Saturday, January 31, 2015

Arlington, Va. – January 22, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced it is releasing eight stories from PBS KIDS’ popular DINOSAUR TRAIN series on the new DVD “DINOSAUR TRAIN: I LOVE TRAINS.” Ride along on the Dinosaur Train with Buddy and his family through the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic time periods to meet new friends such as Erma Eoraptor, one of the first species of dinosaurs. Sing songs with King Cryolophosaurus to celebrate Troodon Train Day, and see the fast and amazing Rocket Train in this new fun-filled DVD!

DINOSAUR TRAIN embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking skills. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons go on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes, and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history, and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs and has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous time periods. The Train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way.

I LOVE TRAINS” will be available on DVD February 10, 2015. The DVD run time is approximately 100 minutes and its SRP is $12.99. The DVD contains special features including an interactive game, coloring pages, activities, and information for parents.

The “I LOVE TRAINS” DVD includes the following stories:

Junior Conductor Jamboree
The kids ride the Dinosaur Train from one end of the line to the other, through all three time periods – from the Cretaceous, through the Jurassic, to the Triassic. All along the way, they pick up friends who join them for a Junior Conductor Jamboree!

Rocket Train
Tiny and Buddy find out that a newer train will be riding the same tracks as the Dinosaur Train. The new train is called the Rocket Train, and its conductor is named Thurston Troodon, who was a former classmate and rival of Mr. Conductor. Thurston is very confident and boasts that the Rocket Train is newer, better, and faster than the “old” Dinosaur Train. Mrs. Troodon, Thurston, and Mr. Conductor’s old teacher, suggest a friendly train race. With Tiny and Buddy on board, the “old” Dinosaur Train ends up helping out Thurston and the new Rocket Train after it breaks down.

Rocket Train 2: Surprise Party
After Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don learn that it’s Mr. Conductor’s birthday, they decide to throw him a surprise party on his favorite place – the Dinosaur Train! The whole family plans the party, and even secretly rides the Rocket Train to pick up friends from all around the Mesozoic and to gather ginkgo leaves for a special birthday cake. The party is a huge success – the Conductor is surprised and moved, and loves his tasty ginkgo leaf birthday cake.

Rocket Train 3: New Conductor/Solar Train
Our Pteranodon family accompanies Mr. Conductor to the Troodon Town Roundhouse to meet up with Thurston Troodon, the Rocket Train’s conductor. They all soon learn that Tricia Troodon – a younger, hotshot conductor – actually invited everyone there to see her new train – the Solar Train! The kids learn that it’s powered by the sun! To test the trains’ performances, the three Conductors, along with the help of Buddy, Tiny, Shiny and Don, have a race to the Triassic between the Dinosaur Train, Thurston’s Rocket Train and Tricia’s new Solar Train!

Erma Eoraptor
Buddy, Tiny, and Mrs. Pteranodon go on an expedition all the way back to the Triassic time period to meet Erma Eoraptor, one of the first species of dinosaur that ever lived. They ride to the end of the line to find Erma, and then bring her back for a ride on the Dinosaur Train!

Troodon Train
The Pteranodon family rides to Troodon Town to celebrate Troodon Train Day, where the main event is a concert by King Cryolophosaurus, giving his first performance in years! When King comes down with some last-minute jitters, Buddy and Tiny help him overcome his stage fright and he sings a medley of his hits, including the Dinosaur Train theme song!

Train Trouble
The speedy dinosaur brothers Oren and Ollie join our kids on a train trip to Troodon Town, but unplanned engine trouble sends Oren and Ollie sprinting to the Roundhouse to bring back another engine to save the day!

Ned the Quadruped
Buddy and Tiny tour the Dinosaur Train and earn their Junior Conductor hats while their friend Ned, a four-legged, long-necked Brachiosaurus and regular Train rider, tags along.


About Dinosaur Train
Dinosaur Train is produced by The Jim Henson Company and, co-produced with Singapore animation company Sparky Animation, with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority. Lisa Henson, Halle Stanford and Craig Bartlett are executive producers for The Jim Henson Company.  WongKok Cheong (KC) is executive producer for Sparky Animation. The Jim Henson Company oversees all ancillary exploitation of the property, including licensing and merchandising. PBS Distribution handles DVD Distribution to domestic consumer and education markets.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital platforms and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including digital games and streaming video. PBS KIDS also offers mobile apps to help support young children’s learning. The PBS KIDS Video App is available on a variety of mobile devices and on platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire and Chromecast. For more information on specific PBS KIDS content supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit pbs.org/pressroom, or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy® nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals as well as the new series Doozers, a CG animated preschool series. Features include The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day and television productions include Fraggle Rock the sci-fi cult series Farscape, and the reality competition Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, and No, You Shut up!

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Jim Henson Company is also home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand is currently touring “Puppet-Up! - Uncensored,” a live puppet improvisational show. 

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system and our production partners.

PBS Distribution offers a diverse range of programming to our customers, including Ken Burns’s films, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming. As a multi-channel distributor, PBS Distribution offers consumers high-quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming. PBS Distribution is also a leading source for factual content for international broadcast, cable and satellite services.

Street Date: February 10, 2015
Genre: Kids
Run Time: Approximately 100 Minutes
SRP: $12.99
Format: DVD


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