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Earl Sneed Sinclair is the main protagonist from Disney's 1991-94 television series, Dinosaurs.

Role in the series

He is one of the lead characters in the television series Dinosaurs. Identified as a Megalosaurus, Earl is the 43-year-old head of his family, consisting of wife Fran, teenage children Robbie and Charlene, mother-in-law Ethyl Phillips and infant son Baby Sinclair. Married for over 15 years, Earl tends to take his more sensible wife for granted, who often brings him down to earth with a sharp "Earl Sneed Sinclair!" Earl's own family background is seldom delved into, but he was the class runt in high school and has an estranged sister, country singer Pearl Sinclair. He is given two common nicknames--Pally Boy by Roy Hess and Not the Mama by Baby.

Employed as a low-level tree-pusher for the voluminous WESAYSO Corporation, Earl is old-fashioned and resentful as his family often tries to break with dinosaur tradition, yet usually caves in (though in the show's final episode, "Changing Nature," he is very supportive of new technology).

Earl's best friend is Roy Hess and it's sometimes unclear whether work is a refuge from home or home is a refuge from work. In particular, Earl struggles with being a new father again and Baby Sinclair's continual address of "Not the Mama" over "Daddy" is a source of frustration. One such attempt to win his youngest son's approval involved adopting the superhero persona Captain Impressive ("Earl Don't Be a Hero"). Earl's other desire, outside of being left alone to snack and drink beer, is to achieve recognition from B.P. Richfield and the outside world, whether by becoming "Employee of the Month" or through laying claim as the discoverer of Sinclair City ("The Discovery").

Though usually content to watch television and avoid serious thought, Earl could be occasionally galvanized into action by either his family or a delayed conscience. His achievements during the series' run included running for Chief Elder ("And the Winner Is..."), becoming the network's lead television programmer ("Network Genius") and trading places with a tree ("If I Were a Tree"). Earl also used to play accordion and was surprisingly good at it ("Swamp Music").

Despite his occasional moments of enlightenment, the well-meaning but dense Earl ultimately contributes to the extinction of his entire species ("Changing Nature").

Behind the Scenes

Earl was a full-bodied, realistic animatronic puppet with the facial radio controls operated by Dave Goelz in season 1 and the first part of season 2 and by Mak Wilson for the rest of the series' run. The body suit was performed by Bill Barretta (in one of his earliest Henson projects) and, on occasion, Tom Fisher.

Disney Parks

Earl and the rest of the show's main cast appeared in a Dinosaurs-based parade at Disney-MGM Studios when the series was running.

Quotes

  • "All right, that ends right now. I've had it up to here with this "Not the Momma". I am not Not the Momma, I'm your daddy, and you only get one, buster, and that's what you're gonna call me. Daddy. Now say Daddy."
  • "Honey, I'm home!"
  • "Exactly! And it's that kind of delusion that's made our country what it is today."
  • "As you can see, I have separated all known dinosaur wisdom into three categories: animal, vegetable, rocks."
  • "Water is the opposite of fire, which we have previously established as a vegetable. What's the opposite of a vegetable? Fruit. So, water is a fruit! Fruit is not a vegetable, so it has to be either an animal or a rock. We know it's not an animal. Therefore, fruit is a rock."
  • "Son, under our system, a guy can't muscle his way to the top without any opposition. We are required by our constitution to let the voters think they have a choice. That's democracy."

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Media

Dinosaurs (episode list) | Videography | Creating Dinosaurs: The Sketches That Started It All | Dinosaurs: Classic Tales | Dinosaurs (comic book) | Big Songs | I'm the Baby (Gotta Love Me) | Dinosaurs Live!

