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Dinoco is an oil company/gas station that has been seen in Toy Story and Cars. In Toy Story, the logo is an Apatosaurus. In Cars, the logo is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. At Disney California Adventure, the new Cars Land also features Dinoco gas pumps at Flo's V8 Cafe, which features a stegosaurus as the logo on the pumps.

Appearances

Toy Story

"Buzz Lightyear mission log. The local sheriff and I seem to be at a huge refueling station of some sort."
—Buzz Lightyear
Dinoco Station

The Dinoco Gas Station in Toy Story.

The Dinoco Gas Station is the place where Andy's family car stops for some gasoline en route to Pizza Planet. It is where Woody (whom Andy has chosen to take with him to Pizza Planet) and Buzz Lightyear (who has followed Woody to avenge him for pushing him out of the window at Andy's house) get stranded as a result of their argument and misunderstanding of each other. The Pizza Planet truck also happens to stop by at the gas station (Woody labels the Pizza Planet truck as a spaceship to convince Buzz to tag along), allowing Woody to find his way back to Andy.

A Dinoco tanker truck also stops at the station after Andy's car leaves and before the Pizza Planet truck arrives.

Cars

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The Dinoco Tent in Cars.

Dinoco is an oil company run by Tex Dinoco that sponsors the Piston Cup and is the main sponsor of Strip "The King" Weathers. Every Piston Cup race car covets the Dinoco sponsorship. In Cars, Strip Weathers is on the verge of retiring, causing Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks to both battle for the Dinoco sponsorship. In the final race for the Piston Cup, Chick Hicks deliberately sent "The King" crashing off the track, after being fed up with coming second to him in every race. Lightning gave up his bid for the sponsorship to help "The King" cross the finish line with dignity, making Chick the ultimate winner. Although he "won," Chick was labeled a cheater by the enraged crowds who saw his stunt, and apparently, Tex refused to sponsor him. Tex offered to sponsor Lightning instead for his sportsmanship, but he quietly turned it down, deciding to stay with Rust-eze. He does, however, ask Tex for a helicopter ride for his friend Mater. With "The King" retired, it is uncertain who Dinoco is now sponsoring.

Dinoco is based on NASCAR, IndyCar, and airplane fuel corporation called "Sun-Oco", although Sun-Oco sponsors all NASCAR teams and drivers as primary fuel, not just one driver. 

Cars 2

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Mater driving past a pit row which uses Dinoco oil.

As the Dinoco oil company is an important brand in the movie Cars, it reappears in Cars 2. It is the drink Lightning and Mater have in the plane taking them to Tokyo. An advertisement for Dinoco can be seen in Tokyo. It is also seen as the fuel of the 12th pit for the last race of the WGP in London.

Trivia

  • Dinoco may have been based on the Sinclair Oil Corporation, which also uses an Apatosaurus as its logo.
  • It is also a reference to Sunoco, a chain of gas stations found throughout the US, which is the exclusive fuel provider for NASCAR series (what the Piston Cup is based on).
  • The Dinoco logo appears on a lighter on WALL-E's shelf in the movie WALL-E.
  • There is a building seen with the Dinoco logo on it when Mater comes out of the water in Tokyo Mater. This is most likely one of its headquarters. Dinoco also appears on several advertisements in the episode.
  • A new "subsidiary" of Dinoco appeared in Heavy Metal Mater, called Dinoco Records.
  • In the early script for Toy Story 2, Al was originally supposed to stop at Dinoco on route to the airport following engine troubles, in which the toys hi-jacked his car shortly after. In a later deleted scene, the Dinoco gas station is mentioned by Buzz while he's explaining the route they took to get to Al's Toy Barn.
  • The design of the Dinoco-sponsored vehicles resembles that of the NASCAR vehicles sponsored by STP motor oil, and the King's actor Richard Petty (a former NASCAR driver and a business entrepreneur) drove for STP in his NASCAR career as his primary sponsor.
  • In the Cars film series, most of the "animals" are also vehicles. But for some reason, all of the Dinoco logo dinosaurs in their world aren't car-ified.
  • In Planes: Fire & Rescue, a Dinoco oil can is seen.

