Dinosaur Train Keeps Rolling On The Right Track In Its Latest DVD

Courtesy:  PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

All aboard! It’s time for another ride on the dinosaur train! Earlier this month, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution released the latest in its ongoing series of DVDs from the hit series Dinosaur Train, Dinosaurs Are Different. And this latest collection of episodes is yet another great collection for any young paleontologist in training. The main reason that it is so enjoyable is its collection of primary lessons presented in the disc’s featured episodes. That will be discussed shortly. The secondary lessons that are included inside the DVD’s case give audiences even more enjoyment in the classroom and living room alike. The bonus material included with the package rounds out its presentation. Each noted element is important in its own right to the DVD’s presentation. Altogether, they make Dinosaurs Are Different no different from PBS Kids’ previous Dinosaur Train DVDs. In other words, they collectively make it just as enjoyable for audiences as those previous releases.

Dinosaurs Are Different is fitting title for PBS Kids’ latest Dinosaur Train DVD. That is because ironically enough this DVD is no different from PBS Kids’ previous Dinosaur Train DVDs. More simply put it is just as enjoyable as those DVDs. It proves to be just as enjoyable as those presentations primarily through the lessons presented throughout the course of its eight total episodes. The lessons in question center on the specific differences of different dinosaur species. The obvious and instant question here is, “hasn’t the show done that all along?” The answer to that question is yes. However in regards to the DVDs that have been released up to this point, none have so solely focused on this subject. Most of them mix that lesson in with others over the course of their featured episodes. So to that extent, it can be said here that the centralized focus of the episodes’ lessons is a fully important part of the disc’s presentation. It all begins with a lesson on Velociraptors and their feathers. Viewers of all ages will be interested to learn that not only did real Velociraptors (unlike the scaly killers presented in Jurassic Park) have feathers, but those feathers were in fact not even used for flight. As a matter of fact, said dinosaurs couldn’t even fly. They were more for show. In a similar vein, the Pteranodon kids also learn about another feathered dinosaur—the Archaeopteryx—in “The Old Bird.” Having both episodes in one collection, audiences can use them side by side to find out what makes both feathered dinosaurs different from one another. On another note, “New Neighbors” and “Hornucopia” could be used side by side to compare two different dinosaur species in regards to features on their heads and what makes those features (and in turn the dinosaurs) different from one another. “An Armored Tail,” “The Wing Kings,” “Buck-Tooth Bucky,” and “Long Claws” can be used against one another just as much in similar fashion. In the case of these episodes viewers learn about various adaptations that different dinosaurs had and the purpose of each adaptation in regards to each dinosaur. In the long run, not only do children learn basic lessons about dinosaur differences but also broader lessons about biology and even lessons centered on problem solving and other related skills.   All things considered here, the primary lessons presented in Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Are Different form a solid core for the DVDs presentation. They are just part of what makes this DVD’s presentation worth the watch, too. The secondary lessons presented inside the DVD’s case are just as important to the DVD as the primary lessons presented on disc.

The primary lessons presented throughout Dinosaurs Are Different are the cornerstone of this DVD’s presentation. Together they form a solid core for the DVD. They are just one part of the presentation that should be noted in examining the DVD in whole. The secondary lessons that are featured inside the DVD’s case are just as important to the DVD’s presentation as those on disc. There are only two lessons here. But both are fully important in their own right to the whole of the DVD. The first lesson has parents have children examine a pair of eggs and note what makes them different both inside and outside. From there, parents and educators can have children draw faces on paper plates and give each face features that are different from one another.   The second of the lessons not only has children match animals to their different tastes in food but also teaches kids to try out new foods, thus hopefully helping them become less picky eaters.   This could even lead to lessons about healthy eating. To that extent that alone makes this lesson even more important than it was to begin with. And together with its companion lesson both lessons together strengthen the foundation formed by the DVD’s primary lessons even more. The end result is a DVD that in whole becomes even more valuable to parents and educators alike. It still is not the only remaining way in which this new Dinosaur Train DVD proves itself to be another enjoyable collection of Dinosaur Train episodes. The bonus material included with the primary and secondary lessons round out the whole of the DVD’s presentation.

