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''Prehysteria!'' involves a young boy named Jerry and his family embark on a series of adventures when Jerry finds some mysterious eggs which hatch to reveal a brood of baby dinosaurs. The five baby dinosaurs are named after famous pop musicians. Including [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]], a male Tyrannosaurus Rex, Paula, a female Brachiosaurus, [[Music/TheRollingStones Jagger]], a male Stegosaurus, Hammer, a male Chasmosaurus, and Music/{{Madonna}}, the female Pteranodon.

The first movie in the series, ''Prehysteria!'' is about [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Rico Sarno]], a museum curator, who enters a ancient temple in a South American jungle, and discovers a nest of five eggs. He steals them and brings them back to his museum. Frank Taylor, a farmer, sells fossils to Rico and in a mix up, the Taylor's dog takes a cooler, which has the eggs. The kids, Monica and Jerry discover the dinosaurs when they hatch and try to keep it a secret, until their father finds out. Vicki, a woman who works for Rico, sees the dinosaurs, she tells the Taylors not to give them back to Rico because he will expose them. Rico finds out the Taylors have them and hires two robbers to help him get the dinosaurs back.

Continuing in ''Prehysteria! 2'' Mr. Cranston is a friend of the Taylors and he watches the mini dinosaurs while they are on vacation. The five miniature dinosaurs break out of the Taylors' farm and accidentally get shipped into a crate of raisins. The crate is found in a box car by Naomi, a girl whose father works at the train station and a rich kid named Brendan Wellington who she helped hide in the box car while being chased by [[KidsAreCruel bullies]]. When the two discover the baby dinosaurs, desperate for attention because his father Brendan tries to keep them. Needless to say, things don't go exactly as planned.

This follows straight into ''Prehysteria! 3''. This time, the five dinosaurs fall out of the back of Mr. Cranston's truck, and they make their way to another family's home. The dinosaurs help the [=MacGregor=] family, who is struggling with their mini-putt golf course. Ella [=MacGregor=], is in love with her Scottish ancestry, but is dispondant that the mini golf course is going under. She finds the dinosaurs, and with her family's help, they re-build the golf course with a dinosaur theme, which helps them a lot. But Ella's evil uncle Hal [=MacGregor=] is determined to take over the course by all means, and Ella and her parents must hide the mini dinosaurs.

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''Prehysteria!'' involves a young boy named Jerry and his family embark on a series of adventures when Jerry finds some mysterious eggs which hatch to reveal a brood of baby dinosaurs. The five baby dinosaurs dinos are named after famous pop musicians. Including [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]], a male Tyrannosaurus Rex, Paula, a female Brachiosaurus, [[Music/TheRollingStones Jagger]], a male Stegosaurus, Hammer, a male Chasmosaurus, and Music/{{Madonna}}, the female Pteranodon.

The first movie in the series, ''Prehysteria!'' is about [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Rico Sarno]], a museum curator, who enters a ancient temple in a South American jungle, and discovers a nest of five eggs. He steals them and brings them back to his museum. Frank Taylor, a farmer, sells fossils to Rico and in a mix up, the Taylor's dog takes a cooler, which has the eggs. The kids, Monica and Jerry discover the dinosaurs dinos when they hatch and try to keep it a secret, until their father finds out. Vicki, a woman who works for Rico, sees the dinosaurs, dinos, she tells the Taylors not to give them back to Rico because he will expose them. Rico finds out the Taylors have them and hires two robbers to help him get the dinosaurs dinos back.

Continuing in ''Prehysteria! 2'' Mr. Cranston is a friend of the Taylors and he watches the mini dinosaurs while they are on vacation. The five miniature dinosaurs babies break out of the Taylors' farm and accidentally get shipped into a crate of raisins. The crate is found in a box car by Naomi, a girl whose father works at the train station and a rich kid named Brendan Wellington who she helped hide in the box car while being chased by [[KidsAreCruel bullies]]. When the two discover the baby dinosaurs, dinos, desperate for attention because his father Brendan tries to keep them. Needless to say, things don't go exactly as planned.

This follows straight into ''Prehysteria! 3''. This time, the five dinosaurs fall saurian gang falls out of the back of Mr. Cranston's truck, and they make their way to another family's home. The dinosaurs help the [=MacGregor=] family, who is struggling with their mini-putt golf course. Ella [=MacGregor=], is in love with her Scottish ancestry, but is dispondant that the mini golf course is going under. She finds the dinosaurs, dinos, and with her family's help, they re-build the golf course with a dinosaur theme, which helps them a lot. But Ella's evil uncle Hal [=MacGregor=] is determined to take over the course by all means, and Ella and her parents must hide the mini dinosaurs.



* AllAnimalsAreDogs: The baby dinosaurs are as playful and friendly as puppies.

