In the 26th Century, mankind’s destiny hadn’t gone exactly as planned. Only the remnants of civilization survived in isolated tribes, while dinosaurs repopulated the Earth. Jack Tenrec, a member of the old blood “Mechanics,” fought to preserve the philosophy of his people called “The Machinery of Life.” Acting as an ecological freedom fighter, he strove to maintain the balance between mankind and nature so that the two could live in harmony. As a personal preference, he chose to do this from the seats of a collection of modified Cadillacs.
Jack didn’t face his opponents alone. He had the help of several allies, including another Mechanic named Mustapha, a beautiful scientist acting as ambassador for the people of far-off Wasoon, and a juvenile dinosaur named Hermes that Jack had raised from the time its mother was killed. Jack could count on additional assistance from a friend named Kirgo, and he was at least on good terms with two of the three Governors who set policy for the nearby “City in the Sea” (a.k.a. the island remnants of New York).
Unlike the Governors Dahlgren and Toulouse, who were open to Jack’s philosophical viewpoints, Governor Wilhelmina Scharnhorst believed in taking back the domain of the Earth in the name of progress, at the expense of all else. Needless to say this put her at odds with Jack, who spent much of his time trying to stop her (often underhanded) plans that inflicted collateral damage on nature.
Wilhelmina often employed the services of Hammer Terhune and his gang of ruthless poachers to carry out her plans. Although the two didn’t trust one another, Hammer was willing to do any job for a price, and he was always happy for an excuse to go up against Jack, whom he despised.
The story for the series originated in Mark Schultz’s comic book Xenozoic Tales, published irregularly from 1987 until 1996. The comic book lasted for 14 issues. Although the comic ended in the middle of a story arc, the animated version was not a direct adaptation of the comic, and it went with a less complex story line. Comparatively, however, the number of stories was similar. The animated Cadillacs and Dinosaurs ran for a single season consisting of thirteen episodes.