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11. Didn't Dino talk once?
Dino frequently forms half-articulate phrases, though in a manner more
similar to that of Scooby-Doo than of the Jetsons' Astro. However, you may
be thinking of episode P-11, "The Snorkasaurus Hunter," in which Fred and
Barney attempt to catch a fast-talking creature called a snorkasaurus
(wonderfully voiced by Jerry Mann) for dinner. The wives befriend the
creature, who winds up acting as a sort of all-purpose servant at the
Flintstones' house. Wilma refers to the snorkasaurus as "Dino" toward the
end of the episode, and he certainly looks very similar (though not
identical) to the family's beloved dogasaurus, but the similarity decidedly
Dino proper had already appeared as early as "No Help Wanted" (P-6), and
returns in "Love Letters on the Rocks" (P-21), which aired three weeks after
"The Snorkasaurus Hunter"--a situation that must have confused more than a
few viewers in 1961. The transition between the two Dinos is one of the
many intriguing curiosities in the show's history.
Alternatively, you may have in mind "Monster Fred" (P-118), in which Len
Frankenstone's personality-switching machine temporarily gives Dino Fred's
mind, manner and voice.
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