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Your Thoughts: Dinosaur Train

Discussion in 'Family Worlds' started by Phillip, Sep 6, 2009.

  1. Phillip Administrator

    Here’s a reminder that Henson’s new family series, “Dinosaur Train” debuts tomorrow on PBS nationwide. Check your local channel for times in your area. Most PBS stations are airing a marathon of Dinosaur Train episodes for Labor Day. The show will continue to air every weekday on PBS along with Henson’s Sid the Science Kid.

    Here's a video preview...


    And here's the official web site...
    http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/index.html

    After you see the new series, post here and let us know what you think.
  2. da web croniclz New Member

    i'm not saying it's a bad show! but what the henson company needs to do is bring back the puppets (muppets). what ever happened to funny education. sesame street is funny and educational and teaches kids about life lessons like death, birth, marriage, etc. we need more muppet television like that. i thought that this was gonna be that type of show.
  3. MJTaylor Member

    Judging from what I've seen on the website they could be onto a winner.
  4. GSmiley2007 Member

    I watched it, and it's not too bad. Though I hope Henson doesn't give up on real puppetry forever.

    The characters aren't too bad either, and they're kinda cute (especially Tiny). Who knows if years from now, Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don will be as significant with the Henson Company as Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Big Bird, Elmo, Bert, Ernie, etc., are? And I wonder if there will be toys in the works...

    I'm definitely gonna continue watching it!
  5. GelflingWaldo New Member

    I caught the show today and loved it! Great characters, great educational content, and super catchy songs (I still can't get the theme song out of my head).

    And if you want to learn a bit about what went into developing and creating the show, check out these great interviews on YouTube:
  6. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    I liked it a lot more than i though i would. When i first heard the original annoucements, it seemed just way random and out there and didn't think it would be that great a show. But now i see how it works out and comes together. Now it's certainly not one of their classic shows...it's not up there with the best of the best but as said, it's way better than i thought.

    What i really liked is that it didn't follow a predictable formula in the same way that Sid the Science Kid, Animal Jam, or Animal Show does/did. When i saw the first episode, i though "okay this is how the show works...this is how each episode will play out." But then when the next episodes came on, they went in different directions. I also liked how it didn't wait until like the last episode for Buddy to discover his species - and how him doing so didn't change the continuity/concept since as he stated it made him want to learn about the different species of dinosaurs even more.

    I also liked the live action segments since the Paleontologist has a good screen presence and plays well to the camera. I was kind of hoping that they would go a little more comedic during these parts as i could see some hint of that with the showing how he "looked with horns" and the "points of fact" but they didn't take those as far as i felt they could.

    So overall i think i'll enjoy it - i don't see a really long run...i imagine there's only so much you could do within 40 episodes and how it might be hard to sustain that after those, and even though it doesn't follow a set formula, i still like Sid better, but this is one that will still be fun to watch as opposed to one i feel is a chore to check out out of Henson loyalty.
  7. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I feel the same way to. Giving it an Arthur/ Curious George style run of 2 10 minute cartoons and some live action talk segments is what makes it work different from Sid, which does have that rigid formula (obviously using the rigid schedule educational stuff, and emulating pre-school). Only thing I think it could have used was a little more tension when they discovered that their adopted kid is the notorious killing machine of the dinosaur world. But it didn't seem to need it.

    I find it interesting they clearly dubbed this thing in Canada... I heard Kathleen Barr's voice used for the T-Rex mother and Laura. Kinda curious why they didn't use Henson people to do the voice work. But as everyone knows, dubbing in Canada means working with a Canadian union, which is cheaper than an American voice acting union.

    pretty good show, seems the kids have a very very light shade of Hey Arnold's kids (Craig Bartlett created this after all). All and all, I think i like the look and feel of Sid more, but I prefer the substance of Dino Train.
  8. GSmiley2007 Member

    You know-- I myself thought it was odd that they used general voice actors and not the Muppeteers for doing the voices of the characters, considering it's from the Henson company. If they decided on Muppeteers instead, here's who I would've gone with:

    Buddy - Kevin Carlson
    Tiny - Leslie Carrara (or Alison Mork)
    Shiny - Donna Kimball
    Don - James Murray (or Steve Whitmire)
    Mrs. Pteranodon - Julianne Buescher
    The Conductor - Victor Yerrid (or Tyler Bunch)
  9. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I am just TOTALLY diggin' the theme song. Anyone else?
  10. oldschool New Member

    I was very upset when Dinosaur Train interrupted the lineup on PBS, but now I'm hooked, especially with the theme song. In fact, we watch it so much that I was wondering if the theme song has changed since the show started. I thought that it originally said that "We may be different, but we're all God's creatures, all dinosaurs have different features." Now it sounds like "God's" has been omitted. Has anyone else noticed this or am I getting old and hard of hearing (or just can't hear over the babbling of my kids).
  11. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I don't think that was ever said in the theme song, sorry.
  12. oldschool New Member

    Well, like I said, I am either getting hard of hearing or my kids make too much noise. Thanks for the reply.
  13. Yorick Active Member

    I never saw it until recently, so I wouldn't know about a lyric change - but I do agree it's a cool song!

