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Dinosaur (2000)

An orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs joins an arduous trek to a sanctuary after a meteorite shower destroys his family home.


Thom Enriquez (story), John Harrison (story) | 10 more credits »
3,898 ( 441)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfre Woodard ... Plio (voice)
Ossie Davis ... Yar (voice)
Max Casella ... Zini (voice)
Hayden Panettiere ... Suri (voice)
D.B. Sweeney ... Aladar (voice)
Samuel E. Wright ... Kron (voice)
Peter Siragusa ... Bruton (voice)
Julianna Margulies ... Neera (voice)
Joan Plowright ... Baylene (voice)
Della Reese ... Eema (voice)
Matt Adler ... (voice)
Sandina Bailo-Lape Sandina Bailo-Lape ... (voice) (as Sandina Bailolape)
Edie Lehmann Boddicker ... (voice)
Zachary Bostrom ... (voice)
Cathy Cavadini ... (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 (D.B. Sweeney). When meteorites hit 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 (Samuel E. Wright) and Bruton (Peter Siragusa). 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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You have never seen anything like this. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for intense images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The elderly Brachiosaurus named Baylene was initially meant to be a much younger male Brachiosaurus named "Sorbus", who was described by the makers as a sort of Chris Farley-like character who had a fear of heights and so kept his head close to the ground. The character was revised to become Baylene, who, according to her official background story, was the last of a group of elderly Brachiosaurus. See more »


The two old Iguanodons, Kron and Bruton, have what appear to be horn-like ridges on their nose, which real Iguanodon didn't have. 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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Crazy Credits

The film opens without any opening credits, which other than the production logo and the title of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

In Danish theatres, the opening scene was cut by 2 seconds (Where the Carnosaurs bites down on another dinosaur). See more »


Featured in Disney Through the Decades (2001) See more »

User Reviews

An under-appreciated childhood movie that I still love today!

I mean, I don't understand why lots of people hated this movie. Sure, it isn't a masterpiece due to it's flaws that I will point out in a moment, but before I can get to those flaws, I would like to point out the redeeming qualities. I like the premise: An iguanadon named Aladar and his adopted family of monkeys walk to find a new home after their's was destroyed by a meteorite to find themselves in a conflict by joining the other dinosaurs led by Kron and Neera while being chased by Carnotaurs and velociraptors. It was very interesting, but Disney, being a master of storytelling, didn't bring anything new to the story and it's character development was lacking.

The characters, while undeveloped, are at least likable and the voice acting suited them really well. The script has some nice moments including the romance between Aladar and Neera which makes them a very cute couple to watch. The music from James Newton Howard is amazing and has been stuck to my head since I was a little child when I watched this a few more times. The strongest aspect goes to the computer animation. The prehistoric environments are amazing and are some of the best visuals I've ever seen in an animated film from my childhood.

Overall, Dinosaur may not be a masterpiece, but I still love it today and I think this would always be recommended to those who like computer animation and traditional animation.

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Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$127,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,854,851, 21 May 2000

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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