Mother of Confusion: Jim Henson’s ‘Dinosaur Train’ kick-starts second season with movie

Genevieve Hinson

Hey, there’s big news for Jim Henson Company’s “Dinosaur Train” fans. The second season on PBS Kids is launching with the premiere of “Dinosaur Big City,” a one-hour movie airing on Aug. 22. (Check for your local listing at www.pbs.org/tv_schedules/.)

After that each of the episodes will focus on the outdoors and other natural phenomena. Also, this season will feature Big Dinosaur Week and a special based on the fan fave song, “Dinosaurs A to Z.”

In “Dinosaur Big City,” your little ones will join Buddy and his Pteranodon family as they journey on the Dinosaur Train with their theropod friends. They’re off to the big Theropod Club Convention in Laramidia, the “Dinosaur Big City.” (Laramidia – the “Dinosaur Big City” – describes an island continent that existed during the Late Cretaceous period and stretches from modern-day Alaska to Mexico.) During their adventure they meet Mayor Kosmoceratops and help King Cryolophosaurus overcome stage fright.

Rumor has it there’s a singing theropod character based on Elvis too.

Dinosaur Train Extras!

“Dinosaur Big City” on DVD

The movie will also be released on DVD on Aug. 23 (Paramount Home Entertainment). The DVD includes the “Dinosaur Big City” movie plus four bonus episodes of “Dinosaur Train,” as well as interactive games, coloring pages, a dinosaur reference guide and information for parents. The DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.99 U.S./$15.99 Canada.

Bringing History to Life

Did you know that the theme of “Dinosaur Big City” is based on research from the scientific advisers? These folks also help “Dinosaur Train” bring history to life.

“For millions of years during the age of dinosaurs, western North America was an isolated chunk of land known today as Laramidia. A rich fossil record discovered in the American West has revealed that, despite its small size, Laramidia was home to tremendous diversity of dinosaurs,” said show host Dr. Scott Sampson, a dinosaur paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and author of “Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life.”

“Dozens of species of giant dinosaurs co-existed on this ‘mini-continent,’ a major mystery that paleontologists are still trying to solve.”

Check it out!

- Online Dinosaur Train activities http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/

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