The primary and secondary lessons that are presented throughout the course of PBS Kids’ new Dinosaur Train DVD are both equally important to the whole of this DVD. However they are not the only elements that deserve to be noted in examining the whole of the disc’s presentation. The bonus material included with the disc is just as important to note as those lessons. The bonus material in question is different this time out than with previous Dinosaur Train DVDs. The printable PDFs and games have been omitted this time, which is interesting to note. In their place is a booklet that includes pictures from various PBS Kids series alongside a matching game in the companion booklet’s opening page. The game asks young viewers to match three featured dinosaurs with their names in another column. That is the extent of the bonuses directly connected to this DVD. However the coloring pages, which feature images from other PBS Kids series, can be copied onto larger sheets of paper that could in turn be used for children at later dates. On the surface this doesn’t seem like much. But in the bigger picture, it actually is a good thing. It means that parents and educators don’t have to turn on the computer, put in the disc, boot up everything and go through menus to get to said printable documents. Instead they can just pull out the booklet (or printable coloring pages from previous Dinosaur Train DVDs) and just make copies. It is less steps and all the same enjoyment in the end. So considering this, while this DVD may not boast the same bonuses as in previous Dinosaur Train DVDs, it still does boast its own bonuses of sorts. And set against the primary and secondary lessons presented throughout the DVD and its packaging, all three elements together make Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs are Different one more great addition to any classroom or living room setting.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs are Different is yet another welcome addition to any classroom or living room setting from PBS Kids’ hit animated series. This eight-episode presentation teaches a number of lessons through both its primary and secondary lesson points. Those lessons include noting differences between different dinosaurs, basic biology, and using observational skills just to name a few. There is also a lesson included inside the disc’s case that promotes trying new foods and eating healthy. And while the bonus materials that viewers have come to expect from this series’ DVDs are not present here, that does not mean that there are no bonuses. Quite the opposite is the truth. There is a companion booklet with a dino matching game that can be printed out along with coloring pages that can be copied for kids to color. The coloring pages also promote PBS Kids’ other hit series, thus getting kids interested in even more great educational shows from PBS Kids. Each of the noted elements is in its own right an important part of the whole of Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs are Different. Combined, they make this DVD once more yet another welcome addition to any classroom and living room setting. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=69016486&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaurs+are+different&origkw=Dinosaurs+are+Different&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs is available with lots more Dinosaur Train activities, videos, and games at:

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PBS Goes Prehistoric Again Next Month With New Dinosaur Train DVD

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS Distribution

PBS Kids is going prehistoric next month!

On Tuesday, November 10th, PBS Kids and PBS Distribution will release Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Are Different, the latest collection of episodes from its hit family friendly series Dinosaur Train. It will be available in stores and online exclusively on DVD and will feature eight more episodes from the hugely popular series. Viewers of all ages will enjoy this collection as it teaches about even more dinosaurs including Velociraptors, Masiakasaruses, Euplocephaluses, and lots of others. The complete episode listing for the collection is noted below along with episode summaries.

Now With Feathers: Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don turn detective when their dad gives them a feather that belongs to a velociraptor. The kids’ hunt leads them to meet Valerie Velociraptor and learn what life is like as a feathered dinosaur.

Long Claws: The Pteranodon kids learn a little bit of biology when they meet the Therizinosaurus family and ask them about their claws. They find out that the Therizinosaurs family uses its claws for self-defense.

The Old Bird: Buddy, Tiny, and Mom ride the Dinosaur train for a playdate with Petey Peteinosaurus. Along the way, mom and the kids also meet Arlene Archaeopteryx, who comes from the oldest family of birds. They also learn that Arlene is both a bird and a dinosaur in talking to her.

