If you’re not a parent or have kids in your life, then perhaps you’re not aware of a show on PBS Kids called, Dinosaur Train. The show is about a family of Pteranodons who at some point adopted a Tyrannasaurus Rex egg and are raising him as their own. As Buddy the T. Rex notices differences between himself and his family, they decide to go for a ride on a time-traveling train system called the “Dinosaur Train” to learn more about different kinds of dinosaurs.
It’s an educational and fun family show. (Keep that in mind as we delve into the darkness of my mind)
But, as a nerd, I have long-since been formulating theories about how the show would all fit together. There’s a lot going on here, but I think I’ve finally figured it all out.
So, if you’re not ready for a post about time-traveling dinosaurs and a fan-theory about a children’s show… turn back now.
For the rest of you nerds… Let’s take a ride on the dinosaur train!
The Start of the Problem: Love
In the Star Wars universe, the Jedi’s strayed away from love thinking that it only caused problems. Similarly, dinosaurs of different species probably should also stray away from it. In Dinosaur Train, they seem to be building a case for a romantic relationship between the T. Rex, Buddy, and Pteranodon sister, Tiny. The idea seems cute in the context of the show and that they’re all kids…
But let’s follow the logic of the show. Tiny and Buddy begin a relationship. As they grow up, Buddy’s carnivorous appetite grows as does his size. Sure, he tries to contain it and continue eating carrion (dead animals/flesh). Perhaps even Tiny starts to help Buddy find this carrion (a la Little Shop of Horrors)… eventually though, all hell is going to break loose.
In my estimation, Buddy will eventually lose his bananas and eat Tiny, and—let’s face it—probably Don too. But Buddy will feel awful about it afterward.
Shame, Time Travel and the Future
In his shame, he’ll hop on the Dinosaur Train where he’ll meet up with a herd of Tyrannosaurs in Rexville. There he’ll hook up with Annie the T. Rex who he met when he learned what kind of dinosaur he was. (S01, E07: I’m a T. Rex!). This would put him in the late Cretaceous time period, which would is a few million years in the future from Pteranodon Terrace (home of the Pteranodon Family).
Buddy won’t tell Annie what happened, but they will become a family together, and never speak of it again.
So, here Buddy and Annie are, happily living as a family. Buddy tries hard not to think about the murders in his past. He thinks back often to his time with the Pteranodon family. How great of parents they were. And one day… Annie lays some eggs. Buddy hopes to be a good father to his children.
But, as they are in the late Cretaceous period… trouble falls from the sky. A meteorite crashes into the earth, not far away from Rexville (Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction event). Annie and Buddy are hurt. Annie dies from her injuries. Buddy manages to save one egg from their nest. He rushes to the Dinosaur Train and leaves just in time through the time tunnel before the train is destroyed.
Buddy’s wound is fatal, so he knows he won’t be able to care for the child. There’s only one family he could possibly trust with his child… The Pteranodons.
Having no idea what the date actually is, Buddy sneaks the egg into Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon’s nest late at night… and falls into the sea below… dead.
The End is the Beginning
Mr. and Mrs. Pteranodon wake up the next morning to find a mysterious egg next to their three eggs. After a conversation, they decide that no matter what, they will love the baby that comes from the egg as their own. It was obviously placed there for a reason.
When the eggs hatch, three young Pteranodons, so does one T. Rex… who they name Buddy. And so the cycle begins all over again.