DinoSquad

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DinoSquad
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They're in the DinoSquad! Not us.
Genre: Adventure
Animation
Action
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: November 3, 2007 – December 6, 2008
Network(s): CBS
Distributed by: DHX Media
Starring: Benjamin Beck
Dana Donlan
Nils Haaland
Ian Eli Lee
Moira Mangiameli
Vincent Michael
Kelcey Watson
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 26


DinoSquad is an American animated series produced by DIC Entertainment and aired on CBS' KEWLopolis block from November 3, 2007 to December 6, 2008.

Plot

The show was about five teenagers, each with the power to turn into a respective dinosaur. They use this power to fight the villainous Victor Veloci, who is intent on returning the world to the age of dinosaurs by turning humans and animals into new mutant dinosaurs and accelerating global warming.

Why it Sucks

  1. The animation looks cheap and ugly, even for DIC standards.
  2. Generic concept of teenagers transforming into powered up dinosaurs, not to mention it is one of those "Go to School and Save the World" shows.
  3. Awful and cheesy theme song that keeps playing over and over, making it irritating to hear.
  4. It rips-off several other DIC cartoons, like Street Sharks and Mummies Alive!, even Extreme Dinosaurs, (which DIC produced as a co-production with BKN), alongside other cartoons such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  5. Cliched characters and personalities.
    • Max is the hunky, active leader.
    • Fiona is the caring, extreme-sports-loving tomboy who thinks her friends are more important than her family.
    • Roger is the prankster geek.
    • Caruso is the loner who only cares about his fame and appearance.
    • Buzz is the mohawked coward who's "different" and is obsessed with video games.
    • Victor Veloci is one of those "I wanna revert the world because I'm a specific creature" kind of villains.
  6. Despite being an "educational show", the Dinosaurs featured in this series are informed:
    • Max's T-Rex form has three fingers and inwards facing hands. The real Tyrannosaurus Rex has only two fingers and kept its hands inwards. Its teeth are also exposed, when studies of its skull suggests they were covered by simple lip tissue to prevent them from trying out.
    • Caruso's Stegosaurus form has five tail spikes, teeth in the front and no beak, which real Stegosaurus didn't have (it had four spikes, a beak, and cheek teeth limited to the back of the mouth as their name suggests).
    • Rodger's Styracosaurus form has three horns and skull shape which makes it look more like a Triceratops.
    • Fiona's Spinosaurus form has a fin instead of a bony sail to it. Also while this wasn't known until 2014, the spinosaurus form is depicted as a long-legged runner, but Spinosaurus is a short-legged swimmer.
    • All of the raptors (properly known as dromaeosaurs), such as Veloci's and the show's mentor Ms. Moynihan, are large and scaly. Most raptors were relatively small and covered in complex, birdlike feathers.
    • As for non-dinosaur related factual errors, one episode had a baby gorilla with a tail.
  7. For some reason, the series thinks anything mutated will be referred to as a dinosaur, including sharks and up to plants, which obviously aren't even animals.
  8. The show itself uses almost every single dinosaur-related trope or cliche you can think up; just to name a few:
    • A T. Rex as the main lead
    • Villainous raptors
  9. Poor at worst and passable at best voice acting.
  10. The heroes in their Dinosaur forms have their voices deepened, which sounds rather silly to the ear.
  11. Like with fellow-DIC show Stargate Infinity, it shoehorns educational elements such as global warming, recycling, and life lessons very frequently in order to meet certain FCC E/I criteria, and so aren't even handled well at that.
    • In fact in the end credits of every episode, a PSA-like announcement is heard - "You don't have to be a DinoSquad hero to help save the earth. Be Cool! - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!" How does this show even connect to recycling?
  12. Despite featuring mutant Dinosaurs and action scenes, the series actually lacks any form of physical violence.
  13. The extremely cheesy nature of the series could have fitted more in the 1990s or 80s, not in 2007.
  14. The heroes' transformations and dinosaur forms for that matter are creepy and disturbing in the wrong way, and might have given at least one kid during its day nightmares.
  15. Similarly, transformation sequences are played backwards to represent de-transformation, just to pad the runtime of each eoisode out without having to make new animation.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The show's cheesy, trite nature and inconsistencies can lead to a "So Bad, it's Good" nature to some viewers.
  2. The background music isn't too bad, if generic.
  3. Victor Veloci has a genuine personality to him, and menacing one at that.
  4. Some may find it nostalgic, though not many.

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