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Film / Dinosaurus!

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A 1960 Dinosaur movie.

Dinosaurs are blasted up from the ocean off of a Caribbean island. Frozen solid, they are brought to shore and revived by lightning. They proceed to run amok, along with a Caveman who was frozen along with them. The islanders are soon cut off from outside help and must survive the night.

Tropes Include:

  • Artistic License – Geography: Freezing cold currents in the Caribbean.
  • All Cavemen Were Neanderthals: The Caveman is pretty clearly a Neanderthal.
  • Big Fun: Dumpy. Yes, that is the character's name.
  • Contemporary Caveman: The Caveman, one of the earliest in movies. Easily the funniest parts of the movie are him dealing with things like wax fruit and mirrors.
  • Damsel in Distress: Betty.
  • The Ditz: Jasper.
    Hacker: "...I didn't know you were an anthropologist."
    Jasper: "Uh, not a very good one. I mean, I haven't been to church in years."
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  • Despair Event Horizon: Julio crosses it after the Caveman does his Heroic Sacrifice and the apparent death of the Brontosaurus at the teeth of the Rex.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Hacker tries to break a wine bottle to use as an impromptu weapon and ends up slashing his own hand open.
  • Dumb Dinos: The T. rex is a marauding monster while the Brontosaurus is more friendly but dim.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The T Rex is knocked back into the cold water at the end of the movie and the movie implies that it's still not dead.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: The Caveman does not understand modern day life, which makes him one of the most endearing characters in the whole movie.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: Subverted, the bottle breaks in Hacker's hand when he tries to make it deadlier, cutting him badly.
  • Human Popsicle: The Caveman and the Dinosaurs.
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  • Heroic Sacrifice: The Caveman chooses to save his friends by holding up the collapsing mine. He doesn't make it out.
  • Hollywood Darkness: All over the place, both with blue lighting in the studio bits and tinted shots for outdoors. A particularly bad example of day-for-night occurs when Bart chases after Julio; although it appears to be filmed at high noon in sunny St. Croix, there's only a slight grey filter to indicate it's taking place in the evening — and in pouring rain, no less.
    Kevin Murphy: Damn nighttime storm, with its dryness and harsh shadows!
  • Jerkass: Hacker.
  • Morality Chain: Julio to the Caveman.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The Dinosaurs and Caveman are not from that part of the world nor were they contemporaneous.
  • Mr. Exposition: The boy, Julio, knows everything about dinosaurs and if he doesn't know something, he asks a question about it, causing others to exposit.
  • Prehistoric Monster: The T Rex is a killing machine. Racking an (off screen) body count of at least a dozen.
  • Quicksand Sucks: up the poor Brontosaurus.
  • Rip Van Winkle: The Dinosaurs, but especially the Caveman. This trope is also discussed with the Caveman.
  • Say My Name: A LOT.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex and a "Brontosaurus"
  • Stop Motion: The Dinosaurs, when not done by puppetry.
  • Title Drop: "Sound the Alarm! Dinosaurus!"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Immediately after she nearly pilots her boat into a delayed-action charge, Betty gets huffy at everyone (despite them trying to warn her away) and decides to... dive down into the water, where the last charge just went off almost a minute ago.note