Dinosaur Train

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Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train
Dinosaur Train
Also known as Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train
Genre Children's
CGI animated cartoon
Created by Craig Bartlett
Directed by Craig Bartlett
Terry Izumi
Voices of Phillip Corlett
Claire Corlett
Erika-Shaye Gair
Alexander Matthew Marr
Ian James Corlett
Nathasha Calis
Colin Murdock
Ellen Kennedy
Sean Thomas
Laura Marr
Opening theme "Dinosaur Train"
Composer(s) Jim Lang
Mike Himelstein
Michael Silversher
Country of origin United States
Canada
Singapore
Original language(s) English
Hindi
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 79[1]
(List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Craig Bartlett
Brian Henson
Lisa Henson
Halle Stanford
Producer(s) Sue Bea Montgomery
Running time 28:46
Production company(s) Media Development Authority
Sparky Animation
The Jim Henson Company
FableVision
Snee-Oosh, Inc.(uncredited)
Broadcast
Original channel PBS (PBS Kids - US)
TVO (TVOKids - Canada)
Picture format ATSC
Audio format Dolby Home Theater
Original run September 7, 2009 (2009-09-07) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Sid the Science Kid
External links
Website

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).

Overview[edit]

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.

Characters[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Phillip Corlett - Buddy Tyrannosaurus (first voice)
  • Sean Thomas - Buddy Tyrannosaurus (second voice)
  • 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 (first voice), Tank Triceratops
  • Laura Marr - Don Pteranodon (second voice)
  • Colin Murdock - Mr. Pteranodon, Announcer, Elliott Enantiornithine, Hank Ankylosaurus, Ralph Einiosaurus, Station Master, Stuart Styracosaurus, Ziggy Zhejiangopterus, Carson Carcharodontosaurus

Additional voices[edit]

Segments[edit]

  • 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).[2] 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.[3][4]

Songs[edit]

  • 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.

Episodes[edit]

Live show[edit]

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.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Henson Moving Forward with "Dinosaur Train" and "The Skumps"". Muppet News Flash. September 17, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Owen, Rob (September 4, 2009). "'Dinosaur Train' combines two popular routes". Post Gazette. Retrieved September 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ 3rd_culture/bios/sampson.html Retrieved November 13, 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.earth.utah.edu/people/faculty/ssampson Retrieved November 13, 2009.
  5. ^ http://www.dinosaurtrainlive.com