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* AllAnimalsAreDogs: The baby dinosaurs dinos are as playful and friendly as puppies.



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: All of the baby dinosaurs in the films were juveniles. Turns out the puppets used for them are minture models of adult sized dinosaurs. Although given later revelations about pterosaurs, Madonna's design is now a case of AccidentallyCorrectWriting.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Avoided design-wise, as almost all of the dinosaurs are accurate models for their time. Played straight behavior-wise, as all of the animals act like common house pets.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: All of the baby dinosaurs dinos in the films were juveniles. Turns out the puppets used for them are minture models of adult sized adult-sized dinosaurs. Although given later revelations about pterosaurs, Madonna's design is now a case of AccidentallyCorrectWriting.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Avoided design-wise, as almost all of the dinosaurs dinos are accurate models for their time. Played straight behavior-wise, as all of the animals act like common house pets.



** Rico Sarno in the first film, who wants to take the baby dinosaurs and get rich off of them.

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** Rico Sarno in the first film, who wants to take the baby dinosaurs and get rich off of them.



* DirtyCoward: Rico Sarno

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* DirtyCoward: Rico Sarno



* FatSlob: Good ole Rico.
* FunSize: The dinosaurs. Vicki deducts that the dinosaurs were dormant in their eggs for so long that they'll never get any bigger than they are now (or, [[LaymansTerms as Mr. Taylor puts it]], "[they] got the runts of the litter").

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* {{Expy}}: In a similar vein to [[Film/JurassicPark1993 Dennis Nedry]], Rico Sarno is a greedy FatSlob who works in a dinosaur-related project just to obtain a huge financial profit for himself and is more than willing to resort to underhanded methods to get what he desires.
* FatBastard: Rico is overweight and is an avaricious asshole.
* FatSlob: Good ole Rico.
Rico is basically [[Film/JurassicPark1993 Dennis Nedry]] with a mustache and without glasses.
* FunSize: The dinosaurs. Vicki deducts that the dinosaurs they were dormant in their eggs for so long that they'll never get any bigger than they are now (or, [[LaymansTerms as Mr. Taylor puts it]], "[they] got the runts of the litter").



* ForScience: Rico Sarno's excuse for everything he does, [[spoiler:he's really just [[OnlyInItForTheMoney in it for the money]].]]

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* ForScience: Rico Sarno's Rico's excuse for everything he does, [[spoiler:he's really just [[OnlyInItForTheMoney in doing it all for the money]].monetary gain]].]]



* PteroSoarer: Madonna
** Also kind of zig zagged; she's a fairly accurate model, appearance-wise (with the sole exception of lacking the short crest that a female ''Pteranodon''/''[[ScienceMarchesOn Geosternbergia]]'' would have), but in behavior she's more like a parrot than a Pterosaur.

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* PteroSoarer: Madonna
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Madonna. Also kind of zig zagged; she's a fairly accurate model, appearance-wise (with the sole exception of lacking the short crest that a female ''Pteranodon''/''[[ScienceMarchesOn Geosternbergia]]'' would have), but in behavior she's more like a parrot than a Pterosaur.



* StrawHypocrite: In the first film, Rico claims to be trying to revolutionize the scientific community but is really just in it for the money. In the second, Mrs. Winters claims that she wants to ship Brendan to a boarding school for his own good when in reality all she wants is to get rid of him.

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* StrawHypocrite: In the first film, Rico claims to be trying to revolutionize the scientific community but is really just in it purely for the money.profit. In the second, Mrs. Winters claims that she wants to ship Brendan to a boarding school for his own good when in reality all she wants is to get rid of him.


* StockDinosaurs: ''TyrannosaurusRex'', ''Stegosaurus'', and ''Brachiosaurus'' all appear as leads. They were all no doubt chosen specifically to appeal to young people.
** Subverted with Hammer, the ''Chasmosaurus''.
** They also have a stock pterosaur, who also subverts this trope by being what was formerly an obscure genus of ''Pteranodon'' known as ''Pteranodon Sternbergi'' (now known as ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geosternbergia Geosternbegia]]'')

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* StockDinosaurs: ''TyrannosaurusRex'', ''Stegosaurus'', and ''Brachiosaurus'' all appear as leads. They were all no doubt chosen specifically to appeal to young people.
** Subverted with Hammer,
people. On the ''Chasmosaurus''.
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other hand, the token ceratopsian is ''Chasmosaurus'' rather than ''Triceratops''. They also have a stock pterosaur, who also subverts this trope by being what was formerly an obscure genus of ''Pteranodon'' known as ''Pteranodon Sternbergi'' (now known as ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geosternbergia Geosternbegia]]'')

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Despite the similar sounding titles, these movies have nothing to do with ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}''.


