THE PLOT THUS FAR
Buddy and his family take a special trip on the Night Train to learn about animals that are nocturnal. They take a fun nature walk under the full moon where they discover an entire skeleton of a Jurassic dinosaur. They visit a “haunted house” for a spooky party. Then learn all about “Gourd Day” – a Mesozoic Halloween where Larry Lambeosaurus shows the Pteranodon family how to hollow out the gourds and carve faces into them.
Night Train – Dad, Buddy and Tiny take a special ride on the Dinosaur Train at night, learning about animals that are active after dark, culminating at the Big Pond for a nature walk under the full moon.
Fossil Fred – Buddy, Tiny and Don play “detective” and search around the Big Pond for fossils. The kids end up finding an entire skeleton of a Jurassic dinosaur.
Haunted Roundhouse – Dad takes the kids on a special Night Train to Troodon Town, where the Troodons have decorated their Roundhouse into a “haunted house” for a spooky party. The kids end up meeting a strange new nocturnal creature – a mammal named Vlad Volaticotherium, who was hiding in the roundhouse trying to get some sleep.
Big Pond, Pumpkin Patch – The Pteranodon family learns more about the customs of their neighbors, the Lambeosaurus family, when they are invited for the first time to accompany them to the Big Pond to celebrate “Gourd Day” – a kind of Mesozoic Halloween. The kids see their first pumpkins, and Larry Lambeosaurus even shows our family how to hollow them out and carve faces into them.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Buddy’s Halloween Adventure” is another multiple episode release from Dinosaur Train. You get the usual Halloween themed episodes, while Buddy takes the gang around the Big Pond. There’s stuff with fossils and the kids get to see their first pumpkins. I did enjoy the fun turnabout on the dinosaurs meeting their first mammal. If you’re a kid, this should blow your mind.
Dinosaur Train has an age ceiling and this release guaranteed it for me. I appreciate that there is material out there for a certain age range. Just don’t expect this release to entertain a wide variety of kids. If you’re doing that, then invest in a second TV and get those kids to start watching “Square One Television”. Do they still make that show?
The DVD comes with interactive games, coloring pages, activities and Dr. Scott’s segments as the special features. The standard definition transfer is crisp enough. I’m guessing that your kids won’t care. How many of you have Pre-K kids that bemoan a lackluster transfer? In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 09/02/2014