Denver the Last Dinosaur is possibly one of the best bad cartoon relics out there. Basically, a dinosaur egg hatches, and hangs out with kids skateboarding, riding BMX and sort of communicating in a more subdued Scooby Doo style. The animation is horrible, I swear it approaches 5 frames a second. The voiceover is what makes this cartoon enjoyable/eardrum piercing. The character actors are awful. It’s like listening to somebody do a really bad impersonation Jeff Spicoli, for 20 minutes… The series started in 1988 and ran for two years, so that was right at the tail end of the California craze. There’s an episode called Venice Beach Blast where part of the gang gets hassled for skating on the bike path. The authority figure (Is he a cop or a security guard? He looks like a Forest Ranger.) explains that the community got the signatures together to get skating banned and the bike path built. Now you think this would would turn into a civics lesson that ends with a skateboard park being built, but it doesn’t. The skaters in the crew turn against their biking brothers and go renegade. There’s a lot of whining (almost life real life), radical moves and slams. The whole thing wraps up in about 30 seconds with an explanation of some action that happened off camera. Basically, the city lets the kids skate in part of an unused parking lot, and everyone is happy. It’s massively weak, but the script and character actors make it entertaining, like a train wreck. Video, promotional stills and sarcasm after the jump.
- Thanks to Seth Levy for the tip.
A turtle on a fingerboard, as seen on making the rounds on Facebook. A Tumblr post from thetoxicgraveyard was as far as it could be traced.
- Thanks to Jason Duncan for the tip.
Best crash vid ever. It’s hard to tell from this still frame, but that’s Ryan Vitale’s downhill run ending abruptly courtesy of the local wildlife during the third annual Buffalo Bill Downhill in Golden, Colorado with no major injuries to either party.
[Source: Grind TV] - Thanks to Sarib for the tip.
One thing you’ll notice about Buddy The Skate Dog is that he’s house trained. So house trained in fact, that he’s not leaving the box, because he costs about $50. After this little photo shoot he went back to the kennel.
Six months behind the first issue of Thrasher, but still highly influential. Children’s Playmate, the June/July 1981 issue from Children’s Health Publications. No other skateboarding content in this issue. Not bad for a goat, a duck, and a chicken.
Sort of the first skateboarding dog from a film made in 1930, courtesy of the king of skate film historians, Scott Starrr. in other animal skateboard news, Tilman showed up at Tony Hawk’s Standu p for Skateparks benefit.
A rat on a skateboard from an uncredited photo on Oregon Live talking about the growing number of rat fanciers. I had a pet rat for a short period of time. I originally bought it for an art installation and decided to keep it. It was kind of cool, but it couldn’t take two steps without pooping on something. I gave it away to a goth girl who wanted another lifestyle accessory. True story.