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Dinosaur Train: Dinosaur Big City

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Engaging, educational movie promotes curiosity and respect.

Movie NR 2011 100 minutes
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Dinosaur Big City builds on the success of the TV series by transferring all of the show's positive attributes to this story that challenges kids' retention skills with its multi-part format. As usual, Buddy's curiosity about his surroundings and the creatures he encounters treats kids to a virtual exploration of prehistoric times through the eyes of a youngster, and his discoveries become their own as he learns something new at every turn. Kids will be eager to point out similar features on theropods along with Buddy, and the exercise will encourage them to think critically about the species that inhabit their own world.

The movie's educational qualities aren't limited to science, though -- parents will be equally impressed with the story's attention to pro-social messages about being a good friend, helping others, and being respectful. Buddy's quest to understand what makes him part of a unique group of dinosaurs reminds kids to take pride in their own individuality, respect the things that make others different, and feel secure in their unique place within their family and their community.

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