Friday, March 3, 2017

Flashback Friday: The Terrorsaurs

Finishing off the Defenders of Dino City production bible with a look at their reptilian enemies, the Terrorsaurs.  Yes I know it's not the most original name - the most prominent example I can think of is the treasonous Predacon in Transformers Beast Wars. But he name fits and it's not as if it'll be used anywhere else.  The Terrorsaur emblem above represents the combination of each of the members - the Tyranosaurus Rex's face represents the leader's helmet, while the horns, crest, and spikes are from the other members. 


When I created the team's leader, I originally called him Professor Rex, an obvious pun off the X-Men leader.  This was back before I even had any other idea about him.  He's a scientist that created dinosaur-like brutes so I just imagined him in a lab coat bossing these guys around from his lab.  When I took inspiration from other cartoons, he became an amalgam of Genghis Rex from Dinosaucers and Shredder from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I decided to give him dinosaur-like armor similar to Shredder's.  And now he doesn't look anything like a Professor.  So I'm not sure what to call him.


Anyway, here's the rest of the production bible.


The Terrorsaurs
Professor Rex – An archeologist that discovers Dino City.  After being kicked out by Bronn and Terry, he uses the few bones he got to create the Terrorsaurs.  He wears some T Rex styled armor, but doesn’t fight much at all.  He’s extremely smart, but never seems mad about the Defenders, he’s just excited to get more bones.
Sailback – A dimetrodon, has a sail that runs down his back.  He’s the smallest of the group, and the meanest to make up for it.  He’s the leader of the group, just as likely to start a fight with the Defenders as the rest of the Terrorsaurs.  The sail on his back moves side to side (creates a gust of wind).
Spiketail – A Stegosaurus, has plates down his back and spikes on the end of his tail.  He’s the loner of the bunch and hates the others.  Does everything begrudgingly.  Doesn’t take orders from Sailback without a question.  The plates on his back move back and forth like a saw.
Hornhead – a triceratops, has a frill and three horns.  He’s the laziest of the bunch, but also the biggest and strongest.  Once someone gets him angry, he won’t be stopped until he’s beaten them up.  He has a strong neck that he uses to pick things up after running headfirst into them.
Spikeshell – an ankylosaurus, has a spiky shell on his whole back and a huge club on his tail.  He’s the dumbest of the bunch, mispronouncing a lot of dinosaur names (including his own).  He likes to fight because it doesn’t make him have to think much.  He also eats all the time.  His head can pull under the shell on his back.
Rapterra – A raptor.  She’s Professor Rex’s scientific partner and always tries to convince him to stop attacking Dino City.  She doesn’t fight, but stays in his lab.  No toy will be produced so except for a special episode, do not show her outside of the lab.
Settings
Dino City
                Dino City looks like the ruins in Greece or Rome.  Lots of open buildings and columns.  In the center of the city is a tower (similar to Pisa) that the Defender use as their base.  Bronn can’t go in, but speaks to them through an open door.  Terry has a perch in the center.  Other areas of the city include an arena they practice in, a fountain Salimandro meditates near, and a garden Chamelo is trying to regrow.
Professor Rex’s lab
                The main room is the lab, which features a lot of big glass tubes where the Terrorsaurs were created.  There are other tables with all sorts of equipment on it.  There’s also the Terrorsaurs’ living room, which is a mess and covered in food. 

