A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training. Yet throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.
With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
During an attack on a pack of Iguanodon, an egg is separated and ends up with the possession of a group of lemurs. The lemurs care for this egg and the young creature born from it, which they call Aladar. When a meteor shower hits earth, Aladar and his family must leave their homeland. Away from home and as close to danger as they have ever been, they meet up with a huge group of dinosaurs, led by Kron and Bruton. All together they are trying to reach the nesting grounds, but it's not going to be easy. Written by
The movie originated from Phil Tippett's short film Prehistoric Beast (1985), featuring realistic stop-motion dinosaurs. He suggested the idea of adapting it into a feature film to director Paul Verhoeven. The proposed movie would have similarly been mostly animated via stop-motion and would have been a dark, gritty and violent silent film, very much unlike what the eventual movie became. The story would have involved a Styracosaurus fighting against a Tyrannosaurus, and at least one mammal (called Suri, same as in the finished movie) would have appeared as well, live-acted by a human in a suit. It would have had a dark and sad ending due to the asteroid impact, and none of the dinosaurs were to be anthropomorphised (i.e. no talking). Under Disney, the production of the movie took a drastically different route: the stop-motion was replaced with advanced CGI, the animals talked, the dinosaur species were changed, and it was a much more family-friendly and lighthearted movie. The film's opening scene, which features no talking and involves a Carnotaurus brutally killing a mother Iguanodon, was the only surviving remnant of the movie's originally intended tone. See more »
Many scenes contain grass. Grass didn't evolve until the early Cenozoic era, shortly after the dinosaurs died out. However, recent discoveries indicate that grass did, in fact, exist in at least the Cretaceous period. Naturally, according to science at the time of the production, it was still incorrect. See more »
Some things start out big, and some things start out small, very small. But sometimes the smallest thing can make the biggest changes of all.
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I am quite surprised at so many negative comments people have made. It's just a movie and one that is sheer entertainment. People seem to have a problem with the way violence is portrayed but I liked how the directors portrayed the brutally and the honest way death was portrayed. Thankfully, it's not excessively sugar-coated and there are some very sad scenes but it beautifully ends on the note of hope. I liked the way Leighton and Zondag told Enriquez's written story but I thought that some of the situations weren't developed. For example, how does Aladar adjust to the lifestyle of the dinosaurs considering that he was raised by lemurs. Most likely it may have been due to time constraint but nonetheless the current adventurous story of migration and survival is engaging and moving. Aladar's selfless attempts to save the dinosaur's are touching to watch as it reflects how the kind-hearted Plio raised him. The characters are enjoyable and the voice cast, that includes talents like Alfre Woodard, Joan Plowright and Ossie Davis do a fine job. D.B. Sweeney too does a very good job voicing Aladar. The animation is very detailed, giving the characters and setting a very authentic look. Even though the slight stop motion takes away from the realism, this is only a minor quibble. Newton Howard's score flows well with the story. 'Dinosaur' is sheer beauty and a pleasure to look at. It's a dinosaur classic and it's become one of my favourite dinosaur films.
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