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Dinosaur (2000)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 122
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 43

While Dinosaur's plot is generic and dull, its stunning computer animation and detailed backgrounds are enough to make it worth a look.


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 11

While Dinosaur's plot is generic and dull, its stunning computer animation and detailed backgrounds are enough to make it worth a look.



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Walt Disney Pictures redefined computer animation with this technically accomplished fantasy of prehistoric life, combining live-action backgrounds with computer-generated animals. After a pterodactyl snatches a dinosaur's egg and accidentally drops it while flying away, the egg is rescued by a family of lemurs, who keep it warm until it hatches. They raise the baby dinosaur, named Aladar, as one of their own, and as he grows to adulthood, Aladar protects the primates that he has come to regard

Jan 30, 2001


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All Critics (123) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (43) | DVD (26)

Aurally and visually this creature feature is a treat.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Dinosaur is a fable, and a hugely and sometimes wondrously watchable one, even if its emotions retreat to certain levels of programmed predictability as the film proceeds.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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You begin to get used to the film's pictorial wondrousness -- to take it for granted, even -- and start to realize that the characters and story are exceedingly mundane, unsurprising and pre-programmed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
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Offers $200 million in special effects and a script worth about 2 cents. Still, that won't bother the picture's target audience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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If the devil is in the details, then this is one devilishly delightful film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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If studios are going to be paying out hundreds of millions of dollars for these films, shouldn't some of that money go to writers whose imaginations match the visuals?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Magazine
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Stunning, but can be dark and scary in places.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

When you have spent $200 million on "the dumber version of The Land Before Time", you deserve everything that comes to you.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Comment (1)
Antagony & Ecstasy

The story doesn't matter much when a movie looks this good, and it's a breakthrough of technical achievement.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's the small details, like dino-skin, that Blu-ray really brings to life.

September 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Parents, you may enjoy the scenery but remember the dinosaurs talk, so bring your earplugs.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It is the next generation of high technology that further blurs the lines between reality and fantasy.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The movie follows a rather dull tale similar to the 1988 animated film The Land Before Time.

July 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

The audience is left with a beautiful setting populated by predictable and largely uninteresting characters.

January 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

Visually, it's even more astonishing than the high-profile trailers made it look, an astonishing blend of real-life backgrounds and computer-generated characters. It's a shame that the script seems to have been wholly computer generated as well.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

It is an awsome experience, visually; on the story side it's a tad thin.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Sadly, there is little sign of the benefits of evolution in the storytelling itself, which sticks too closely to a narrative template seemingly dating back to the Mesolithic era.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Dinosaur mixes state-of-the-art visuals with bottom-of-the-barrel scripting.

November 12, 2002 Full Review Source:

Utimately it is the look of the film that makes an indelible impression.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

...don't expect much more than eye candy.

October 9, 2002
Reel Film Reviews

As a result of its breathtaking visual effects, Dinosaur is a landmark film.

August 2, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Directors Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton deserve high praise for their innovative blend of filmed settings and CGI wizardry.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source:

By the time "Dinosaur" offers us the sight of seemingly hundreds of homeless dinosaurs moving wearily across the desert, it's likely you will have forgotten the creations you're watching are not real, living, breathing creatures.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

The real reason to go to this film is the animation, which places these ultra-realistic, digitally created characters with "real," live-action backgrounds that have been digitally doctored.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A skillful blend of old-fashioned Disney storytelling and newfangled computer animation makes for an effective and frequently spectacular summer family film.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Dinosaur

Dinosaur follows the life of a allosaur named Aladar who is trying to find his purpose in life with his adopted family of Lemurs who raised him at birth when his egg fell to their island.

Dinosaur is one of those kind of Disney movies where the acting is kind of middle of the road. Its not too bad but when you watch the movie its nothing that special and there's no real roles that truly stick out and make you think "Wow that guy did a good job," in fact a lot of the acting in the movie is really forgettable. Its not bad, it just doesn't leave a big impact on me whenever I watch it. I personally think that the dinosaurs that don't speak act better than most of these other talking dinos, mainly due to how these predatory dinosaurs that don't speak use their body language to do the talking for them which I find interesting and I think its very cool to see how these creatures reactions can be shown just through body language.

One of the things that really stuck out to everyone I think is how incredible the animation was....for the time. Now don't get me wrong, the CG looks amazing for the time and now its not too shabby either, but now whenever I look at the dinosaur models in this movie, I feel like I'm looking at one of those cheesy dinosaur simulation videos you see at a dinosaur exhibit at a museum detailing what their life was like. Now don't get me wrong this isn't a bad thing, but when you watch the film again, look at two things, first look at how the dinosaurs look, and then pay attention to the backgrounds. The backgrounds are hands down the most well modeled thing in this movie. The backgrounds in this movie look like real life environments and are probably some of the most realistic and well detailed CG i've seen in an animated film, and that is saying a lot for a film that came out in 2000.

The biggest factor that I love about this movie aside from how well done some of the CG is, is how incredible the music in the film is. This music just adds to some of these scenes and make them just flat out amazing and beautiful, such as when the narrator brings up the birth of a new creation in Aladars village when he's an egg

The music just adds to the drama and epic scale that this movies scenes provide and just make them seem all the more incredible when viewing them.

Overall Dinosaur may be a much weaker entry in terms of Disney animated films, but it does have amazing CG for the time, and the music is just flat out incredible. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who really enjoys dinosaur movies and you won't be very disappointed, but to anyone who is looking for a really adult or dark story this may not be the film for you.
July 27, 2012
michael e.
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I get so emotional looking at the animation of this film. It just looks so real. I strongly believe that time was taken by the writers to further the character development. The only distraction and the only loophole in making dinosaur was the decision to let the dinosaurs speak. However, I know it is the last good film made by disney as the dawn of a terrible new era dawns..
March 7, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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the effects were OUTSTANDING. all together an entertaining film.

Grade: B-
February 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

Great disney film! Great animation and story!
January 23, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Aladar: Stand together!
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