Dino Dan

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Dino Dan
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Created by J. J. Johnson
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production company(s) Sinking Ship Entertainment
Release
Original network

Dino Dan is a Canadian/American television series for children. It is shown on TVO Kids[1] in Ontario, Nick Jr. in Australia and the US, and CITV in the UK. The series was created and is directed by J. J. Johnson and produced in Toronto by Sinking Ship Entertainment.

Plot[edit]

Season one of Dino Dan follows the adventures of a ten-year-old paleontologist-in-training, Dan Henderson, and his friends, who uncover clues about the past and secrets of the dinosaurs. The show combines live action with CGI dinosaurs.

Dan learns about dinosaurs as he conducts experiments on "dinosaurs" that he sees in his environment. It is unknown if they are real or the result of his active imagination, but other characters accept that Dan sees them. Some animals, such as Dan's dog, have also seen them, and in the episode "Dino Trackers", Dan's younger brother can also see the dinosaur tracks.

Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures[edit]

A follow-up season starring Dan's younger brother, Trek, began airing in 2013. Trek, now age ten, is also able to see dinosaurs and spends his time learning about them as his brother did. There are 15 new dinosaurs in this series. There was one season of 26 episodes.

Cast[edit]

Series Cast Character
Jason Spevack Daniel "Dan" Henderson
Trek Buccino Trek Henderson
Ricardo Hoyos Ricardo Sanchez
Isaac Durnford Cory Schluter
Jaclyn Forbes Kami Douglas
Allana Harkin Jessica Henderson
Keana Bastidas Jordan Miralles
Sydney Kuhne Angie Elia
Alana Bridgewater Mrs. Nicholls
Sarah Carver Mrs. Carver
Trek Buccino Trek Henderson
Tristan Samuel Tristan
Andrea Martin Mrs. Hahn
Jayne Eastwood Dan's grandmother
Mark McKinney Mr. Drumheller
Pat Thornton Cory's Dad
Kevin McDonald Mr. Curry
David Ogden Stiers Wandering Oaken
Jon Dore Uncle Jack

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Title American Premiere (Nick Jr.) Canadian Premiere (TVO Kids)
1 The Chicken or the Dino/Bones in the Backyard May 11, 2009 May 25, 2009
2 Masked Confusion/Trouble Clef May 12, 2009 January 8, 2009
3 There's a Compsognathus Under My Bed/Art for Pterosaurs' Sake October 27, 2010 January 25, 2010
4 Tooth or Consequences/Dinosicles January 16, 2011 February 1, 2010
5 The Case of the Mystery Dino/Gas-o-saurus January 15, 2010 February 8, 2010
6 He Shoots, He Roars/A Winter Tail October 25, 2010 February 15, 2010
7 A Pterosaur in the House/A Model Dino October 18, 2010 April 11, 2010
8 Copy Dino/Lunch Bag Bandit October 28, 2010 April 18, 2010
9 Dino Dent/Active Imagination January 8, 2011 May 15, 2010
10 Dino Trap/Big Bad Spinosaurus October 26, 2010 June 12, 2010
11 Name-a-saurus/Where's Dino? May 8, 2011 June 19, 2010
12 Moody Dino/Stop-Motion Dino January 15, 2011 September 25, 2010
13 'Twas a Dinosaur/To Flee or Not to Flee December 20, 2010 August 27, 2010
14 Fishing for Dinosaurs/Dino Doug July 31, 2011 August 26, 2010
15 Dino Trackers/T-Rex Bedtime October 19, 2010 September 13, 2010
16 To Catch a Dino/Cops & Dinos January 29, 2011 October 4, 2010
17 Dino Party/Training Wings January 23, 2011 September 20, 2010
18 Prehistoric Zoo/Ready? Set? Dino! January 30, 2011 October 16, 2010
19 The Dino Did It/Air Dino July 29, 2013 October 11, 2010
20 Dino Watering Hole/Dino Dance July 30, 2013 November 6, 2010
21 Captain Cory/Dino Race July 31, 2013 November 13, 2010
22 Hard Hat, Long Neck/A Roaring Good Time July 31, 2011 January 16, 2011
23 Mini Dino/The Three Little Paleontologists August 1, 2013 January 23, 2011
24 Dino Strike!/Nothing But the Tooth August 2, 2013 January 30, 2011
25 Down on the Farm/The Time Traveler's Dino October 16, 2011 February 8, 2011
26 Where the Dinosaurs Are June 29, 2013 February 15, 2011

Season 2 - Trek's Adventures[edit]

Episode # Title American Premiere (Nick Jr.) Canadian Premiere (TVO Kids)
1 Dino Survivor School/Tyrannosaurus Trek March 15, 2014
2 Trek Rex/Dino Climbers September 28, 2015
3 Dinobusters September 21, 2013
4 Team Dino/Use Your Dino Senses March 1, 2014
5 Brainy Dino/Trekoodon September 30, 2015
6 Dino BBQ/Show and Dino
7 Flight of the Pterodaustro/Trekules March 22, 2014
8 Pterosaur Picnic/Sabre Tooth Doug
9 Dino Talk/Paws and Claws
10 Micro Dino/Meteorite Survivors November 21, 2014
11 Dino-Go-Seek/Dino Giants
12 Beach Blanket Dino/Robots and Dinosaurs
13 Dino Pals/Dino Mommas
14 Dino Sightseeing/Quetza Grandma
15 Dino Tooth Fairy/Dino Pet Store
16 Everyone Loves Marine Reptiles/Dino Clash
17 Night Vision Dino/Dino Glider
18 Tracker Trek/Teach a Spino to Fish
19 Flashy Dinos/Adventures in Dino Sitting
20 Carnivore Contest/Dino Racers
21 Dino Footprints/Dino Egg Hunt April 4, 2015
22 Swimming with Plesiosaurs/Dino Trek the Musical
23 Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs/Survival of the Biggest March 29, 2014
24 Switched at Nest/Train of Dinos November 19, 2014
25 Officer Trek/Dino Rocks March 8, 2014
26 The Wonderful Wizard of Dinoz November 17, 2014

Season 3 - Dino Dana[edit]

A third season, starring Dana, has been announced.[2]

Awards[edit]

2009: Nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Preschool-to-4th Grade Program or Series

2009: Won the Shaw Rocket Prize for best independently produced Canadian children's, youth, or family program[3]

2010: Won the Young Artist Award for Most Outstanding Young Ensemble In A TV Series[4]

2015: Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Pre-School Children's Series[5]

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