Gigantosaurus
GenreEducational
Created by
  • Franck Salomé
  • Nicolas Sedel
  • Fernando Worcel
Based onGigantosaurus
by Jonny Duddle
Directed byOlivier Lelardoux
Voices of
  • Vincent Tong
  • Dylan Schombing
  • Nicholas Holmes
  • Áine Sunderland
  • Nahanni Mitchell
Opening themeGigantosaurus, He's Really Enormous
Ending themeGigantosaurus, He's Really Enormous (instrumental)
Country of originFrance
Canada
Original languagesFrench
English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes78 (111 segments)[1] (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producerHelene Maret
ProducerPierre Sissmann
Running time11 minutes[1]
Production companiesCyber Group Studios
Kaibou[2]
Blue Spirit Studio[2]
Release
Original networkFrance
France 5
Worldwide
Disney Junior
Original releaseJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18) –
November 14, 2022 (2022-11-14)

Gigantosaurus is a CGI-animated preschool series created by Franck Salomé, Nicolas Sedel, Fernando Worcel and directed by Olivier Lelardoux based on the book by Jonny Duddle. The series is a co-production between the French animation studio Cyber Group Studios and Kaibou, with animation done by Canadian studio Blue Spirit Studio,[2] with participation from Disney Channel and France Télévisions, and support from other Canadian companies.

The series premiered on January 18, 2019, on Disney Channel as part of the Disney Junior block, airing on its dedicated channel as well.[3]

On December 11, 2019, the series was renewed for a second and third season.[4] The second season premiered on January 4, 2021. The third and final season premiered on August 9, 2021.

Premise

Based on the bestselling book by Jonny Duddle and publisher Templar, the series follows four curious young dinosaur friends named Rocky, Bill, Tiny, and Mazu as they go on adventures and learn about the titular dinosaur from the book the series is based on, the biggest, fiercest dinosaur of all: Gigantosaurus.[5]

Characters

Main

Supporting

Antagonists

Additional

Episodes

Main article: List of Gigantosaurus (TV series) episodes

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
15226January 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)February 29, 2020 (2020-02-29)
25226January 4, 2021 (2021-01-04)June 28, 2021 (2021-06-28)
35226August 9, 2021 (2021-08-09)November 14, 2022 (2022-11-14)

Broadcast

On May 4, 2017, the series was picked up by France Television and Super RTL. At that time, except for India and Taiwan, Disney Junior had agreed to carry the show starting in 2019.[5] RAI (Italy), Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Netflix procured the show by November 14, 2018.[7] The show was premiered on the Disney Channel and DisneyNow in the United States as part of Disney Junior on January 18, 2019.[3] The show premiered on Disney Junior in Canada on January 19, on Disney Junior in the United Kingdom and Ireland on April 29, on Trans TV in Indonesia, and for French Canada, the show premiered on ICI Radio-Canada Télé on September 19, 2020. It also airs on Tiny Pop in the UK.

Merchandise

Home media

In 2020, NCircle Entertainment signed a deal with Cyber Group Studios to secure the North American DVD rights to Gigantosaurus.[8]

A single-disc DVD titled "The Biggest, Fiercest, Dinosaur of All!" was released on January 6, 2020, and contained 8 episodes. Another single-disc DVD titled "Dino Tales" was released on April 21, 2020, and contains 8 more episodes. A Volume set on the first season was released on September 1, 2020, and has the first 26 episodes of the first series. A second volume set was released on June 4, 2021, and contains the rest of Series 1.

The first Series 2 DVD - "We're in This Together" was released on November 15, 2022 once again with eight episodes, followed up with "Adventures of Team Dino!" on January 24, 2023 with eight more episodes, and "Dino Discovery" on May 23, 2023, once again having eight episodes.

Toyline

The show has merchandising agreements with Jakks Pacific to roll out Gigantosaurus toys in Autumn 2019.[1]

Video games

A video game based on the show was announced in July 2019.[9] It was developed by Wild Sphere and published by Outright Games for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in March 2020.

In September 2022, Outright Games announced another title - Gigantosaurus: Dino Kart!. It was developed by Wild Sphere and published by Outright Games for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch & Microsoft Windows for release in February 2023.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c Dickson, Jeremy. "Jakks takes master toy license for Gigantosaurus". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "NEWS 2019 | Kaibou". www.kaibouproduction.com.
  3. ^ a b Nordyke, Kimberly (December 11, 2018). "Disney Channel Acquires Animated Dinosaur Series 'Gigantosaurus'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Milliagn, Mercedes. "Cyber Group's 'Gigantosaurus' Evolves with Two More Seasons". Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Milligan, Mercedes. "Disney Junior Worldwide Digs Cyber Group's Gigantosaurus". Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  6. ^ "Tweet". twitter.com. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  7. ^ Foster, Elizabeth (November 14, 2018). "Cyber Group goes on global sales spree". Kidscreen. Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  8. ^ James Zahn (2019-12-03). "'Gigantosaurus' Heads Home on DVD, Digital, Netflix". The Toy Insider. Retrieved 2020-12-08.
  9. ^ Milliagn, Mercedes. "Cyber Group & Outright Games Team for 'Gigantosaurus' Game". Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Cyber Group Studios GIGANTOSAURUS: DINO KART ROARS ONTO PC AND CONSOLES IN 2023!". 29 September 2022.