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* CoversAlwaysLie: The VHS cover shows an actual dinosaur but none actually appear in the movie since the plots involves bones and fossils.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The VHS cover shows an actual dinosaur but none actually appear in the movie since the plots involves bones and fossils. The Dennis on the cover looks nothing like his actor in this film, most likely being a stock actor.



* FreezeFrameBonus: When Margaret is holding the bride and groom dolls, anyone familiar with toys from TheEighties should recognize her groom dolls as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Buddy_(doll) My Buddy doll]].

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* FreezeFrameBonus: When Margaret is holding the bride and groom dolls, anyone familiar with toys from TheEighties should recognize her groom dolls doll as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Buddy_(doll) My Buddy doll]].


Dennis and his friends dig up the front yard of the Mitchell house in order to help put in a sprinkler system his father wanted. During the dig, he finds a dinosaur bone. Henry calls in an old friend, a paleontologist named Barclay Schuyler III (nicknamed "Bones"), to see if the bone is authentic. It is and things go downhill from where.

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Dennis and his friends dig up the front yard of the Mitchell house in order to help put in a sprinkler system his father wanted. During the dig, he finds a dinosaur bone. Henry calls in an old friend, a paleontologist named Barclay Schuyler III (nicknamed "Bones"), to see if the bone is authentic. It is and things go downhill from where.there.


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* BankToaster: A variation - at the end of the movie, Mr. Wilson breaks down and agrees to go to Hawaii with his wife for their anniversary. He mentions getting the airline tickets through a bank promotion.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The VHS cover shows an actual dinosaur but none actually appear in the movie since the plots involves bones and fossils.


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* MadeForTVMovie: Aired in 1987 in syndication on American television

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->''"No matter how good I feel, Dennis has a cure for it."''
--> - '''George Wilson to Mrs. Wilson'''

''Dennis the Menace: Dinosaur Hunter'' is a 1987 MadeForTVMovie based on Hank Ketcham's ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS and produced by Creator/DICEntertainment along with Coca-Cola Telecommunications. Airing in UsefulNotes/{{Syndication}} in 1987 under the title "Dennis the Menace", it got a home video release by Vidmark as "Dennis the Menace: Dinosaur Hunter". The movie stars Victor [=DiMattia=] as Dennis Mitchell, Jim Jansen as Henry Mitchell, Patricia Estrin as Alice Mitchell and William Windon as Mr. Wilson.

Dennis and his friends dig up the front yard of the Mitchell house in order to help put in a sprinkler system his father wanted. During the dig, he finds a dinosaur bone. Henry calls in an old friend, a paleontologist named Barclay Schuyler III (nicknamed "Bones"), to see if the bone is authentic. It is and things go downhill from where.
Bones has a crew digging up both the Mitchells' and then the Wilsons' propery. Besides disrupting the neighborhood with a paleontological dig and unwanted tourists, things get even worse when an amusement park named Dinosaur Land is going to be built over the neighborhood which will force everyone to move.

Meanwhile, the Wilsons are approaching their fortieth wedding anniversary. Mrs. Wilson wants to go to Hawaii but Mr. Wilson doesn't want to pay for the trip. This leads to Mrs. Wilson getting a part-time job; HilarityEnsues when Mr. Wilson has to keep house and deal with his wife's boss, Mr. Bonfigli, as a rival for her affection.

Not to be confused with the 1993 Film/DennisTheMenace live-action movie

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!!This movie contains examples of the following tropes:

* AllTakeAndNoGive: Bones really takes advantage of Henry and Alice's hospitality during his stay.
* BrickJoke: Henry Mitchell talks early in the movie about putting a sprinkler system in their front yard. At the end of the movie during a luau for the Wilsons, Dennis reveals he and his friends set up sprinklers; they set them off, soaking everyone there.
* CannotKeepASecret: Dennis is asked by Bones to keep it a secret that he buried dinosaur bones in the Wilsons' garden. Dennis reveals this at a big press conference, thus bringing the dig and planned Dino Land park to an end.
* CommunityThreateningConstruction: The planned amusement park, Dino Land, becomes this as the entire neighborhood the Mitchells and their neighbors live in would be torn down.
* ColonCancer: The title is better known under its "Dinosaur Hunter" subtitle for home video, possibly to distinguish it from the 1993 movie.
* EvilGenius: Downplayed with Bones. While he is not exactly evil, he is quite selfish during his stay with the Mitchells and even plants dinosaur bones in the Wilsons' garden to make sure he can profit from the dig.
* FreezeFrameBonus: When Margaret is holding the bride and groom dolls, anyone familiar with toys from TheEighties should recognize her groom dolls as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Buddy_(doll) My Buddy doll]].
* HulaAndLuaus: The movie ends with a luau. In fact, the B-plot involves Mrs. Wilson wanting to go to Hawaii for her fortieth wedding anniversary; the Wilsons announce during the ending luau that they will be going there.
* KarmaHoudini: Played with for Bones. While his plans to profit off the dig are foiled and his friendship with Henry is ruined, he never faces prison or any legal trouble for his schemes.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Played straight when Mr. Wilson tries to do laundry and vacuum when his wife starts a part-time job.
* ProductPlacement: During the luau at the end, Dennis and his friends are drinking Cokes and Minute Maid brand soda. [[JustifiedTrope Both of these brands are owned]] by Coca-Cola Telecommunications.
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