Andy's Dinosaur Adventures

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Dinosaur adventures are fun but have some scary moments.

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Educational Value

It offers lots of information about dinosaurs from different prehistoric times that's easy for kids to understand. 

Positive Messages

Dinosaurs are an important part of natural history, and learning about them is fun. It also underscores that women can be scientists. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Andy is enthusiastic, smart, and curious. Hatty is a bit more practical, but is a scientist and very smart.

Violence & Scariness

It contains some potentially scary moments, including dinosaurs making loud sounds and angrily reacting to each other or to Andy. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures is a live-action preschool-oriented series focused teaching children about different species of dinosaurs by going back in time. It’s fun, and host Andy Day is enthusiastic, but very young kids might get spooked by some of the creatures who make loud noises, show teeth, fight, or chase down potential prey. Nonetheless, like all the shows in the Andy franchise, the show is educational and family-friendly. 

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What's the story?

The BBC series ANDY’S DINOSAUR ADVENTURES stars Andy Day as he travels back in time to find out more about specific dinosaurs. He’s working hard at the National Museum with co-worker Hatty (Kate Copeland) to get the newest dinosaur exhibition ready for its grand opening. But when unexpected mishaps threatens to delay the big event, Andy discovers that the museum’s grandfather clock is a time machine, and can take him back to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. With the help of a computer-type gadget he wears named Gizmo, he can look up information about each dinosaur and attempt to understand their behavior. After each journey, he is able to apply what he’s learned and make the exhibit better. 

Is it any good?

This entertaining live-action series features fun scenes of CGI dinosaurs exhibiting behaviors that scientists believe they engaged in when they were alive. Each episode  focuses on specific type of dinosaur, noting what period of the prehistoric era they lived in, what they ate, and how they interacted with other creatures. All this information is offered in simplified terms, making it easy for young children to understand. But aspiring paleontologists of all ages will appreciate the many facts Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures has to offer. 

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  • Families can talk about the ways paleontologists learn about dinosaurs. How do these scientists determine what different dinosaurs looked like or how they behaved? Can they ever be sure about their findings?

  • Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures shows some of the ways that dinosaurs lived in prehistoric times. If they were alive today, could Andy observe them the same way? Or is he only able to observe them because it’s a TV show? 

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