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8 Secrets From The Filming Of 'Dinosaurs' That'll Make You Wish The Show Wasn't Extinct

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There are very few shows that are able to work when the main character is big, talking, dinosaur puppet, oh no wait, there is only one.

Dinosaurs was unique, epic, and iconic. It was truly one of a kind, and it was well loved by everyone who watched it. But the show wasn't as easy to make as all the other sitcoms we watched on TV, for very obvious reasons.

When all of your main characters are trapped inside big dinosaur costumes with robotic elements to them, you have an added level of difficulty that other shows do not have to deal with.

Dinosaurs TV show
ABC

While we may not have understand just how much work was going into the show when we were young, looking back we've learned a lot about the series and just how complicated it really was. There was a lot of secrets on that set, and we're here to reveal them to you!

1. The set was top secret

Well, not TOP secret, but no press was allowed on set during the first season because the producers and network executives didn't want pictures of the puppeteers with only parts of their costumes on and spoil it for the kids.

2. Earl was overdramatic for a reason

All of those sighs and big groans were because it was the only way the actor who played him could see out of the costume. He would often sigh when he had to walk around because that way he could see where he was going.

Dinosaurs TV Show
ABC

3. Puppeteers were a sleepy group

The costumes were too big and complicated to take on and off all the time, so in between takes the actors were stuck inside. But obviously filming days are long and have a lot of downtime, so they would often fall asleep inside their costumes.

4. Baby Sinclair's catchphrase is from an actual baby

The writer and creator of the show Bob Young got the iconic catchphrases "not the mama" and "I'm the baby, gotta love me" from his own son. Those phrases would go on to be printed on clothing and merchandise.

But those aren't the only secrets about the Sinclairs...

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