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.
The sailor of legend is framed by the goddess Eris for the theft of the Book of Peace, and must travel to her realm at the end of the world to retrieve it and save the life of his childhood friend Prince Proteus.
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 »
Lemurs and all other primates did not co-exist with dinosaurs, but first appeared millions of years after the dinosaur era. The directors knew this, but felt the real mammals of the Cretaceous (the era in which the film takes place) were "hideous", thus supplanted them with "cute" mammals. 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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Some of the complaints here are nitpicky things that kept me from rating Dinosaur a 14, but most are missing the point.
This is a Disney movie. Disney plots are straightforward, to reach the very very young as well as the rest of us jaded postadolescents. Disney movies have talking animals in them. And Disney characters use contemporary language. Sometimes, they're downright hip. Remember The Jungle Book? Louis Prima in the part of the orangutan, King Louie, singing, "I'm the king of the swingers, ohhhh, the jungle V.I.P." It don't get hipper than that. And Robin Williams' Genie in Aladdin... I mean, if this is your gripe, then you just don't get Disney movies.
Despite what you read about the animation getting old after the first sequence, it never lets down. Disney's Tarzan was complex, but Dinosaur is insanely complex. Plot points depend on shots that demonstrate heretofore impossible techniques. And novel animation touches appear right up to the end. (Anyone who complains about Earl sticking his face in the lens just didn't get that, either).
This is absolutely a must-see--and must-see-again--film.
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