Buck-Tooth Bucky: The kids are off on another investigation in this episode. This time it stems from a mystery tooth found in Dad’s tooth collection. Their investigation leads them to a dinosaur known as the Masiakasaurus. This interesting dinosaur’s mouth is full of buck teeth that stick out.

New Neighbors: When a family of Lambeosauruses move in next door to the Pteranodon family, things get interesting thanks to the new neighbors’ noisy crests. After a little bit of a rough start, though Dad and the family’s new neighbors work things out and become quick friends.

An Armored Tail Tale: A Euplocephalus named Eugene has caught the attention of Dinoball scout Hank Ankylosaurus. So Hank heads to the big pond, accompanied by Mr. Pteranodon to check out the armored dino, whose tail resembles a spiked club. After talking to Eugene, he and Hank really “hit” it off and Eugene joins Hank’s Dinoball team.

The Wing Kings: The Pteranodon familly takes a trip to one of Dad’s favorite childhood spots called Quetzalcoatlus Canyon. When he was much younger, dad used to go there a lot and even earned the nickname “Wing King.” While the family is there, they meet Quincy Quetzalcoatlus and his dad, who is a very large, flying Pterosaur. The duo’s talents allow them to do a little showing off for their own families together.

Hornucopia: The Pteranodon family joins Hank at the Big Pond and meets Tank’s friend Stacie Styracosaurus. Stacie is a Ceratopsian. One of her most noticeable traits is a large crown of horns on her head. Stacie invites everybody to her “Hornucopia” celebration, where she reveals her new horns and performs a special dance by moonlight with her Styracosaurus family.

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Are Different will be available Tuesday, November 10th in stores and online. It will be available exclusively on DVD and will retail for MSRP of $12.99. It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=69016486&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaurs+are+different&origkw=Dinosaurs+are+Different&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs is available with lots more Dinosaur Train activities, videos, and games at:

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PBS Kids’ New Dinosaur Train Is A Fun-Filled “Ride” For The Whole Family

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

PBS Distribution just announced Wednesday that it will release another brand new collection of episodes from the hit PBS Kids series Dinosaur Train later this month in the form of Dinosaur Train: Explore Outdoors.  Its release on April 21st will come almost two months after the release of the series’ most recent DVD Dinosaur Train: I Love TrainsDinosaur Train: I Love Trains is in its own right another enjoyable addition to the series’ already long list of previously released DVDs and just as welcome in any family’s home DVD library.  The main reason for this is, as with any TV show or movie, its writing.  The series’ writers have crafted eight more stories that not only educate young viewers about more dinosaurs but also about some important life lessons, too.  The run time of each episode remains the same as with the episodes included in the series’ previous DVD releases.  Considering that the combination of those run times and the equally well-written episodes prove clearly why Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains another welcome addition to any family’s home DVD library.

The latest addition to PBS Kids’ already long list of Dinosaur Train DVDs, Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains, is one more welcome addition to any family’s home library.  This is regardless of how often one family or another gets to see Dinosaur Train.  The central reason for its enjoyment is the strong writing exhibited in each previously released compilation from the hit series.  This is exhibited in all eight episodes that make up the DVD’s body beginning with “Junior Conductor Jamboree.”  Usually the Pteranodon kids goes to one specific time period or another and learn about one kind of dinosaur or another.  In the case of this episode, the kids ride the train from one end to the other, picking up friends along the way for one big prehistoric celebration.  The kids learn about conducting the dinosaur train and about the different time periods along the way.  This includes learning about a variety of dinosaurs that lived in each time period instead of just one.  On the surface one might think that this means presenting a rather broad swath of information for young viewers that they might not fully catch.  But credit where credit is due.  The writers actually handled this issue quite well by offering just enough information to be considered a small introduction to the given dinosaurs and their time zones.  Their handling of the information in question will in turn lead young viewers to want to learn even more about everything discussed.  The show’s writers really should be applauded for that effect.  It is their painstaking efforts to balance everything that will lead to that love of knowledge among its younger viewers (and maybe even some older viewers, too).

