Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Common Sense Media says

Sweet, if vapid, animated preschool fare.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

Cast:Andrew Chalmers, Jamie Watson, Ron Rubin
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Dinosaurs, Adventures, Book characters
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 13 years old Written byiggy12345 December 24, 2014
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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
Adult Written bykarlatate April 9, 2008
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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 byanca April 9, 2008
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