    And a nice message that he's accepted by the mother dinosaur! Very heart-warming, when you think about it.

    Very sweet when she takes him with them across the sky, too! Mommy won't be able to carry him around forever though, because when he grows up, she won't be able to lift him up at all, nevermind keeping him gripped in her toes!
  14. Najadica New Member


    I tried to post a response to this, but I don't think it went through, so if it did and it shows as a duplicate, I apologize. But you are correct, I have been watching Dinosaur Train since it first comes on because my son loves this show. The original theme song did say, "we're all God's creatures". I believe they may have taken it out because it offended some people, since there are many religions. I personally liked the original version, but do respect the fact that they changed the theme song to fit everyone.
  15. beau New Member

    I don't get to see it often, but I will say this:

    This 24-year-old has learned more about dinosaurs from Dinosaur Train than he ever did in school :)
  16. dwmckim Well-Known Member

    Since Dinosaur Train doesn't get talked about a lot on the forum, thought i'd pipe up with some DT love - it took a while for them to roll out a lot of new episodes when they first debuted but now that most of the original run of episodes have aired, i just wanted to throw out that -

    THIS IS REALLY A COOL FUN SHOW!

    i'm totally digging it much more than i ever thought i would. Unlike a lot of other Henson kids shows, it doesn't have such a strict format (ie - such and such always happens in the first two minutes followed by x for the next minute and y for the next two minutes) and allows the show to be much more fun and the characters (both main and supporting) are all really fun. It's a great companion to Sid the Science Kid since both shows have a great mix of fun engaging characters that totally make you wish you could be friends with and visit outside of the tv screen! (Have i used the word "fun" enough in this paragraph to describe this fun show?)

    Though it was initially a little surprising to not hear any of the "usual suspects" providing the voices i *really* like the voice cast and they're largely responsible for making the characters as fun as they are. I'm especially impressed with Gilbert (the Conductor's nephew (i think)) who has the really hard job of making him totally likable and fun when most people would end up making him come across as a know-it-all (which the character is - but the way he's portrayed, he's humble and still fun to be with).

    Since i briefly worked at Amazon during the holiday peak season, i had a chance to see the various DT toys that were out there and if i was a kid i would SO want these - there's a variety of stuff out there but the big sellers where the interactive figures of the various characters that say different phrases and can "talk to each other" - Little Boy d.w. would totally want to have playdates with all my Dino friends!

    ...and i even find those awkward couple of seconds when they fade in to Dr. Scott waiting for his cue to begin speaking with the kids all looking up to him a fun guilty pleasure! Love the running gag of The Point of Fact interupting with a "reality check" ("Dinosaurs did NOT actually have tea parties") and the kids all going "AWWWW!")

    I really reccomend checking out the show if you haven't already! Both DT and Sid the Science Kid are really nifty great fun engaging shows that are fully worthy of the Henson name!

    Edited to add: It hit me after i posted that what especially makes STSK and DT real winners is that they have that rare quality that Bear in the Big Blue House and Golden Era Sesame Street have in that they all create environments that you get sucked into and are sad to leave when the show's over.
  17. Drtooth Well-Known Member

    I like Dinosaur Train. I DON'T like that it's Henson's biggest tent pole franchise now.
  18. BorkBork New Member

    A female friend of mine is a voice-artist and she is dubbing alot of cartoons here in Sweden. She has done alot of work for Disney and Nikelodeon and was the swedish voice of the spaceship computer in Monsters vs Aliens.

    She told me about this new series - Dinosaur Train - she was dubbing and it's now airing in sweden. Ofcourse i support my friend's work so i took a look. That's when i saw that it's being produced by the Jim Henson Company. I told her i was so jealous for her doing work for the Hensons, but also really happy for her. In sweden her charachter's name is Dan. I don't know if the charachter's name is the same in English.

    My impression about the series is very positive. It's educating but also entertaining so the kids learn something while they are entertained. It's perfect! Same sort of thing as with Sesame Street. Education and entertainment goes well hand in hand.
  19. GSmiley2007 Member

    I think that's the equivalent to Don.
  20. Yorick Active Member

    I'm with you on that!:wisdom:

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