Valley of the Dinosaurs

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Valley of the Dinosaurs
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On-screen title card.
Network: CBS
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Distributor: Taft Broadcasting
Original release: September 7December 21, 1974
Run time: 21 minutes
Starring: Mike Road
Shannon Farnon
Jackie E. Haley
Kathy Gori
Alan Oppenheimer
Joan Gardner
Franklin Welker
Melanie Baker
Executive producer(s): William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s): Iwao Takamoto
Zoran Janjic
Music composed by: Hoyt Curtin
Writer(s): Sam Roeca
Peter Dixon
Peter Germano
James Henderson
Ernie Kahn
Ben Masselink
Dick Robbins
Henry Sharp
Jerry Thomas
Director(s): Charles A. Nichols
Wally Burr (voices)
Animation director(s): Peter Luschiwitz

Valley of the Dinosaurs is an American animated action-adventure drama TV series produced by the Australian arm of Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS' Saturday morning children's programming. It ran in 1974, airing 16 episodes.

While rafting in the Amazon, the Butlers get caught in a whirlpool, emerging in a hidden realm where man and dinosaur coexist together. Upon their arrival, they are met and befriended by a neanderthal family who helps them adapt to living in this strange world, while the Butlers try to ease their everyday living by introducing them to simple modern inventions.

The series is similar to the then-concurrent prehistoric-themed live-action TV series Korg: 70,000 B.C. on ABC.

The entire series has been released on DVD.

Production

Development

Music

The music was composed by Hoyt Curtin, credited as musical director, with musical supervision from Paul DeKorte. The music editor was Pat Foley.

Episodes

Episode Number Air date
"Forbidden Fruit" 1x01 September 7, 1974
"What Goes Up" 1x02 September 14, 1974
"A Turned Turtle" 1x03 September 21, 1974
"The Volcano" 1x04 September 28, 1974
"Smoke Screen" 1x05 October 5, 1974
"Pteranodon" 1x06 October 12, 1974
"The Saber-Tooth Kids" 1x07 October 19, 1974
"After Shock" 1x08 October 26, 1974
"Top Cave, Please" 1x09 November 2, 1974
"S.O.S." 1x10 November 9, 1974
"Fire" 1x11 November 16, 1974
"Rain of Meteors" 1x12 November 23, 1974
"To Fly a Kite" 1x13 November 30, 1974
"Test Flight" 1x14 December 7, 1974
"The Big Toothache" 1x15 December 14, 1974
"Torch" 1x16 December 21, 1974

Cast

Crossover

Episode Number Air date
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law: "Beyond the Valley of the Dinosaurs" 1 August 28, 2005

Legacy

As mentioned above, Gorak and his teenage daughter, Tana, had cameos in the Adult Swim parody series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, while Gorak's pet, Glump, had a cameo in HBO Max's 2021 children's sitcom, Jellystone!

References