  • That One Boss: The arcade game is ruthless but Tyrog and Slisaur are the toughest bosses in the game aside from the Final Boss himself. The former is due to you fighting him three times, each stronger than the last with little health recovery if you're lucky. The latter is being a Dual Boss if single player or three bosses in multiplayer. If you had a hard time fighting Slice by himself, good luck fighting more of them.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Averted; the beat-em-up arcade game is considered to be one of the classics of the genre, thanks to it being developed by Capcom.