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Genre Animated series, Science fiction
Written by Bruno Bianchi
Jean Chalopin
Directed by Bruno Bianchi
Starring A. J. Henderson
Arthur Grosser
Mark Hellman
Lyon Smith
Maurice LaMarche
Bill Switzer
Nicole Oliver
Tony Daniels
Don Francks
Stacey DePass
Ron Pardo
Shechinah Mpumlwana
Music by Haim Saban
Shuki Levy
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 24
Running time 30 mins
Production company(s) Créativité et Développement
Distributor Saban International
Original network FR3
First shown in France
Original release March 15 (March 15, 1988) – September 5, 1988 (September 5, 1988)

Diplodo is an animated series which first aired in 1988. It was produced by Saban International & C&D (Créativité et Développement), a company founded by Jean Chalopin after he left DIC. It is based on the Japanese Pocket Zaurus toyline from Bandai.


The series Diplodo focuses on five dinosaur-like creatures, known as the diplodorians. These creatures are from Diplodorianrex, the sister planet of Earth, which lies in the fourth dimension. The story explains that whatever happens to one planet also affects the other planet. The Diplodos have successfully defended their home planet and put up a strong defensive shield. This results in the Diplidos' enemies, led by the evil Santos, targeting Earth in order to destroy the Diplodos' home planet. With this threat, the five chosen Diplodos travel to Earth in order to defend the planet, which will result in saving their own. Here, they meet and become allies with two children, Peter and Joan.


The Diplodos

  • Bubbles – A pink hippo-like diplodorian. He is the leader of the Diplodos, he can produce bubbles from his mouth; capable of transporting human beings and possibly an evolved Tyrannosaurus. He is voiced by Arthur Grosser.
  • Puncher – A purple diplodorian who can punch holes through any material using his teeth and possibly an evolved Heterodontosaurus. He is voiced by Rick Jones.
  • Scissors – A yellow Pterosaur-like diplodorian who can slice objects using his mouth like a pair of scissors and is possibly an evolved Pteranodon.
  • Stapler – A blue walrus-like diplodorian who can produce staples from his mouth and is shown to be an evolved Triceratops.
  • Stickum – An orange Stegosaur-like diplodorian who can produce sellotape from his mouth, useful for repairing holes or tying up enemies and possibly an evolved Stegosaurus.

The children

  • Peter – A young boy who is an ally and friend to the Diplodos. Peter has brown hair and is interested in dinosaurs.
  • Joan – A young girl who is an ally and friend to the Diplodos. Joan has blonde hair and enjoys playing soccer.


  • Santos – The evil enemy of the Diplodos. He is a Earthling traitor who works to with the Zodarians to destroy the Earth. He wears a suit of power armour with a laser gun on its wrist. He is voiced by A. J. Henderson.
  • Zodarians - A species of green-skinned aliens who serve the Great Sorcerer and are commanded by Santos. Like Santos, they wear suits of power armour with built-in laser cannons.
  • The Great Sorcerer - A powerful villain imprisoned on Diplodorianrex. He can send commands to Santos and the Zodarians through telepathy. He desires the destruction of Earth (and thus, Diplodorianrex) so he can escape and lead the Zodarians to conquer the galaxy. He is depicted as a pair of glowing eyes in the darkness.
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