Dino Squad

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tween cartoon offers action but little substance.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

The show is intended to entertain rather than educate. But there are some positive take-aways about teamwork.

Positive Messages

Five mismatched teens must learn to work together and combine their individual abilities to defeat a villain.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The "good guys" and "bad guys" are clearly delineated, and the former work well together as a team to defeat the latter. That said, force is their default form of conflict resolution.

Violence & Scariness

There's no blood, but frequent fantasy cartoon violence includes scenes of dinosaurs chasing humans and fighting each other. Human-to-dinosaur transformations may be frightening to youngsters.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that young children may be alarmed by the frequent animated human-to-dinosaur transformations and the battle scenes among the fierce-looking prehistoric creatures, but the bloodless fantasy violence won't bother the show's target tween audience. While this action cartoon doesn't have too much questionable content, it's also short on strongly positive messages -- aside from the recurring theme of teamwork (the core group of mismatched teens must learn to overcome their differences and work together to counter a villain).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 14 years old Written byReviewer X1 October 13, 2009

"Overcooked, underdone."

While it has everything that a 7 year-old boy would love, it also had hard and painful environmental messages that it shoved done your throat at every opportuni... Continue reading

What's the story?

A science class field trip takes an unexpected turn for five teens, Fiona, Buzz, Caruso, Rodger, and Max, who accidentally encounter a primordial goo that alters their DNA and causes them to transform into dinosaurs. They soon learn that their science teacher, Ms. Moynihan, and local businessman Victor Veloci are actually distant descendants of two ancient Velociraptors who survived the dinosaurs' extinction millions of years ago. Through time, the lone surviving species have evolved and adapted, leaving them unrecognizable as anything but the humans they appear to be. Veloci has developed a solution that can change any living being's DNA, reverting it back to a prehistoric version of itself, and intends to return the world to the Mesozoic era -- the height of the dinosaurs' heyday. DINO SQUAD follows the adventures of the dinosaur-morphing teens as they work against the nefarious plot to return all living things to prehistoric form.

Is it any good?

Dino Squad is sure to be a popular choice among tween boys thanks to its combination of fantasy and action. And aside from some physical altercations among fierce-looking dinosaurs (there's no blood or death), there's really little for parents to worry about. That said, the show comes up short on the positive as well, making few attempts to teach any lessons aside from the recurring theme of the importance of teamwork. The most young viewers can hope to learn -- if they don't already know it, of course -- is how to recognize and identify the various dinosaur species.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about cartoon violence. How is watching animated battles different from seeing live-action fighting? Are fantasy clashes less upsetting than more realistic ones? Why or why not?

  • Kids: What do you know about how dinosaurs became extinct? What species of dinosaurs can you identify? How do the different types compare in size, strength, defenses, diet, etc.?

TV details

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For kids who love action

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