On another note, “Rocket Train” is another important example of why the work of the show’s writers remains so important in this compilation of episodes.  “Rocket Train” is an especially important episode for younger viewers because of the important life lesson that it presents.  The lesson that it presents is that just because something is new, shiny, and “high performance” does not necessarily mean that it is better than what’s already out there (I.E. something older).  We live today in an age when young people (children, teens, and even adults) want the next cool, shiny, “high performance” gadgets.  The thing is that just like the Rocket Train, the next new cool gadget is anything but perfect.  Smart Phones may seem cool.  But it has been pointed out that they have their own security flaws versus the simplicity and security of say a flip phone.  In the same vein, the Rocket Train ended up needing help by the older but more reliable Dinosaur Train.  Again, the connection is clear.  It is an episode that every family should see.  With any luck, maybe older audiences and younger alike will catch that lesson and take it to heart.  It would prove the writers’ efforts weren’t in vain.  Regardless it proves once again why the writing is so important to the whole of this DVD’s episode.

One more example of the importance of the writing in these episodes lies in “Troodon Train.”  This episode is a little more basic than the others that have been noted already.  It serves more as a review of sorts per se as it re-introduces the Elvis’ prehistoric dino counterpart in the form of King Cryolophosaurus.  The *ahem* king is re-introduced in this episode as the Pteranodon Family takes a trip to Troodon Town to celebrate Troodon Train Day.  The festivities are capped off by a performance by The King himself.  King Cryolophosaurus was already introduced in previous Dinosaur Train DVDs.  So having him play a part in this episode is really a way to get him fresh in young audiences’ minds.  That the writers would maintain King Cryolophosaurus as an ongoing character and include him yet again so as to basically review in a manner of speaking  is pretty smart to say the least.  So credit goes out to not only Dinosaur Train’s writers but also to those charged with assembling the episodes included in this set for including this episode if only for that purpose.

All three episodes noted here are each prime examples in their own right as to why the writing in each episode makes this compilation so enjoyable.  Of course there are five other episodes that present their own value to audiences.  Regardless of which episode(s) audiences find as their favorite(s), every viewer will agree that all eight episodes together clearly show why the writing behind these episodes makes them so enjoyable and in turn Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains in whole so enjoyable, too.  Now having noted this, the writing is not all that is worth noting in the enjoyment of Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains.  The run time of each episode is just as important to the whole.  Just as with the episodes included in the series’ previous DVD releases, the episodes presented here run no more than roughly than about eight to ten minutes each.  Considering the series’ key audience, this is just long enough to keep younger viewers’ attention from beginning to end of each episode.  And because the topics and subjects handled in each episode are done so in a relatively simplistic manner, it guarantees even more that said audiences will not only enjoy each episode and remain fully engaged, but that those viewers might even actually retain at least some of the information shared in each episode, too.  So to that extent, the run time of each of the DVD’s episodes does in fact prove once again to be just as important as any other element that makes the show so enjoyable for audiences of all ages.

The work of the writers behind Dinosaur Train goes hand in hand with the run time of each episode included in this DVD in examining what makes it another enjoyable presentation. The relatively short run time of each episode will keep young viewers’ attention just long enough for them go grasp the equally simplistic delivery of the topics covered in each episode. While both elements are of equal importance to the whole of Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains, there is still one element remaining that should be noted in regards to the DVD’s overall enjoyment. The element in question is the material included with the DVD as bonus material. For the most part, the bonus material is a handful of printable coloring pages. That includes even the printable activities. The activities in question are the starting point for activities that could be done away from the TV. And at the same time, they also double as coloring pages for some younger audiences, too. The real gem of this DVD’s bonus material is its interactive CD-Rom game that allows users to play as one or two of the Pteranodon kids, paddling down a river and collecting bugs. Children can compete to see who can catch the most bugs first as they make their way down the river. It teaches both counting skills and entertains at the same time. So even in this case, the bonus material definitely lives up to its name. And together with the work of the writers, and the overall run time of each episode, all three elements come together to prove exactly why Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains is another wonderful “ride” for any young paleontologist in training and for any family in general.

Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains is available now on DVD in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=49575196&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+train&origkw=Dinosaur+Train&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs and episodes is available online along with Dinosaur Train games and activities at:

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain

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PBS Kids’ New Dinosaur Train DVD Re-Issue Will Have The Whole Family “Roaring” With Joy

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Courtesy: PBS Kids

PBS Kids’ re-issued Dinosaur Train DVD Eggstravaganza is yet another welcome addition to any family’s home library. The DVD’s re-issue early last month marks the first time that it has been re-issued since its original release three years ago in 2012 and second time overall that it has seen the light of day. Despite being re-issued so close to its original release, one might question a re-issue so soon. But taking into consideration that it’s not as easy as some might think to find these DVDs, it still proves to be just as welcome an addition to any family’s home library. That’s especially the case with the addition of the DVD’s bonus jigsaw puzzle this time around. It’s just one of the reasons that audiences will enjoy this DVD. It will be discussed at a later point. The central point of success in Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza is the writing in each of the disc’s episodes. Audiences of all ages learn about even more dinosaurs throughout the course of each episode. And of course there is also the inclusion of the DVD’s original bonus features, including Dr. Scott’s companion segments. Whether for the inclusion of those bonuses, the newly included companion jigsaw puzzle, or for the episodes themselves, Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza proves to be a fully welcome addition to any family’s home library. All together they make it a DVD that is just as valuable in the classroom as in the living room.

Only three years have passed since the last time that Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza was originally released on DVD. While the span of time between its original release and its new re-issue is relatively short, the seeming difficulty of finding the DVD in stores makes it a welcome re-issue for any family that does not already have this DVD as part of their home library. That is proven centrally through the writing in each of the compilation’s episodes. From one episode to the next, the Pteranodon family continues to learn about different kinds of dinosaurs. That’s not all that they learn about in these episodes, though. Tiny, Shiny, Don, and Buddy learn about dinosaur eggs and the different kinds of dino babies that existed during the different prehistoric eras, too. They learn about both in the DVD’s feature episode when a group of unhatched eggs is discovered on the beach near the kids’ nest. They even learn about the prehistoric sea turtle archelon late in the DVD’s episode list in the episode “A Sea Turtle Tale.” With both spring and Easter right around the corner, the varied lessons about dinos and their different kinds of young are both a perfect fit and the DVD in whole that much more of a welcome addition to any family’s collection even as a rei-issue. And as important as the lessons tied into each episode make the DVD in whole, they are only part of what makes the DVD well worth the watch whether in the living room or the classroom. The inclusion of a bonus jigsaw puzzle with this re-issue adds to its overall value.

The bonus jigsaw puzzle that has been included in PBS Kids’ re-issue of Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza was not included with the DVD’s original release in 2012. So it goes without saying that its inclusion with this edition of the DVD is itself a positive worth noting. It isn’t the only of PBS’ recent re-issues to boast a companion jigsaw puzzle. The network’s recent re-issues from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Caillou, and Super Why! each included their own companion jigsaw puzzle, too. And as with those DVDs, the jigsaw puzzle included with this DVD is the same size as the DVD’s case. Making it even better is that the puzzle’s artwork matches that of the case’s cover. So not only can young viewers assemble the puzzle right on top of the DVD’s case, they can use the case’s artwork as a direct guide in assembling the puzzle. Even before assembling the puzzle, viewers need only remove the puzzle, which comes fully assembled, from the case and then from its own sticky backing. Removing the puzzle both from its back and from the case is relatively simple since the assembled puzzle is connected to the DVD case by little more than rubber cement. Once removing the puzzle from both its sticky backing and the case, young viewers can re-assemble it either on their own or with a parent. That makes the puzzle even more of a positive addition to this re-issue. And together with the writing that went into each of the disc’s episodes, it helps to make the DVD even more of a joy for any family or educator.

