This animal may be extinct, but dinosaurs are a common character in cartoon movies. With that, here are the Top 5 Dinosaur Cartoon Characters in real life.
1. TYRANNOSAURUS REX
Let’s begin with the most beloved of all, Barney. Barney is undoubtedly a dinosaur from our imagination. It’s impossible that a singing and dancing dinosaur ever existed.
The Tyrannosaurus rex would be Barney’s counterpart. Despite the evident differences between the two, like, for example, the bright purple color of Barney’s skin, and the T. rex’s more earth-colored one, they do share some similarities like the tiny arms and long tails. But if you ask a little kid to draw a realistic dinosaur, they would probably draw something more like Barney than the real T. rex.
While Barney would eat mostly fruits and vegetables to incentivize kids to stay healthy, the T. rex would have bone-crushing bites consuming up to 500 lbs of meat per hour. A fierce predator! This dinosaur’s massive jaws were lined with 50-60 serrated teeth, some measuring 9 inches long. Preserved bone and muscle fragments in T. rex feces show that it took big. Its 4-foot-long jaws were big enough to swallow an adult human!
Also known as King of the Monsters, the next character is a fictional dinosaur from the Japanese Daikaiju films Godzilla. Godzilla is a giant dinosaurian creature preserved into the modern era through unknown means, only to be awakened and mutated by the US military’s atomic weapons testing in the 1950s.
Godzilla has a short, deep skull reminiscent of a group of theropods called abelisaurids–dinosaurs such as Carnotaurus and Skorpiovenator that were cousins of Ceratosaurus. Combined with the finger count, the creature’s skull suggests that Godzilla is ceratosaur, perhaps even a form that smooths the transition between more archaic animals.
Exactly how such a strange dinosaur survived the modern era? And how radioactivity created such a monstrosity? Are questions best left in movie mythology.
Now, let’s talk about Rex from Toy Story. This one is a little more realistic than Barney, at least the body shape is similar, and the fact that he always needs help to reach things with his tiny arms puts him closer to the T. rex features.
We know Rex struggles to run fast when he’s in trouble, mostly because of his clumsiness; this is something he has in common with the T. rex. You could outrun a T. rex. Because of the lack of concrete evidence, it is difficult for scientists to work out how fast Tyrannosaurus rex could run, with estimates ranging from as low as 17 kilometers per hour to as high as 70 kilometers per hour. Average estimates suggest a max speed of around 40 kilometers per hour; that’s almost the car’s speed on its way to stop at a red light.
In a sweet “what if?” type of scenario, an alternate history is created when the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs misses the planet, and not only do they survive, but they are forced to co-exist with humans. This is what happens to The Good Dinosaur. But we’re not here to talk about Arlo, the protagonist. We want to talk about Thunderclap, the main antagonist of this movie.
Thunderclap is a Nyctosaurus. A real Nyctosaurus, also known as “night lizard,” is not so similar to Thunderclap; this species was not even a dinosaur but a flying reptile.
It is believed that this flying animal looked more like some pelican, the colors being white, yellow, orange, and black, while Thunderclap is grey with some purple spots in the neck and wings.
Thunderclap might come across as harsh and unforgiving towards almost anything near him. This is another feature that is far from reality; the Nyctosaurus lived in marine environments, in flocks; which tells us that this might have been a quiet and calm animal type. Just flying over the sea and feeding off fish.
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