Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Dinosaur (2000 Movie)

Disney’s 2000 film “Dinosaur” is an animated adventure film that combines CGI (computer-generated imagery) with live-action backgrounds. The movie tells the story of an orphaned Iguanodon named Aladar, who is raised by a family of lemurs after being separated from his own kind. The film is set in a prehistoric world where dinosaurs roam the Earth.

The story begins with a meteor shower that destroys Aladar’s homeland and separates him from the rest of his species. He finds himself in the company of a group of lemurs, including Plio, Yar, Zini, and Suri. Aladar befriends the lemurs and becomes a part of their family.

As they search for a new home, Aladar and the lemurs join a herd of migrating dinosaurs led by Kron, a ruthless and authoritarian Iguanodon. Kron believes in survival of the fittest and is determined to leave the weak and injured behind. Aladar, on the other hand, believes in compassion and teamwork.

Throughout the journey, Aladar faces various challenges and dangers, including encounters with other dinosaur species, natural disasters, and internal conflicts within the herd. He also forms a bond with a female Iguanodon named Neera, further challenging Kron’s leadership.

The film showcases the power of friendship, the importance of family, and the values of kindness and empathy. It also highlights the struggle of survival in a harsh and unpredictable environment.

“Dinosaur” received praise for its stunning animation and visual effects, which brought the prehistoric world to life. The film’s soundtrack, composed by James Newton Howard, also received positive reviews for enhancing the emotional impact of the story.

Despite some criticism for its simplistic plot and character development, “Dinosaur” was a commercial success and remains a notable entry in Disney’s animated film library. It is remembered for its groundbreaking animation techniques and its depiction of the ancient world of dinosaurs.

Fun Facts

  • “Dinosaur” is a Disney animated film released in 2000. It combines computer-generated imagery (CGI) for the dinosaurs with live-action backgrounds, creating a visually stunning and immersive prehistoric world.
  • The film is notable for its realism in portraying dinosaurs and their environments. Disney’s animation team conducted extensive research and consulted with paleontologists to accurately depict the creatures, making it one of the more scientifically accurate dinosaur-themed films.
  • “Dinosaur” features a memorable lemur character named Zini, who provides comic relief in the film. Zini is voiced by actor Max Casella and adds a lighthearted touch to the otherwise epic and dramatic storyline of survival in a prehistoric world.

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  • Type of Movie: Animated
  • Box Office: $349. 8 million
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  • Director: Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton
  • Producer: Pam Marsden
  • Music: James Newton Howard

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