The writing that went into each of the episodes on the new Dinosaur Train re-issue Eggstravaganza and the companion jigsaw puzzle that came with the DVD’s re-issue both make it well worth the addition to any family’s library or to any classroom setting. Just as worth noting as the writing and the re-issue’s companion jigsaw puzzle is the inclusion of the original DVD’s bonus material. The bonus material in question includes a handful of printable coloring pages and a DVD-rom game as well as printable materials for parents. The printable material for parents includes a character guide among other material. This is also the same material that is included on other Dinosaur Train DVDs that have come both before and after. So regardless of whether this DVD would be the first or fifth from the series, no parent will be left feeling left out in terms of the extras. It’s one more way that this re-issue proves its worth to any family or educator that has yet to add it to their collection. Together with the episodes themselves and the companion jigsaw puzzle, the inclusion of these printable materials carried over from the DVD’s original release rounds out the presentation showing once and for all why the new Dinosaur Train DVD Eggstravaganza is well worth the watch whether in the classroom or the living room.

From the writing that went into each episode included on this disc to the companion jigsaw puzzle to the inclusion of its original bonus material, the re-issues of Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza shows more than its share of reasons for it to be added to any educator or family’s library. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=49575186&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+train+eggstravaganza&origkw=dinosaur+train+eggstravaganza&parentPage=search. More information on Dinosaur Train is available online along with more episodes and games at:

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Your Family Can Win A PBS Kids DVD Prize Pack From Phil’s Picks!

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

 

PBS Distribution recently re-issued a trio of DVDs from three of PBS Kids’ family favorite series. The DVDs—Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome To The Neighborhood, and Caillou: Caillou’s Garden Adventures—were all released Tuesday, January 13th. Now thanks to Phil’s Picks, five lucky families out there will each receive not one, not two, but all three of the DVDs in question. All five winners of these prize packs will be announced Friday, January 30th and will be mailed out to the winning families soon after. Winners will be announced that afternoon at 5pm ET.

Each of the DVDs are presented as in their original releases complete with episode listing and printable coloring pages and activities. What’s different with them this time around is that each DVD comes with its own detachable jigsaw puzzle for young viewers to take apart and re-assemble. It’s a great way to pass some time and build problem solving skills. Children can assemble it themselves or with their parents. The puzzles are covered with a sticker-type backing that is easily removed. And that backing

has a couple touches of rubber cement to attach the assembled puzzle to the case itself. This makes it simple to remove the puzzle both from its backing and from the case. It should be noted that parents should keep the puzzle pieces in bags or other containers so as to not lose them. That’s because it is very easy to lose them being that there are so few pieces.

Any interested families and entrants can get their name into the drawing for these prize packs simply by going to the Phil’s Picks Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and hitting the “Like” button. Once that’s done, all that’s left is to write on the timeline there, letting me know that they want to be entered for a shot at the PBS Kids’ DVD prize pack. It’s that simple. Again, the winning names will be drawn January 30th at 5pm ET. It’s that easy. So spread the word and good luck. And to keep up with all of the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

PBS, PBS Kids To Release Another New Dinosaur Train DVD Next Month

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS/PBS Kids

Get ready to take another ride on the Dinosaur Train!

Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains will be released on Tuesday, February 10th. It will be available only on DVD in stores and online. The latest collection of episodes from the family favorite series, DInosaur Train: I Love Trains features eight more fun-filled episodes for audiences of all ages. The first of the episodes included in the DVD is “Junior Conductor Jamboree.” Tiny Shiny, Don, and Buddy hop onboard the Dinosaur Train in this episode and ride from end of the line to the other through all three prehistoric time periods–from the Cretaceous to the Jurassic and on to the Triassic. The kids pick up all of their friends along the way for a Junior Conductor Jamboree.

“Rocket Train” is the second of the DVD’s eight episodes. In this episode, Mr. Conductor has to deal with his old conductor rival Thurston Troodon and his rocket train. But along the way, Thurston learns a very valuable lesson about being too proud when the “old” Dinosaur Train ends up having to help Thurston and the rocket train out of a tough situation.

