Wednesday, August 26 2015 23:39

Dinotrux: A Kid's Dream Come True...

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Netflix #StreamTeamFact: Most kids love dinosaurs. Another Fact: Most kids also love trucks, cars, trains, planes, boats and other things that are mechanical and/or move. Bonus Fact: The previous two facts are simply claimed by me, with no form of research and/or scientific proof to back that up. Hey, I didn’t question it when all of a sudden Optimus Prime had Grimlock and a bunch of other Dinobots running around back in 1984, so why would kids in 2015 question the existence of a race of “giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half construction vehicle and all awesome?” I figure most won’t…

DINOTRUX is the latest series to emerge from the partnership between DreamWorks Animation and Netflix. Based on the books by author Chris Gall (available now from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), DINOTRUX is a tale of prehistoric mechanical beasts that need to work together to build a better world, and to fight against the villainous D-Structs. Led by Ty Rux (with his Reptool friend Revvit at his side), the Dinotrux learn skills like teamwork and friendship, in-turn teaching those same skills to their audience of youngsters.

When I first saw the trailer, DINOTRUX reminded me a lot of Educational Insights’ Dino Construction Company toys - but then again, this type of mechanical mashup is nothing new. Aside from the aforementioned Dinobots, I had some of TOMY’s ZOIDS back in the day (wind-up dinosaur robotic machines) and there were some other properties that escape me, yet had a prehistoric yet futuristic spin.


Thing is, the Dinotrux as creatures are pretty much their own beast. And most importantly, my girls love them… as evidenced by their reaction to a surprise box of DINOTRUX goodies that was unearthed at Rock Father HQ this week…

Having premiered a first-batch of 10 episodes on Netflix earlier this month, we haven’t seen the entire series yet, but the hook was already set, and the kids are frequently asking for more. It taps right into those basic interests, yet opens the possibility of conversation as “enemies” become friends, and characters are revealed not to be what they seem - a lot like some people. And teamwork? That carries over into real life, too…


DINOTRUX is available to stream now on Netflix. THE ROCK FATHER is part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, bringing you viewing tips, programming news and adventures on a monthly basis.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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