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Dinosaur (2000)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  19 May 2000 (USA)
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An orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs joins an arduous trek to a sancturary after a meteorite shower destroys his family home.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aladar (voice)
Plio (voice)
Yar (voice)
Zini (voice)
Suri (voice)
Kron (voice)
Neera (voice)
Bruton (voice)
Baylene (voice)
Eema (voice)
Sandina Bailo-Lape ...
Edie Lehmann ...
(voice) (as Edie Lehmann Boddicker)
(voice) (as Catherine Cavadini)


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 simon

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Rated PG for intense images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dinosaurio  »

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Box Office


$127,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$38,854,851 (USA) (19 May 2000)


ESP 1,535,407,982 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


The backgrounds in the movie are actually superimposed photos of exotic tropical locations such as Tahiti and Hawaii. See more »


The opening scene takes place in North America, yet several animals are present that belonged to other continents. The Oviraptor, the dinosaur that steals Aladar's egg, was native to Asia, while the large amphibian Koolasuchus only lived near the antarctic circle. See more »


[first lines]
Plio: 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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Referenced in Seattle Creation Conference: Dinosaurs and the Bible (2006) See more »

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A Dinosaur Classic
23 July 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

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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