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Dinosaur Train: What's at the Center of the Earth?

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Dino family's fun journey emphasizes curiosity, courage.

Movie NR 2017 120 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 4+

Too fast!

While the content was fine, the story, movements, and speech was so fast. At times, it was difficult for me to understand. The kids had a very hard time following the story because of the speed. Also, the story stops to talk to paleontologists, which my kids hated! They wanted the dinosaurs!

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age 3+

Gentle intro to fossils and more

Nice mix of singing, science and trains. Toddler heaven!

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These characters' adventures never disappoint viewers with their zest for learning and passion for adventure, and this subterranean excursion is no exception. The title's query is the question on everyone's mind as Buddy and his family set off on a trip like no other, burrowing into the ground to discover what lives deep underground and where and how to find evidence of what existed in the past. As they make one amazing discovery after another, viewers learn about the mysterious world miles beneath their feet and the curious creatures perfectly adapted for life there.

Other less-bookish educational qualities also impress in Dinosaur Train: What's at the Center of the Earth?, especially those related to how the characters treat each other. There's sibling affection and kindness to spare, but the standout issue of this story relates to coping with fear, which Shiny and her father experience at alternating moments during their ever-descending journey deep into the earth. It's a natural fit to address this concern in a story like this one, and kids will benefit from watching both a child and a grown-up work through their anxiety with help from friends and family.

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