Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, Touring North America In 2010

Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, Touring North America In 2010

This past December Walking With Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular began a tour of the United States. Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and the rest of the 15 life-size dinosaurs are planning to rumble into Roanoke, Colorado Springs, Portland, Las Vegas, New York, and Chicago (as well as several other cities). Right now, the Dino’s are scheduled to tour until the beginning of August but more North American dates are forthcoming.

The BBC TV series turned theatrical event is such an amazing and fascinating live show that it has inspired Land of Punt to learn more about dinosaurs. However, scholarly research of the creatures that once roamed the Earth was a little too dry for our tastes. Instead, we looked at fictional dinosaurs.

Below are the top nine dinosaurs from music, television and films.

T-Bone

T-Bone

T-Bone – T-Bone is a Tyrannosaurus rex from the 1997 cartoon Extreme Dinosaurs. It aired for 52 episodes and was used to pimp a line of toys from Mattel (surprise). T-Bone was the leader of the Extreme Dinosaurs a group of extreme dinosaurs that featured Stegz (Stegosaurus), Bullzeye (Pteranodon), Spike (Triceratops), and Hardrock (Ankylosaurus). T-Bone’s signature move was the “Saurian Stomp” and it was used to fight the evil Raptors. Scott McNeil was the voice of T-Bone.

Aladar

Aladar

Aladar – Aladar is the iguanodon from Disney’s 2000 animated film Dinosaur. He’s a brave dinosaur that was adopted by a family of lemurs. Aladar was voiced by D.B. Sweeney but if the filmmakers had their druthers the flick would have been sans dialogue. However, Disney head Michael Eisner wanted dinosaur discourse to make the movie more commercial. I know that’s hard to believe but it’s true. The movie, which also featured the voice of Hayden Panettiere, was a success grossing nearly $350 million.

Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr.

Dinosaur Jr. – Dinosaur Jr. is alternative rock band from Massachusetts consisting of guitarist J Mascis, bassist Lou Barlow, and drummer Murph. They originally called themselves Dinosaur but were forced to change it for legal reasons; apparently they were sued by the estate of dinosaurs. They formed in 1984. They broke up in 1997. They reformed in 2005. Their biggest hit was 1993’s “Start Choppin'” and their highest charting album is their 2009 offering Farm.

Littlefoot

Littlefoot

Littlefoot – Littlefoot is the baby apatosaurus from the 1988 cartoon flick The Land Before Time. Long Neck, as he was sometimes called, leads a rag tag group of prehistoric creatures on a quest to find time or something like that. Obnoxious as the day is long, Littlefoot makes the list because TLBT was executive produced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. It was also the only film directed by Don Bluth from the 1980’s that didn’t feature Dom Deluise.

Earl Sinclair

Earl Sinclair

Earl Sinclair- This dinosaur makes the list because he has a surname and a family name. Earl is the 43-year old patriarch of the Sinclair family that was the focus of the hilarious ABC sitcom Dinosaurs which aired from 1991 to 1994. The show featured actors in dinosaur suits designed by Jim Henson Productions. Earl, voiced by Stuart Pankin, worked at the WESAYSO Corporation, and refers to himself as the “Mighty Megalosaurus.” The show also featured the voices of Sally Struthers and Jessica Walter.

Rex

Rex

Earl Sinclair- This dinosaur makes the list because he has a surname and a family name. Earl is the 43-year old patriarch of the Sinclair family that was the focus of the hilarious ABC sitcom Dinosaurs which aired from 1991 to 1994. The show featured actors in dinosaur suits designed by Jim Henson productions. Earl, voiced by Stuart Pankin, worked at the WESAYSO Corporation, and refers to himself as the “Mighty Megalosaurus.” The show also featured the voices of Sally Struthers and Jessica Walter.

Tyrannosaurus Rex From The Jurassic Park Film

Tyrannosaurus Rex From The Jurassic Park Film

Tyrannosaurus Rex From The Jurassic Park Film – The T-Rex from Jurassic Park is probably the most realistic dinosaur any of us will ever see and definitely the coolest. While Land of Punt is glad Ty didn’t eat Goldblum or Dern, we wished it would have gnawed on the sequels. The rex’s roar was part baby elephant, part tiger, and part alligator. Its breath was that of a whale’s blow. Stan Winston’s animatronic Tyrannosaurus stood 20 feet tall, laid 40 feet long, and weighed 13,000 pounds.

Dino

Dino

Tyrannosaurus Rex From The Jurassic Park Film – The T-Rex from Jurassic Park is probably the most realistic dinosaur any of us will ever see and definitely the coolest. While Land of Punt is glad Ty didn’t eat Goldblum or Dern, we wished it would have gnawed on the sequels. The rex’s roar was part baby elephant, part tiger, and part alligator. Its breath was that of a whale’s blow. Stan Winston’s animatronic Tyrannosaurus stood 20 feet tall, laid 40 feet long, and weighed 13,000 pounds.

Barney

Barney

Barney – Okay, you’ve either out grown his preschool oriented antics or your kids tortured you with his anthem “I Love You”, but this purple T-Rex could buy and sell all of us before breakfast. In 1992, Barney the purple dinosaur debuted on PBS and after 248 episodes he’s still going strong. Barney was hatched in 1987 by Texas resident Sheryl Leach. She produced three Barney videos that starred the impish Sandy Duncan. Barney is joined by his friends Baby Boy, B.J., and Riff.

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