Review: DreamWorks’ New ‘DINOTRUX’ Series Combines Construction Vehicles and Dinosaurs for Kid-Sized Fun

© DreamWorks Animation

© DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation’s new and original Netflix series DINOTRUX breaks new ground for the studio. It’s their first animated series that isn’t based on one of their existing film series. The creative team has constructed a clever set of characters and an inventive new world that should hopefully entertain dino- and truck-loving kids for many years to come.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Welcome to a world of giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half construction vehicle and all awesome in DINOTRUX, the Netflix original series from DreamWorks! Meet Ty Rux, a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit, a razor-sharp Reptool.  Together, the Dinotrux and Reptools join forces for the first time ever to build a bigger, better world and battle back against the biggest and baddest of them all: D-Structs, who threatens to wreck everything they’ve built.

In the one episode that DreamWorks made available to screen (Episode 101: “Ty and Revvit”), we learn that protagonist Ty Rux is not your average “Tyrannosaurus Trux”–he only eats ore (I guess he’s the equivalent of a “veggie-saurus”?) and he actually cares for others species, unlike the mean T-Trux of the series named D-Structs, whose rude mantra is “I don’t share.” Ty forms a friendship with Revvit, a little “Reptool” (he reminded of a mecha-Pascal from Disney’s Tangled), and the two of them show the other Dinotrux that by sharing and working together, they can stand up to their common enemy D-Structs and that their lives will be better.

© DreamWorks Animation

© DreamWorks Animation

The creative team loosely based the world and stories of the series on the Dinotrux book series by Chris Gall. The character designs appealed to my childhood brain (I loved cars and trucks as a child and I still do; dinosaurs not so much, but I’m sure I’m in the minority on that one). The “crater” which the Dinotrux live seemed a bit sparse (it is a dormant volcano crater after all), but perhaps other episodes have more fully fleshed out environments.

Storywise, the episode offered a fun adventure for kids that teaches perseverance, sharing, and teamwork. It wasn’t anything groundbreaking, but it wasn’t anything stupid, either.

I applaud DreamWorks for trying something different and hope that you and the younglings in your life will give DINOTRUX a try.

© DreamWorks Animation

© DreamWorks Animation

Season one of DINOTRUX premieres exclusively on Netflix on August 14th. Check out the official DINOTRUX website, too.

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