New Season of The Jim Henson Company’s “Dinosaur Train” for PBS KIDS

2 Oct - 2018

11 New Half-Hour CG-Animated Episodes Inspire Adventure and Discovery.

The Jim Henson Company announced the production of an all-new fifth season of the six-time EMMY®-nominated and Parents’ Choice Silver Honor series Dinosaur Train. A hit with both U.S. and international audiences, the new season’s 11 colorful CG-animated half-hour episodes (or 22 x 11’ episodes) will air on PBS KIDS® in Summer 2019.

Celebrating a momentous milestone of 100 half-hour episodes, the new season of Dinosaur Train continues the exploration of natural science with an emphasis on adventure, discovery, new inventions, social emotional learning and traveling outside our comfort zone. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons will visit different climates, go underground, under the sea, and even up in the air in their search for the new and unknown, meeting and making new dinosaur and even non-dinosaur buddies along the way!

We have been honored by the millions of preschoolers from around the world who have joined us on the Dinosaur Train – adventuring with T-Rexes and Pteranodons, discovering new and exciting creatures, and learning how our natural world works,” said Halle Stanford, President of Television, The Jim Henson Company. “In our fifth season, kids (and parents) can expect to explore new time periods with Buddy and his family, from the Ice Age to the Cretaceous! Craig Bartlett and his amazing production team have more incredible Dinosaur Train adventures in store for all and it’s going to be an amazing ride!

We’re excited to welcome a new season of family-favorite, DINOSAUR TRAIN, to PBS KIDS,” said Linda Simensky, Vice President, Children’s Programming, PBS. “Over the years, we’ve seen children explore and grow with Buddy and the Pteranodon Family, and we’re thrilled to continue diving into important science and social emotional learning with a series we know kids love.

Nominated for six Daytime Emmy® Awards, Dinosaur Train is as popular with international audiences as it is in the U.S., having aired in over 175 countries across the globe with key broadcast partners, including TVO and TFO (Canada), Nickelodeon (UK), Disney Channel (Germany), France 5 (France), RTVE Clan (Spain) SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), YLE (Finland), Canal+ (Poland) and Channel 1 (Russia).

Dinosaur Train, created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills. Each episode includes animated segments with live-action sequences featuring a paleontologist who brings to life the show’s natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers, giving specific facts about dinosaurs and comparing their features to animals of today. The series airs daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings), the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and PBS KIDS digital platforms.

In Dinosaur Train, viewers join Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history, and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs and has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous worlds. The Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way.

In addition to the television series, there is also the award-winning Dinosaur Train website at pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain. The site was honored with a 2013 and 2017 Kidscreen Award for Best Companion Website in the “Preschool” category and is also a recipient of a Parents’ Choice Silver Honor and the prestigious Prix Jeunesse Award. The Jim Henson Company continues to encourage Dinosaur Train fans to join the “Nature Trackers Club,” a community of young children, their families and educators committed to learning about nature and doing good things for their environment. Kids and their parents can visit pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/naturetrackers to download “Nature Trackers” activities and receive a free DINOSAUR TRAIN membership card to celebrate their achievement.

Dinosaur Train is produced by The Jim Henson Company and co-produced with Singapore animation company Sparky Animation with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority. The series is executive produced by Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford for The Jim Henson Company. Craig Bartlett also serves as executive producer. The Jim Henson Company oversees all ancillary exploitation of the property, including distribution, licensing and merchandising in all markets other than Asia, which is administered by Sparky Animation. PBS handles DVD distribution to North American consumer and education markets. Corporate funding is provided by Kiddie Academy® and Homer.

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