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'Dinosaurs' used Jim Henson's puppetry,best bets [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

June 3, 2013


Question: I remember a cute show sometime in the past 20 years about a dinosaur family -- a mother and father and big sister and a baby. I think there was also a brother who wore a high-school letter jacket. Can you tell me the title and when it ran?

Answer: That show was called -- wait for it -- "Dinosaurs," and it was kind of a cross between "The Simpsons" and "The Flintstones," so maybe they should've called it "The Simpstones."

Anyway, it ran on ABC from 1991 to '94 and was produced by the Jim Henson people. The dinosaurs were puppets, and the family consisted of Earl the dad (voiced by Stuart Pankin), Fran the mom (voiced by Jessica Walter), teen son Robbie (voiced by Jason Willinger), teen sis Charlene (voiced by Sally Struthers) and baby Baby (voiced by Kevin Clash). Their surname was Sinclair, which was supposed to be a joke -- in a few thousand years their rotting corpses would turn into oil, and Sinclair used to be the name of an oil company, ha ha.

Q: One of the best sci-fi TV shows I have seen in many, many years was "Falling Skies."

I haven't noticed it in the latest TV schedules. I fear that this terrific series might have been canceled. Please tell me not to worry and the series is alive and well.

A: Fret not -- "Falling Skies" is set to return June 9.

Q: I am a fan of the show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." When the show comes to an end and the contestant is still in the game, they are asked to come back. Does this mean they come back the next day?

A: Quiz shows like "Millionaire" are taped in five-episode blocks on one day, so the contestants bring changes of clothes and everyone pretends it's the next day, even though it isn't.

Q: I think that the music played during the Omega watch commercial with Nicole Kidman is beautiful, but I can't identify it. Can you tell me what it is?

A: The song is "Bunny in a Bunny Suit," by Simone White.

Write David Inman in care of The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier- Journal, 525 W. Broadway, P.O. Box 740031, Louisville, KY 40201- 7431,The Secret Life of the American Teenager

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all dollar figures in millions

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