After the events of “Rocket Train,” the Pteranodon kids take the rocket train to pick up friends from across the Mesozoic as they plan a surprise birthday party for Mr. Conductor. They also gather a bunch of ginko leaves for a special cake just for Mr. Conductor.

The third and final part of the rocket train series, “New Conductor/Solar train” introduces another new, young hotshot conductor named Trisha Troodon. Trisha drives the solar train. And as a way to test how well all three trains work, they have a race to the Triassic. The episode also teaches young viewers about how solar power works and its importance as a renewable energy source.

In “Erma Eoraptor,” audiences are introduced to another new dinosaur when Buddy, Tiny, and Mrs. Pteranodon travel all the way back to the end of the line to pick up Erma Eoraptor and bring her back for a ride on the Dinosaur Train.

King Cryolophosaurus returns in the DVD’s sixth episode “Troodon Train.” the whole Pteranodon family hops aboard the Dinosaur Train in this episode for a trip to Troodon Town. The town is celebrating Troodon Train Day. And King Cryolophosaurus is performing at the festival for the first time in years. So he’s a little nervous to say the least. That means that it’s up to Buddy and Tiny to help him overcome his stage fright and get on stage.

The Dinosaur Train has some trobles in “Train Trouble,” the seventh episode included on the new DVD. When the Dinosaur Train breaks down on a trip to Troodon Town, it’s up to the speedy dino brothers Oren and Ollie to rush to the roundhouse and bring back a new engine and save the day.

Buddy and Tiny eanr their Junior Conductor hats while touring the Dinosaur Train in “Ned The Quadruped,” the DVD’s final episode. The kids’ four-legged, long-necked friend Ned the Brachiosaurus joins Buddy and Tiny on their tour.

Dinosaur Train: I Love Trains will be available Tuesday, February 10th. It will retail for $12.99. It can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=49575196&cp=&sr=1&kw=dinosaur+train&origkw=Dinosaur+Train&parentPage=search. More information on this and other Dinosaur Train DVDs and episodes is available online along with Dinosaur Train games and activities at:

Website: http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain

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PBS, PBS Kids Re-Issuing Compilations From Four Family Favorite Series

PBS Kids is starting off the new year with a bang.

On Tuesday, January 13th, PBS and PBS Kids will release four new DVDs—Caillou: Caillou’s Garden Adventures, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza, and Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk. Each of the DVDs listed has been previously released. However, in their upcoming re-issues, each one will come with a bonus puzzle for kids to assemble.

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Caillou: Caillou’s Garden Adventure teaches young viewers about the importance of nature and ecological preservation. In this DVD, Caillou learns about the value of nature and the environment as he goes on a hike with his grandfather to Blueberry Point and helps his parents plant a tree in their garden. In features six episodes at a total run time of fifty minutes.

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood was the very first of the DVD releases from what is the first TV series inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The DVD features three episodes—“Daniel’s Birthday,” “Daniel’s Picnic,” and “Neighbor Day.” It runs a total of fifty minutes.

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Dinosaur Train: Eggstravaganza features eight episodes from the family favorite hit series about a family of dinosaurs and the family’s many adventures. Among the eight episodes included on this disc are “The Egg Stealer?” and “Hatching Party.” In the first of that pair, Buddy and Don have a mystery to solve when they happen on a group of unhatched eggs on their beach. In “Hatching Party,” Buddy, Tiny and Mrs. Pteranodon ride the Dinosaur Train to an egg hatching party. These two episodes along with the disc’s remaining six bring its total run time to 100 minutes.

 

Courtesy:  PBS Kids

Courtesy: PBS Kids

Super Why: Jack and the Beanstalk sees Wyatt and his friends jump into the worlds of Jack and the Beanstalk, The Princess and the Pea, The Three Little Pigs, and Little Red Riding Hood. The total run time of the disc is 100 minutes.

More information on these and other titles from PBS Kids is available online at:

Website: http://pbskids.org

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PBSKIDS

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