Dinosaur King

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Card-game-based anime has too many fierce battles.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The show doesn't go to any effort to promote specific positive messages or themes, though characters do have to work together as a team. That said, violence is also the default answer to conflict.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Adults are cast as ineffective and immature, and they often defer to the kids for guidance. Villains are willing to place anyone in danger to reach their goals. A young female character often speaks rudely to adults when she's irritated.

Violence

Dinosaur attacks are loud and violent. They bite and hit each other -- and humans are sometimes injured, too. There's no blood, but bandages temporarily cover their wounds. In video game fashion, dinosaurs' injuries can be reversed when a character uses a particular "move" card.

Sex

One female adult wears tight, oddly shaded bodysuits that draw attention to her pelvic and chest areas.

Language
Consumerism

The series is based on a card game from Sega, so young fans may take an interest in the tie-in products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, much like the Pokemon conglomerate, this anime-style cartoon is based on a card game (and thus part of a merchandising line). Violence is the show's main issue; the dinosaurs do battle multiple times in each episode, and they bite, hit, and collide with each other. Their injuries, though bloodless, can leave them impaired, but the effects are often reversible when the human characters use of a particular game card. Injuries to humans aren't as common, but some end up wearing bandages temporarily.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16 year old Written bykristianjl May 17, 2010

Mostly a Missed Opportunity

Its not just that Dinosaur King is a tv commercial for a Sega video game... its not just that the producers regurgitate Pokemon and its shallow characters - its... Continue reading
Adult Written byclairek March 6, 2016

Scandalous

I have no problem with this show EXCEPT that in some episodes, the women (by their clothing) are depicted almost pornographically. I understand that the anime g... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 8, 2012

Cannot stress the terror enough.

I even tried putting safety as a concern, even though the action is illegal! The reason. SPINOSAURUS. ABUSE. It's the internet's thought to the big da... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byKevlad June 3, 2013

Fantastic!

It is a great series which I personally enjoyed watching. I would recommend it to any families who want their kids imagination to expand!

What's the story?

Based on a Sega card game, the anime DINOSAUR KING follows the adventures of young Rex, Max, and Zoe, who stumble on some mysterious stones and cards that give them the power to summon dinosaurs from the past. They soon find themselves caught up in a violent battle with Dr. Z and his Alpha Gang, who want to use the dinosaurs to take over the world. With the right combination of cards and stones, a player can bring to life a flesh-and-bone animal. When a card is found, both teams race to the site and the dinosaurs they already control do battle for rights to the newfound one. The challenges also include additional cards that can help the players and their dinosaurs escape sticky situations. Certain cards, for example, can re-energize wounded dinosaurs or give them additional power.

Is it any good?

If all of this sounds a bit too familiar, you're not alone. Dinosaur King bears plenty of design and plot similarities to the ubiquitous Pokemon conglomerate, so parents who are averse to the connections between TV series and seemingly endless marketing machines may want to steer clear of this one. There's little of substance here anyway, with mostly weak adult characters, no strong positive messages to speak of, and high levels of unrealistically bloodless violence.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animated violence. Kids: Do you often see violence in the cartoons that you watch? Does it seem real to you? Why or why not?

  • What sets animated violence apart from live-action violence? Do you think seeing fighting on TV can make the people who watch it more violent?

  • What do you know about how dinosaurs lived and died? Which dinosaurs are your favorites? Why? Would you like to study dinosaurs and other extinct species?

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