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May 07, 2000|SUSAN KING

1908: "Prehistoric Man" Little is known but it may have been animated.

1912: "Man's Genesis" D.W. Griffith short may include the first live-action dinosaur.

1914: "Brute Force," a.k.a. "In Prehistoric Days," a.k.a. "Wars of Primal Tribes," a.k.a. "The Primitive Man" Griffith also directed this caveman short starring a young Lionel Barrymore.

1914: "Gertie the Dinosaur" Winsor McCay's first animated short.

1915: "The Dinosaur and the Missing Link": Short features stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien.

1919: "Adam Raises Cain" Tony Sarg provided the silhouette cutout animation for this rarity.

1923: "The Three Ages" Buster Keaton's classic has stop-motion dinos, one of which he rides.

1923: "Evolution," a.k.a. "Darwin's Theory of Evolution" Live-action documentary with movie clips and animation by Max and Dave Fleischer.

1925: "The Lost World" Terrific version of Arthur Conan Doyle adventure starring Wallace Beery and featuring Willis O'Brien's stop-motion dinosaurs.

1927: "Flying Elephants" Laurel and Hardy encounter dinosaurs in this Stone Age-set short.

1933: "King Kong" Before the explorers meet the big ape, they find dinosaurs. Impressive stop-motion effects by Willis O'Brien.

1939: "Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur" Casper Caveman and his pet dino, Fido, encounter Daffy in this Chuck Jones cartoon.

1940: "Fantasia" History of dinosaurs set to Stravinsky's: "Rite of Spring" in the Disney landmark.

1940: "One Million B.C." Hal Roach and Hal Roach Jr. directed this hoot with lizards dressed like dinosaurs. Footage recycled in 1950's "Prehistoric Women," 1952's "Untamed Women," 1953's 3-D: "Robot Monster" and Roger Corman's 1958 "Teenage Caveman."

1940:Stone Age Cartoons:The Fleischer Studio's 12-cartoon dinosaur series. Titles include "Way Back When the Triangle Had Its Point" and "The Ugly Dino."

1942: "Arctic Giant" Superman cartoon serial with an angry thawed-out Tyrannosaurus rex.

1948: "Unknown Island" Richard Denning stars; lizards stand in for dinosaurs.

1953: "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" Terrific stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen.

1955: "King Dinosaur" An iguana plays T. rex in this turkey directed by Bert I. Gordon.

1956: "Godzilla, King of the Monsters!" First of the legendary Japanese imports.

1956: "The Animal World" Ray Harryhausen and Willis O'Brien supplied stop-motion effects for this Irwin Allen documentary about life on Earth before man.

1957: "The Land Unknown" Jock Mahoney lands his helecopter in a valley inhabited by prehistoric creatures (mechanical and people in costumes).

1958: "Behemoth, the Sea Monster," a.k.a. "The Giant Behemoth" Willis O'Brien supplied the stop-motion dinosaurs.

1959: "Journey to the Center of the Earth" Pat Boone and James Mason star; lizards play the dinosaurs.

1960: "Dinosaurus!" Thawed-out prehistoric monsters and a caveman.

1960: "The Lost World" Jill St. Johns and Claude Rains star in remake of the Arthur Conan Doyle story with lizards as dinos.

1961: "Gorgo" British import starring Bill Travers features a mama sea monster invading London to rescue her kidnapped baby (puppets and people in costumes).

1966: "One Million Years B.C." A fur-bikini-clad Raquel Welch flees from stop-motion dinosaurs created by Ray Harryhausen.

1969: "Valley of Gwangi" Harryhausen provided dinosaurs for this sci-fi western in which cowboy James Franciscus captures a T. rex.

1970: "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth" Animator Jim Danforth supplied stop-motion dinos.

1975: "The Land That Time Forgot" Doug McClure encounters dinosaurs (people in dino suits); followed in 1977 by "The People That Time Forgot."

1977: "The Last Dinosaur" Big-game hunter Richard Boone is trapped in the prehistoric past.

1980: "Dinosaur" Will Vinton supplied Claymation for this short.

1981: "Caveman" Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long and Ringo Starr appear with stop-motion dinos by Jim Danforth and Dave Allen.

1985: "Baby, the Secret of the Lost Legend" Disney adventure features a mechanically operated family of dinosaurs.

1988: "The Land Before Time" First in series of animated adventures about baby dinosaurs.

1993: "Jurassic Park" Dinos soar to a new level of sophistication in Steven Spielberg's blockbuster, the first film to use computer graphics to create the monsters. Followed in 1997 by "The Lost World: Jurassic Park." Stan Winston supplied effects for both.

1994: "The Flintstones" Computer-generated imagery (CGI) and mechanical dinosaurs help bring this live-action version of the animated series to life. Followed in April 2000 by "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas."

1998: "Godzilla" Beast and her babies created by CGI and mechanical dinos wreak havoc in New York.

1998: "T-Rex: Back to the Cretaceous" This Imax movie utilized CGI animation and 3-D effects.

May 2000: "Dinosaur" Disney's latest uses CGI in live-action backgrounds.

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