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|Also known as||Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train|
|Created by||Craig Bartlett|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||132|
Dinosaur Train is an American animated series created by Craig Bartlett. The series is loosely based on a 2002 book of the same name. The series features a curious young Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted Pteranodon family, ride a time travel train to meet, explore, and have adventures with all kinds of dinosaurs. It is the second show by The Jim Henson Company to use CGI animation (the first of which was Sid the Science Kid).
Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Each of the 40 half-hour episodes features Buddy, an adorable preschool age Tyrannosaurus Rex, and includes two 11-minute animated stories along with brief live action segments hosted by renowned paleontologist Dr. Scott Sampson. Young viewers can join Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family on a whimsical voyage through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology. The learning and fun are continued on the website, where users can play games with their favorite characters, print activity pages and watch clips from the show.
Dinosaur Train begins when Buddy is adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon and brought to their nest to hatch at the same time as his new siblings, Tiny, Shiny and Don. Buddy and his new family have an insatiable desire to learn all about the different types of dinosaurs, so they board the wondrous Dinosaur Train, which allows them to travel and explore the world inhabited by these amazing creatures.
Departing from Pteranodon Station, the DINOSAUR TRAIN is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs. Windows are perfect for the long-necked herbivores, and there’s plenty of head room in the Observation Car for the Giganotosaurus, giving all the species onboard a chance to check out the prehistoric world as they ride on the train. The DINOSAUR TRAIN has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the Train's Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with cool facts about dinosaurs along the way.