Dinosaur Train

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  • TV-Y
  • 2009
  • 11 Seasons
  • 6.5  (1,617)

Dinosaur Train is an American-Canadian animated television show that first aired on PBS Kids in 2009. The show follows the adventures of Buddy, a young T-Rex, and his adoptive Pteranodon family. The format of the show is both educational and entertaining for preschool-aged children.

The show's primary focus is exploring the wonders of the prehistoric world in a fun and interactive way. Each episode takes dinosaurs on a journey through different periods of the Mesozoic Era, where they encounter new species of dinosaurs and learn about their behavior, lifestyle, and habitat. The episodes also touch on the scientific method, how to make observations, and how to ask questions. The educational component is implemented through the incorporation of fun and engaging music and animations, which help hold children's attention.

Dinosaur Train is hosted by the conductor, a Troodon dinosaur who guides the characters through their journeys. Buddy is the star of the show, a curious and lovable T-Rex who loves to learn new things about his surroundings. He is the "adopted" child of the Pteranodon family, which consists of Mom, Dad, and his siblings, Tiny, Shiny, and Don. Each character brings a unique and relevant perspective to the story. For example, Tiny, the youngest of the siblings, represents the show's target audience, while Shiny, the older sister, acts as a knowledgeable authority to her younger brother and sister.

One of the most prominent themes in the show is the importance of family and the significance of being accepting of others, even if they are different. The show's portrayal of a multiracial family with an adopted child emphasizes the importance of acceptance, love, and understanding, debunking any stereotypes that may exist with acceptance among children. Similarly, the interactions between different dinosaurs represent the appreciation of diversity and a message of how it is essential for each dinosaur to understand and respect those who are different from them.

Dinosaur Train's animation style is unique, with a vivid and inviting color palette that complements its vivid setting. The show primarily uses bright greens and blues to represent the lush landscapes and vibrant skies of the prehistoric world, contributing to the show's calming and enjoyable atmosphere. The characters are well-designed and easily distinguishable, with each character having specific physiological characteristics that match their species profile.

Overall, Dinosaur Train is an educational, entertaining, and enjoyable show that encourages children to learn about the prehistoric world through a fun and engaging story. The show's combination of educational content, family themes, and entertaining animations make it a popular choice for parents looking for an educational show for their little ones.

In conclusion, Dinosaur Train is a show that will captivate children's imagination while educating them at the same time. The show's lively animation, engaging music, and lovable characters make it a great pick for children of all ages. Families will appreciate the values taught throughout the series, especially with regard to diversity and acceptance, while children will love the exciting and fantastic experiences of the prehistoric world.

Dinosaur Train is a series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (171 episodes). The series first aired on September 7, 2009.

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A New Leaf/Love Day
5. A New Leaf/Love Day
February 10, 2020
After Tiny, Shiny, Buddy, and Don are feeling overwhelmed by chores from Mom and Dad, a plan is hatched. Then, Tiny wakes up feeling a little sad. To cheer her up, Shiny decides to show her how much she loves her.
Migration Vacation/Moms Rawk!
4. Migration Vacation/Moms Rawk!
April 1, 2020
The Pteranodon family sends Buddy on the Dinosaur Train so he can join Annie, Deloris, and Boris Tyrannosaurus for a week on their migration. Then, Mrs. Pteranodon gets the idea to create a Pretend Migration for the kids!
King and Crystal Play Red Rock/Nick of Time
3. King and Crystal Play Red Rock/Nick of Time
March 31, 2020
King and Crystal Cryolophosaurus are back together in their on-again, off-again rock'n'roll relationship, and they receive an offer to play the Red Rock Ampitheater in Laramidia! Then, Dad's good friend from his past comes to visit.
The Beelzebufo Cometh/Dennis Comes to Visit
2. The Beelzebufo Cometh/Dennis Comes to Visit
April 2, 2020
The kids happen upon the legendary giant bullfrog Benny Beelzebufo, who they once visited on his home river. Then, Dennis fulfills a promise and comes to visit Buddy and the kids at Pteranodon Terrace.
Underwater Race/Buddy Wants to Fly
1. Underwater Race/Buddy Wants to Fly
March 30, 2020
The Pteranodon Family has raced on land a few times and in the air against Thurston Troodon, but never in the water!Then, after feeling sad because he is unable to fly, Buddy builds himself his very own set of wings!
Where to Watch Dinosaur Train
Dinosaur Train is available for streaming on the PBS Kids website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Dinosaur Train on demand at Amazon Prime, Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Hoopla and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 7, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (1,617)