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1[[quoteright:350:]]²[[caption-width-right:350:[[TheEighties Note the dino-mohawk.]]]]²²A French-American co-production, ''Denver the Last Dinosaur'' is an {{animated series}} from [[TheEighties the 1980's]] (as if you needed to be told) about a group of UsefulNotes/LosAngeles teens that find the last dinosaur egg in existence and teach the hatchling, Denver, all about skateboarding, rocking out on guitar, and generally being {{totally radical}}. It lasted for 52 episodes and then was promptly forgotten, along with [[WesternAnimation/DinkTheLittleDinosaur some of the other remnants]] of the late-80's / early 90's dinosaur mania. The little nostalgia for the series is mostly because of that kick-ass theme song. Fun fact: most of the cast consisted of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' voice actors (Creator/CamClarke, Creator/RobPaulsen, Creator/TownsendColeman, even Adam Carl who voiced Donatello in the second live action film) which just adds to the late 1980s period piece feel as these actors arguably did the {{totally radical}} angle better than anyone else. ²²Creator/{{Zagtoon}} is producing a reboot of the show as ''WesternAnimation/DenverAndCliff''.²----²!!Tropes found in this show:²²* TheEighties: Very steeped in it due to the decade. Needless to say, it's an UnintentionalPeriodPiece.²* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: The story occasionally stops in its tracks so the narrator can impart dinosaur facts to the viewer.²* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Despite the line "Everywhere we go, we don't even care, if people stop and stare at our pal dino", the characters spend nearly the whole of the first few episodes fretting about whether they've been spotted with the eponymous reptile.²* CoolShades: One of the teenagers is literally called "Shades" after his sunglasses. Denver also gets a pair of pink shades, matching his guitar. ²* CorruptHick: Morton Fizzback, the greedy concert promoter.²* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Even TotallyRadical California teenagers are better with dinosaurs.²* FatBastard: Morton Fizzback is an overweight man who is greedy and corrupt.²* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Denver himself, with his egg surviving since the Cretaceous period and hatching in the '80s.²* FriendToAllLivingThings: Wally is an animal-loving guy and Denver's primary caretaker.²* GilliganCut: After Mario protests that he won't beg his admirer for a favour.²* HaveAGayOldTime: The lyrics "he's my friend and a whole lot more" would nowadays imply that the subject is a romantic partner. This being the 80's and both the singer and the subject of the song being male (not to mention the latter being a ''dinosaur'' as well)...²* TheKiddieRide: Not officially licensed, but Zamperla produced a ''Denver'' kiddie ride in their earlier years. Given that the show was popular in Italy (where Zaperla originates) and their poor copyright track records where kiddie rides are concerned, it's probably to be expected.²* TheLastTitle: The name of the series.²* LineOfSightName: Denver's name is taken from a passing bus which displays a tourism ad for Denver, Colorado.²* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Jeremy is a handsome teenager with long blonde hair.²* MadScientist: Professor Funt is a villainous paleontologist who wants to capture Denver.²* MsFanservice: Heather, Wally's older sister, is a shapely and pretty blonde girl, usually wearing form-fitting clothes. In one episode she gets a job at a theme park that requires her to wear a [[NubileSavage cavegirl]] outfit.²* NerdGlasses: Wally, the nerdiest of the teens, wears large glasses.²* NonStandardCharacterDesign: Denver looks a lot more cartoony than the more realistic dinosaurs in the opening.²* RealMenWearPink: Denver's guitar and accessories are pink.²* ShowWithinAShow: Apparently in the universe of ''Denver'', there was a crossover show between Lion ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' and Vehicle ''Voltron''. You get to see about a second of it in one episode when a TV is changing channels quickly. (Keep in mind that ''Denver's'' production company, Creator/WorldEventsProductions, Events, is the same group that dubbed ''Voltron'' for Western audiences.)²* SmarterThanYouLook: Jeremy looks and dresses like a stereotypical jock, but he's the most erudite member of the cast, often speaking with SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.²* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: From the two major female characters, Casey is very much OneOfTheBoys, wearing overalls and a baseball cap and riding a scooter, whereas Heather dresses and acts much more feminine.²* TotallyRadical: Even for its day, the show had an unusually high density of California SurferDude clichés.²----


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