Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Saturday 11:30 AM Sep 18, 1993 on CBS
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Jack Tenrec finds the scientist/ambassador from another city named Hannah and she is trying to get to the City in the Sea and along the way they find out that a shivet has been destroying villages. Can Jack stop the rampaging dinosaur?

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  • Near perfect.

    In the future, dinosaur infested jungles have reclaimed the world and humans live in disparate tribes. As the story opens, ambassador Hannah Dundee and her convoy are on a diplomatic excursion to the City by the Sea. They are attacked by bandits and Hannah heads off on her own for help. She stumbles upon a cadillac driven by Jack Tenrec.

    Jack is an old-blood mechanic of the Machinatio Vitai (The Machinery of Life) who guides how and where humans can expand into nature. Earlier, Jack came across a supposedly protected town which was attacked by a Shivit (basically, a t-rex). Jack needs to decide whether or not to break his code of no killing in order to stop the rogue animal.

    What he doesn't know is that the Shivit is being controlled by Hammer, leader of the bandits who attacked Hannah. Hammer, in turn, is working for Wilhelmina Scharnhorst, a member of the council of governors in the City by the Sea. She's opposed to Jack and believes that humans have the right to expand into and plunder as much nature as they see fit. The entire Shivit rampage is just a scheme of hers to discredit Jack so the board will ignore his old-blood ways in favor of her's.

    That's a lot of story for an animated series, and that's all in the first act! The rest of the episode is brilliantly plotted by Steve de Souza (one of my favorite screenwriters). Add to that slick animation and design and you get an excellent pilot that, other than some stiff dialogue, is perfect.moreless
Bruce Tubbe

Bruce Tubbe

voice of Mustapha

Don Francks

Don Francks

voice of Girth / Hobbs

Lenore Zann

Lenore Zann

voice of Mikla

Frank Pellegrino

Frank Pellegrino

voice of Vice

Tedd Dillon

Tedd Dillon

voice of Hammer

Colin O'Meara

Colin O'Meara

voice of Wrench

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Hannah: So, what's your name, old blood?
      Jack: Jack Tenrec, Mechanic.
      Hannah: Hannah Dundee, diplomat.
      Jack: Diplomat. Isn't that like a politician?
      Hannah: A little bit.
      Jack: I hate politicians. Get in.
      Hannah: I'm not really a politician. I was sent here to make contact between our two cities. What I really am is a scientist.
      Jack: I hate scientists even more than I hate politicians.
      Hannah: (sarcastically) Well, this is the start of a beautiful friendship.

    • Hannah: Right now I'm more interested in machinery period. So you just make that-that-that-that thing of yours work again. O.k.? You are taking me to the City in the Sea.
      Jack: That thing is a Cadillac and it's not going anywhere without a new tire. (he pushes the car back over after wrecking it when Hannah shot out the tire) Could you get the spare out of the trunk?
      Hannah: Trunk?
      Jack: (laughs) The storage hatch in the back.
      Hannah: Oh. (she gets the tire and brings it around) Hey. How come I'm doing all the work?
      Jack: Because you shot the tire.

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