Dinosaur Train

Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train
Also known as Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train
Genre Children's
CGI animated cartoon
Created by Craig Bartlett
Directed by Craig Bartlett
Terry Izumi
Voices of Phillip Corlett
Claire Corlett
Erika-Shaye Gair
Alexander Matthew Marr
Ian James Corlett
Natasha Calis
Colin Murdock
Ellen Kennedy
Sean Thomas
Laura Marr
Opening theme "Dinosaur Train"
Ending theme "Dinosaur Train"
Composer(s) Jim Lang
Mike Himelstein
Michael Silversher
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 89[1]
(List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Craig Bartlett
Brian Henson
Lisa Henson
Halle Stanford
Producer(s) Sue Bea Montgomery
Running time 28:46
Production company(s) Media Development Authority
Sparky Animation
The Jim Henson Company
Snee-Oosh, Inc. (uncredited)
Distributor The Jim Henson Company
Original network PBS
Picture format ATSC
Audio format Dolby Home Theater
Original release September 7, 2009 (2009-09-07) – present
Preceded by Sid the Science Kid
Followed by Splash and Bubbles
Related shows Ready Jet Go!
External links

Dinosaur Train is an American/Canadian/Singaporean animated series created by Craig Bartlett, who also created Hey Arnold!. The series features a curious young Tyrannosaurus rex named Buddy who, together with his adopted Pteranodon family, takes the Dinosaur Train to explore his time period, and have adventures with all kinds of dinosaurs. It is produced by The Jim Henson Company in association with Media Development Authority, Sparky Animation, FableVision, and Snee-Oosh, Inc.

It is the second show by The Jim Henson Company to use CGI animation (the first of which was Sid the Science Kid).


The show is set in a whimsical prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes and oceans, all teeming with dinosaur and other animal life, and connected by a train line known as the Dinosaur Train. This steam-engine train can be customized for dinosaurs of all kinds: windows accommodate the long-necked sauropods, there's plenty of headroom in the Observation Car for the larger theropods, and the Aquacar is an aquarium for sea-going passengers. The train itself is run by Troodons, as the smartest dinosaurs in this fictional universe. The Dinosaur Train circles the whole world—it even crosses the oceans and inland seas, with stops to visit undersea prehistoric animals. It can travel through the entire Mesozoic Era, the "Age of Dinosaurs", passing through magical Time Tunnels to the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods.

The world of Dinosaur Train is seen through the eyes of Buddy the Tyrannosaurus. In the show's main title song, we learn that Buddy was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon. He hatched at the same time as his pteranodon siblings Tiny, Shiny, and Don. By traveling in the Dinosaur Train around the Mesozoic, supplied with all dinosaur facts by the train's Troodon Conductor, Buddy learns that he is a Tyrannosaurus. As an adopted kid in a mixed-species family, Buddy is curious about the differences between species and vows to learn about all the dinosaurs he can by riding the Dinosaur Train. The dinosaur species featured in the show are actual dinosaurs discovered by paleontologists.

Dinosaur Train is co-produced and animated by Sparky Animation Studios in Singapore, with casting by Vidaspark and voice-overs recorded at Kozmic Sound in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It premiered on Labor Day 2009 and airs daily on PBS Kids, and in various countries around the world. 40 half-hour episodes have been ordered by PBS Kids so far. Each episode is followed by a live-action segment featuring Dinosaur Train educational consultant and world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Scott D. Sampson, who appears onscreen to explain the show's dinosaur curriculum in greater detail.



Additional voices




Season Episodes Original airdates
First aired Last aired
1 40 September 7, 2009 (2009-09-07) May 6, 2011 (2011-05-06)
2 26 September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06) February 22, 2013 (2013-02-22)
3 13 January 20, 2014 (2014-01-20) June 15, 2015 (2015-06-15)
4 10 December 7, 2015 (2015-12-07) 2017 (2017)

Live show

A live show, "Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy's Big Adventure", began touring the United States and Canada in October 2013 and ended in March 2014.[5]


  1. "Henson Moving Forward with "Dinosaur Train" and "The Skumps"". Muppet News Flash. September 17, 2008. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  2. Owen, Rob (September 4, 2009). "'Dinosaur Train' combines two popular routes". Post Gazette. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
  3. http://www.scottsampson.net/index.php?page=bio Retrieved November 13, 2009.
  4. http://www.earth.utah.edu/people/faculty/ssampson Retrieved November 13, 2009.
  5. http://www.dinosaurtrainlive.com
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