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… | December 31, 1999
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… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

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

Some kids may be put off by the story and the characters. The movie is too evil, I know it's trying to be a fun kids movie but it's worse than All Dogs Go To Heaven. Cecelia is a little girl who's neglected by her parents and kisses Louie on the lips and Louie goes off on his own, not caring about his parents. I'm guessing that they're around 11 since Louie wouldn't be stupid enough to run away. The dinosaurs have somehow warped themselves forward in time, and then sing a little song about being forward in time. And Professor Screw-eyes is almost too scary for little children, he treats the children horribly, even turning them into monkeys which they have been changed from after a while. Then, they got the generic circus thing. It's better to leave this one for the little ones. It's a forgettable movie.

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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