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Humans: Andy DavisMolly DavisMrs. DavisSid PhillipsHannah PhillipsAl McWhigginGeriEmilyAmyBonnie AndersonMrs. AndersonDaisyRonald TompkinsMason
Animals: ScudBusterMr. Jones

Locations
Andy's HouseSid's HouseDinocoPizza PlanetAl's Toy BarnAl's PenthouseTri-County International AirportSunnyside DaycareButterfly RoomCaterpillar RoomKen's Dream HouseThe BoxVending MachineBonnie's HouseTri-County SanitationTri-County LandfillIncineratorPoultry PalaceSleep Well
Objects
A113Pixar BallPizza Planet truckEggman Movers vanThe Claw
Songs
You've Got a Friend in MeStrange ThingsI Will Go Sailing No MoreWoody's RoundupWhen She Loved MeWe Belong TogetherDream WeaverLe Freak
See Also
Black Friday reelToy Story 2 (original storyline)Toy Story 3 (Circle 7 Screenplay)
Other
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box


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Disney Parks
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Entertainment: Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular
Restaurants: Cozy Cone MotelFillmore's Taste-InFlo's V8 Cafe
Shops: Radiator Springs CuriosRamone's House of Body ArtSarge's Surplus Hut
Parade: Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadePaint The Night ParadePixar Play Parade
Firework: World of Color: Celebrate!

Characters
Cars: Lightning McQueenMaterSally CarreraMackThe KingChick HicksBrush CurberNot ChuckMia and TiaHarvBoostDJWingoSnot RodBob CutlassDarrell CartripDoc HudsonFloRamoneSheriffLuigiGuidoSargeFillmoreRedLizzieStanleyBessieJuniorTex DinocoLynda WeathersVanMinnyMichael Schumacher FerrariJay LimoFredToddFrankTractorsVroomaroundus BugusRalph Carlow

Cars 2: Finn McMissileHolley ShiftwellCrabbyTony TrihullLeland TurboRod "Torque" RedlineTomberMiles AxlerodMel DoradoProfessor ZündappGremAcerFrancesco BernoulliLewis HamiltonJeff GorvetteMax SchnellMiguel CaminoRaoul ÇaRouleNigel GearsleyCarla VelosoBrent MustangburgerDavid HobbscapVladimir TrunkovVictor HugoTubbs PacerJ. Curby GremlinFred PacerIvanAlexander HugoUncle TopolinoMama TopolinoOtisSiddeleyCartney Brakin
Cars 3: Cruz RamirezJackson StormNatalie CertainSterlingMiss FritterChase RacelottDanny SwervezRyan "Inside" LaneyBubba WheelhouseCam SpinnerRich MixonCal WeathersBobby SwiftBrick YardleyTerry KargasReb MeekerHamiltonSmokey
Mater and the Ghostlight: Screamin' Banshee
Cars Toons: KabutoBig DSandy DunesBlue GritIdle ThreatShifty SidewinderDidi 05Mike 07
Video Games: CandiceEl MachismoStinger
Deleted Characters: Zil

Episodes
Mater's Tall Tales: Rescue Squad MaterMater the GreaterEl MaterdorTokyo MaterUnidentified Flying MaterMonster Truck MaterHeavy Metal MaterMoon MaterMater Private EyeAir MaterTime Travel Mater

Tales From Radiator Springs: HiccupsBuggedSpinningThe Radiator Springs 500½
Cancelled Episodes: To Protect and Serve

Songs
Real GoneLife is a HighwayOur TownSh-BoomRoute 66Find YourselfBehind the CloudsMy Heart Would KnowFree RideYou Might ThinkCollision of WorldsNobody's FoolRun That RaceRide
Organizations/Groups
DinocoThe Delinquent Road HazardsWorld Grand PrixLemons
Locations
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Objects
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See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box