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: All of the baby dinosaurs in the films were juveniles. Turns out the puppets used for them are minture models of adult sized dinosaurs. Although given later revelations about pterosaurs, Madonna's design is now a case of AccidentallyAccurate.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: All of the baby dinosaurs in the films were juveniles. Turns out the puppets used for them are minture models of adult sized dinosaurs. Although given later revelations about pterosaurs, Madonna's design is now a case of AccidentallyAccurate.AccidentallyCorrectWriting.


* EggMacGuffin: The eggs the baby dinos hatched from were treated like this, until they hatched of course.

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* EggMacGuffin: The eggs the baby dinos hatched from were treated like this, until they hatched of course.hatch.



* ForScience: Rico Sarno's excuse for everything he does, [[spoiler:he's really just in need of cash.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Mr. Taylor wears boxers with raisins on them

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* ForScience: Rico Sarno's excuse for everything he does, [[spoiler:he's really just [[OnlyInItForTheMoney in need of cash.it for the money]].]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Mr. Taylor wears boxers with raisins on themthem.



* HarmlessVillain: Rico Sarno and ole uncle Hal [=MacGregor=] in the third. As well as Rico's two helpers in the first film.

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* HarmlessVillain: Rico Sarno and ole and Ella's uncle Hal [=MacGregor=] in the third. As well as Rico's two helpers in the first film.



* NonIndicativeName: In-universe example:

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* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Mr. Taylor wears boxers with raisins on them

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* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Avoided design-wise, as almost all of the dinosaurs are accurate models for their time. Played straight behavior-wise, as all of the animals act like common house pets.


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* ShownTheirWork: Anatomically, the baby dinosaurs were quite consistent with the adult versions of their real life counterparts at the time (the inaccuracies that are in the film are mostly due to RuleOfCool mixed with ScienceMarchesOn). Very much justified, as the artists who designed them (Peter and Andrea Von Sholly) have both done research on dinosaur anatomy.


This follows straight into P''rehysteria! 3''. This time, the five dinosaurs fall out of the back of Mr. Cranston's truck, and they make their way to another family's home. The dinosaurs help the [=MacGregor=] family, who is struggling with their mini-putt golf course. Ella [=MacGregor=], is in love with her Scottish ancestry, but is dispondant that the mini golf course is going under. She finds the dinosaurs, and with her family's help, they re-build the golf course with a dinosaur theme, which helps them a lot. But Ella's evil uncle Hal [=MacGregor=] is determined to take over the course by all means, and Ella and her parents must hide the mini dinosaurs.

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This follows straight into P''rehysteria! ''Prehysteria! 3''. This time, the five dinosaurs fall out of the back of Mr. Cranston's truck, and they make their way to another family's home. The dinosaurs help the [=MacGregor=] family, who is struggling with their mini-putt golf course. Ella [=MacGregor=], is in love with her Scottish ancestry, but is dispondant that the mini golf course is going under. She finds the dinosaurs, and with her family's help, they re-build the golf course with a dinosaur theme, which helps them a lot. But Ella's evil uncle Hal [=MacGregor=] is determined to take over the course by all means, and Ella and her parents must hide the mini dinosaurs.


The first movie in the series, Prehysteria! is about [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Rico Sarno]], a museum curator, who enters a ancient temple in a South American jungle, and discovers a nest of five eggs. He steals them and brings them back to his museum. Frank Taylor, a farmer, sells fossils to Rico and in a mix up, the Taylor's dog takes a cooler, which has the eggs. The kids, Monica and Jerry discover the dinosaurs when they hatch and try to keep it a secret, until their father finds out. Vicki, a woman who works for Rico, sees the dinosaurs, she tells the Taylors not to give them back to Rico because he will expose them. Rico finds out the Taylors have them and hires two robbers to help him get the dinosaurs back.

Continuing in Prehysteria! 2 Mr. Cranston is a friend of the Taylors and he watches the mini dinosaurs while they are on vacation. The five miniature dinosaurs break out of the Taylors' farm and accidentally get shipped into a crate of raisins. The crate is found in a box car by Naomi, a girl whose father works at the train station and a rich kid named Brendan Wellington who she helped hide in the box car while being chased by [[KidsAreCruel bullies]]. When the two discover the baby dinosaurs, desperate for attention because his father Brendan tries to keep them. Needless to say, things don't go exactly as planned.

This follows straight into Prehysteria! 3. This time, the five dinosaurs fall out of the back of Mr. Cranston's truck, and they make their way to another family's home. The dinosaurs help the [=MacGregor=] family, who is struggling with their mini-putt golf course. Ella [=MacGregor=], is in love with her Scottish ancestry, but is dispondant that the mini golf course is going under. She finds the dinosaurs, and with her family's help, they re-build the golf course with a dinosaur theme, which helps them a lot. But Ella's evil uncle Hal [=MacGregor=] is determined to take over the course by all means, and Ella and her parents must hide the mini dinosaurs.

