Bill Nye the Science Guy - Dinosaurs: Those Big Boneheads!

Starring: 
Bill Nye
Distributor: 
Disney
Length in minutes: 
49
MPAA Rating: 
NR
ISBN: 
1558909559
ASIN: 
6303160352
Publication Date: 
1993
List Price: 
12.99
Short Review: 
With equal parts science and slapstick, Bill Nye knows how to make science fun in these two episodes from the Emmy Award winning TV series. With his signature hyperkinetic style, Bill examines dinosaur fossils, and the dynamic nature of Earth’s crust.
Long Review: 

With equal parts science and slapstick, scientist and comedian Bill Nye really knows how to make science fun. Aiming squarely at the young science enthusiast in all of us, Nye introduces fundamental concepts and then inventively reinforces them throughout the program, ably assisted by a team of child and teen scientists. One of the best things about the show is that it presents science as something that real people do – and that your children can do too. This tape contains two episodes: Dinosaurs; and Earth’s Crust. Each episode follows the same format, usually including: an easy at-home experiment or two (with cautions when necessary); a brief visit with a real-life “way cool scientist”; and inventive models and demonstrations. All of this science is accompanied by sight gags, clips of old science movies, slapstick physical humor, sound effects, music, and Max Headroom-style editing – and my favorite part: each episode ends with a pitch perfect music video parody that sets the scientific concepts to a popular tune – a rapper sings about “Mr. Dino”, and Magmadonna sings “Crust”. For Bill Nye fanatics, check out www.billnye.com - although it appears it hasn’t been updated since summer 2000, it’s still fun and full of great info on our favorite Science Guy. As of Spring 2001, this video seems to be most readily available through Disney.com. However, you can probably find them at your local library!

Reviewer: 
Lauren Mayer
Rating: 
5
Miscellaneous: 
Need to get the production info.

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