Dinosaur is a feature film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and released to movie theatres in 2000. It combines the use of live-action backgrounds with computer animation of prehistoric creatures, notably the titular dinosaurs, done by a special CGI unit that predated the creation of Disney's Secret Lab computer-generated imagery department. The Disney's Secret Lab department of the Disney company is now closed.
An Iguanodon egg is stolen from its nest by an Oviraptor; the Oviraptor fights with its mate over the egg, which falls into a river; a Koolasuchus tries and fails to eat it; Talarurus are distracted by its passing; Pachyrhinosaurus nearly trample on it; a Pteranodon takes it over the ocean, and loses it in a struggle with two Ichthyornis. It lands on Lemur Island, an island inhabited by lemurs. The baby Iguanodon Aladar soon emerges from the egg, to the fear of some and the delight of others among the tiny mammals. The lemurs are initially cautious about the dinosaur, but they nonetheless take him in and raise him.
While the herd travels, they discover that they are being pursued by two large predatorial dinosaurs called Carnotaurus. Aladar, the lemurs and several weaker dinosaurs (a Brachiosaurus, a Styracosaurus and her "pet" Ankylosaurus) get left behind as the herd picks up its pace. The group struggles with several hardships, but eventually finds its own way to the breeding grounds through a cave. Once there, they see that the original route to the breeding grounds has been blocked by a landslide, leaving the herd without a way in. Aladar leaves to tell Kron of the alternate route.
This seems to be a comment on the idea that, while dinosaurs are extinct, they will never be forgotten.
US Gross Domestic Takings: US$ 137,748,063
- + Other International Takings: $216,500,000
= Gross Worldwide Takings: $354,248,063
- D.B. Sweeney - Aladar
- Alfre Woodard - Plio
- Ossie Davis - Yar
- Max Casella - Zini
- Hayden Panettiere - Suri
- Samuel E. Wright - Kron
- Julianna Margulies - Neera, Kron's sister
- Peter Siragusta - Bruton
- Joan Plowright - Baylene
- Della Reese - Eema
- Iguanodon, like Aladar and Neera, did not have lips, but hard beaks. The artists found it difficult to create speaking Dinosaurs with beaks, so they added lips. The beaks act as pseudo teeth in the resulting characters.
- The film was originally intended to have no dialogue at all, in part to differentiate the film from The Land Before Time, with which Dinosaur shares many plot similarities. Michael Eisner, however, insisted that the movie have dialogue in order to make it more "commercially viable." Coincidentally, a similar change was early in the production of The Land Before Time, which was originally intended to feature only the voice of a narrator.
- It was the most expensive movie of 2000, costing $130 million (although unofficial estimates put it around $200 million).
- Timothy Albee worked on Dinosaur before he made Kaze Ghost Warrior.\
- Pop singer/songwriter, Kate Bush reportedly wrote and recorded a song for the film but due to complications the track was ultimately not included on the soundtrack. According to HomeGround, a Kate Bush fanzine, it was scrapped when Disney asked Bush to rewrite the song and Bush refused; however, according to Disney, the song was cut from the film when preview audiences did not respond well to the track.
- Iguanodon (Aladar, Neera, Bruton, and Kron. Medium-sized ornithopods with a quadrupedal stance and spikes on the inside of their "hands.")
- Oviraptor (gangly, crested, beaked dinosaur that steals Aladar's egg)
- Velociraptor (a pack attacks Aladar and the lemurs until the herd scares them away, follow the herd throughout the film)
- Carnotaurus (main "villains;" large, red theropods with devilish eye horns)
- Koolasuchus (tries to eat Aladar's egg)
- Talarurus (are seen in a roaring match as Aladar's egg floats downstream)
- Parasaurolophus (Large, mottled-green hadrosaurs with a protruding crest in the back of their head, traveling with the herd)
- Longisquama (a gliding lizard-like animal that distracts a young Parasaurolophus in the beginning of the film)
- Pachyrhinosaurus (Large, green ceratopsians with thich bosses, seen throughout film)
- Pteranodon (grabs Aladar while still in egg and tries to feed the egg to its young)
- Ichthyornis (briefly seen harassing the Pteranodon, forcing it to drop Aladar's egg)
- Brachiosaurus (Baylene, the only sauropods in the film)
- Struthiomimus (bipedal, beaked, plum dinosaurs, traveling with the herd)
- Microceratops (tiny, red frilled dinosaurs, traveling with the herd)
- Stygimoloch (small, spiked pachycephalosaurs, traveling with the herd)
- Styracosaurus (Eema, robust orange ceratopsians with large, prominent nose horns)
- Ankylosaurus (Url, Eema's "pet")
- Meganeura (seen briefly at the nesting grounds)
- Formicium (identified as ant)
- Lemurs did not exist in the Late Cretaceous period. They were added for entertainment's sake, as the filmmakers claimed that the true mammals of the era were "hideous".
- Longisquama and Brachiosaurus did not exist alongside the other animals in the film. In fact, many of the animals were taken from different locations and time periods and mixed around. Velociraptor was from Mongolia, even Iguanodon and Carnotaurus themselves were Early Cretaceous dinosaurs.
- There is strong evidence to suggest that both Oviraptor and Velociraptor had plumage. In fact, the initial designs depicted the Velociraptor as plumed animals. However, due to time, technological, and budget restrictions, they ended up featherless.
- Iguanodon had beaks, rather than lips.
- Carnotaurus was not as large as the film depicted it. It was resized for entertainment's sake. In fact, it was smaller than Iguanodon. In the day when the film was made, however, there were reports of findings of a larger Carnotaurus.
- Ankylosaurus most likely would not sleep on their backs, for doing this would expose their armor-less bellies (as well as cause them discomfort by being propped on their spiky, dorsal protrusions, or cause them to become stuck and unable to move.)
- There is no evidence that Oviraptor (despite its name's translation) relied on eggs as its primary source of food. It has been discovered that the eggs found under the Oviraptor's fossilized skeleton were actually its own unborn offspring, previously thought to have been its last meal. Of course, neither is there evidence to support that the movie's Oviraptor had a diet limited to eggs, since we only see one occurrence in the film where the Oviraptor obtains food.
- Ankylosaurus was much larger in real life than in the film.
- Iguanodons supposedly used their spiked thumbs to fight off predators more often than tail-whipping and head-butting. Kron uses his thumb-spike once, but the creators most likely found it to be too violent to use frequently.
- Struthiomimus were omnivores and would not have traveled with herbivores (though they may have stuck close for protection).
- Longisquama could not fly as it did in the film.
- Talarurus was smaller than in the film.
- Meganeura was bigger than in the film.
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