A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show is intended to entertain rather than educate. But there are some positive take-aways about teamwork.
Five mismatched teens must learn to work together and combine their individual abilities to defeat a villain.
Positive Role Models
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.
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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).
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.
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