This is the last call to all Aussie pre-schoolers to climb on board the fun and fantastical Dinosaur Train as it pulls into Nick Jr. station! This new CGI-animated series from The Jim Henson Company embraces and celebrates the fascination that pre-schoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills. Along the way young viewers will learn about natural science, natural history and palaeontology.
The world of Dinosaur Train is seen through the eyes of Buddy, a pre-school age Tyrannosaurus Rex. Rescued and hatched by a family Pteranodon, Buddy soon realises that he looks quite different from his siblings, Tiny, Shiny and Don. Buddy and his new family have an avid desire to learn all about the different types of dinosaurs, so they board the wondrous Dinosaur Train to travel and explore the world inhabited by these amazing creatures.
Departing from Pteranodon Station, the Dinosaur Train is a colourful locomotive, customised 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 Dino facts' along the way.
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 palaeontology and the pre-historic dinosaur world.
Each 30-minute episode includes two 11-minute animated segments with live action sequences featuring well-known Palaeontologist, Scott Sampson, Ph.D. Dr. Scott brings to life the show's natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers as he gives specific facts about dinosaurs and compares their features to animals of today. The series continues The Jim Henson Company's legacy of quality children's entertainment and joins Henson's successful series Sid the Science Kid, which also airs on Nick Jr.
In addition to the television series, pre-schoolers can also log onto www.nickjr.com.au
for further dinosaur fun and facts. Episodes of Dinosaur Train include:
Tuesday September 14 at 8.25am
Laura the Giganotosaurus: Buddy spends time with Laura Giganotosaurus, a large dinosaur who always rides the Dinosaur Train and, like Buddy, is a three-toed theropod! Buddy also discovers that Laura is an avid bird-watcher.
Dinosaur Poop: Buddy and Tiny learn that all creatures poop, even really big dinosaurs.
Friday September 24 at 8.25am
The Burrowers: The Pteranodon family rides the Dinosaur Train to meet a family of amazing, burrowing dinosaurs that live in holes and put on an acrobatic show every evening!
Shiny's Sea Shells: Shiny and her siblings look for the shiniest sea shells she can find, but ends up making a new friend named Henry, a hermit crab who lives in his own shell on the beach at the Big Pond.
Wednesday September 29 at 8.25am
Dinosaur Camouflage: Buddy and Tiny learn about camouflage when they meet a shy dinosaur, Leslie Lesothosaurus, who is very good at hiding. The kids end up persuading Leslie to stop hiding and come out to play with them.
Scavenger Hunt: The Pteranodon family travels to the Big Pond for a Scavenger Hunt.
Dinosaur Train is a 40 x 30min CGI-animated series
Produced by The Jim Henson Company Premieres Wednesday September 1 at 8:25am, only on Nick Jr.