'Dinosaur Train: Meeting New Friends'
(DVD / G / 2018 / PBS)
Overview: It's always fun to make new friends! First, join the Pteranodon family as they take a surprise day trip where they meet a Tyrannosaur who has similar features to Buddy. Then, follow the family to a swamp where they see a 40-foot crocodile named Deanna Dienosuchas with many big teeth!
DVD Verdict: For those not yet in the know, 'Dinosaur Train' embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while sparking an interest in life science, natural history, and paleontology.
The basic premise of this, for the kids, of course, us that friendly dinosaurs climb aboard a train to visit different times throughout the prehistoric age, learning about dinosaurs and having fun adventures.
And it has to be said, why were Trains and Dinosaurs never put together before?! I mean, Dinosaur Train completely changes how kids learn about dinosaurs.
Finally, all the mistakes I was taught as a kid are repaired! Dinosaurs use tails for balance, have proper names, sometimes are tiny, have feathers, fly, are birds, swim, hunt, etc.
Mix in some really well done music and clear, quality animation, and you've got a great show. Best of all is a moment after each episode with a real paleontologist who clears up fact from fiction and even gives great details about what was learned in the cartoon - finally, a TV show is using standard teaching methods like reinforcement and repetition without boring us to death.
On this new collection from Dinosaur Train, 'Meeting New Friends,' we get 8 new episodes that mean you're getting all these massive, dinosaur-sized episodes for your money!
'Rafting the Cretaceous'
'Stop and Smell the Flowers'
'Tiny and the Crocodile'
'Tiny's Tiny Friend'
'Beating the Heat'
Thank you, Dinosaur Train! You've created a show on a great subject that I can learn something new from right along with the kids! Well done! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.