iding the wave of
cartoon dino-mania brought on by Don Bluth’s The Land Before
Time, Ruby-Spears produced its own team of little dinos. Young
brontosaurus Dink joined Jurassic friends Amber, Scat, Shyler
and Flapper in exploring Dinosaur Valley.
An aged sea turtle named Crusty served as a mentor to the
youngsters, while Tyranno the tyrannosaurus put the fear of
the dino gods in them. Kiddies who watched learned lessons on
ecology, tolerance and teamwork, while simultaneously enjoying
the good-natured adventures of Dink and the gang.
Starting with the second season, the show became even more
educational, as a new weekly segment called “Factasaurus”
provided lessons and fun tidbits about different dinosaur
species. The added material wasn't enough to fight off
extinction, however, and after one more season of prehistoric
fun, Dink, the Little Dinosaur left the airwaves.