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|Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train|
|Also known as||Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train|
CGI animated cartoon
|Created by||Craig Bartlett|
|Directed by||Craig Bartlett
|Voices of||Phillip Corlett
Alexander Matthew Marr
Ian James Corlett
|Opening theme||"Dinosaur Train"|
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||79
(List of episodes)
|Executive producer(s)||Craig Bartlett
|Producer(s)||Sue Bea Montgomery|
|Production company(s)||Media Development Authority
The Jim Henson Company
|Original channel||PBS (PBS Kids - US)
TVO (TVOKids - Canada)
|Audio format||Dolby Home Theater|
|Original run||September 7, 2009– present|
|Preceded by||Sid the Science Kid|
Dinosaur Train is an American/Canadian/Singaporean animated series created by Craig Bartlett. The series features a curious young Tyrannosaurus Rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted Pteranodon family, takes the Dinosaur Train to explore his time period, and have adventures with all kinds of dinosaurs. It is produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with Media Development Authority, Sparky Animation, FableVision, and Snee-Oosh, Inc.
It is the second show by The Jim Henson Company to use CGI animation (the first of which was Sid the Science Kid).
The show is set in a whimsical prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes and oceans, all teeming with dinosaur and other animal life, and connected by a train line known as the Dinosaur Train. This steam-engine train can be customized for dinosaurs of all kinds: windows accommodate the long-necked sauropods, there’s plenty of headroom in the Observation Car for the larger theropods, and the Aquacar is an aquarium for sea-going passengers. The train itself is run by Troodons, as the smartest dinosaurs in this fictional universe. The Dinosaur Train circles the whole world—it even crosses the oceans and inland seas, with stops to visit undersea prehistoric animals. It can travel through the entire Mesozoic Era, the “Age of Dinosaurs,” passing through magical Time Tunnels to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods.
The world of Dinosaur Train is seen through the eyes of Buddy the Tyrannosaurus. In the show’s main title song, we learn that Buddy was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon. He hatched at the same time as his pteranodon siblings Tiny, Shiny, and Don. By traveling in the Dinosaur Train around the Mesozoic, supplied with all dinosaur facts by the train’s Troodon Conductor, Buddy learns that he is a Tyrannosaurus. As an adopted kid in a mixed-species family, Buddy is curious about the differences between species and vows to learn about all the dinosaurs he can by riding the Dinosaur Train. The dinosaurs featured in the show are actual dinosaurs discovered by paleontologists.
Dinosaur Train is co-produced and animated by Sparky Animation Studios in Singapore, with casting by Vidaspark and voice-overs recorded at Kozmic Sound in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It premiered on Labor Day 2009 and airs daily on PBS Kids, and in various countries around the world. 40 half-hour episodes have been ordered by PBS Kids so far. Each episode is followed by a live-action segment featuring Dinosaur Train educational consultant and world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Scott D. Sampson, who appears onscreen to explain the show’s dinosaur curriculum in greater detail.
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- Phillip Corlett - Buddy Tyrannosaurus
- Claire Corlett - Tiny Pteranodon
- Ian James Corlett - Mr. Conductor, Adam Adocus, Alan Alamosaurus, Elliott Enantiornithine (in "Now with Feathers"), Morris Stegosaurus, Mr. Argentinosaurus, Mr. Daspletosaurus, Mr. Elasmosaurus, Stuart Stygimoloch, Travis Troodon, Triceratops, Troodon Official, Vincent Velociraptor, Morris Stegosaurus
- Erika-Shaye Gair - Shiny Pteranodon, Annie Tyrannosaurus, Cory Corythosaurus
- Ellen Kennedy - Mrs. Pteranodon, Mrs. Einiosaurus, Mrs. Elasmosaurus
- Alexander Matthew Marr - Don Pteranodon, Tank Triceratops
- Colin Murdock - Mr. Pteranodon, Announcer, Elliott Enantiornithine, Hank Ankylosaurus, Ralph Einiosaurus, Station Master, Stuart Styracosaurus, Ziggy Zhejiangopterus, Carson Carcharodontosaurus
- Mark Acheson - Marvin Mososaurus
- Michael Adamthwaite - Jess Hesperornis
- Ashleigh Ball - Arnie Argentinosaurus, Gilbert Troodon, Lorraine Lambeosaurus, Millie Maiasaura, Mrs. Therizinosaurus, Oren Ornithomimus
- Kathleen Barr - Angela Avisaurus (in "T.rex Migration"), Dolores Tyrannosaurus, Erma Eoraptor, Laura Giganotosaurus, Mrs. Corythosaurus, Mrs. Ornithomimus, Ned Brachiosaurus, Ollie Ornithomimus, Pauline Proganochelys, Peggy Peteinosaurus, Trudy Triceratops, Tuck Triceratops, Velma Velociraptor
