Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs

TV review by
KJ Dell Antonia, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, if vapid, animated preschool fare.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Harry's dinosaurs help him cope with being the youngest in his family and encourage good behavior (most of the time).

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Harry is a kid who sometimes gets discouraged by being small and relatively powerless and takes comfort in the strengths of his dinosaur friends. It's a nice message, although it's not very powerfully conveyed. Some jokes are cultural references that will sail over the head of target viewers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykarlatate April 9, 2008

Love it!

I enjoy watching this show with my 3-year-old. It's great for exploring the imagination and teaching some social and behavioral skills at the same time.
Adult Written byDML April 9, 2008

sweet and wonderful cartoon for very young children

I teach in a child development center. The children I teach (usually twos) have always enjoyed watching these cartoons. It gets passed around to all the class... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byiggy12345 December 24, 2014

it's fine

i don't see what the problem is here i wish they still aired this show! i don't have cable tv
Teen, 14 years old Written bydiego2005 October 9, 2020

One of the Best Tiny Pop Milkshake and Playhouse Disney Cartoon

I think it's A very good show for children Who likes Dinosaurs.

What's the story?

HARRY AND HIS BUCKETFUL OF DINOSAURS, based on the books written by Ian Whybrow and illustrated by Adrian Reynolds, is sweet, innocuous fare for the 6-and-under crowd. It's not particularly clever, but it's cute, and it holds the attention of younger kids, especially those already fascinated by dinos. In every episode Harry (voiced by Andrew Chalmers), overwhelmed by the pressures of being the smallest and youngest in his family, turns to his small toy dinosaurs for comfort. If he leaps into their bucket, he enters "Dinoworld," where the dinosaurs are closer to life-sized and anything he imagines can happen.

Is it any good?

There are no striking lessons here and little narrative complexity. The dinosaur characters aren't particularly well delineated, and the human characters are pretty flat. But it's harmless, and if your kids enjoy it, it certainly won't hurt them to watch.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it's like to be the smallest and youngest in a family or any situation. Why do the dinosaurs help Harry feel better? What can Harry do to help himself?

TV details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love dinosaurs

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