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Dino Dan

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Young paleontologist teaches kids about Jurassic giants.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The series exposes kids to different dinosaur species, examining their lifestyles, eating habits, and defense mechanisms. The show’s use of CGI allows kids to see the dinosaurs in action as hunters and protectors of their young. Each episode also introduces unfamiliar words like “herbivore” and “paleontologist” and includes their definitions so kids can expand their vocabularies.

Positive Messages

The show celebrates kids’ natural curiosity and impetus to learn by observing the world around them. Each story relates a classroom topic to a new question Dan has raised about how dinosaurs lived.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Teachers and kids alike encourage Dan’s interest in dinosaurs, and they allow him the freedom to make connections between class work and his paleontological knowledge.

Violence & Scariness

Some fighting among the dinosaurs to replicate real-life coexistence, but no injuries or death.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series is a surefire hit for kids with a passion for dinosaurs, since its CGI subjects come to life right in front of their eyes. The twist that puts the great beasts in modern time rather than in their own time period gives the show an even more exaggerated feeling of innocence, and the lack of violence -- beyond the occasional head butt or tail slap -- makes it totally kid-friendly. In addition to exposing kids to a variety of dinosaur species, the show also includes science-based vocabulary words and their definitions.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydebn6 May 11, 2013

Concerns about the message this show gives children

As a parent and clinical psychologist I really struggle with this show. The creators missed the mark. Dan has many of the hallmarks of a pervasive developmenta... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 5 year old Written byJohnandstephensmom November 17, 2010

Great dinosaur show for younger kids!!

I love it!! My son has started using the scientific method to solve "problems", thanks to this show, and he is only in preschool. He looks at pictur... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 8, 2012

Awful Show is like dinosaur king in...

IT HATES SPINOSAURUS! I can not stress it enough; this is TERAPARSECS away from being Phineas and Ferb! Nearly as horrid as Dragon Ball Z!
Teen, 16 years old Written byDuper_Drew July 29, 2012

This is so lame.

This show is just as boring as a test!! It's just about a brat named Dan who loves dinosaurs and ALWAYS thinks about them! What a geek! The CGI looks soooo... Continue reading

What's the story?

DINO DAN centers on young Dan Henderson (Jason Spevack), an aspiring paleontologist who discovers that learning how dinosaurs lived is as easy as looking out at his own backyard. Unbeknownst to everyone else, Dan can see dinosaurs roaming the streets, parks, and school grounds amid the unsuspecting people, and by watching them interact, he learns a lot about how they lived so many years ago.

Is it any good?

CGI brings to colorful life these replicas of the Jurassic giants, and kids will delight in the chance to see what scientists believed them to look like during their heyday. Their physical appearance, size, and demeanor hold clues for kids to the way they lived, ate, and protected their young. In addition, each new story introduces kids to and defines science-based vocabulary words like “herbivore” in an attempt to increase their vocabulary.

Older kids will find the show a little cheesy and overacted, but younger kids who don’t know the difference will enjoy the chance to see these dinosaurs in action. The best news is that compared to other CGI dino tales marketed for kids, this one is completely harmless, since the dinosaurs’ interactions are brief and virtually violence-free.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about science. What aspects of science are your favorites? How does studying science help us understand the world around us? Why is it important to learn about extinct species like dinosaurs?

  • Kids: What are your favorite hobbies or interests? What books or other rescources help you learn more about these interests? How do they relate to your home or school life? Do your friends share your interests?

  • What kinds of fossils have been found where you live? What do they tell us about the creatures and people who lived here before us? Where can you go to see some of these items?

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