A time traveling scientist goes back to prehistoric times and feeds dinosaurs a magic cereal that increases their intelligence - next they land in modern New York City for a series of comic adventures.


John Patrick Shanley (screenplay), Hudson Talbott (book)





Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Rex (voice)
Blaze Berdahl ... Buster (voice)
Rhea Perlman ... Mother Bird (voice)
Jay Leno ... Vorb (voice)
René Le Vant René Le Vant ... Woog (voice)
Felicity Kendal ... Elsa (voice)
Charles Fleischer ... Dweeb (voice)
Walter Cronkite ... Captain Neweyes (voice)
Larry King ... Self (voice)
Julia Child ... Dr. Bleeb (voice)
Kenneth Mars ... Professor Screweyes (voice)
Yeardley Smith ... Cecilia (voice)
Martin Short ... Stubbs the Clown (voice)
Nigel Pegram ... (voice)
Jessica Angelson Jessica Angelson ... (voice)


Captain New Eyes travels back in time and feeds dinosaurs his Brain Grain cereal, which makes them intelligent and nonviolent. They agree to go to the Middle Future (this era) in order to grant the wishes of children in New York city. They are to meet Dr. Bleeb of the Museum of Natural History, but get side-tracked with their new friends and run into the Captain's evil brother, Professor Screw Eyes, who has other plans for the dinosaurs. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Wish for a dinosaur and watch all your dreams come true. See more »


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Buster: Hey, aren't you a dinosaur?
Rex: Why, yes. From tooth to toe, I am.
Buster: Then, what are you doin' playing golf?
Rex: I'm smart, Buster. I'm a smart dinosaur. But... I wasn't always.
Buster: You weren't?
Rex: Oh, no. I started off stupid and violent.
Buster: You DID?
Rex: This was a long time ago, you understand? A LONG time ago. I was a real terror then. I was a real animal. And I was hungry, ALL the time!
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Crazy Credits

Instead of showing the traditional Amblin logo (the one of Elliot going on the bicycle and flying up to the moon) the logo says, "Amblimation" and Fievel (from "An American Tail") is pushing it, then he stands next to it and his hat falls down over his eyes. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Netflix streaming removes the ending text that reads "The End" just before the end credits roll. See more »


Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Dinosaur Movies (2017) See more »


Roll Back The Rock (To The Dawn Of Time)
Music by James Horner and Thomas Dolby
Lyrics by Thomas Dolby
Performed by John Goodman
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User Reviews

Shows moral lesson and love
25 April 2004 | by Maflores6See all my reviews

First of all, this animation movie was great, I'm having fun while watching it. Next, I believe the movie showed me some good moral lessons to follow in life. That includes loving your family and care for others not just yourself. Third, in this film,making the dinosaurs good to humans was excellent. In addition, it showed that friendship cannot be broken by evil. Finally, the film was really children's choice because there are many things that we can learn from this. Including, showing compassion,love,respect, forgiveness and having faith on one another. In conclusion, the film deserves a rating of 10/10 because it was absolutely great and memorable.

"Thanks to the actors,performers,designers and writers who made this film possible" Also, they did their best to make this an interesting film and that includes moral lessons.

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Release Date:

24 November 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,707,770, 28 November 1993

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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