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Gigantosaurus

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Curious dinosaur pals' adventures are fun for young fans.

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Educational Value

Incorporates simple facts about dinosaurs into the stories, such as what it means to incubate an egg or to be extinct, and the fact that dinosaurs hatch from eggs and mammals don't.

 

Positive Messages

Kids see dinosaur friends embark on adventures inspired by curiosity about world around them. Their experiences teach them about self-control and courage, expose them to diversity of life. Each friend's dominant characteristic (curiosity, playfulness, timidity, etc.) brings something different to the group; they learn from each other. Recurring themes involve perseverance, determination. Some characters act as bullies at times, but Mazu and friends find creative ways to challenge that behavior.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Each dinosaur friend brings an important characteristic to the group. Mazo's insatiable curiosity encourages them to always be open to learning, Rocky's courage keeps them moving ahead even when things seem uncertain. Bill and Tiny are more understated but are loyal and supportive and offer unique insight. Even though he can be intimidating, Giganto shows a softer side now and then.

Violence & Scariness

No violence, but it's always a bit startling to have Gigantosaurus stomp into the scene. His size and intimidating appearance often frighten the young dinosaurs, but he does show a gentle side, too.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gigantosaurus is a CGI series based on a book of the same name by Jonny Duddle about young dinosaurs who explore together, solve problems, and track Giganto, the biggest dino in the land, to learn about him. The stories celebrate curiosity that inspires learning by hands-on experiences and observation, as well as the rewards of perseverance. Kids who watch will learn some basic scientific truths, such as the meaning of extinction and the fact that dinosaurs lay eggs but mammals don't. Other recurring themes involve self-control, self-confidence, courage, and respect for life of all sizes. Young kids might find Giganto's immense size to be scary, but overall this series is a fun watch for dinosaur enthusiasts.

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What's the story?

In GIGANTOSAURUS, four dinosaur pals team up for big adventures around their community as they help others, solve problems, and learn about the mysterious Gigantosaurus ("Giganto") that lives among them. Often it's Mazu's curiosity that leads the group's charge, and her friends Tiny (voiced by Aine Sunderland), Bill (Benjamin Jacobson), and Rocky (Dylan Schombing) eagerly join in her explorations. Whether it's returning a lost egg to its herd or saving an insect species from extinction, these dinosaurs never give up on a challenge.

Is it any good?

This engaging series introduces young viewers to a new cast of dinosaur characters whose adventures thoroughly entertain. Gigantosaurus does a great job incorporating personality characteristics that will resonate with kids, from Rocky's undaunted courage in new challenges to Bill's cautiousness in the same. The mix of personalities remind kids that we don't need to be exactly like each other to be friends, and that there's always a lot we can learn from those around us.

Though not a purposefully intimidating presence, Giganto's size relative to the diminutive dino tots and the many near-misses between his oversized feet and their small bodies may be concerning to very young kids. What's more, the fact that he does not talk while all the other characters do adds to the mystery surrounding him. That said, this likable series promises to thrill young dinosaur enthusiasts, and its visual appeal and sweet characters make it a tolerable watch for parents as well.

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  • Families can talk about how Gigantosaurus shows the Earth was different during the time of the dinosaurs than it is now. Does the plant life look similar to or different from what you are used to? If the dinosaurs you see in this show lived around your home, what would it be like?

  • Which characters demonstrate character traits like courage and determination? Who is the leader of the group? How does each friend contribute something unique to the group?

  • Kids: How much of what we know about dinosaurs and other ancient creatures is factual? How do fossils help us guess what they must have looked like? Do you have a favorite type of dinosaur? Where can you learn more about the topics that interest you?

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