Saturday, November 28, 2009

Honourable Mentions: Dino Boy in the Lost Valley – the Vampire Men


Dino Boy was part of Space Ghost and this particular 6 minute segment, directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, was first aired in 1966.

The almost Boys Own like show had the premise that the young ‘Dino Boy’ (Johnny Carson) was in a plane and had to bail out over the Lost Valley, there he was saved from a sabre toothed tiger by the caveman called Ugh (Mike Road) and went on to have adventures with Ugh and the dinosaur Bronto (Don Messick).

vampire manIn this episode things start with Dino Boy holding on to a kite that he has tied to Bronto, in order that he might fly. Ugh is sceptical of it all but, at first, all seems to be working until the rope snaps and Dino Boy flys off towards some mountains, where he crashes. Out of caves come the vampire men, man like bat creatures.

fighting them offThey grab Dino Boy and take him off to a cave, with Ugh in hot pursuit. Inside the cave the vampire men start prostrating themselves to an opening – from which emerges the King Vampire. Ugh appears, however, and starts fighting the vampire men off, but there are too many of them. To escape he and Dino Boy jump into a river, but the river leads to a water fall…

Okay this is just a few seconds over 6 minutes and the vampire men are bat creatures, rather than the undead, but worth a mention. The imdb page is here.


Derek Tatum said...

My brother has this DVD set. I could tolerate Space Ghost, but I would keep yelling at him to turn it off everytime Bronto started making those choking noises that passed for barking or whatever. That dinosaur got on my nerves, pure and simple.

Taliesin_ttlg said...

Not the greatest thing in the world but... vampire men!!! lol

Bronto was not Don Messick's finest moment.

Derek Tatum said...

Bronto needed to be euthanized.

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