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DVD Available from PBS Distribution February 21

Four “What’s at the Center of the Earth?” Themed Stories have their Broadcast Premiere on PBS KIDS February 20


Arlington, Va. – February 13, 2017 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing eight stories from PBS KIDS popular DINOSAUR TRAIN series from The Jim Henson Company on the new DVD “WHAT’S AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH?

Four of the eight stories on this DVD make their broadcast debut on PBS KIDS February 20. In these four stories, kids can join Mr. Conductor and the Pteranodon family as they go on a very special underground adventure! As the family heads down into the Earth’s crust on the Drill Train, they meet new friends, search for fossils, and learn how rocks are formed. The deeper into the Earth Buddy and his family go, the more they uncover and learn.

WHAT’S AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH?” will be available on DVD February 21, 2017. The DVD run time is approximately 120 minutes and its SRP is $12.99. The stories included on this DVD are below. Episodes of DINOSAUR TRAIN are also available for digital download

What’s at the Center of the Earth? Layers!

The Conductor takes the Pteranodon family on a very special journey on a new invention – the Drill Train – in search of the perfect spot for a new underground Dinosaur Train station! Don is THRILLED to be venturing into the BIGGEST HOLE THE EARTH HAS EVER KNOWN! Shiny is nervous to be underground, until they meet a new friend (a Mesozoic Mole named Natasha Necrolestes), who teaches them all about the different layers of the Earth.

What’s at the Center of the Earth? Fossils!

As the Pteranodon family continues their journey underground, Don accidentally breaks Buddy’s trilobite fossil (the oldest fossil in his collection)! When the search for another trilobite fossil turns up empty, their new friend Natasha Necrolestes takes them to Fossil Alley, where the kids learn that the older the fossil, the deeper underground it is.

What’s at the Center of the Earth? Troglobites!

The Drill Train burrows into an underground limestone cave, where the Pteranodon family meets some strange creatures without eyes called “troglobites.” In a contest to see who would make the best troglobite, Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don participate in a treasure hunt – with their eyes closed! The kids have to rely on their other senses (with some guidance from the actual troglobites) to navigate the cave and find the prize.

What’s at the Center of the Earth? Minerals!

While digging even further underground, the drill bit on the Drill Train breaks. The Pterandon family find themselves in the Cave of Giant Crystals, where they learn all about rocks and crystals (what they are, how they’re different, how they form). In order to get back home, the Pteranodon family has to fix the drill bit by finding a mineral harder than the mineral that broke the bit in the first place.

Nest Swap

The Pteranodon family decides to take a little vacation and swap nests with Larry’s friends: a family of pterosaurs (Nemicolopterus, to be exact). But when the Pteranodon family arrives at the Nemicolopterus nest, they realize that the Nemicolopterus family is MUCH smaller than them, so everything is smaller. The Pteranodon family doesn’t even fit in the nest! Can the family make do, try something new, and still have a good time?

The Herd is the Word

Tank Triceratops is really excited to show Buddy, Tiny, Shiny, and Don his favorite picnic spot, but when they arrive, the spot is overrun with a whole herd of Triceratops. Tank and the kids try to find another place with a little more privacy (and a lot less Triceratopses), but no matter where they go, the herd follows them. Will Tank be able to find a quiet spot without the herd, or does the herd have a good reason for following Tank around?

Spinosaurus Super Model

When Don stumbles across a stick that looks EXACTLY like Old Spinosaurus, he’s determined to have the grumpy old dinosaur pose for his sculpture (so he can get the Spinosaurus’s features exactly right). But when they arrive at Old Spinosaurus’s home, he makes it clear that there’s no way he’s posing for anything. Can Don convince Old Spinosaurus to pose for his sculpture, or will Don have to come up with another plan?

Where Have All the Lizards Gone?

The Conductor takes the Pteranodon family on a special trip to Lizard Island, where they discover that it’s been overrun by plants and bugs, and there are few precious lizards left. The Conductor concludes that the Changyuraptor family (that he dropped off there awhile ago, and has since multiplied) has been eating all the lizards and throwing the entire ecosystem out of balance. Can the Pteranodon family and Mr. Conductor convince the Changyuraptor family to leave their home in order to get the island ecosystem back in balance.

DINOSAUR TRAIN, created by Craig Bartlett (“Hey Arnold!”), is set in a whimsically realistic, prehistoric world of jungles, swamps, active volcanoes, and oceans. DINOSAUR TRAIN helps kids ages 3 to 6 to apply scientific thinking as they discover new types of dinosaur species, compare and contrast dinosaurs to today’s creatures, and embrace the living sciences of paleontology and natural science. DINOSAUR TRAIN airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings).



About The Jim Henson Company

The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for 60 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. The company is currently in production on the new marine biology series for kids 4–7, Splash and Bubbles, for PBS Kids.  Other recent credits include the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid, Dinosaur Train, and Pajanimals, as well as the CG-animated preschool series Doozers and the upcoming Netflix series for young preschoolers Word Party. Features include Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and MirrorMask. Television productions include Fraggle Rock, the sci-fi cult series Farscape, the reality competition Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge, Henson Alternative’s No, You Shut Up! currently airing on Fusion, and the recent Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow, which premiered November 21, 2015, on Lifetime.

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 Company is 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.


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Street Date: February 21, 2017

Genre: Kids

Run Time: Approx. 120 Minutes

SRP: $12.99