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The Best Dinosaur Cartoons

Updated September 18, 2020 600 votes 53 voters 2.0k views31 items

List RulesVote up the cartoons that primarily feature dinosaurs

Dinosaurs may be extinct, but they live on in our hearts and dragon cartoons. Since the beginning of animation, the best cartoons have been filled with animals rather than humans. It's no wonder that dinosaurs, those powerful beasts of the past, have become favorites in animated series. Dinosaur cartoons and animated series starring dinosaurs are some of the most prolific animated animal shows. Whether they're funny, educational, wildy fantastical, or based in science (sort of), the animated dinosaur shows of our childhood - and adulthood - will always hold a special place in our hearts.

The series on this list, all of which feature dinosaurs of one breed or another as the star, were with us during our Saturday mornings in front of the TV and our after-school homework procrastination sessions. So let's rank the top dinosaurs cartoons that kept us all company from best to worst.

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    The Land Before Time

    Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Music, Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Comedy

    The Land Before Time is an American animated television series, based on the Land Before Time...  more

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    38
    15

    Beast Wars: Transformers

    Scott McNeil, Garry Chalk

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

    Beast Wars: Transformers debuted in 1996, serving as the flagship of the Transformers: Beast...  more

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    31
    8

    Dinosaur Train

    Tabitha St. Germain, Kathleen Barr

    Premiered2009

    Genres (Tv)Computer Animation, Animation, Children's television series

    Dinosaur Train is an American/Canadian/Singaporean animated series created by Craig Bartlett....  more

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    35
    14

    Dino-Riders

    Dan Gilvezan, Peter Cullen

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Science Fiction, Action film

    Dino-Riders is a cartoon television series that first aired in 1988. Dino-Riders was primarily...  more

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    25
    10

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sci-fi

    Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar (Nickelodeon, 2019) is a CG-animated television...  more
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    18
    2

    Denver, the Last Dinosaur

    Pat Fraley, Joey Dedio

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action/Adventure, Children's television series, Adventure film, Action

    Denver, the Last Dinosaur is an American-French cartoon for children originally released in...  more
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    28
    15

    Godzilla: The Series

    Ian Ziering, Malcolm Danare

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action, Science Fiction, Animated series

    Godzilla: The Series is an American animated television series which originally aired on Fox...  more
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    19
    5

    The Flintstones

    Alan Reed, Mel Blanc

    Premiered1960

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

    The Flintstones is an animated, prime-time American television sitcom that was broadcast from...  more

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    29
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    Gigantosaurus

    Gigantosaurus (Disney Jr, 2019) is a French computer animated television series. Four curious young dinosaur friends explore the mystery of Gigantosaurus, the largest, fiercest dinosaur of all, facing their individual fears and working together to solve problems during their many adventures.

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    25
    14

    Dinotrux

    Ashleigh Ball, Richard Ian Cox

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Animation

    Dinotrux (Netflix, 2015) is an American computer-animated web television series. In a...  more
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    19
    8

    Dinosaucers

    Len Carlson, Rob Cowan

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

    Dinosaucers is an animated television series co-produced in the United States and Canada. It...  more
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    17
    8

    Extreme Dinosaurs

    Scott McNeil, Cusse Mankuma

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

    Extreme Dinosaurs is an American animated series from 1997 based on a 1996 toy line from...  more
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    14
    8

    Godzilla

    Don Messick, Ted Cassidy

    Premiered1978

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Animated series

    Godzilla is a 30-minute animated series co-produced between Hanna-Barbera Productions and Toho...  more
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    4
    1

    DinoSquad

    Benjamin Beck, Dana Donlan

    Premiered2007

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Educational television, Animated series

    DinoSquad is an American animated television series that was produced by DIC Entertainment and...  more
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    12
    8

    Kung Fu Dino Posse

    Kung Fu Dino Posse is an animated television series created by Peter M. Lenkov and produced by...  more
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    8
    2

    Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

    Don Francks, Susan Roman

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Cartoon, Animation, Science Fiction

    Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is an American Saturday morning animated television series which aired...  more
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    4
    1

    Pitt & Kantrop

    Keith Wickham, Emma Tate

    Genres (Tv)Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

    Pitt & Kantrop is a children's television programme produced by the Eurovision Network and was...  more
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    2
    0

    The Terrible Thunderlizards

    Gary Owens, Bill Kopp

    Premiered1993-11-20

    Genres (Tv)Animation,Animated cartoon,Cartoon series

    The Terrible Thunderlizards is a segment that aired in Canada on YTV and in the United States...  more
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    2
    0

    Valley of the Dinosaurs

    Jackie Earle Haley, Melanie Baker

    Premiered1974

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Children's television series, Animated series

    Valley of the Dinosaurs is an animated television series from the Australian studios of...  more

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    1
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    Cave Kids

    Frank Welker, E.G. Daily

    Premiered1996

    Genres (Tv)Animation

    Cave Kids is a 30-minute short-lived animated series and spin-off of The Flintstones starring...  more
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    1
    0

    Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!

    Jeff Bergman, Ely Henry

    Premiered2020

    Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs! (Boomerang, 2020) is an animated family television show and a series...  more

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    1
    0

    Cupcake & Dino: General Services

    Justin Collette, Kyle Dooley

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action, Comedy, Family

    Cupcake & Dino: General Services (Netflix, 2019) is an American animated television series. An enterprising cupcake and his cheerful dinosaur brother take on jobs of all sorts as they work to help friends and strangers in their eccentric city.

    Cupcake & Dino: General Services (Netflix, 2018) is a Canadian-Portuguese animated web...  more
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    Premiered2005

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

    Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs is a Canadian animated series that first aired in 2005....  more
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    5
    1

    Dino Babies

    Kathleen Barr, Andrea Libman

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Cartoon, Animation

    Dino Babies is an American children's animated television series spotlighting six young...  more