I have this memory of a TV cartoon show with a bunch of dinosaurs (5, I guess), each with different colors and from different species. One was a triceratops, another was a diplodocus, but they were all the same size. They were really cartoonish.

There were no humans, and the stories happened way before our time, hence they were discovering many things.

I remember seeing that show as a child in France, so between 1995 and 2005.

One of the episodes I remember is when they see a rainbow for the first time and they decide to build a raft to see its beginning. The whole episode was them rowing, imagining what it could be and giving it a name. They argue between "Rainbow" ("Arc-en-ciel" in French) and "Color Acre" ("Arpent à couleurs" in French, not sure at all for English). Finally, they understand that they'll never get the rainbow and go back where they came from.

Of course, this is NOT The Land Before Time, neither Denver.

  • I'd have said Dink the dinosaur but there's no triceratops and I can't seem to find any rainbow episode. The Diplodos might have been able to build a raft, because they had, hands, but there are humans on this show.
    – Jenayah
    Jul 3, 2018 at 17:10

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Okay, I think I found it. The design definitely rings a bell, the dates are good, and even if I can't find the rainbow episode, I know it's this one.

Dino Babies

It's Dino Babies (Dino Junior in french), a cartoon produced in 1993 and broadcast in 1997 in France. On wikipedia.fr, I see Ireland for the origin country, but on .en it's Canada/UK. Anyways, it's the story of six dinosaurs that tell themselves classical tales (the emperor's new robes, sleeping beauty...) with their own imaginative spin.

There was a triceratops, but not one of the main characters - a recurrent one at least.

I found it when I clicked on the link for Dink in one of the answers and saw other suggestions.


I know you said it's not The Land Before Time, but it did have a TV series and episode 24, "Search for the Sky Color Stones" involved a rainbow:

When the gang sees the sky colors in the sky disappear (a rainbow), the gang splits up to find sky color stones (geodes).

The group does include a triceratops (Cera). I don't believe there was a Diplodocus featured in the TV series (although the film had "Doc"), but Littlefoot has variously been identified as a Brontosaurus, a Brachiosaurus, and an Apatosaurus as science marched on.

Land Before Time Cast - Fanart

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    No, that definitely can't be that. The land before time is one of my favorite film ever, I'd remember. Plus, the design was way more cartoonish.
    – Lyzvaleska
    Jul 3, 2018 at 19:08
  • So, more crude animation? Less realistic dinosaur anatomy?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jul 3, 2018 at 19:29

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