Valley of the Dinosaurs is an animated television series from the Australian studios of Hanna-Barbera that ran for 16 half-hour installments on CBS Saturday Morning from September 7 September 1974 to 21 December 1974 (with reruns: 4 September 1976). Reruns are currently airing on the Boomerang network.


Science teacher John Butler along with his wife Kim, their two children, Katie and Greg, and their dog, Digger are on a rafting trip on the Amazon River. As they are going down the river, their boat hits a rock and capsizes. The family then gets caught in a whirlpool. When they surface upon going through an underground cavern, they find themselves in a prehistoric valley where they meet caveman Gorok, his wife Gara, their two children Lok and Tana, and their pet, a baby Stegosaurus named Glump. The two families soon become friends and Gorok and his family help the Butlers in their many attempts to find a way to return home while trying to survive in the valley.


  • Melanie Baker - Tana
  • Shannon Farnon - Kim Butler
  • Joan Gardner - Gara
  • Kathy Gori - Katie Butler
  • Jackie Earle Haley - Greg Butler
  • Don Messick - Narrator
  • Alan Oppenheimer - Gorok
  • Andrew Parks -
  • Mike Road - John Butler
  • Frank Welker - Digger, Glump, Lok

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures featured in this series[]

Popular culture[]

Characters from the show appeared in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Beyond the Valley of the Dinosaurs" with Gorak voiced by Chris Edgerly and Tana voiced by Mary Birdsong.

DVD release[]

On 22 March 2011, Warner Archive released Valley of the Dinosaurs: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1]


See also[]

  • Land of the Lost: another 1974 show with a similar theme.