The Terrorsaurs
Professor Rex – An archeologist that discovers Dino City.  After being kicked out by Bronn and Terry, he uses the few bones he got to create the Terrorsaurs.  He wears some T Rex styled armor, but doesn’t fight much at all.  He’s extremely smart, but never seems mad about the Defenders, he’s just excited to get more bones.
Sailback – A dimetrodon, has a sail that runs down his back.  He’s the smallest of the group, and the meanest to make up for it.  He’s the leader of the group, just as likely to start a fight with the Defenders as the rest of the Terrorsaurs.  The sail on his back moves side to side (creates a gust of wind).
Spiketail – A Stegosaurus, has plates down his back and spikes on the end of his tail.  He’s the loner of the bunch and hates the others.  Does everything begrudgingly.  Doesn’t take orders from Sailback without a question.  The plates on his back move back and forth like a saw.
Hornhead – a triceratops, has a frill and three horns.  He’s the laziest of the bunch, but also the biggest and strongest.  Once someone gets him angry, he won’t be stopped until he’s beaten them up.  He has a strong neck that he uses to pick things up after running headfirst into them.
Spikeshell – an ankylosaurus, has a spiky shell on his whole back and a huge club on his tail.  He’s the dumbest of the bunch, mispronouncing a lot of dinosaur names (including his own).  He likes to fight because it doesn’t make him have to think much.  He also eats all the time.  His head can pull under the shell on his back.
Rapterra – A raptor.  She’s Professor Rex’s scientific partner and always tries to convince him to stop attacking Dino City.  She doesn’t fight, but stays in his lab.  No toy will be produced so except for a special episode, do not show her outside of the lab.
Settings
Dino City
                Dino City looks like the ruins in Greece or Rome.  Lots of open buildings and columns.  In the center of the city is a tower (similar to Pisa) that the Defender use as their base.  Bronn can’t go in, but speaks to them through an open door.  Terry has a perch in the center.  Other areas of the city include an arena they practice in, a fountain Salimandro meditates near, and a garden Chamelo is trying to regrow.
Professor Rex’s lab
                The main room is the lab, which features a lot of big glass tubes where the Terrorsaurs were created.  There are other tables with all sorts of equipment on it.  There’s also the Terrorsaurs’ living room, which is a mess and covered in food. 
Episode Premises
The Terrorsaurs kidnap Terry when he sneaks out of Dino City and create a clone of him to infiltrate Dino City.  The plan goes great until Terry escapes by annoying the Terrorsaurs enough that they let him go.  Only Salimandro can tell it's not Terry because of his mental powers, but he cannot convince the others to be concerned with it.
Professor Rex creates a huge clone army of the Terrorsaurs, but they're incredibly stupid.  He sends them to attack Dino City, but Chamelo is able to convince them to turn Rex by using her charms on them.
The Terrorsaurs kidnap Chamelo as she is collecting plants for her garden.  Rex holds her ransom for a full T Rex skeleton that he plans to reanimate.  Chamelo and Rapterra bond by telling stories of the guys they work with and Rapterra releases her in time to destroy the skeleton.
Sailback is tired of being the smallest Terrorsaur and leaves to live on his own.  He runs into Amphibios and they fight, eventually getting to a stalemate and a mutual respect.  The rest of the Terrorsaurs show up to reclaim Sailback, and try to capture Amphibios, but Sailback gives him a chance to escape, saying he wants to take beat him next time they fight.
Rapterra convinces Professor Rex to give up on his attacks on Dino City.  He releases the Terrorsaurs, who attack Dino City on their own because it's all they know.  They actually succeed and get to the time door, but when Professor Rex joins them, the Defenders admit it was a trap. 
Amphibios and Tortoso get in a fight over taking the fight to the Terrorsaurs.  Amphibios leaves right before the Terrorsaurs attack and the Defenders are beaten.  Terry escapes and has to convince Amphibios to come back and save the Defenders.
Bronn tell the Defenders there is trouble through the door: Aliens are stealing dinosaurs eggs.  The Defenders go back in time and find out the aliens are actually the Terrorsaurs - Professor Rex has built a time machine.  They push the Terrorsaurs back and destroy Rex's time machine.
Professor Rex leaves the Terrorsaurs and goes to Dino City alone as a scientist.  He pleads his case to be able to study living dinosaurs.  Just as he is about to win his case, the Terrorsaurs show up, thinking he's been kidnapped.  Because of their interference, Bronn decides he'll never be welcome in Dino City again.
Tortoso tells Terry the story of his time before the Defenders.  He was the animal totem to his Indian tribe.  He tells about the time he was instrumental in saving his tribe from armed forces - turns out he was talking about Custer's last stand.  The terrorsaurs show up and capture the others, Tortoso uses the skills he learned during that battle to save the Defenders.
Salimandro locks himself in his room to meditate during the eclipse and to reconnect with his monk roots.  The Terrorsaurs attack and the Defenders are losing.  They can't break Salimandro from his trance and when it looks like all is lost, he awakens as a mighty dragon.
Amphibios is called back to his home in the Amazon as the rainforest is being destroyed.  Turns on the Terrorsaurs are clearing a space out as a trap to catch him.  He's able to use his skill as a hunter to take down each of the Terrorsaurs one by one.
Chamelo goes back home to see her samurai friend, Hondo.  Professor Rex shows up and captures him but she challenges him for his freedom.  The two fight, but Rex cheats with special armor.  Chamelo uses her invisibility to stop him.
 


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