Cult Cartoon Essentials

Cult Cartoon Essentials: Cadillacs and Dinosaurs

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs hit the airwaves in 1993 but only lasted for thirteen episodes but its dealings with ecologicial and political issues set it apart from other shows of the time. The show was based on the comic book of the same name (formerly titled Xenozoic Tales) by Mark Schultz, the show was created by screenwriter Steven E. de Souza, who acquired the TV rights after producing the video game Cadillacs and Dinosaurs, which was also based on Schultz’s comic.

Throughout the show we follow the adventures of Jack Tenrec (voiced by David Keeley) and his gang of ecological freedom fighters known as the “Mechanics”. Jack is accompanied by foreign ambassador Hannah Dundee (Susan Roman), Mustapha Cairo (voiced by Bruce Tubbe), Kirgo (voiced by David Fox)and Hermes a baby dinosaur Jack has reared.

It is Hannah who hires Jack as a liaison while she attempts to create clear communication between her land and the modern civilization. Together they confront the serious issues facing the futuristic environment that humanity has come to inhabit. Through their adventures they often run into trouble from the Council of Governors and Hammer Terhune’s (Ted Dillon) gang.

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