Dinosaur Adventure (German: Abenteuer im Land der Dinosaurier) is a 2000 German animated film from mockbuster company Dingo Pictures.
In a world where dinosaurs cohabit with gorillas and gazelles, two dinosaurs are waiting for their egg to hatch. When the egg finally hatches, a dinosaur comes out, and they decide to call him "Tio".
The pterodactyl Cree starts to play with Tio every day, and Tio's father orders him not to see Cree anymore. Plus, he enters Tio to old Oro's school. Tio tries to convince Cree to teach him how to fly. Cree and his friend Peek decide the best idea is to push him off a cliff, which gets him a concussion causing Tio's father to ban him from seeing Cree again.
When Tio is ok again, he starts to attend Oro's school. Oro is an adorable and totally crazy old guy, who built a machine to foresee volcanic eruptions. All of a sudden, his machine starts to make noises, and he believes an eruption is coming. No one trust him, and he ends up being right.
When the volcano erupts, Tio, Cree and three crocodiles take shelter in a cave until the dust has cleared. When they come out, hey meet up with Oro who tells them he split up with the other dinosaurs. The three crocodiles leave in search of water, while Oro, Cree and Tio decide to set out and look for the other dinosaurs. After picking sticks to determine the direction, the trio heads west until coming across a group of apes. They make friends with the apes, and a little monkey named Raja. After Raja tells them he found dinosaur footprints, Oro, Tio and Cree head out following the footprints.
Eventually, the prints lead them to Ak, a former critic of Oro's, along with other dinosaurs who have started to eat meat, much to the shock of the three. When Cree sees Peek and Faa with them, he determines they haven't changed, and they decide to come with them when Ak is asleep. When Oro confronts Ak, Ak tells him Tio's parents went east, determining the next place to go.
After Peek and Faa join them, Cree is sent to scout out for food sources. When he find that plains aren't far ahead, the four dinosaurs catch up with him and find a baby crocodile near a lake. He tells them Tio's parents are just up ahead, and the five are on their way. While in a jungle, they see a baby dinosaur who says his name is Tio the Second. He explains he was named after his dead brother, and Tio explains he is the brother. After this, Tio II leads them to his and Tio's parents, and they decide to adopt the parentless Faa. It shows some Dinos don't change, as Cree starts hanging out with Tio II.
- Tio: A cheeky green T-Rex who's the "hero" of the story.
- Tio's Parents: A family of sauropods who gave birth to Tio. Unusually, Tio is not a sauropod, but a Tyrannosaurus rex.
- Cree: A bird-like pterodactyl who is having a secret affair with Tio. He has bat-like wings for some reason.
- Peek: An Ankylosaurus who speaks in rhyme.
- Faa: Tio's friendly blue Cynodont friend.
- White Bird: A bird who is telling the story.
- Black Bird: A black bird who is listening to the story.
- Ak: A meat eating Monoclonius.
- Oro: An Orodromeus who is a teacher, famous for the "yee" meme.
- Tio the Second
Anachronisms, inconsistencies and rip-offs
Apart from the fantastic trope of talking, intelligent animals, Dinosaur Adventure contains a plethora of elements that are way too idiotic, even for children, to not laugh at.
In this terribly-drawn and awkwardly-animated world, dinosaurs are often seen handling manmade tools.
- Cree uses a hammer to hatch Tio's egg.
- Oro owns a chalkboard, has understanding of the scientific method and invents a seismograph.
The film depicts modern-day animals such as gorillas, birds, crows, monkeys and gazelles coexisting with dinosaurs, further evidence that the German producers of the film just did not care for even the most basic accuracy. At first, one might think that these blatant anachronisms are at least something Dingo Pictures has not ripped off, but no. Dinosaur, a 2000 live-action/CGI film from Walt Disney Pictures also features modern-day mammals, specifically lemurs, living alongside dinosaurs.
In a nutshell, Dinosaur Adventure is a rip-off cocktail of The Land Before Time, Dinosaur and even Tarzan, since it features a brown, female gorilla that looks after Tarzan's adoptive non-human mother.
Directors: Ludwig Ickert, Simone Greiss
Writers: Ludwig Ickert, Simone Greiss
Story: Roswitha Naas, Ludwig Ickert, Simone Greiss
Animation: Ludwig Ickert, Simone Greiss
Voices: Armin Drogat, Georg Feils, Hanna Kandler, Simone Greiss
Backgrounds: Karsten Sorger, Alexa Kreissl, Daniel Kerber
Camera: Mario Ciunel
Editing: Ria Fontaine
Sound: Wolfgang Reiser
Music: Ludwig Ickert
Production: Dingo Pictures
In popular culture
A scene from the Italian dub of this movie involving Peek saying about "if your parents have a new kid, they don't care about you", then Oro saying "Yee! How could you say that! We all have brothers and sisters and our parents still love us all!" has became an internet meme featuring remixes of the scene, including Peek singing a little jingle, interrupted by Oro calling Peek by "Yee".