Tonight on MeTV- to celebrate our 7 years on the national network-we take you to a warm and sunny Caribbean island- where there is not only danger from a nasty local town boss- but also from reanimated prehistoric beasts and even a newly- awakened Neanderthal- as we go on alert when we hear the cry of – “Dinosaurus!”
Yes, there’s big excitement on the island , as a construction crew labors to create a new lagoon- using underwater charges to blast more space below the surface of the surrounding ocean. A local boy, Julio, enjoys hanging around with the workmen. Big Bart Thompson is in charge of things- but not as in charge of his winsome girlfriend Betty, who boats out amidst the blast area, and dives into the water to retrieve a lost cooler. Bart is quick to follow- which is a good thing, when a shocking discovery puts Betty in peril!
Once she’s back on land, we find the source of her dismay was- two prehistoric creatures, flash-frozen in the icy waters (uh- ICY waters? In the Caribbean? Okay…) Our construction crew now becomes a salvage crew, as they tote the frozen dinosaurs- apparently a brontosaurus and a T-Rex- onto the beach. The villainous boss of the town, Mike Hacker ( such an Anglo name for such an ethnic bad guy!) has his own ideas about cashing in on the new finds- especially when he stumbles on one other prize that has washed up from the sea- a seemingly inert cave man! He stashes the Neanderthal’s body and ponders his next move while Bart and Betty head to Hacker’s cantina for dinner.
A storm is approaching- which concerns the semi- inebriate who is on “guard duty” (consisting of napping, drinking, and reading a comic book)- and the thunderstorm unleashes more than rain, as lightning revives the prehistoric beasts! The goofy guard’s attempt to keep the monsters at bay with a stick of dynamite only adds to the confusion of the power going out, and young Julio escaping the wrath of his “guardian”- who just so happens to be Mike Hacker.
Of course, the cave man is revived as well- and soon the area is under siege by this pseudo- Flintstone as well as rampaging dinosaurs- with the bronto being more of a friendly lizard- and the T Rex being- well- a T Rex. The townfolk must take refuge in an old fortress – and hope that Bart and the boys can help them fend off the attack of the thunder lizard!
This 1960 film, complete with some stop-motion animation, comes to us from the same folks who brought us the classic “The Blob”, and has some interesting stories attached, which we’ll relate to you- as well as going over the cast, and visiting with a dinosaur, as well as presenting a new tune. There is some silliness along with the excitement in the film- and, all in all, it’s an entertaining adventure.
“Dinosaurus!" will be on MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check your local listings (or at www.metv.com ) for time and channel in your viewing area. In Chicago, viewers get one more look at “Godzilla VS Monster Zero” on WCIU, the U, at 11 am.
If you’re reading this early enough, and are in or near the Chicago area, you can come meet me at the C2E2 comics and entertainment convention at McCormick Place. I’ll be signing today from noon to 1:30- and, at 1:45- we’ll do a special panel talking about my career- and have a Q and A session with the audience! More info is at www.c2e2.com. And, later this upcoming week- I do the annual charity event at Brookfield Zoo- the AAZK Spaghetti dinner! Also, next Saturday night, we're in Milwaukee for the big Midwest Gaming Classic.Check out the information under the “appearances” tab on our site.
And- you have until midnight tomorrow- Sunday- night to vote in the national Rondo awards- rules and ballot can be found at www.rondoaward.com . Last chance!
Join us tonight for pre-historic pandemonium on MeTV!