Dino (pronounced dee-no) is a fictional character featured in the Hanna-Barbera animated television series The Flintstones, and its spinoffs. He is a pet dinosaur of the series' main characters, Fred and Wilma Flintstone. In the show, he was a metaphorical pet dog, and exhibited the characteristics of a typical domesticated canine. He is some generic sauropod/prosauropod type. He frequently leapt upon Fred Flintstone, yapping happily, and energetically licked his face. Dino could also be moved to anger, at which point he would snarl and snap. He also loves to play with Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm. His species, as told in episode eighteen, is Snorkasaurus.
Dino debuted in the opening credits of the first episode of The Flintstones, but was not mentioned by name until the fourth episode, "No Help Wanted". His role was considerably altered in episode eighteen, "The Snorkasaurus Hunter", where he was portrayed (in an apparent flashback story) talking and, at the end of the episode, acting like a butler for the Flintstones, answering the phone, dusting and ironing. He also had blue skin instead of his in that period pink to red colour. For that episode ("The Snorkasaurus Hunter"), he was voiced by Jerry Mann (in an impersonation of comedian Phil Silvers). However, prior to and following that episode, Dino would only bark and exhibit the characteristics of a dog. In previous and subsequent appearances, Dino's Dog voice were vocalisations by Mel Blanc. After Blanc died in 1989, the role was taken over by Frank Welker. However, Blanc's voice was used for the 1994 live action film version of the show, in which Dino was rendered with CGI. The Dino puppet used in the 2000 film "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" was sold at auction on June 11, 2010 in Hollywood Auction 40 held by Profiles in History. He is joining the Weird and Wonderful Collection owned by Nicholas Ortiz Dosher, a prime collector of Ventriloquism, Movie memorabilia, Magic, and Automata.
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