Five Things You Didn’t Know about “Dinosaur Train”

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dinosaur Train

Dinosaur Train is a cartoon that’s listed as American, Canadian, and Singaporean in nature and is just what it sounds like. The train passes through several different time periods as the passengers and main characters, namely Buddy the T-Rex and his adopted Pteranodon family, experience everything from meeting other dinosaurs to watching exploding volcanoes. The show is designed to be educational and engaging, and it does raise certain questions about species and heritage as well since Buddy is obviously a different kind of animal than his adopted family. This kind of theme was added no doubt to help children that come from mixed families understand a little better that the family that wants you and cares for you might not be the same as you, but that doesn’t mean they care any less.

The show takes on the current and modern issues of the era and does its best to be entertaining at the same time.

5. Buddy is technically the only main character that is really a dinosaur.

This might be debated among a lot of people since pteranodons are often lumped into the dinosaur category along with everything else. But the truth is that pteranodons are giant, prehistoric birds which makes them quite different from the other species that lived during the same time. True dinosaurs are considered to be large reptiles, which kind of rules pteranodons out.

4. The fourth season used a lower grade of CGI.

The higher the cost of the production the harder it is to keep it going for a prolonged period of time. The more high quality the CGI is the more expensive it gets since the man hours and effort put into creating a seamless show can be quite high.  The lower grade CGI helped the company to save money and was even more successful when it was used.

3. The show was developed by the Jim Henson Company.

Usually when you think about the Jim Henson Company you might think Muppets. The company has managed to expand however and branch out a little more in an effort to keep things alive and dynamic. It’s not hard to believe that the company would stick with kids’ shows since this is what helped to make them so well-known from the beginning.

2. The toys are all interactive.

The toys can actually ‘speak’ and ‘sing’ with each other using infrared sensors that allow them to detect each other. That seems like it might make a pretty cool and well-used gift for any kid since toys that can move and interact on their own or with others is something that can help a kid learn and have fun with it at the same time.

1. The sixth season has been hard for some people to find. 

A lot of people seem to be kicking themselves for missing this season but the explanation for this is just a little odd. Apparently the sixth season was placed into a bunch of standalone DVD stories that are all interactive and feature a bunch of fun games.

It looks like a well-rounded show.