This TV series of 80 x 11-minute episodes, was co-produced by Sparky Animation (Singapore) and Jim Henson Company (USA). Having performed all the animation work from the design stage to final render, Dinosaur Train took about 13 months to complete, ending in Feb 2010. The first episode premiered on PBS in September 2009. Since then, this series has scored the highest viewership in PBSKids’ entire history and was also named “Top Kids’ Show” by Hollywood’s renowned, People Magazine. The series was subsequently nominated for an Emmy Award for the 38th Annual Emmy Awards under the category of “Outstanding Children’s Animated Program”.
The story is set in a whimsical but realistic prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes, and oceans teeming with fauna. A shiny steam engine, the Dinosaur Train, runs through these lands and is used by all species of dinosaurs. The train is in the charge of Troodons who are well equipped with the capabilities to do so, even with nimble toe claws for punching tickets. Circling the globe, crossing oceans and inland seas, it time-travels the Mesozoic Era, the “Age of Dinosaurs”, by using magical Time Tunnels to visit the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.
This ancient world is seen through the eyes of preschooler Buddy, a Tyrannosaurus Rex who was adopted when just an egg by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon. He hatched at the same time as his siblings Tiny, Shiny and Don. By travelling on the Dinosaur Train and learning all dinosaur facts from the learned Conductor, Buddy quickly discovers that he is actually a T.Rex. Living in a mixed-species family, he is especially curious about the differences between the species and vows to find out all about dinosaurs by riding the Dinosaur Train.
Dinosaur Train is being broadcasted on PBS (USA), TVO (Canada), Nick Jr (Australia, UK), France 5 (France), Disney Jr (UK), EBS (South Korea), TVNZ (New Zealand), MediaCorp Okto (Singapore), Astro Ceria (Malaysia), PBS (Thailand), Kompas TV (Indonesia), TRT (Turkey), and others.