Grumpy Before Land of the Lost.

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Grumpy, left, and Big Alice square off in "Land of the Lost".

Did you know that before he was a regular performer on the classic 1970’s show Land of the Lost, Grumpy the Tyrannosaurus and some of his dino co-stars were in an  film entitled Dinosaurs, The Terrible Lizards? They were created by Wah Chang for this  short educational film in 1970.The film was animated by Doug Beswick ,who went on to animate (with Phil Tippett) the chess scene in STAR WARS.

The dinosaur who would later rise to stardom as Grumpy gets a good poke from a Styracosaurus.

The dinosaur who would later rise to stardom as Grumpy gets a good poke from a Styracosaurus. Image scanned from slides by Jim Aupperle.

Here’s the film. Grumpy and the gang show up about halfway through. If you’re a fan of LOTL, you will probably recognize Emily and Spot as well.

I also found info on the Grumpy hand puppet used in close-ups:

Lot 717 in an online auction (unknown date)

Lot 717 in an online auction (unknown date).

The description in the auction reads: “Grumpy” figure puppet from Land of the Lost, as seen in the opening credits of the show. (CBS-TV, 1974-77) Original hand puppet from the series, seen in the opening credits and used for close ups. The puppet is very finely detailed, with realistic teeth, eyes and mouth, and was filmed from the torso up as required. The figure has been filled with polyfoam to keep its shape, and is mounted on a custom base and housed in a Lexan display case. Measures 22 in. tall. Originally sold at the Sid & Marty Krofft auction in 1998 (lot #22). A fantastic original screen-used puppet, used in every episode!

The Grumpy puppet in action.

The Grumpy puppet in action.

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