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  • Awesome Art: Specifically, Awesome Fan-Art: since much of the series has become outdated, people on Deviant Art have begun making their own versions of the series that are more up to date than the original.
  • Angst? What Angst?: The deaths of Patchi and Scowler's entire family in the 2013 movie. By the next morning, they're done mourning their father, and the loss of their mother and siblings is never even mentioned.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: The powers that be seemed to have realized what a misstep the voiceovers for the 2013 film were, because now they're going to re-release the film (at least in the UK at an unknown time) without the voiceovers. Even better, Benedict Cumberbatch is going to narrate!
  • Better on DVD: For those who disliked the childish dialogue in the 3D movie, at least. The Blu-ray release has the "Cretaceous Cut", which eliminates it completely.
  • Critical Backlash:
    • From the general scientist/paleontologist community, but mostly from those to whom scientific accuracy is Serious Business and any amount of speculation is intolerable. One such person infamously labeled the show's paleontology consultants "prostitutes" for "selling out" their knowledge to a fancy TV show.
    • Pretty much every critic and their mothers are attacking the 3D movie. Few people are willing to contest them.
  • Designated Villain:
    • Of the 3D movie, Gorgon. He's treated as the main villain, and yet just a predator trying to survive and feed his pack. Probably justified, though, as the story is told from the point of view of his prey.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • The giant sea reptile Liopleurodon. This show did to him what Jurassic Park did to Velociraptor: make it stock (as well as exaggerate its size).
    • The huge theropod Giganotosaurus with its memorable predation upon the gigantic sauropod Argentinosaurus may be counted as another example. It's interesting both Giganotosaurus and Spinosaurus (the latter became stock after Jurassic Park III) achieved their popularity in the same year (2001).
    • The goose-like dinosaur Therizinosaurus with its giant claws that it uses to drive off a Tarbosaurus, as well as being a unusual herbivorous theropod.
    • While they didn't become stock, Ornithocheirus and Tapejara became fan favorites after this show and were given more attention in educational dinosaur books. The Ornithocheirus character became particularly popular due to the tragic outcome of his story.
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    • Gorgon from the 3D film, partially for being one of the few named characters not to receive an annoying voiceover.
    • Although for characters that do have a voiceover Alex has some popularity with the viewers, considering him to be less annoying than the others and he even does a Moment of Awesome.
    • The Terrible Trio of azhdarchids from the 3D movie, due to their slapstick and strange adorableness.
    • Didelphodon is among the most remembered non-dinosaurs of the show, and was given further exposure in the making-of (where it was jokingly shown making the Tyrannosaurus flee with a Zerg Rush) and a TV promo where they were shown as Talking Funny Animals. They also got a small cameo at the beginning of Walking with Beasts.
  • Even Better Sequel: Beasts and Monsters got even more acclaim and have aged significantly better than Dinosaurs.
  • Evil Is Cool: Not that any of the characters are actually evil, but a lot of the predators which fill the role of villains are quite cool.
  • Good Bad Translation: The Italian and Spanish versions. For example, the Spanish changes Utahraptor to Velociraptor, Diplodocus to Saurolophus, Postosuchus to a postosuchid,note  and Megaloceras to Megalosaurus!
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The "Cruel Sea" opening reminds people of the ending to Jurassic World.
    • On a similar note, The Ballad of Big Al accidentally name-drops the 2015 film 15 years early:
      Narrator: In the middle of Al's Jurassic World is a vast salt lake.
  • It Was His Sled: Spoiler alert—The K-Pg extinction happens!
  • Memetic Badass: Liopleurodon.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Scowler almost crosses this when he disowns Patchi and leaves him stuck in a ditch to be killed by predators for leading the herd away from a lake of thin ice that he himself led into (and never shows remorse or responsibility for it). By almost as in he redeems himself as he's getting mauled by Gorgon and Patchi rescues him.
  • Narm:
    • The final fate of the tyrannosaurid family at the end of "Death of a Dynasty" rather comically clashes with the grimness of the scene. To elaborate: The mother died from her leg wound, with the surviving infants clustering around her body. Then the meteor shockwave hits. The babies get suck up by the wind and zoom away, followed by the mother's corpse being lazily dragged after them.
    • ALL of the dialogue in the 3D film.
  • Nausea Fuel: The dead T-rex embryo in "Death of a Dynasty".
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: In contrast to the 3D film, the video game is much better received.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
    • The Gigantopithecus.
    • Plateosaurus only shows up at the end of the first episode, but it's easily the biggest creature seen thus far, and makes quite the Establishing Character Moment for large dinosaurs.
    • Stegosaurus appears during the canyon scene, but his badass intimidation of the Allosaurus leaves an impression.
    • The unidentified pliosaur (presumably Plesiopleurodon) is only in frame for a few seconds, but impresses the dangers of the sea that the Ornithocheirus was flying over.
    • Narrowly averted with Ankylosaurus, as they have a small introduction early on.
    • Quetzalcoatlus, which captures the majesty of the large pterosaurs (in the series at least, in the book it's subjected to a karmic death) and highlights their decline.
    • Deinosuchus. A few shots are all that is needed to make the danger feel palpable.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Juniper, from the 2013 movie, is considered a bizarre Gender Scrappy for being a Flat Character and evident of the gratuitous sexism the movie shows.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The Liopleurodon snatching up the Eustreptospondlyus is easily the most memorable moment of the original series, and immediately put the former species on the map.
    • The Diplodocus hunt is the main set-piece of The Ballad of Big Al.
