I’ve never heard of Chris Gall’s children book series, Dinotrux, until learning about DreamWorks making a series exclusively on Netflix that’s based on them. With the show kicking off this Friday, I was able to get a sneak peek at the first two episodes that’s sure to be a dino-sized hit with kids and their families.
You already know you’re in for a good time when this show combines two things that most kids like, dinosaurs and construction vehicles. Things take place in the “Mechazoic” era where hybrid dinosaur/construction vehicles rule the land and the smaller reptiles here are part tool. The show follows the Ty, a Tyrannosaurus Trux, and the friends he makes as they fight off the bullying D-Structs who are always trying to ruin the day anyway they can.
In the first episode “Ty and Revvit”, Ty has to leave his home when a volcano erupts nearby and damages his legs…er…treads while escaping. He travels until he finds a crater that could possibly be his new home, but the mean D-Structs claim it as theirs and tell him to stay away from it. As Ty searches for some ore to munch on (their power source / food of choice), he meets Revvit, a small reptile…sorry…”Reptool” that is also made up of various tools. The two of them don’t hit it off right away, but when they both agree on getting rid of the D-Structs, Revvit fixes Ty’s legs so the two of them can fight them off, becoming buddies in the process while making some new friends to form the Dinotrux.
The second episode, “Scrapadactyls” has Revvit returning to a ravine where Reptools live hidden away from danger. Wanting to bring his friends out of there and introduce them to the Dinotrux, Revvit tells them to come out as all is well outside of their secret home. Of course not long after they decide to come out into the open, some Scrapadactyls snatch them away and fly off to their nest high atop a tower of rocks. The Dinotrux will need to come together and save the reptools while also showing them how to live outside of the ravine.
From what I’ve seen of the show so far, it looks like DreamWorks and Netflix have a winner here, as I’m sure kids and their families will enjoy the characters and the adventures they go on. It’s nice to see a series come along that doesn’t feel like a typical kid’s show that talks down to them. I also liked the look of the Dinotrux and thought it was pretty neat how they combined dinosaurs with an appropriate construction vehicle, such as Dozer the triceratops that’s mixed with a bulldozer.
It’s safe to say that Dinotrux will be Netflix’s newest hit show for kids or those young at heart, as it’s a lot better than most of the children’s fare listed on the streaming service. Featuring awesome, cool-looking characters going on adventures that are just as awesome, those who watch are bound to have dinosaur and truck size fun.