I suppose many of us have dinosaur wishlists. At the top of mine right now is The Giant Golden Book of Dinosaurs, featuring the illustrations of Rudolf Zallinger. If you haven't seen yesterday's Vintage Dinosaur Art post, you'll see why: the primitive paintings I was delighted by when I saw them decorating the shuttle at Dinosaur National Monument turn out to be highly derivative of Zallinger's Giant Golden Book work. This is one I haven't come across in my excursions to junkshops and antique stores. I suppose I could buy a used copy online, but that would kill the thrill of the hunt, wouldn't it?
Another piece of vintage dinosaur kitsch near the top of my wishlist is the DVD collection of Valley of the Dinosaurs, released last year by Warner Home Video.
The show was a Saturday morning staple in the '70s, and has been featured on the Boomerang network, along with a bunch of other old Hanna-Barbera toons and more recent Cartoon Network shows. Its concept is pretty similar to Land of the Lost, though changed so that the core characters are two nuclear families, one of modern humans and one of cave-people. In fact, if Wikipedia is to be trusted, the shows actually debuted on the same day and aired for roughly the same amount of time, though only 16 episodes of Valley were produced. Being a WB property, it's not available on Youtube, other than a couple rips of the intro and some official promos.
One Valley item has made it into my collection, though: an old puzzle.
I'd love to see a reboot of this, only upping the scientific accuracy and setting the family in a specific age of the Mesozoic, perhaps setting them among one of the communities of the Jehol biota. I appreciate the old-fashioned depiction of the Mesozoic Valley offers, but I'd like to see shows other than Dinosaur Train explore dinosaurs in a way that reflects the amazing discoveries of the last twenty years, and do it with some depth.
For a good review of the show, check out Michael May's write-up on the series from last year. Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law also visited the valley, though there's a distressing paucity of dinosaur action in the episode.
One final bit of cool trivia with local interest for me: the voice of Greg Butler was provided by Jackie Earle Haley, most famous in Bloomington as Moocher in the movie Breaking Away (required viewing for new Bloomingtonians), although he may be better known as Rorshach in the Watchmen movie and the new Freddy Krueger.