A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Kids see the characters learn about friendship, cooperation, and appreciating others. Even though the characters are hybrids, each one has specific skills and traits that reflect both their dinosaur and construction vehicle sides.
Kids see a group of dissimilar characters look past their preconceived notions of each other and learn to work together and forge friendships that defy long-held feelings of isolation. They unite against a common bully, discovering that teamwork and friendship can help them overcome any obstacle. Also, the idea that courage, intelligence, and the ability to solve problems aren't determined by a character's size. Female characters aren't as plentiful as the males, but the one who is there is an essential part of the team.
Positive Role Models
Each Dinotrux is unique in his or her needs and abilities, but when they join forces, there's nothing they can't do. Some are physically powerful; others are clever problem-solvers. Because they're willing to try something new, they experience the joys of friendship and the rewards of teamwork. D-Structs is a bully who throws his weight around and tries to intimidate everyone he meets.
Violence & Scariness
Tense exchanges as the characters fight an oversize bully. They butt heads, crash into each other, and use appendages such as a wrecking ball to slow their adversaries. They're vehicles, so they don't show injuries in the traditional sense, but they do suffer some broken parts and other signs of wear. There's also some mildly threatening dialogue, with a bully threatening to crush his peers, reduce them to parts, and turn them into scrap.
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Products & Purchases
The show is based on a series of books, and a merchandise line will follow.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dinotrux is a DreamWorks series based on the award-winning books by Chris Gall about a group of dinosaur/construction vehicle mash-ups who defy tradition by becoming friends and teaming up against the neighborhood bully. The show's superb messages about friendship and not judging a book by its cover are eclipsed only by its remarkable visual appeal. There are some fairly tense and violent exchanges between the friendly group and their oversize tormentor, and they often show signs of wear and tear such as broken or bent parts as a result. But it's in those moments that the characters really shine, pooling their resources and supporting each other in ways that illustrate the value of being part of a team. Note that the third season of Dinotrux is called Dinotrux Supercharged, but it's a continuation of the same show.
Is It Any Good?
This fantastic series blends two kid favorites -- dinosaurs and construction vehicles -- into a cast of exceptional characters who show viewers how deceiving appearances can be. The characters' home is a place where different species never interact, let alone work together, so when Ty Rux takes the time to get to know Revvit and the two become friends, it's the spark that inspires change and breaks down the barriers that have kept the characters separate for so long.
Each episode is packed with illustrations of friendship, teamwork, and creative problem-solving that draws on the unique skills of each character, from the tiniest Reptool to the most powerful Dinotrux, but that's not what will keep kids coming back for more. Instead they will be won over by the well-rounded characters and the remarkable animation and detail that went into bringing these appealing book characters to the screen.
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