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Dino Time (also known as Back to the Jurassic in the United States) is a South Korean/American CG animated film first released in 2012.
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Ernie Fitzpatrick, his sister Julia and his best friend Max accidentally activate Max's father's time machine and are transported back to the days of dinosaurs, landing in the nest of a mother Tyrannosaurus named Tyra who adopts them.


Dino Time provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Gender: The baby T. rex's gender is never made clear.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Max and his father. Going by their surname, Santiago, they're likely Hispanic, but it's not clear which Hispanic nationality they are.
  • Animal Talk: Or rather, Dino Talk.
  • Artistic License – Paleontology:
    • Zig-zagged. Tyra is based on the classic perception of the T. rex, but the baby has feathers (whether or not this is an inaccuracy is still up for debate).
    • There's also the main antagonists Sarco and Surly who are Sarcosuchus which are classed as a type of dinosaur. In reality, Sarcosuchus was a large crocodilian that lived in Early Cretaceous Africa & South America, not in Late Cretaceous North America. And being a crocodilian, it would be more likely found in or near rivers and lakes and not in volcanic, tar abundant areas. That, and their appearances is somewhat inaccurate as well: Sarco himself has weird Medusa-like tentacle hair, something the real Sarcosuchus certainly did not have.
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    • There's also pterosaurs with talon-like feet (and being referred as pterodactyls) and armadillo-like animals despite them not evolving in the Cretaceous Period.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Ernie talks directly to the audience several times in the first quarter of the movie.
  • Cartoon Creature: Dodger isn't based on any real species.
  • Chekhov's Gun: At one point, Julia uses the flash on her camera phone to temporarily blind one of the Sarco brothers.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Ernie's skateboarding skills. Averted with Julia's soccer skills, which serve no purpose.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes/Informed Ability: Despite receiving a Mother of the Year award, Sue is unable to keep Ernie under control.
  • Convection Schmonvection: None of the characters are affected by the intense heat of the lava falls in the Sarco brothers lair.
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  • Dub Name Change: In the Italian dub, Ernie's name is Dino.
  • Engrish: Two signs on the door to Dr. Santiago's lab. One has misspelled and grammatically incorrect safety warnings, while the other just has random English phrases.
  • Foreshadowing: There are skeletons of Dodger, Morris, Horace, Borace and one of the Sarco brothers in the museum.
    • Why only one of the Sarco brothers? Because the other one fell in lava.
  • Forgotten Framing Device: Ernie breaks the fourth wall when providing narration at the beginning of the movie, but after the third time, about 20 minutes in, he never does it again.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Ernie gets this from Julia when she catches him skateboarding when he's supposed to be watching the store.
  • Gasshole: Borace is constantly burping and farting. Sue also lets out a huge burp after downing several cans of soda.
  • Hartman Hips: Sue has these.
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin!: Sue gets hooked on soda after trying it for the first time.
  • Informed Species: The Sarco Brothers barely resemble real life Sarcosuchus.
  • Intellectual Animal: Dodger can parrot English and is able to memorize what to carve in Mystery Rock from what Ernie drew in the dirt.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Tyra has adopted a number of dinosaurs of different species, including Dodger. Also, temporarily, Ernie, Julia and Max.
  • Last-Name Basis: Dr. Santiago's first name is never brought up.
  • Look Behind You: Max distracts two bullies by pointing and saying "Look, something shiny!"
  • Lucky Seven: Julia has the number seven on her soccer uniform.
  • Mama Bear: Both Tyra and Sue.
  • Market-Based Title: Was retitled Back to the Jurassic for its 2015 U.S. release to cash in on the hype of Jurassic World and the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future.
  • Maybe Ever After: There are no clear hints that Sue and Dr. Santiago ever become more than friends.
  • Mr. Exposition: Ernie, early in the movie.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Ernie finds the missing piece of the time machine, but decides to pocket it so they can stay longer, and he ends up losing it.
  • No Name Given: The baby T. rex is never named.
  • Odd Name Out: Borace to Morris and Horace.
  • Parental Abandonment: Disappeared Dad on the Fitzpatrick side, Missing Mom on the Santiago side. Neither is explained.
    • The baby T. rex likewise has no father to be seen.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Julia plays soccer and keeps her uniform on through the whole movie.
  • Predators Are Mean: Subverted with Tyra who, despite being a Tyrannosaurus, is actually very friendly and mother like to the protagonists and to many of the others dinosaurs in the valley. Although it's still implied she eats meat, though. However, it's played straight with the Sarco brothers Sarco and Surly who want to overthrow Tyra and eat all the dinosaurs in the valley.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The Big-Bad Ensemble of the film are a pair of Sarcosuchus. Morris, Horace, and Borace appear to be based on the extinct flightless bird Patagopteryx. Alamosaurus, Caulkicephalus, Lambeosaurus, Sauropelta, and Nodosaurus make appearances as well.
  • The Stool Pigeon: Julia jumps at every opportunity to tattle on Ernie.
  • Terrible Trio: Morris, Horace and Borace.
  • Translation Convention: When the dinosaurs talk to each other.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Julia wears one to the side.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Tyra.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Max and Julia to Ernie after they find out he found the missing time machine part and didn't tell them right away.
  • Write Back to the Future: Ernie plans to make a carving on a rock to let their parents know how to get the time machine to work, but then he's distracted by Julia getting kidnapped, yet the carving is still there in the future. It turns out Dodger made the carving.
  • You Are Grounded: Sue grounds Ernie for three weeks after he disobeys her order to watch her store and sneaks into a restricted area at the museum, resulting in property damage.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Max and his father have blue hair.
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