Dinosaurs come alive like never before in this costly computer-animated film from Disney. After a breathtaking opening (a dino egg is kidnapped), the film changes style; realistic dinosaurs are given human characteristics and voices. The kidnapped egg grows into an iguanodon named Aladar (voiced by D.B. Sweeney), who is raised by lemurs (shades of
i Tarzan
i0 ) on a lush island void of other dinosaurs. When a meteorite destroys their island home in a thrilling sequence, the lemur family and Aladar become part of a dinosaur troop roaming the mainland deserts looking for the lush nesting grounds (shades of the fourth installment of the
i Land Before Time
i0 series and
i Fantasia
i0 ). Disney's usual mix of modern language (one lemur calls himself "a love monkey") is present, as is its typical capital punishment law: anyone against our forward-thinking hero (or even disagreeing with him) ends up dead. Curiously, the meanies, a pair of carnotaurs following the group, are nameless and voiceless. This more realistic approach might have been a bigger wow, as in the BBC's
i Walking with Dinosaurs
i0 , which looked extraordinary with only a fraction of the budget. The complexity and scope of
i Dinosaur
i0 's visual scale is impressive, and group shots and a point-of-view angle are stunning. Rated PG for general intensity, the film should be a favorite for the 6- to 11-year-old set.
i --Doug Thomas

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upc: 9780788827433
title: Dinosaur
theatricalDate: 19-06-2000
stars: Max Casella
Julianna Margulies
Joan Plowright
Della Reese
Peter Siragusa
purchase date: 19-06-2007
publisher: Walt Disney Video
published: 30-01-2001
price: $39.99
net Rating: 3.5
MPAA Rating: PG
minutes: 82
number of media: 2
last lookup time: 203998368
genre: Animation
7-9 Years
10-12 Years
Family Films
Daring Rescues
Heroic Missions
Computer Animation
Feature Films
7-11 Years
For the Whole Family
fullTitle: Dinosaur (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
features: Animated
Box set
DTS Surround Sound
edition: 2-Disc Collector's
director: Eric Leighton
currentValue: $9.00
created: 203998368
country: us
aspect: DVD
asin: B00003CXHS