Dino Dan is a live action television series on Nick Jr.
It follows the adventures of a young boy named Dan who is obsessed with dinosaurs. He lives and breathes dinosaurs. He seems to be the only one who is able to see the dinosaurs in his neighborhood, though it's never explained how he's able to, whether they are real or simply products of his imagination.
After a brief hiatus, it was revived as Dino Dan: Trek's Adventures, this time focusing on Dan's younger brother taking up Dan's "mantle". It also now has a counterpart on Amazon called Dino Dana.
The show provides examples of the following tropes:
- Aerith and Bob: Trek and Dan.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Trek, especially in the episode where he makes a point of mimicking his older brother.
- Canada, Eh?: Blink and you miss it, but the show does admit it's set in Canada occasionally, most notably in one episode where Dan's mom is going to work in her Toronto PD uniform. That and they spend entire episodes at the Toronto Zoo & Royal Ontario Museum.
- Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": The Dinocorder, in particular.
- Christmas Episode: The episode includes a rhyme that is set to the same meter as "A Visit from St. Nicholas."
- Conspicuous CG: The dinosaurs often stick out like a sore thumb, and at times, border on Special Effects Failure.
- Creative Closing Credits: Footage of dinosaurs alternates with the end credits.
- Disappeared Dad: Dan and Trek's father is said to be working in a museum in Alberta, British Columbia.
- Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
- Fair Cop: Dan and Trek's mother.
- Gasshole: The Brachiosaurus.
- Great Big Book of Everything: Dan's field guide, which gets regular updates.
- I See Them, Too: Trek, Dan, and the dinosaurs.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: Very rare for contemporary children's programming.
- Insistent Terminology: It's Dinocorder, not recorder.
- Kiai: Dan's family has adopted karate as a hobby.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's kept ambiguous whether the dinosaurs are real or Dan is imagining them.
- In the sequel series, Dan acts like Trex is imagining them and he's just playing along.
- Meaningful Name: Mr. Paluxy, the art teacher. The Paluxy is a river in Texas with very well-preserved dinosaur tracks.
- Ptero Soarer: The Quetzalcoatlus is bipedal and eats fish. The Pterodactylus can carry a golf ball with its feet. Both are scaly.
- Raptor Attack: The Dromaeosaurus do have feathers, but they're the wrong kind (they should be pennaceous, not protofeathers) and should have wings. Also, the palms face the wrong way (they should face each other, not the body).
- Roger Rabbit Effect
- Serious Business: Dan's passion for palaentology is truly noteworthy.
- Shout-Out: In an episode of Dino Dana Saara borrows Dana's backpack to teach her a lesson. Dana looks at the camera and mutters 'clever girl'.
- Something Person: Dino Dan himself.
- Stock Dinosaurs
- Tyrannosaurus rex