Is there a better word in the history of palaeontology and mechanised construction work than “Dinotrux”? Netflix thinks not, because that’s the name of the new TV series being produced by DreamWorks Animations exclusively for the streaming service.
DreamWorks Animation and Netflix are bulldozing back to a prehistoric world of epic proportions with the programme, an action-packed original series featuring hybrid dinosaur-construction characters, who are half-dinosaur, half-mechanical construction vehicle.
Dinotrux will build and battle their way through three seasons on Netflix, beginning in Spring 2015. The show is based on Chris Galls award-winning book series, the first of which was named by Publishers Weekly as 2009’s Childrens Book of the Year.
Dinotrux follows the adventures of two unlikely best friends as they navigate the mechanical domain ruled by creatures such as Tyrannosaurus Trux, Scraptors and – wait for it – Tow-a-constrictors.
The heroes are Ty, a massive and fiercely loyal T-Trux with a big vision for a new world, and his best buddy Revvit, a razor-smart Reptool (we’re not making these names up), who is the engineering brains of the operation. Together, they build a world of epic scope populated by groups of Dinotrux and Reptools, each with their own personality and skill set as they unite to defend their community from the biggest and baddest of them all: D-Strux – YES – as he threatens to destroy everything they’ve built.
Dinotrux is the latest in the line-up of Netflix original kids series from DreamWorks Animation, which debuted Turbo FAST in 2013 and recently announced a trio of new shows for 2014, including King Julien, Puss in Boots, and VeggieTales in the House, as well as How to Train Your Dragon spin-off DreamWorks Dragons, which is set to air in 2015.
“Netflix continues to be an incredible partner and were excited to work with them once again to get this completely original series into the homes of families around the globe,” says Margie Cohn, Head of Television at DreamWorks Animation. “This is a property that creates a new world with stunning visuals and fantastic action combined with great characters and comedy. In Dinotrux, the biggest guy and the smallest creature become best friends and through their unique partnership evolve their primitive world – a theme that we think will resonate with kids.”
”DreamWorks has a proven track record of creating beloved characters and we’re excited to be able to bring the Dinotrux friends to our members,” adds Cindy Holland, Vice President Originals Content at Netflix.
To recap: Volcanoes. Forests. Dinosaurs. Construction workers.