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  • Dinosaur
    • Dinosaur
    • Runtime:82 min
    • Release Date:2017-01-16 07:59:53
    • Director: Eric Leighton
    • Genres: Adventure, Animation, Family, Thriller
    • Studio:


When this started to hit the big screen, people made a real big deal
about it, I thought it was rather good, but I was kind of young so the
story did not really make sense to me.

The story is about a Dinosaur (Aladar) who is raised up by some
prehistoric monkeys, the island they live on has no carnivores, but is
soon destroyed by a fleet of meteors, the dinosaur and his family
escape to another region of land where they meet a herd of dinosaur
that are not as friendly as the peaceful monkey isle, that where a new
adventure begins. Aladar must persevere against the slap of reality
that the outer realms of his former sanctuary are all too real.

The graphics left me in awe, it was very realistic! The story though,
it's kind of cheesy, I mean people must of really loved all points of
the story, romance, epic violence, sappy emotional scenes (no offense),
the scene in the cave was rather cool, I've got to admit. But the
artists of the film made the "good guy" characters look to humanoid,
especially Aladar's species (Igaunodon), he almost looked like he had a
human face. Ema, the Triceratops, was rather realistic though, but her
pet thing was sorta like a dog. The Carnotaur was a notable entity in
this flick, it was extremely savage and forbidding, it was creepy how
mentally haunted it was just to get food, creepier yet living food that
you found charming.

Buts its a film you'll want to see once every few years.


*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The problem with Dinosaur is not in the execution, which is first-rate.
It isn't with the anthropomorphisation, which is fine (if a little
cutesy at times). It isn't with the inter-species harmony (who knows?
Symbiosis is a wonderful thing).

No, the problem is that it is essentially a reworking of The Land
Before Time, a movie which delivered the story of the long march across
arid wastelands to find the fertile breeding grounds with traditional
hand-drawn animation, and did so rather better than Dinosaur does.
Dinosaur has a rather nifty crashing comet sequence and light relief /
parent substitute lemurs, and maybe that's enough. Personally, the
execution of the movie was so good that I thought it needed to be in
service of a better movie.


First of all 6 from me would be pretty good and this is definitely 6 in
my category. BUT Finnish sound acting makes this almost impossible to
watch. I feel shame for my countryman. Actually not all voices are
rotten, there are 2 good ones. Only the rest are rotten.

Movie is great CGI graphics. A bit plastic for a while but mostly very

I'm not a children movie fan but if I get to see this with original
actor voices I will watch this one again.

Story is suitable for children. No big wonders there. just trying to
fill up ten lines to make my voice heard. Stupid rule that this writing
has to be 10 lines.


When the trailers for "Dinosaur" were released in late 1999/early 2000,
I was about nine years old and I was experiencing one of the greatest
anticipations of my childhood. The trailers for "Dinosaur" showed the
first seven minutes or so of the movie, where we saw first-class,
revolutionary animation of CGI dinosaurs superimposed against real
backgrounds and the blending was seamless. These dinosaurs looked just
as good as the beasts that wowed us in "Jurassic Park." What's more,
they acted like real dinosaurs. They didn't speak or behave like human
beings covered with scales at all. Added with a majestic score by the
great James Newton Howard, the trailer had me excited. I'd had my fill
of talking dinosaurs with "The Land Before Time" and its excessive
sequels; I wanted to see real dinosaurs without people in the
foreground. That would have been a dream come true for a young
dinosaur-lover like me.

And Disney was originally going to give me that dream. That's right,
folks, the first seven minutes of "Dinosaur" was originally going to
set the mood for the entire picture. The dinosaurs would act like
dinosaurs and not like people; it would be like a feature-length
version of the Rite of Spring sequence from Disney's 1940 masterpiece
"Fantasia." But a Mr. Michael Eisner of Disney insisted on changing
this all and revamping this concept for a real winner into basically
just a retread of "The Land Before Time" with CGI instead of hand-drawn
animation. Mr. Eisner ought to be ashamed of himself, because instead
of getting this wondrous spectacle that the trailers and the first
seven minutes of the movie promised us, we got just a generic family
movie special only in its animation, but destined to be forgotten
outside of the special effects department.

I suppose Mr. Eisner's reasoning was that kids could not follow a story
about dinosaurs without a) people or b) dinosaurs that act like people.
Well, to him, I say your reasoning is backward. I was a "kid" at the
time and I was disappointed to hear that the dinosaurs were going to
start acting like people after the opening sequence. I would have been
okay with narration; heck, I would have been okay if the lemurs in the
movie voiced by Ossie Davis, Alfre Woodard, Max Casella, and Hayden
Panettiere talked. But why the dinosaurs? What's more, even if they
were to talk, why did they have to have such humanlike qualities? They
have conversations, morals, love interests, and even philosophies. Oh,
and some species of dinosaurs keep other dinosaurs for pets, too. The
romantic subplot between two dinosaurs in the movie is completely
wooden, generic, and worst of all, boring. That's a real disappointment
for me because these dinosaurs are animated via some of the most
impressive CGI I have ever seen. Like Roger Ebert noted in his spot-on
review for the picture, the filmmakers spent a lot of effort making
these dinosaurs look real, but spent more effort undermining that
illusion. The only dinosaurs that do thankfully carry the illusion
through are the carnivorous dinosaurs, who only snarl and roar and
don't appear to have any morality or philosophy. And besides, did
Pinocchio have a love interest? No? Then why should a dinosaur?

But enough of me bashing what doesn't work. Now I will tell you this:
despite all of my complaints and suggestions (ones that would have made
this a great picture instead of a good one), the movie does, I repeat,
*does* entertain. It's a most adequate family picture that is sure to
wow and amaze its many-aged audience members with its wonderful
animation, strong voice acting, and dazzling moments of energetic
action. I also appreciate that for the snarling antagonist, they chose
a carnotaurus as opposed to the typical tyrannosaurus or allosaur. It's
refreshing to see a new dinosaurs here and there. But why, oh, why,
Disney, did you have to go and throw away such a brilliant idea for a
more generic and forgettable one? The first seven minutes of
"Dinosaurs" are absolutely wonderful. Before the dinosaurs talk, when
they act like dinosaurs, when we see the real wonder and viciousness of
that strange prehistoric time, the movie scores with absolute
brilliance. But save for the animation, what follows is rather generic.
Oh, there I go again….

I like "Dinosaur" but I really feel that it is a missed opportunity. A
colossal one. This was my reaction when I first saw in the movie at the
age of nine in 2000. Now seeing it again for the first time in years,
my reaction is exactly the same. The people running the company once
owned by the brilliant Walt Disney ought to reflect upon his genius and
his ideas and his masterpieces. If they had done this (as they had
wanted to before Mr. Michael Eisner stepped in) "Dinosaur" would have
been a great movie, one destined to be remembered like the Rite of
Spring sequence in "Fantasia" that its opening so reminds us of. But
beyond that opening sequence, there is nothing that isn't well, like
the dinosaurs themselves, fossilized. I will not deny that I ultimately
liked the movie, nor will I deny that given its potential, I felt a
little cheated.

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