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We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)



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Lonely little rich girl Cecilia (Yeardley Smith) and street urchin Louie (Joey Shea) find a whole new adventure when the actions of an eccentric inventor (Walter Cronkite) leads them to dinosaur friends roaming wild in the big city.
Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family
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MCA Universal Home Video

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Joey Shea
as Louie
Walter Cronkite
as Captain NewEyes
Julia Child
as Dr. Bleeb
Kenneth Mars
as Professor ScrewEyes
Yeardley Smith
as Cecilia
Jay Leno
as Vorb
Martin Short
as Stubbs the Clown
Rhea Perlman
as Mother Bird
Blaze Berdahl
as Buster
Joe Shea
as Louie
Larry King
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

In spite of narrative problems... the film's chief appeal is its central conceit -- that giant monsters... can be transformed into [ceatures] who like to play with children.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
Top Critic

Parents seeking innocent kiddie entertainment should know that the dinosaurs are drugged, the children are briefly transformed into monkeys and the Professor is eventually devoured by crows.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

It's shallow and kind of dumb, and the animation is routine, and the story isn't much, and the stakes are a lot higher these days in the featurelength animation game.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

We're Back is an exercise in endurance -- not only is it dull, but it has such an overwhelming sense of sweetness that it threatens to become nauseating.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

It's vividly animated, it's friendly -- and it's not too long.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

[A] highly entertaining, relatively gentle animated feature ...

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story

If I mention an animated Steven Spielberg film about dinosaurs, what is the first thing to come to your mind? I doubt that it is "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story." This is just another cheap attempt to get a piece of Disney's success during the Renaissance. How did Spielberg get sucked into this one? It has plenty of big names, a score by James Horner, and a song performed by Little Richard, but the entire thing is painfully cheesy and trite. When you consider that this film hit theaters between Disney's releases of "Aladdin" and "The Lion King," it emphasizes its lack of quality in an era of critically acclaimed animation. Even better: this film was released the same year as "Jurassic Park"! Was it meant to be a companion piece to Spielberg's box-office shattering dinosaur thriller? This is probably the first time that one studio managed to create a box-office smash AND a box-office bomb about dinosaurs in the same year. The main issue is the film's shallow story. The sight gags, stereotypical 90's children, and simplistic plot probably appeals to kids but leaves the adults feeling like they were conned into watching something that is (frankly) stupid. The concept of running away to join the circus was popular in the early 20th century but seems awkward in a 90's setting where kids enjoy technology and skateboarding. Not to mention the inevitable disappointment when any young viewer expects to see living dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History. They tried to make up for the plot with big names like John Goodman (good choice, good man), Martin Short (but as a dimwitted clown with strong convictions?), Jay Leno (an awkward choice for an animated film), Julia Child (also awkward), Kenneth Mars (King Trident, stolen from Disney), Charles Fleischer (Roger Rabbit, also stolen from Disney), and Walter Cronkite. Even with a great plot, this random group of actors (and news journalists?!?!?) would have struggled to build chemistry. The entire film feels disjointed, pointless, and lacks the heart of Disney's animated output. But it has a Ferris Bueller-proportioned parade, so there's that. "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story" is able to hold the attention of young kids and make them terrified of the circus, but certainly not a film that will please the entire family. If you are really craving an animated Steven Spielberg film about dinosaurs, stick with "The Land Before Time."

Jonny Priano
Jonny Priano

I understand and yet at the same time i cant even fathom why nearly all of the film critics universally disliked this film. I might be slightly impartial to the film since its one of those early childhood favorites that inspire those great childhood feelings that rush back to you when your re-watching a old classic that you haven't seen in a while, or completely forgot about for several years. Still, seeing it again for the first time in about 3 or 4 years opened my eyes once again to the unique and wonderfully told story, albeit slightly darker then children's films of today. Along with the wonderfully talented voice cast, this movie is a forever childhood favorite.

Jared Levy
Jared Levy

Another fun animated Dinosaur movie for kids that I liked when I was young. It's really good, it's based on a kids book if I remember correctly. And it's just a fun movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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