I'm fairly certain Richard Boone was probably drunk through most of the shooting of this movie, doubtlessly due to the sorry state of his career at the time, playing a two-dimensional character in a movie one could hperbolically refer to as Jaws with a dinosaur. The guy was Paladin, for cryin' out loud!
Rankin & Bass, those animation geniuses who brought us all those classic Christmas specials and the made-for-TV animated adaptation of The Hobbit, were the producers of The Last Dinosaur, which explains Boone's involvement in the movie. Boone's unmistakable voice brought The Hobbit's legendary dragon Smaug to life. Along with some equally bad acting on the part of Joan Van Ark, a gutsy photojournalist Boone refers to as "Crazy Lady," are some pretty amusing slow-motion shots that, although meant for impact, fall short of being Sam Peckenpah-esque.
Since acquiring this jewel on DVD, complete with hard-coded Japanese subtitles, I've probably watched it about a dozen times. The Last Dinosaur, as bad as it is, takes me back to my childhood every time and I can't help but wonder why no one ever remade it. With today's CGI effects, it could perhaps even rival Jurassic Park. Aw, who am I kiddin'. It's terrible. Even my kids won't watch it!