Paisley Dinosaur


" But Professor!  You don't understand! Everybody is happy in Paisleyland!! "

Welcome to the Wonderful World of the Paisley Dinosaur!

Paisley "D"

In 1989, in the town of San Clemente, California, a kid by the name of Dennis Troy approached a kid by the name of Dianne Benanti with an idea.


Dennis asked Dianne if she could draw a dinosaur as a logo. Lacoste was in a popular trend with their solid color polo shirts and their iconic crocodile logo.

Dennis wanted to create a mens clothing line; paisley shirts, with a dinosaur logo, hence the name Paisley Dinosaur.

Instead of a dark gray scary dinosaur, Dianne sketched a baby dinosaur with a smile on its face. From there, with a few hundred more sketches, the new idea of a children's concept was born.

  In 1991, Dennis was given the unique opportunity to help his mother in a multi-million dollar investment called Troy.

Troy was built on El Paseo in Palm Desert, also known as the 'Rodeo Drive" of the desert.

3 hours away from the southern California coastline was the desert valley that held several resort cities; Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells and La Quinta.

So in August of 1991, they packed up everything they had from their small shack on the beach and moved to the hottest place on earth. It was literally 119 degrees the day they arrived.

By the time September rolled around, Paisley Dinosaur was buried deep down into the desert sand.


In 1992, Barney, the purple dinosaur hit the airwaves and Spielberg's Jurassic Park was announced for the big screen. After several years and other pursuits, Dianne and Dennis remained friends and ventured off in other directions. By 1996,  it was Dinosaur Mania .


Dianne, now married, with the support of her husband, secured the trademarks and copyrights. Wrote the full story.  Created other paisley dinosaurs from all different parts of the world. Created learning tools. Wrote lyrics for the sing-along- songs.

In 2003, she built  She also secured the name in 2004.

Dianne catered to her artwork ( during the years of 2005-2009.

During those years, they cringed every time another dinosaur movie hit the theatre. They knew connections were everything. And they had not a one....Agents were too pricy and they didn't know who to trust.

They had many leads but most had little results.

By 2010 life inevitably moved on. 


They purchased a home and spent several years renovating. Dianne spent more time getting involved with her community. Paisley Dinosaur was memorialized in Dianne's office. Each dinosaur had their stitched smiles that peered out of their cellophane bags. Their adorable eyes would somehow telepathically urge their mother not to give up!


By 2017, now so much older, what did they have to lose? They watched this show for years. Bill and Dianne rehearsed daily, signed their lives away and auditioned  for the 2018 Season 10  series of Shark Tank.

Lo and behold they nailed it!  Finally! After all these years...They couldn't believe it! The producer Jackie spent so much time with them...more so than others.   Mindy Zemrak, the executive producer walked in and said, "This is the best pitch I have ever seen!"

They all hugged and screamed.... Hopped on their unicorns and rode their ponies to Starbucks.

In reality, the audition went so well that Bill and Dianne were in utter disbelief that the call never came in. They also found out that some get called back for the following season.


They were told by a very reliable source that perseverance is everything! So onward they go...


To view the characters page: characters

To view the original website that was built in 2002, please visit

To view the Pitch Book given to The Shark Tank, please click here