Okay, this might be a long shot. I'm looking for a cartoon, could be 80's. I was very little when I saw this, so I have very little details. But as far as I remember it was a mix of cartoon, and real-life models. I.e. when seeing the crew inside vehicles (vehicles being some kind of tanks, I think), it was cartoon. But when you saw the vehicles drive around in jungle landscape, it was small models. Maybe stop-motion.

Is my memory totally wrong, or does this ring a bell to anyone?

  • Possibly in this list...? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – Valorum Mar 5 '14 at 21:35
  • Thanks for the link, but it's not listed. – Jesper Mar 5 '14 at 21:40
  • To my recollection, it was sci-fi. I don't remember if the story was on another planet. But I remember the vehicles/tanks as being spaceship like. I think they fought some kind of dinosaurs or something like that. The monsters/dinosaurs might also have been stop-motion like models. – Jesper Mar 5 '14 at 21:44
  • Was this a movie, a series, what? – Daniel Roseman Mar 5 '14 at 22:07
  • I got a pretty clear picture of what I think this might be - but can't find anything through google – HorusKol Mar 5 '14 at 23:23

I suspect this cartoon might be Dinosaur War Aizenborg, which was also seen in the form of the compilation movie Attack of the Supermonsters.

It meets almost all your requirements: it was originally made in 1977, so you could have seen it in the 80's; the protagonists had a vehicle with a tank-like mode; the vehicles were represented by live-action models, but scenes inside the vehicles with the characters were rendered with animation.

The two parts which I'm not sure match, however:

  1. You mention the vehicles being in a jungle landscape. That might happen in the main series, but no part of the compilation movie (that I can remember, anyhow) takes place in a jungle setting. (Though the subterranean lair of the foes might have appeared jungle-y...)
  2. The foes faced by the Aizenborg team (Gemini Force in the dub) are indeed dinosaurs, but they're realized largely through "suit-mation" rather than cartoons or stop-motion.
  • Wow! I think that is it! Amazing! – Jesper Jul 20 '14 at 7:36
  • No problem! I'll be tickled pink if that's actually the one you're thinking of - I LOVE AotS! – afeldspar Jul 20 '14 at 14:10
  • I saw some of the youtube clips. And I am pretty sure its the one. Awesome. – Jesper Jul 20 '14 at 22:21
  • Oh, new discovery. After reading a fair bit of info about Aizenborg, I found another series called Kyoryu Tankentai Born Free. That was in fact the show I was looking for! – Jesper Jul 22 '14 at 9:12
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    Wow, they look amazingly similar, even considering they're by the same company! – afeldspar Jul 22 '14 at 11:16

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