1 9 9 1 – 1 9 9 4 (USA)
65 x 30 minute episodes
This animatronic stone-age working-class family was created by Jim Henson for Disney.
Incredibly overweight (even for a dinosaur) megalosaurus Earl Sinclair was married to Fran and tried his best to support 14-year-old valley girl Charlene, 16-year-old Robbie (who eventually turned his crest into a mohawk and dyed it purple), cranky Grandma Ethyl, and Baby – the true master of the house.
Earl was a tree-pusher for the Wesayso Corporation, who regularly implemented schemes to screw their workers even more and destroy the world for marginal profit increment.
Earl’s boss was a vicious three-horned triceratops named B.P. Richfield and his co-worker was a T-Rex called Roy Hess.
The Sinclairs kept chilled but live prey in the refrigerator, and caveman humans made occasional appearances as wild animals and pets.
The Henson company developed the animatronic puppets for this show. Each one used a person inside a huge rubber bodysuit with several additional people to operate the facial expressions and certain movements to bring the character to life – all while syncing up to the voice actor for that puppet.
“Not the mama!”
Stuart Pankin (voice)
Jessica Walter (voice)
Tony Sabin Prince
Sally Struthers (voice)
Jason Willinger (voice)
Kevin Clash (voice)
Grandma Ethyl Phillips
Florence Stanley (voice)