A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Even for the early '70s, this depiction of prehistoric times is remarkably inaccurate.
Encourages making the best of a bad situation and using science and creativity to solve problems.
Positive Role Models
Every member of both families, kids and adults, men and women, contributes to successful survival.
Violence & Scariness
Plenty of pursuit by dinosaurs, but no harm comes of it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 1970s cartoon isn't Land of the Lost, but a simpler, lower-rent take on the same idea. It's upbeat and entertaining, but even kids will notice that the depiction of dinosaurs and their era is remarkably inaccurate. Still, one of the show's strengths is that every family member contributes knowledge and effort to the group's survival -- and it's not very scary, either, so younger grade-schoolers should be able to enjoy it.
Is It Any Good?
For a 1970s cartoon, Valley of the Dinosaurs makes for surprisingly good watching. It's the rare classic adventure 'toon that will entertain middle graders while not being too frightening or complicated for younger kids, and the messages are also solid (though the feminism can be a little retro) for its time. Every character has his or her own strengths, and everyone might have an idea or bit of knowledge that can contribute if the family is trapped or otherwise in trouble.
None of it is very realistic and it's all resolved quickly, but it's fun -- not to mention more interesting than just watching a typical chased-by-the-bad-guys adventure.
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