We love to have parties with our friends and family and jumped at the opportunity to hold a PBS Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City Movie Viewing Party! PBS KIDS’ popular show Dinosaur Train is launching its second season in August, and to kick it off, PBS KIDS is airing a one-hour Dinosaur Train movie special called Dinosaur Big City. The movie special will air on your local PBS KIDS station on Monday, August 22nd. Check HERE for your local listings.
In Dinosaur Big City, kids join Buddy and his Pteranodon family as they journey on the Dinosaur Train with their theropod friends to the big Theropod Club Convention in Laramidia, the “Dinosaur Big City.” Along the way they meet Mayor Kosmoceratops and help King Cryolophosaurus overcome stage fright.
The premiere of Dinosaur Big City marks the start of season two of Dinosaur Train. From the world-renowned Jim Henson Company, the hit Dinosaur Train series is seen in over 13 million households every month. The series encourages scientific thinking and other skills as it teaches children about natural science, natural history and paleontology. Dinosaur Train’s second season will focus on exploring the outdoors and natural phenomena, and will feature “Big Dinosaur Week” and a special based on the fan favorite “Dinosaurs A to Z” song.
“We are extremely proud of the success of DINOSAUR TRAIN and are delighted that young fans around the world continue to embrace the series,” states Lisa Henson, CEO, The Jim Henson Company. “With each episode, we strive to deliver the highest quality of entertainment and education, and we have a tremendous team of creative talent to ensure that we meet the expectations of children and their parents.” She adds, “We look forward to launching season two with the new movie, Dinosaur Big City, as we take Buddy and friends on all-new adventures!”
“DINOSAUR TRAIN combines fascinating science concepts with funny and engaging characters, so it’s no wonder that it’s one of our top-rated series for preschoolers,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Children’s Media, PBS. “We’re excited to kick off season two of this popular series with a movie that brings interesting scientific facts to life with musical numbers, humor, and even a singing theropod character based on Elvis. We know that families will have a lot of fun with this movie – and learn a great deal along the way.”
Bringing History to Life
The theme of Dinosaur Big City is based on research from scientific advisors who help DINOSAUR TRAIN bring history to life and make science fun and accessible for kids. Laramidia – the “Dinosaur Big City” – describes an island continent that existed during the Late Cretaceous period and stretches from modern-day Alaska to Mexico.
“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.”
Dinosaur Big City Movie Synopsis
Buddy and his Pteranodon family embark on a journey on the Dinosaur Train, gathering all their theropod friends together to travel to a really big Theropod Club Convention, which is being held in Laramidia, the “Dinosaur Big City.” Among the travelers is King Cryolophosaurus, a singing theropod who is more than a little nervous about giving a concert in front of his biggest audience ever in the Big City. Once the Dinosaur Train arrives in Laramidia, Buddy and the Pteranodon family explore the crowded “dinosaur metropolis.” At the Theropod Convention, the kids reunite with Annie Tyrannosaurus and her parents Delores and Boris, and they all meet the multi-horned mayor, Mayor Kosmoceratops. In the end, Buddy and Tiny help King Cryolophosaurus overcome his stage fright, and he wows a large dinosaur audience when he sings his new song, “Whole Lotta Theropods” at the Convention.
Dinosaur Big City on DVD
The movie will also be released on DVD on August 23 by Paramount Home Entertainment. The DVD includes the Dinosaur Big City movie and 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.
My boys enjoy watching Dinosaur Train and they were excited to host a Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City Movie Viewing Party. The kids were so excited to receive their goody bags and were especially excited about the trophies saying they were movie buffs! I personally liked the hand clappers! A big thanks to the team at PBS Kids and Dinosaur Train for this party opportunity!
I received a “Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City” Party Pack to host a viewing party with my kids and their friends. The party was hosted by PBS Kids and “Dinosaur Train.” All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.