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 »
The movie takes place in prehistoric North America, yet the Carnotaurs, the main antagonists were actually South American dinosaurs. The characters do claim that they haven't been seen "this far up north" before, however this doesn't rectify the mistake, since North and South America weren't connected back then. The Carnotaurs would have had to swim through the sea to reach North America, which would have been impossible. 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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In Danish theatres, the opening scene was cut by 2 seconds (Where the Carnosaurs bites down on another dinosaur). See more »
This film has terrific animation that is so life-like it makes Toy Story look like South Park (not that south park is bad). The computer animated characters set behind (sometimes) real backgrounds brought back memories of Jurassic Park's visual dinosaur delights. But there is a drop-off here. Unlike Jurassic Park, this film is made by Disney, which means to sell to the kids, their had to be as much work put in to make human-like dinosaurs as there was to animate them. And it struck odd to me that dinosaurs actually had human emotions and characteristics (and lemurs looked a whole lot different 65 million years ago). Still, there is a two sided mirror to this film. If you are looking for great animation and effect animation techniques, this film is calling for you more than a worried parent. But if you are looking for a good story and characters, rent The Land Before Time (because this is a replica of it almost). A-
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