The show is called "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs." No, I'm not making that up. I don't know if General Motors payed for this, but I doubt it, since this was apparently based on a comic book, like many of the shows of the 1990's. The intro to the show, I'll be honest, makes it sound like one of the most hilariously bad things you'll ever see/hear.
"In the 26th Century, mankind faces an epic struggle for survival. The forces of nature have spun wildly out of control. Mighty cities have crumbled and the dinosaurs have returned to reclaim the earth. In this savage land, one man stands alone: Jack Tenrec, defending humanity in a world gone mad, a world where only the strong survive, a world of Cadillacs and Dinosaurs."
brought to us by the screen writer of Diehard and 48 Hours.
Now obviously I expected a parody or spoof of similar action movies, but no... it plays it seriously. And it's all the better for it. Honestly, one of the things this show reminds me of the most isn't Die Hard, but Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. Our hero Jack, is like a cross between Nausicaa and G.I. Joe. So basically, nature has gained the upper hand against mankind. The show isn't quite post-apocalyptic, but it's on its way there. For whatever reason there are now dinosaurs roaming the world. Many people want to strike back against nature... as humans have done in the past, including the Governor of Jack's city. However Jack often finds way to stop the problems that the dinosaurs cause without harming them, and despite sabotage by that Governor.
I don't know if you could call the environmental message subtle, or at least as subtle as Sonic SAT AM, but it's definitely more subtle than Nausicaa. So... this show is G.I. Joe mixed with Jurassic Park mixed with Nausicaa of the valley of the Wind. Oh, and the Cadillac? It's what Jack drives. And it rarely feels like an advertisement for a Cadillac. But the action is good, the stories are well-written, it's better at being environmental than its contemporaries like Captain Planet.
Are there any problems? Yeah, one. There was only one season of 13 episodes and it was never considered for renewal. This, Watchmojo, is the definition of a criminally underrated show. And it's not like I can't see why this flopped. I mean, the title: Cadillacs and Dinosaurs. I'll be 100% honest, I expected this to be terrible. I mean, the title was probably there to get people to look out of curiosity (which I guess worked for me), but it seemed to backfire.
But that title does continue to grow on you, when you get to say facts like:
- "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is one of the best environmental cartoons I've ever seen."
- "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is one of the most underrated cartoons ever."
- "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs is one of the best action cartoons of the 90's"
- "Cadillacs and Dinosaurs needs to make a comeback"