    • Patchi nearly allowing himself to be eaten in the 2013 film was seen as the most jarring and nightmarish in an otherwise unremarkable film.
    • Nigel nearly getting eaten by the Megalodon for Chased by Sea Monsters. The grueling fight between the pack of Giganotosaurus and Argentinosaurus for his other two specials from Chased by Dinosaurs.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Arguably the 2013 movie, with its inept childish dialogue, over-the-top cliché plot and gratuitous sexism. Others just see it as horrible, though.
  • Special Effect Failure: Even these shows weren't immune to this: the most common goofs are CG clipping errors (like when the mammoth's trunk "merges" with its tusk), wires from the animatronic models or parts of the people controlling them being visible, and shadow/reflection effects being messed up. Some are obvious (like the skin of the Opthalmosaurus puppet coming off in the birthing scene), others you only catch if you watch the clips frame-by-frame.
    • The film has no lip synching, leading to speculation that it was supposed to be a serious documentary and was changed to a comedic film a la Ice Age at last minute. Cue outcry of They Changed It, Now It Sucks!.
    • The animals in the earlier series often suffered from weird clipping and deformation. Sometimes during motion, their skin-textures would overlap and clip through each other near the joints, creating odd-looking "seams". There were also some rigging problems evident, like the shoulder-spikes of Polacanthus moving separately from its skin, or the upper teeth of the Diplodocus stretching when they open their mouth in a couple of shots. These issues were gradually ironed out as the series progressed.
    • Another persistent issue was Overscan. When the first series was made in 1999, HDTVs weren't really a thing yet and many CRT TVs had overscan where you wouldn't see the full picture, so watching the show today brings out these quirks. Many compositions have dinosaurs either "pop" in suddenly at the edges or be visible through the slight black border, and many shots slide around the frame to give the illusion of camera shake (to save on tracking the CG to a moving camera), but this often reveals the edges of the live-action picture.
    • Yet another trick the show used was blue-screening plants to the bottom of the frame, which helps a lot in hiding foot contacts or having to composite around ground plants. This works better in some episodes than it does in others, but in Death of a Dynasty, the bare plains make it rather obvious when they're being used. As with overscan, this was much less obvious on blurrier CRT TVs when the show first aired.
  • Squick:
    • In "Spirits of the Ice Forest", a herd of Muttaburrasaurus is tormented by flies, which bite them on the insides of their ears. The idea of an insect entering an orifice to feed is enough to make most viewers shudder in disgust.
    • Early on in the 2013 movie, a hatchling Patchi is defecated on by a larger dinosaur. This wouldn't be so bad if he hadn't received a gaping open wound in his frill less than a minute before.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Many a dinosaur fan and Walking with Dinosaurs fan have complained about the 2013 movie humanizing the animals too much.
  • Ugly Cute: Oh so many examples.
    • The cynodonts from "New Blood", and their babies for that matter. They're like little, half-bald puppies.
    • The baby Diplodocus from "Time of the Titans". At certain points, they even sound like human babies! And rather than being creepy, the effect is downright adorable.
    • The Cryptoclidus and baby Opthalmosaurus in "Cruel Sea". The former is basically a Jurassic seal (although closer to a fully marine penguin in Real Life… still sounds cute) and the latter is essentially a Jurassic dolphin.
    • The Tapejara from "Giant of the Skies" and pretty much every pterosaur in the series. The fact that pterosaurs were this in real life certainly helps.
    • The Leaellynasaura from "Spirits of the Ice Forest". All of them.
    • The baby Tyrannosaurus from "Death of a Dynasty". Especially the runt of the litter.
    • The Troodon from the 3D movie. How can you not "d'aww" at that face?
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • The baby Pachyrhinosaurus in the movie have adult voices which, combined with the lack of lip-synching, sound disconnected to the characters.
    • The Diplodocus hatchlings of the original show sometimes utter noises awfully reminiscent of human babies.
    • Stalking Utahraptor from the front. Their long snouts become unnoticed and they look like goofy Lizard Folk.
    • The Argentinosaurus from Chased by Dinosaurs. Their faces are taller, shorter and more forward facing than other sauropods, giving them a weird humanoid look. This is even more noticeable when looked from the front.
    • The Hyneria from Walking With Monsters, with its fixed, forward-pointing eyes matches Argentinosaurus in this.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: For many, its visual effects are among the most impressive in any TV series ever.
    • Special mention must go to Sea Monsters. It features pre-historic creatures underwater and interacting with Nigel.
    • The arena spectacular for the sheer spectacle of seeing life-sized dinosaurs live in front of you.
    • Although the WWD movie got mostly negative and mixed reviews, the visuals have impressed mostly everyone, whether it's just the CGI or the 3D effects as well. The bulk of the critics single them out as the sole saving graces of the film.
  • What an Idiot!: Nigel. Oh, Nigel. "There's no way I'd even think about jumping in waters where a mega-sized piranha is the least of your worries... OH!!! A TURTLE!!! WHERE'S MY DIVING SUIT?!"
  • The Woobie:
    • Tyrannosaurus rex in the final episode. First, she loses her eggs after volcanic activity kills the embryos. Then, she seeks a new mate and then drives him away, but after laying twelve only three hatch. Then, one of her babies dies, implicitly at the teeth of its own siblings. Then she is fatally injured by an Ankylosaurus while trying to protect them and suffers a slow agonizing death shortly after. The only saving grace is that her death meant she didn't have to die in the mass extinction.
    • The old Ornithocheirus. He risked his life flying all the way to his old mating grounds, is driven away the minute he gets there, and dies of exhaustion without managing to mate at all.

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