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.
  • Complete Monster: In the Animated Adaptation of this series, called Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, Hammer Terhune, who works for Governor Scharnhorst, one of the leaders of the City in the Sea (New York City, After the End), tries to discredit Jack Tenrec's philosophy of promoting a balance between humans and nature. To do this, Hammer uses a sonic transmitter to torment a T-Rex and have it attack nearby settlements. Hammer also tries to discredit Tenrec by trying to cause a bunch of Triceratops to stampede and kill people in a mining town. Unhappy with taking orders from Scharnhorst, Hammer hijacks a killer satellite and plans to use it to destroy the City in the Sea, so that he can take over. Later Hammer discovers a boy who can control dinosaurs and wants to use him in his poaching business. To test the boy's skills, Hammer throws him a pit with a hungry raptor and sees if he can control it. In his final appearance, Hammer uses some stolen dynamite to try to flush out some dinosaurs, but this causes a wildfire instead. The wildfire is heading towards some gas wells Scharnhorst recently constructed and if the fire reaches the wells, it will cause an explosion that will devastate the jungle, resulting in mass starvation for the City in the Sea. Scharnhorst orders Hammer to work with Tenrec to fix this problem, by helping Tenrec use nitroglycerin to create a barrier between the fire and the wells. However, Hammer intents to kill Tenrec instead and steal the nitroglycerin for himself, not caring that his actions have endangered millions of lives.
  • 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.
  • Fridge Logic: Why was the musclebound Hammer Terhune turned into a fat guy in the game, and why does he use his fists instead of a weapon to rile sleeping dinosaurs up?
  • 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.