Dino Boy - Nickname of a human boy
named Todd who lives in a prehistoric world on the Hanna-Barbera
cartoon (6 minute segments) DINO BOY IN THE LOST
Originally, Todd was flying in a plane over the strange uncharted
South American valley when the aircraft's engines failed. To save
Todd's life, his father parachuted him to safety. Within minutes
of landing, a saber-toothed tiger threatened Todd's life, but
luckily, a local Neanderthal (Ugh) saved the boy from danger.
Learning to communicate with simple grunts and basic English, Todd
(Dino Boy) and Ugh became fast friends and together with Ugh's pet
dinosaur, Bronty, the three experienced many adventures in their
mysterious prehistoric landscape.
To defend themselves against danger, Ugh used his great strength
and a large wooden club, while Dino Boy used a bow and arrow and
"Forced to parachute from a
disabled plane, a young boy lands in a mysterious prehistoric valley filled
with hidden dangers. When a saber-toothed tiger attacks he is saved by a giant
caveman. And so begins the friendship and adventures of Dino Boy and Ugh the
Caveman in the Lost Valley."
Just where is the Valley of Dinosaurs? Well, one can speculate
that the Valley of Dinosaurs is a real and very remote place in
South America - untouched by the passing of time, or that somehow,
when drifting to earth on his parachute, Todd slipped into the
past after his father's time travel experiment failed. Either way,
Todd never saw his parents again.
Other beings in the Valley of Dinosaurs included gigantic insects,
a 50-foot cave man (who captured Bronty), a killer pterodactyl
(that held Dino Boy captive in his nest), a ferocious Snow
Creature (who kidnapped a local girl) and a variety of weird
tribes like the winged Vampire Men, the Moss Men (of Mist Island),
the Tree Men, the Rock Pygmies, the Bird Men, the Wolf People, the
Saber-tooth People, the Snake People, the Worm People (of Horror
Swamp), the Spear Warriors, the Ant Warriors, as well as a group
of crazed Sun Worshippers (who captured Ugh for sacrifice).
The idea for the DINO BOY IN THE LOST VALLEY cartoon was created
by comic book artist Alex Toth. The 'Dino Boy' tales were
sandwiched in between two segments of 'Space Ghost' cartoons on
the SPACE GHOST AND DINO BOY cartoon show that premiered on
September 10, 1966. 'Dino Boy' reruns were aired on NBC's "Hanna-Barbera's
World of Adventure" (1980); and the Cartoon Network's "Super
Adventures" (1992) and "Boomerang" (1998).
TRIVIA NOTE: Artist Alex Roth also
created the character of Space Ghost, a black-hooded
interplanetary policeman who piloted a spacecraft called the
Phantom Cruiser. Drawing power from his magic belt, Space Ghost
battles crime with the help of his teenage companions, Jan and
Jayce, and, of course, Blip the Monkey.
IN THE LOST VALLEY/NBC/1966
Johnny Carson (not the talk show host)
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