July 23, 2011
The show revolved around the adventures of Denver, the last dinosaur, who was released from his egg by a group of interracial modern California teens: Jeremy, Mario, Shades, Wally, and Casey, along with tag-along older sister, Heather. The kids taught Denver the finer points of skateboarding and other pastimes while protecting him from concert promoter Morton Fizzback who wanted to use the dinosaur to make money.
The series begins when Jeremy, while preparing for his Natural History test, visiting the La Brea Tar Pits (a large area that contains a collection of extinct animal and plant fossils) and the museum with his friends. At the museum, the friends encounter a gang of bullies, whom they escaped from by hiding behind a fence near the tar pits. Behind the fence they found a pit that contained a large prehistoric egg. As they played with the egg, it suddenly cracks and a green friendly dinosaur emerges who, surprisingly, understands English. The kids then named him Denver after spotting an advertisement for the city of Denver on a passing bus.
In addition to his natural skills and abilities, Denver can also, with the help of a piece from the shell of his egg, take the gang with him back to the time where he came. How awesome’s that!
This cartoon had so many tall tale signs that it was made in the 80’s from the fashion, the Californian games influences, through to the rock music, its involvement with a bunch of kids very much like the Goonies, the intro song, and the fact that there were many other dinosaur inspired shows during that time. I really enjoyed this as kid because it was fun, colorful, and full of adventure. It is a shame that children today are bombarded with really bad cartoons.