Disney Junior picks up Dino Ranch

The preschool series from Boat Rocker Studios and Industrial Brothers is set to land on the kidcaster in 2021.
September 23, 2019

Disney Junior US has picked up CG-animated preschool series Dino Ranch, produced by Canadian media companies Boat Rocker Studios and Industrial Brothers.

Created by Industrial Brothers’ Matt Fernandes, the 52 x 11-minute show follows the Cassidy family as they deal with life in a world where dinosaurs still roam the earth. The adventure series—which is currently in pre-production—aims to introduce kids to concepts like problem-solving, life-long friendship, caring for animals and strengthening family and community connections.

Dino Ranch is set to premiere in the US in 2021, followed by an international roll-out. Additionally, Boat Rocker Studios will handle the global distribution, brand and licensing for the show, with a global toy deal expected to be announced soon. Prior to this, Boat Rocker and Industrial Brothers inked a master toy deal with Fisher-Price for animated series Kingdom Force, another preschool show created by Fernandes.

Last year, Boat Rocker Media bolstered its kids and family business when it announced it had acquired UK-headquartered FremantleMedia’s entire kids and family entertainment division. This February, as the company continued to integrate the division’s assets under its Studios shingle, New York-based Bob Higgins was appointed Boat Rocker’s EVP, content, kids and family. His remit includes all co-production with Industrial Brothers.

While the theme of dinosaurs in kids content is a perennial one, Disney’s linear channels have really been taking viewers back in time recently, also picking up Cyber Group Studios’ CGI-animated series Gigantosaurus and eOne’s Cupcake & Dino—both of which premiered earlier this year.

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