The Jim Henson Company has finalized an agreement with PBS KIDS to debut the all-new CGI-animated series, "Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train", in fall 2009. The new series encourags basic scientific thinking and skills as the audience learns about natural science, natural history and paleontology.
Created by Craig Bartlett ("Hey Arnold!"), "Dinosaur Train" is currently in production for 40 half-hour episodes. The series will join other top-ranked PBS KIDS preschool series including The Jim Henson Company's series "Sid the Science Kid", which premiered last fall. "Dinosaur Train" is seen through the eyes of Buddy, a preschool-aged Tyrannosaurus Rex. Buddy and his adoptive family of Pteranodons go for adventures on the time-traveling Dinosaur Train where they meet all kinds of dinosaurs from different eras and learn fascinating new facts about these incredible creatures. The series' curriculum and content is being developed with input from paleontologists, scientists and education experts, and is being designed to help build interest in life science and natural history.
Craig Bartlett, Brian Henson, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford are serving as executive producers on the series. The Jim Henson Company is said to oversee all ancillary exploitation of the property, including licensing and merchandising, while PBS will handle DVD distribution to consumer and education markets. "Dinosaur Train" is being co-produced with Singapore animation company BIG Communications.
You can check out some images from this upcoming educational series below, and get ready for the Jim Henson Company's latest animated venture, as "Dinosaur Train" hits airwaves this fall. I will be sure to keep you updated as more details on this upcoming Henson project become available.