Dino the Dinosaur - Purple,
pint-sized Snarkasaurus dinosaur with spots on the Hanna-Barbera
animated situation comedy THE FLINTSTONES/ABC/1960-66.
Living in the year 1,000,040 B.C., Dino was a miniature
Brontosaurus (only six feet tall) who resided with Fred and Wilma
Flintstone at 345 Stone Cave Road in the town of Bedrock.
Each night when Fred returned home from work, Dino
enthusiastically rushed toward Fred, knocked him flat on his back
and slurped Fred's face with his tongue. Dino's yapping voice was
supplied by Mel Blanc/Chips Spam/Don Messick.
In addition to Dino the Dinosaur, the Flintstones also owned a
Saber-Tooth Cat. whom Fred placed their cat outside for the night
(Seenin teh closing credits). The saber-tooth cat quickly climbed
back through a window and proceeded to place Fred outside for the
Next door to the Flintstones, lived the Barney and Betty Rubble.
They owned a prehistoric pet Kangaroo named Hoppy.
Long before the the Dino the dinosaur character, New York
Herald cartoonist Winsor McCay (1869-1934) created an animated
short entitled Gertie the Dinosaur (1914).
The cartoon (with 10,000 black and white line drawings) premiered
in February 1914 at the Palace Theatre in Chicago. McCay, himself,
costarred in the film.
Using a little trickery, McCay walked on stage and disappeared
behind the screen just as his animated image (climbing into
Gertie's mouth) appeared in the cartoon.
The image of McCay then proceeded to climb on Gertie's back for a
ride. Of course, the audience exploded in applause for his magical
act. The stunt validated his nickname as "America's Greatest
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