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Aired Monday September 7th, 2009 at 7:00 am on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
PBS KIDS invites preschoolers to hop on board the fun and fantastical DINOSAUR TRAIN, a new CGI-animated series from The Jim Henson Company premiering weekdays at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on KUED-Channel 7. The series kicks off on Labor Day with two hours of episodes.
Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains, while encouraging basic scientific thinking and skills as the audience learns about natural science, natural history and paleontology. Each of the 40 half-hour episodes features Buddy, an adorable preschool age Tyrannosaurus Rex, and includes two 11-minute animated segments.
Young viewers can join Buddy and his adoptive Pteranodon family on a whimsical voyage through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history and paleontology. The series continues Henson's and PBS KIDS' legacy of quality children's entertainment and joins Henson's successful series Sid The Science KidTM, which also airs on KUED.
Adding to the series are live-action interstitials featuring world-renowned paleontologist Scott Sampson from the Utah Museum of Natural History, who is an adjunct associate professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Utah. "Dr. Scott" brings to life the show's natural science and natural history curriculum for preschoolers as he gives specific facts about dinosaurs and compares their features to animals of today.
"Dinosaur Train" is a really exciting new show for us here at The Jim Henson Company," says Lisa Henson, the Company's CEO. "We wanted to create an educational series that allows parents and their kids to explore and discover natural and life sciences in a fun, imaginative way. They'll be inspired to ask interesting questions about both dinosaurs and trains, and will be eager to investigate the answers together."
To find out about Dinosaur Train related events in Salt Lake and Ogden, visit kued.org/kids.
Also new in the Kids' schedule is Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps, which joins the Saturday lineup at 6:30 a.m., beginning September 5.
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