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Dinosaur (2000)

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

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)
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Storyline

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 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 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for intense images | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinosaurio See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$127,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,854,851, 21 May 2000

Gross USA:

$137,748,063

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$349,822,765
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ingo Rademacher were considered for the role of Bruton. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Alternate Versions

The original print included a song by Kate Bush, but this was cut after unfavorable response from preview audiences. See more »

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Featured in Dinosaur: The Making of (2000) See more »

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Story's a fossil. But effects are high in the "wow" factor.
14 May 2008 | by vip_ebriegaSee all my reviews

My Take: Terrific special effects make this film worth a million bucks.

Through their discovery of the magic of CGI, Disney has brought their own expensive big-budget CG spectacle called DINOSAUR in 2000. Although CGI has already brought to life dinosaurs before in JURASSIC PARK and its sequel THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK, sometimes DINOSAUR has certainly improved from which it started from. The special effects in DINOSAUR are truly spectacular. What's fantasy and what's reality is now indistinguishable.

In terms of plot and story, however, DINOSAUR is still not well developed. The story is nothing new and for Disney, that's quite a disappointment. Disney, a master in both animation and storytelling, is now lacking in a new story to show. Still, nonetheless, DINOSAUR is still a wonderfully good-looking fantasy that appeals to kids and adults.

The story is nothing original, as Disney simply owes from other animated movies, some of which is their own. The plot that dinosaurs, after a meteorite strike, creates a large famine leading to a search for a valley of fertility is recycled from both a segment in Disney's FANTASIA called "The Rite of Spring", as well as Don Bluth's animated THE LAND BEFORE TIME. The lead character, an Iguanadon named Aladar, is separated from his mother, who is supposedly dead, is like the character of BAMBI in Disney's own animated film of the same title. The rest of the characters aren't new with any zing.

Still, the film is an enjoyable showcase of fine special effects and excitement. It's still good as visual entertainment. A lot more fun to look at rather than to think about. I liked just looking at the very colorful effects, showing us numerous sights of dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. The opening scenes were the most colorful, where we are taken to flight in the wings of a flying Pteranodon, switching from various scenery that is a breathtaking sight. There's a lot of imagination that went to the effects, and the heart is not forgotten.

Rating: **** out of 5.


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