English: Dinosaur King
Synonyms: Kodai Oja Kyoryu King D-Kids Adventure, Ancient Ruler Dinosaur King
Japanese: 古代王者 恐竜キング Ｄキッズアドベンチャー
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 4, 2007 to Jan 27, 2008
25 min. per episode
PG - Children
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SynopsisDr. Taylor was on a paleontology mission with his son, Max in Africa. Rex, Max's best friend, joins along as well. When Max had stumbled across some magic stone slabs with images of dinosaurs, the boys and their friend Zoe were being called out by the dinosaurs for help. It seems that an evil organization called the "Alpha Gang", led by the nefarious Dr. Z, traveled back in time to hunt down the dinosaurs so that they could take over the world by using those dinosaurs. It is up to Max, Rex, and their friend Zoe to travel around the world, defeating Dr. Z and the Alpha Gang while hunting down the dinosaurs.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Dinosaur King
Sequel: Kodai Ouja Kyouryuu King: Yokuryuu Densetsu
Characters & Voice Actors
Welcome to Digimon… I mean Dinosaur King. Really, all this is seems to be a rip off of Digimon since it feels like Digimon Tamers. And then we have the bad guys that feel like they are from Pokemon and now everyone is coping the two biggest shows that hit before this.
The characters are pretty annoying, and seem only like spitting images of three main types of Digimon children. We have your standard goggle wearing (or in this case, horn visor that seems to light up for some unknown reason?) leader who is over active and doesn’t know when to stop, Max. The more level headed boy who seems to actually think, Rex. And then we have the whiny little girl, Zoe.
Let’s start with Max… well… He’s stupid. For a guy who is really into Dinosaurs, when he first meets Chomp, he doesn’t seem to have any clue what it eats. For those playing the home game, they eat plants. He also came up with ‘Dino Slash’ which feels like a rip off of ‘Go Poke ball!’
Rex is pretty smart for as smart as a character can be in here (That isn’t much by the way…). I’m surprised that he is so grown up since his father is exactly like Doc Taylor. He has the Dino Carnotaurus he called Ace. He has a lot of problems with Ace in the fact that he keeps running around a lot in the first part of the series. They ended up leaving it to Zoe to figure out why though instead of Rex which kind of pisses me off. He should be the one to figure out his own dinos? Not only that, but wasn’t the stones supposed to help read the minds of the dinos so they could know what they are thinking?
Rex and Max also have the same complex of who is the leader that any Digimon show has. They bicker about what the right way and the wrong way of doing things.
Zoe seems to be a bit thrown to the side. She has a Parasaurolophus named Paris and how she got that name feels the same as someone calling a Panda Pan or a Tiger Tig… It is just because of the type of dino she has. She normally only uses healing cards and has a rather gentle Dino instead of a fighting dino like the other two. In shows like this, they seem to always throw the women into that area… in Pokemon, Misty was a water Pokemon expert, and only water pokemon it seems… in Digimon, the women were always getting pushed around or not seen very much. When they did get a crest, it was love or serenity instead of a strong one. It’s not that those aren’t strong in there own way but my point is that women get gibed in these shows.
Max’s father is a little odd. Somehow, he knows a lot about the stones the kids have right away, thinking that the thoughts of the dinosaurs are trapped within them. He seems to explain the stones like he knows exactly what they are used for and what can be done with them in the second half of the first episode. I seem him somewhat like a clumsy Indiana Jones in a child’s cartoon, or maybe Professor Oak. His assistant, Dr. Reese Drake, is very monotoned and never really shows much emotion even when she is angry or embarrassed. Once in a great while at the end, she does seem to lighten up but other then that, no emotion. We could just have a computer instead of her and we wouldn’t be missing much. There doesn’t even seem to be much reaction between Zoe and Dr. Drake even though they are sisters.
Let’s talk about the villains now. Pretty much, Doctor Z would really be the father of Eggman with the outbursts and trying to take over the world lines. He wants to be king of the dinosaurs, and yet he can’t even take care of his own minions. His minion (and stepson), Ed, is so stupid, he doesn’t even know how to spell Z’s name for crying out loud! I most of the time want to call him Meoth and have him meow like him. Ursula always acts like the queen, commenting on her looks and acting as though she should be taken care off (Much like Jessie from Team Rocket). She also gets bitten a lot by dinos. Her stepbrother Zander seems to be like James in that he tries very much to make her feel good.
So, we can now talk about what a really stupid idea it was to make a Dinosaur Card Game for children who probably couldn’t pronounce the damn names of the Dinos! I mean, what child would know exactly how to pronounce Carnotaurus and Cryolophosaurus? I mean I can’t even pronounce them and I’m 23! Another thing that is rather strange is the fact that they brought in battle fields into the show about 9 episodes in. It is rather confusing.
The 3D animation stuff they have in the opening is really bad. The models look very broken and dinosaurs were never meant to actually dance. They seem to flop around without any reason. It’s also the same in the actual show. Models brake pretty badly and feel as though they would be better animated then CG. The only thing they did right was showing the breathing of the dinos. Textures are also really crappy looking like they are pixilated. The transformations make me want to yell out ‘DIGI EVOLUSION!’ because it acts pretty much the same. The 2D animation actually looks better and the dinos in that form look cute too. So much that I might have wanted one as a partner too.
Warning, it was 4kids dubbed and when people say that they messed up a lot of shows, they probably included this one in that. The voices of the main characters are really bad. Zander and Ursula sound so much like Team Rockets Jessie and James that I normally feel like I’m watching Pokémon instead. The stupid little puns they forced into the show feel like there are way too much. We can’t go five seconds without that.
The music is support to be upbeat and fun but it sounds like they were forcing it, it doesn’t fit this at all. I can’t really stand the opening song and the background music feels like it’s ripped from Sonic X. read more
It has the same theme - small magical beings turning into powerful creatures, fighting each other and leveling up/using special cards. Kids are their tamers and are the heroes of the anime.
Opening Theme#1: "Chiisa na Bokura no Ooki na Heart" by ICHIKO
Ending Theme#1: "Kyouryuu Muscle" by Hiromichi Satou
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