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Story

Dinosaurs come alive like never before in this costly computer-animated film from Disney. After a breathtaking opening (a dino egg is kidnapped), the film changes style; realistic dinosaurs are given human characteristics and voices. The kidnapped egg grows into an iguanodon named Aladar (voiced by D.B. Sweeney), who is raised by lemurs (shades of Tarzan) on a lush island void of other dinosaurs. When a meteorite destroys their island home in a thrilling sequence, the lemur family and Aladar become part of a dinosaur troop roaming the mainland deserts looking for the lush nesting grounds (shades of the fourth installment of the Land Before Time series and Fantasia). Disney's usual mix of modern language (one lemur calls himself "a love monkey") is present, as is its typical capital punishment law: anyone against our forward-thinking hero (or even disagreeing with him) ends up dead. Curiously, the meanies, a pair of carnotaurs following the group, are nameless and voiceless. This more realistic approach might have been a bigger wow, as in the BBC's Walking with Dinosaurs, which looked extraordinary with only a fraction of the budget. The complexity and scope of Dinosaur's visual scale is impressive, and group shots and a point-of-view angle are stunning. Rated PG for general intensity, the film should be a favorite for the 6- to 11-year-old set. --Doug Thomas

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Animated
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

D.B. SweeneyAladar
Alfre WoodardPlio
Ossie DavisYar
Max CasellaZini
Hayden PanettiereSuri
Samuel E. WrightKron
Julianna MarguliesNeera
Peter SiragusaBruton
Joan PlowrightBaylene
Della ReeseEema

  • Genre: Family Movies
  • Director: Eric Leighton
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 19, 2000
    EuropeOct 13, 2000
    JapanDec 9, 2000
    AustraliaJun 15, 2000
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 30, 2001
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