DINOSAURS on Disney+ Is The Uplifting, Amusing Show You Need Right Now
By Jessilyn Lancaster, Managing Editor
Sometimes a viewer just needs a silly, sweet television show to give their brain a break from the deluge of trashy entertainment.
For my family, DINOSAURS, the Jim Henson classic available now on Disney+, was that much-needed break.
My husband and I welcomed our son last August, and we’re slowly emerging from the blur of the sleep, eat, poop routine of the newborn stage. That’s part of why we find DINOSAURS so amusing.
In season 1, the Sinclair family welcomes a third baby after their oldest two children are teenagers. Suddenly thrust into the chaos of having their son hatch, the Sinclairs demonstrate some important pro-life, pro-family lessons that seem to be lacking on mainstream television today.
Patriarch Earl Sinclair is initially very skeptical of the egg. He’s afraid he doesn’t make enough money to take care of a growing family, and thinks his best years are about to be snatched away from him. Once he holds the egg up to the light and sees his son’s outline and a little wave, Earl’s heart begins to soften.
How I wish so many hearts could be softened as people recognize that a baby is still a baby, even if it’s still in the egg/womb!
Furthermore, when the baby emerges, he declares, “I’m the baby, gotta love me!”
While we laugh at the chubby dinosaur, he’s absolutely right, as Psalm 127 tells us that children are a precious gift.
However, the pro-life messages don’t begin and end with the baby.
In a later season 1 episode, the dinosaurs celebrate as Grandma Ethyl prepares to be hurled into a tarpit for her 72nd birthday. It’s ancient dinosaur tradition that when dinosaurs turn 72, they’re thrown into the tarpit as part of a celebration called “Hurling day.”
The tarpit represents eternity, and the family wrestles with some philosophical questions about when is the right time to die. Teenager Robbie Sinclair tries to save his grandmother from euthanasia by kidnapping her, much to Earl’s chagrin. However, the family ultimately decides to buck the tradition of doing away with elderly dinosaurs just because they are old, once again promoting a pro-life rhetoric.
Several other Season 1 episodes promote pro-family values, as well.
In one episode, a larger dinosaur wants to take matriarch Fran as his wife. Fran makes an impassioned plea as to why she loves Earl and extols his worth as a father and husband.
In another episode, the Sinclairs lose their television set to a meteorite, and land on a game show so Earl can attempt to win a 90-inch set for the family. When asked about a lesson a TV character learned, Earl instead shares his own lesson in appreciating his time with his family away from the television.
As a viewer, it’s heartening to see this ancient family work through modern-day issues with comical ease. The top-notch dialogue hits close to home, especially for families with a busy mom, working dad, teenage children, or a new baby at home.
DINOSAURS season 1 promotes wholesome family stereotypes sure to entertain your brood and gives families an enjoyable show they can watch with their older children.