Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 123


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User Ratings: 71,140
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The journey of a three-ton Iguanodon named Aladar, who is raised from the egg by a clan of lemurs and eventually reunited with his own kind. With flaming meteors devastating the landscape and water in diminishing supply, the dinosaurs find themselves in a race against time to reach the safety of their nesting grounds. When Aladar comes to the aid of a group of misfits unable to keep up with the breakneck pace of the herd, he makes an enemy of Kron, the stone-hearted leader of the group. Faced with such perils as treacherous rock slides and attacking Carnotaurs, Aladar and his new friends must overcome tremendous obstacles before they can settle into a new life in a beautiful valley.

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Critic Reviews for Dinosaur

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Audience Reviews for Dinosaur

  • Aug 04, 2013
    This film truly would have been both captivating and interesting all around if it had stuck with what it was trying to do in the first place. I only saw the movie once as a kid and now I watched it again due to lack of remembrance, but I do however remember seeing many previews for this film and let me tell you, the animation truly is as lifelike and eyepopping as it is advertised. If this film had no dialogue, plot, or characters and went for an inside look at nature route, it may have been a classic. The story was basically Tarzan with the ever mysterious concept of dinosaur extinction and survival of the fittest thrown in. Basically its the definition of a mixed bag. You gotta give Disney credit though, back in the 90's no one knew that just painting a pretty picture on screen wasnt enough to make a good movie. We all know better now, but it was a different time.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 13, 2012
    It's genuinely an uncomfortable film to watched, plot is not only cliche, but cheesy too, ultra unrealistic!! The film really is about showing off the amazing CGI, and that's about it. The protagonist is a meddling self righteous anti-hero, non of the fellow dinosaurs were any better. Hated the monkeys, they served as black slaves throughout the film. D.B Sweeney did a great job, but the rest were horrible. It's an oblivious film from Disney, something like Sarah Palin.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 16, 2011
    2nd of the Competition Era While it has aged, the film still has a beautiful look on the cg. The dinosaurs look pretty good against the realistic backgrounds. From a visual standpoint the movie is close to perfect even if the age is showing. This film is not a musical, but it does provide a score that works well enough. The characters in the film are okay and are not the worst, but they could've been so much better. Mainly if none of them had talked and they had been silent characters they would have been better. The dialogue is just so poorly written and unnecessary that it ruins a lot of what would would've made the characters fun to watch. Not the most original in plot, the film follows what previous dinosaur films had for plots, having the characters look for a new paradise after destruction to their old homes occurs. It is done well enough but the dialogue just ruins it and makes the film less interesting then it should have been, it really slows it down. "Dinosaur" has a great premise though unoriginal, problem is this success is ruined because of Michael Eisner convincing the people behind it to add dialogue. Up Next: Kingdom of he Sun? This sounds like an emotional Disney film... *Special Note This film was not a part of the Disney canon until 2008
    DOCTOR P Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    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..
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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