Dinotopia (2002)

Part 1 

Karl and David try to adapt to life in Dinotopia, and step one is to attend Dinotopia's grade school, where Marion teaches them the rules of their society as well as the dinosaur language. However, Karl plans to escape from the island.


Marco Brambilla


Simon Moore (teleplay), James Gurney (books)


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Episode credited cast:
David Thewlis ... Cyrus Crabb
Katie Carr ... Marion Waldo
Jim Carter ... Mayor Waldo
Alice Krige ... Rosemary Waldo (credit only)
Tyron Leitso ... Karl Scott
Wentworth Miller ... David Scott
Colin Salmon ... Oonu
Hannah Yelland ... Romana Denison (credit only)
Stuart Wilson ... Frank
Anna Maguire ... Samantha
Geraldine Chaplin ... Oriana
Lee Evans ... Zippo (voice)
Terry Jones ... Messenger Bird (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moses Rockman Moses Rockman ... Dinotopian Citizen
Christian Simpson ... Sunstone Restorer


Pilot Frank Scott takes his sons, half-brothers raised by different mothers, along on an island hopping holiday, but just after spotting an unchartered yet inhabited large isle, the plane crashes at sea and unconscious Frank presumably drowns. Dardevil Karl and cautious, studious David swim ashore and are astonished to be find a society where people cohabit happily with tame, even speaking dinosaurs. Told there is no way off the island, they must set out on a perilous 'diono-bus' journey, beleaguered by wild pterodactyls and relieved by Oonu's squadron of tame 'skybax' aerial Dino's, to the splendorous capital Waterfall City, where the ruling mayor sends them to mixed school where Marion, whom they befriended o the way, teaches with her saurian life partner, erudite Zippo. David takes to it and saurians, Karl rebels revolted, yet wins a graduation commendation by cheating. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

12 May 2002 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the books, Ogthar, the king of the sunken city of Poseidos, has a ceratopsian head with leafy frills and a human body. In the show, the head was replaced with that of a hadrosaur. See more »


Before Karl Scott, David Scott, and Cyrus Crabb walk into Chandara Bus Depot, viewers see a stone tablet with Dinotopia's Footprint Language carved into it. In the book series Dinotopia's Footprint Alphabet would translate this stone sign to "1 Ja(maybe Bi)nesq Trdxw L acaterfall aitba".

Some of these language errors are very obvious, like the signs in Chandara Bus Depot, displaying both Dinotopia's footprint letters and their English translations, where two English "B"s are displayed as two different letters from Dinotopia's FootPrint Alphabet, neither of them "B".

The "Closed" signs at the ticket booth in Chandara Bus Depot and Cyrus Crabbs' shop are the only accurate signs in the episode. See more »


Zippo: [Karl has just saved Zippo from being eaten by mosasaurs; examining his tail] Oh! He was eating me!
[shakes his fist at the mosasaur]
Zippo: I hope you choke on it!
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