Dinosaur Train 6 Seasons 2010

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Season 1
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6. Jess Hesperornis TV-G CC

The Pteranodons venture to the Big Pond to find out if dinosaurs can live in the water. They find answers when they meet Jess Hesperornis, who turns out to be not only a water-dwelling dinosaur, but a bird as well!

Starring:
Michael Adamthwaite, Joshua J. Ballard
Runtime:
13 minutes
Original air date:
August 24, 2010

Available to watch on supported devices.

Jess Hesperornis

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Kids & Family
Starring Michael Adamthwaite, Joshua J. Ballard
Supporting actors Claire Corlett, Ian James Corlett, Philip Corlett, Erika-Shaye Gair, Ellen Kennedy, Alexander Matthew Marr, Bill Mondy, Colin Murdock, Joseph Purdy, Scott Sampson
Season year 2010
Network PBS
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

We watch it every night at bedtime.
Melissa Spence
I must admit, I am even learning too!
A. Tejada
My one year old son loves this show!
CR

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HikingSailingSurfingGuy on June 14, 2014
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My daughter loves this show, and I am learning new things about dinosaurs. I think its great how they introduce what a hypothesis is to young kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nat_ann on December 24, 2014
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As far as kids shows go, this show is pretty solid. My 2yr old son loves it (maybe b/c it involves a train -- with which he's obsessed) and the content is pretty enriching. Each episode the dinosaur family takes a trip somewhere different exploring various climates and the species that live (or lived) in those climates. You get to learn about both extinct species as well as those living today. They also often make 'hypothesis' about what they'll find and use the scientific method to figure things out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Macca on June 13, 2014
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Any educator worth his/her salt know that the key to getting kids excited about learning is making it enjoyable and engaging. Dinosaur Train hits the mark in every way. Kids relate to the loveable characters and learn something new every episode. My kids, now 6 and 7 have watched every episode dozens of times. They think they are learning about dinosaurs, but little do they realize they are learning even more important life lessons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meghan on April 23, 2014
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The combination of trains & dinosaurs is genius. My 20 month old son loves this cartoon and asks for it often. We don't watch much TV, but this is on regular rotation in our house. We all (Mom, Dad, big sister) sing the theme song, and enjoy watching it together. Each episode educates us about different dinosaurs, but more importantly, they are all positive & tend to teach lessons on acceptance and embracing differences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth on March 8, 2014
Dinosaurs and Trains what more could a boy want. Plus one of the "kids" is an adopted dinosaur and that has come in helpful explaining to my son about his adoption. Mostly it is just a fun and educational children's program that I can watch with my son.
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Dinosaur Train is one of those great ideas that too often disappoints. My three year-old likes it, so take my review in that light.

The premise is that a mix of young dinosaurs and a few adults ride a train visiting different dinosaur and related animals. There's singing, dancing, and an expert host (a real person).

Sometimes, it does a great job of introducing kids to an ancient world. Lots of dinosaurs are covered, with even one episode offering 26 from A-Z. Each is named with a familiar first name, followed by its species as a surname.

The animation is solid, reminiscent of the Veggie Tales series during its Big Idea heyday. There's especially good voice acting from "The Conductor," who acts as a tour guide.

Where it doesn't meet the mark:
* Dr. Scott the live action paleontologist (Scott D. Sampson), comes across stiff and unenthusiastic about his subject. He feels like a documentary host, not the leader of a kids' show. Sampson is a noted leader in his field, and a legitimate expert (currently Vice President of Research & Collections and Chief Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science).
* The songs veer from silly to awkward, with rhythms and rhymes feeling forced like a bad Sunday school skit.
* The writing is weak, as there's little plot threading each episode together. Instead, it feels like school in cartoon form.
* The reality of dinosaur life is ignored. They are unrealistically mixed together, like a T-Rex hangs out with Pteranodons.

Despite its shortcomings, it works.

Anthony Trendl
anthonytrendl.com
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Billie Baker on April 21, 2014
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My son just loves learning about dinosaurs & the storylines still entertain. Good show for toddlers entering pre-k and kindergarten
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric on June 25, 2014
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My four year old loved season one. But it's only about dinosaurs no other real educational purpose like letters or numbers.
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