Dinotopia is a mini-series that was later turned into a regular television series. It is set in a fantasy world where man and dinosaurs lived together and it was based on a series of books by writer James Gurney. It portrayed life like views of species such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, Quetzalcoatlus, Pteranodon, Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Chasmosaurus, Dunkleosteus and Parasaurolophus.
The series starts with a horrible plane crash involving the Scott family, consisting of the father, Frank and his two sons, Karl and David. After a watery crash Frank seems unable to escape the wreckage and Karl and David swim safely to a large undiscovered island. Searching for any sign of life the Scott brothers find Cyrus Crabb. He leads the brothers into the jungle and into the hidden Waterfall City. Waterfall City is the capital of Dinotopia; it is a lost world where human beings peacefully coexist with dinosaurs.
Some of the dinosaurs aren't as they initially appear. Some have near human intelligence and speak fluent English with the humans. A wise troodon dinosaur named Zippo Stenosaurus, explains to the newcomers about the civilization that they have built. There is a lovely human princess on the island as well, the lovely Marion.
Dinotopia is not exactly a perfect paradise. There are many daily obstacles that the human residents and gentle dinosaurs have to fight against. There is an evil human who oversees a large group of man eating carnivores threaten the safety of everyone in Dinotopia.
The series stars Wentworth Miller, Tyron Leitso, Katie Carr, David Thewlis, Alice Krige and Jim Carter. The film was initially a 250 minute miniseries and was later combined with the weekly series to finish out the program.