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The first movie in the series, Prehysteria! ''Prehysteria!'' is about [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Rico Sarno]], a museum curator, who enters a ancient temple in a South American jungle, and discovers a nest of five eggs. He steals them and brings them back to his museum. Frank Taylor, a farmer, sells fossils to Rico and in a mix up, the Taylor's dog takes a cooler, which has the eggs. The kids, Monica and Jerry discover the dinosaurs when they hatch and try to keep it a secret, until their father finds out. Vicki, a woman who works for Rico, sees the dinosaurs, she tells the Taylors not to give them back to Rico because he will expose them. Rico finds out the Taylors have them and hires two robbers to help him get the dinosaurs back.

Continuing in Prehysteria! 2 ''Prehysteria! 2'' Mr. Cranston is a friend of the Taylors and he watches the mini dinosaurs while they are on vacation. The five miniature dinosaurs break out of the Taylors' farm and accidentally get shipped into a crate of raisins. The crate is found in a box car by Naomi, a girl whose father works at the train station and a rich kid named Brendan Wellington who she helped hide in the box car while being chased by [[KidsAreCruel bullies]]. When the two discover the baby dinosaurs, desperate for attention because his father Brendan tries to keep them. Needless to say, things don't go exactly as planned.

This follows straight into Prehysteria! 3.P''rehysteria! 3''. This time, the five dinosaurs fall out of the back of Mr. Cranston's truck, and they make their way to another family's home. The dinosaurs help the [=MacGregor=] family, who is struggling with their mini-putt golf course. Ella [=MacGregor=], is in love with her Scottish ancestry, but is dispondant that the mini golf course is going under. She finds the dinosaurs, and with her family's help, they re-build the golf course with a dinosaur theme, which helps them a lot. But Ella's evil uncle Hal [=MacGregor=] is determined to take over the course by all means, and Ella and her parents must hide the mini dinosaurs.



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* MissingMom: Mrs. Taylor in the first movie (dead) and Brendan's mother in the second (divorced his workaholic father, who won custody of him since he could afford the best lawyer).


* HerbivoresAreFriendly: All the babies are heroic herbivores (except for Elvis and Madonna Madonna being a pterosaurs, and fish eater. And Elvis, for obvious reasons...though he seems to like dog food).

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* HerbivoresAreFriendly: All the babies are heroic herbivores (except for Elvis and Madonna Madonna being a pterosaurs, pterosaur and fish eater. And Elvis, for obvious reasons...though he seems to like dog food).


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* LonelyRichKid: Brendan in movie 2. He's a somewhat more realistic example, though, as his loneliness stems less from his wealth and more from his father's absence.

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* HotScientist: Vicki in the first film, which is lampshaded by Monica.
-->'''Monica:''' (''to her father'') Getting pretty cozy with Professor Cupcake, aren't you?


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* ParentWithNewParamour: A plot point in the first film, with Mr. Taylor (a widower) falling in love with his coworker Vicki. Monica doesn't take to kindly to this at first, but a heart to heart with her father helps her warm up to the whole situation.


* AbusiveParents: Not exactly a parent, but Mrs. Winters is an emotionally abusive caretaker to Brendan in the second film.



* BigBad[=/=]DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Mrs. Winters in ''Prehysteria 2'', who is much more competent, threatening and ''cruel'' than the other villains in the series.

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* BigBad[=/=]DangerouslyGenreSavvy: BigBad]:
** Rico Sarno in the first film, who wants to take the baby dinosaurs and get rich off of them.
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Mrs. Winters in ''Prehysteria 2'', the second film, who is much more competent, threatening emotionally abuses Brendan and ''cruel'' than the other villains later calls in an exterminator when she is led to believe that he is hiding an animal in the series.mansion.
** Hal [=MacGregor=] in the third film, who wants to take over a small time golf course.


* ArtisticLicenseBiology: All of the baby dinosaurs in the films were juveniles. Turns out the puppets used for them are minture models of adult sized dinosaurs.

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* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Invoked with Madonna, [[WordOfGod according to Andrea Von Sholly]], who had the real life Madonna in mind when designing her. Averted with the others, who are all relatively muted tones.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: All of the baby dinosaurs in the films were juveniles. Turns out the puppets used for them are minture models of adult sized dinosaurs. Although given later revelations about pterosaurs, Madonna's design is now a case of AccidentallyAccurate.


* ScienceMarchesOn: In the years that passed since these films were made we've learned that Elvis would likely have had feathers and Madonna's species should be named Geosternbergia instead of Pteranodon.

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