Characters

Main: Earl Sinclair | Fran Sinclair | Robbie Sinclair | Charlene Sinclair | Baby Sinclair
Supporting: Ethyl Phillips | Roy Hess | Bradley P. Richfield | Monica DeVertebrae | Spike | Mindy | Howard Handupme | Mr. Lizard | Mr. Pulman | Lyzzard Skyzzard | Stegosaurus | Needlenose | Turtlepuss | Unisaurs
Others: Mr. Ashland | Nigel Ouch | Arthur Rizzic | Connie DeSalvo | Mel Luster | Dinosaur Chief | Woodrow | Gary | The Doctor | Timmy | Buddy Glimmer | Insurance Agent | Folk Singer | Predator | Grapdelites | Sparky | General Chow | Cabby | Job Wizard | Bob (DMV Worker) | Maurice | Caroline Foxworth | Solomon the Great | Ramona | Gus Molehill | Glenda Molehill | Aubrey Molehill | Richard | Al "Sexual" Harris | Otto Lynch | Mason Dixon | Barry Wolfe | Harold Heffer | Jerry Valentine | Frank | WESAYSO Scientist | Robert Stack Dinosaur | Grandpa Louie | Lucius | Julian | Cookie Creature | General H. Norman Conquest | Edward R. Hero | Fox Jacket | Heather Worthington | Pterodactyl | Lingo | Andre | Scabby | Crazy Lou | Richard Simmons Dinosaur | Shelly | Larry | Stu Boombird | Ted Hardshell | Walter Sternhagen | Thighs of Thunder | Wereman | Dr. Ficus | Zabar | Wendy Richfield | Officer Bettelheim | Muse | Judge H. T. Stone | Guy in Lab Coat | Henri and Simone Poupon | Chief Elder | Mr. Myman | Leeza | Sally | Dolf | Howlin' Jay | Sonny | Mudbelly | Ty Warner | The Spirit of the Tree | Kyle | UFO! Host | Hank Hibler | Ed | Igor | Captain Impressive | Ansel | Winston | Judge D. X. Machina | Dr. Herder | Frau Woodhouse | The Babysitter | Blarney | Dr. Elliott Piaget | Bert | Stan | Bryant | Katie | Woody | Les | Ray Gherkin | Moola the Cash Cow | Hank | The Devil | Jean-Claude | Brigitte | Georgie | Cavepeople | Cavelings | Ling Ling and Chang Chang | Mr. Ugh | Miss Honeywell | Sir David Tushingham

Locations

Pangaea | The Sinclair Home | Sinclair City | WESAYSO | B.P. Richfield's Trailer | Bob LaBrea High School | Mel Luster's Mating Dance Academy | Absolute Proof Laboratories | Kave Mart | Le Predateur | Meteor Tiki Lounge | Silent Springs | Wesaysoland

Other

Dinosaur TV | DNN | DTV | Antediluvian Broadcasting Company | The Great Potato

Episodes

Season One: The Mighty Megalosaurus | The Mating Dance | Hurling Day | High Noon | The Howling
Season Two: The Golden Child | Family Challenge | I Never Ate for My Father | Charlene's Tale | Endangered Species | Employee of the Month | When Food Goes Bad | Career Opportunities | Unmarried... with Children | How to Pick Up Girls | Switched at Birth | Refrigerator Day | What "Sexual" Harris Meant | Fran Live | Power Erupts | The Clip Show | A New Leaf | The Last Temptation of Ethyl | Nuts to War | And the Winner Is... | Slave to Fashion | Leader of the Pack | WESAYSO Knows Best
Season Three: Nature Calls | Baby Talk | Network Genius | The Discovery | Little Boy Boo | Germ Warfare | Hungry for Love | License to Parent | Charlene's Flat World | Wilderness Weekend | The Son Also Rises | Getting to Know You | Green Card | Out of the Frying Pan | Steroids to Heaven | Honey, I Miss the Kids | Swamp Music | Dirty Dancin' | If I Were a Tree | We Are Not Alone | Charlene and Her Amazing Humans | The Clip Show II
Season Four: Monster Under the Bed | Earl, Don't Be a Hero | The Greatest Story Ever Sold | Driving Miss Ethyl | Earl's Big Jackpot | Terrible Twos | Changing Nature | Scent of a Reptile | Earl and Pearl | Life in the Faust Lane | Variations on a Theme Park | Working Girl | Into the Woods | Georgie Must Die

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