- Nicole Bouma - Soren Saurornitholestes
- Jim Byrnes - Percy Paramacellodus
- Natasha Calis - Leslie Lesothosaurus
- Allison Cohen - Carla Cretoxyrhina
- Michelle Creber - Michelle Maiasaura
- Brenda Crichlow - Denise Diplodocus
- Deb Demille - Deanna Deinosuchus
- Trevor Devall - Boris Tyrannosaurus, Bucky Masiakasaurus, Mr. Deinonychus, Thurston Troodon
- Michael Dobson - Old Spinosaurus
- Brian Drummond - Alvin Allosaurus, Eugene Euoplocephalus, Larry Lambeosaurus, Mr. Quetzalcoatalus, Mr. Therizinosaurus, Zhuang Zigongosaurus, Apollo Apatosaurus
- Brynna Drummond - Daphne Daspletosaurus
- Mitchell Duffield - Mookie Maiasaura
- Alex Ferris - Paulie Pliosaurus
- Alberto Gishi - Mitch Michelinoceras
- Nico Gishi - Leroy Lambeosaurus, Max Michelinoceras
- Gordon Grice - Elmer Elasmosaurus
- Phil Hayes - Chung Confuciusornis, King Cryolophosaurus
- Alessandro Juliani - Martin Amargasaurus
- James Kirk - Perry Parasaurolophus, Rick Oryctodromeus, Nick Oryctodromeus
- Alan Marriott - Henry Hermit Crab, Herbie Hermit Crab, Iggy Iguanodon, Mayor Kosmoceratops
- Erin Mathews - Stacle Styracosaurus
- Jason Michas - Henry Hermit Crab
- Bill Mondy - Jack Einiosaurus
- Peter New - Sydney Sinovenator
- Nicole Oliver - Brenda Brachiosaurus, Mrs. Pliosaurus
- Cedric Payne - Petey Peteinosaurus
- Adrian Petriw - Vlad Volaticotherium
- Joseph Purdy - Mr. Disclaimer
- Valin Shinyei - Sonny Sauroposeidon
- Tabitha St. Germain - Angela Avisaurus, Arlene Archaeopteryx, Cindy Cimolestes, Keenan Chirostenotes, Computer Voice, Mikey Microraptor, Minnie Microraptor, Mrs. Conductor, Mrs. Deinonychus, Patricia Palaeobatrachus, Sana Sanajeh, Shirley Stygimoloch, Sonja Styracosaurus, Spiky Stygimoloch, Stella Sea Star, Stephie Styracosaurus
- Chantal Strand - Valerie Velociraptor
- Lee Tockar - Crab, Craig Cretoxyrhina
- Time for a Tiny Ditty – Tiny either tries singing about something she learned on the show or about her favorite dish (fish).
- Buddy has a Hypothesis – Children learn from Buddy and Tiny what a hypothesis means.
- Dr. Scott the Paleontologist – He appears on the show to teach children about the dinosaurs which have appeared in each episode, and how dinosaurs compare to present day animals (including humans). Dr. Scott Sampson is a paleontologist. He received his PhD in zoology from the University of Toronto in 1993 and currently works as an adjunct associate professor at the University of Utah.
- Theme Song – A ballad about a Mom named Mrs. Pteranodon and her children with a T. Rex, revealed to be written by King in his debut episode
- Hungry Hungry Herbivore – An adult Brachiosaurus (judging by his deep voice) shows up to sing a song about how herbivores loves to eat green food.
- I'm a T-Rex - Buddy sings that he finally realizes that he is T-Rex, and sings about living in the Cretaceous forest.
- Dinosaurs A-Z – Mr. Conductor sings the Dinosaur Alphabet that his mother taught him.
- Cryolophosaurus Crests - King sings about his crest.
- My Tiny Place - Tiny sings about her 'Tiny Place' which is actually her hideout in the form of a small hole in a tree. She shares it with Cindy Cimolestes.
- Nice To Meet You (My Name is Tiny) - Tiny's song she sings to Leslie to tell her how she can talk to other dinosaurs without getting scared.
- All Aboard - The original theme song before the official Dinosaur Train theme song.
- Tiny Loves Fish - Tiny sings a song about how she loves fish.
- I Love Trains - The Conductor sings about his love for trains (particularly the Dinosaur Train).
- Dinosaur Feet - Daphne Daspletosaurus and the gang sings about their great big stomping dinosaur feet.
- Sleep Little Dinosaur - The Pteranodon family and Tank Triceratops sing Tank's lullaby that his mom sings to him every night.
- I Learned a New Way to Improvise - Shiny sings in a concert with Buddy, Tiny, Don, Cory Corythosaurus and Cory's friend, Perry.
- Ecosystem - Mr. Conductor sings about living in an ecosystem.
- Get into Nature Song - Song about the Nature Trackers club and getting into nature.
- That's Not a Dinosaur- Tiny sings about how not every animal in the Mesozoic Era is a dinosaur.
- No Place Like Our Nest- The Pteranodon family sings about how their nest is the only home for them.
- The Biggest Dinosaurs- Over several episodes the Pteranodon family go on trips to see the biggest sauropods, and this song is specific to those episodes.
A live show, "Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy's Big Adventure", began touring the United States and Canada in October 2013 and ended March 2014.
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- Owen, Rob (September 4, 2009). "'Dinosaur Train' combines two popular routes". Post Gazette. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
- 3rd_culture/bios/sampson.html Retrieved November 13, 2009.
- http://www.earth.utah.edu/people/faculty/ssampson Retrieved November 13, 2009.