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{{Infobox Film
| name = Dinosaur
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|name = Dinosaur
| image = Dinosaur.jpg
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|image = Dinosaur.jpg|250px
| caption = Theatrical release poster
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|caption = ''Dinosaur'' 2003 DVD cover
| director = [[Ralph Zondag]]<br />Eric Leighton
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|director = [[Eric Leighton]] <br> Ralph Zondag
| producer = Pam Marsden
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|writer = [[Walon Green]] <br> [[Thom Enriquez]]
| composer = [[James Newton Howard]]
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|starring = [[D.B. Sweeney]] <br> Alfre Woodard <br> Ossie Davis
| screenplay = [[John Harrison (filmmaker)|John Harrison]]<br />[[Robert Nelson Jacobs]]
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|producer = [[Baker Bloodworth]] <br> [[Pam Marsden]]
| story = John Harrison<br>Robert Nelson Jacobs<br />Thom Enriquez<br />Ralph Zondag
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|distributor = [[Walt Disney Pictures]]
| narrator = [[Alfre Woodard]]
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|budget = $127.5 million
| starring = [[D. B. Sweeney]]<br />[[Ossie Davis]]<br />[[Alfre Woodard]]<br />[[Max Casella]]<br />[[Hayden Panettiere]]<br />[[Samuel E. Wright]]<br />Peter Siragusa<br />[[Julianna Margulies]]<br />[[Joan Plowright]]<br />[[Della Reese]]
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|released= December 14, [[2000]]
| music = [[James Newton Howard]]
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|runtime = 10 min.
| cinematography = David Hardberger<br />S. Douglas Smith
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|language = [[English language|English]]
| editing = [[H. Lee Peterson]]
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|imdb_id = 0130623
| studio = [[Walt Disney Animation Studios|Walt Disney Feature Animation]]
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|}}
| distributor = [[Walt Disney Pictures]]
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'''''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 [[dinosaur]]s, done by a special CGI unit that predated the creation of [[Disney's Secret Lab]] computer-generated imagery department. The [[Disney's Universal Lab]] department of the Disney company is now closed.
| released = {{Film date|2000|5|19}}
 
| runtime = 81 minutes<ref name=box>{{cite web |url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=dinosaur.htm |title=Dinosaur (2000) |work=[[Box Office Mojo]] |accessdate=2011-12-09}}</ref>
 
| country = United States
 
| language = English
 
| budget = $127.5 million<ref name=box />
 
| gross = $349,822,765<ref name=box />
 
}}
 
'''''Dinosaur''''' is a 2000 American [[computer-animated]] [[adventure]] film produced by [[Walt Disney Animation Studios|Walt Disney Feature Animation]] and released by [[Walt Disney Pictures]] on May 19, 2000, and is the 39th film and the first computer-animated film in the [[List of Disney theatrical animated features|Walt Disney Animated Classics]] series.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.disneyanimation.com/aboutus/history.html |title=Disney's Official Animated Features list |accessdate=2009-06-17}}</ref> At officially $127.5 million, it was the most expensive [[theatrical]] movie release of the year.<ref name=box />
 
   
While the main characters in ''Dinosaur'' are computer-animated, most of the film's backgrounds were filmed on location. A number of backgrounds were found in [[Canaima National Park]] in [[Venezuela]]; various [[tepui]]s and [[Angel Falls]] also appear in the film.
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'''''Tagline:''''' You have never seen anything like this.
   
==Plot==
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{{spoiler}}
The film opens with an ''[[Iguanodon]]'' mother forced to abandon her nest, with only one egg surviving a ''[[Carnotaurus]]'' attack. The egg is taken by an ''[[Oviraptor]]'', who accidently drops it into a river while fighting another ''Oviraptor'' over the egg. Then, the egg is swallowed and spit out by a ''[[Koolasuchus]]'' and is finally taken by a ''[[Pteranodon]]'' to an island to be fed to baby ''Pteranodons'', but the mother ''Pteranodon'', carrying the egg fights two birds over the egg, causing her to accidently drop the egg into a forest inhabited by [[lemur]]s, who see the egg hatch, name the baby [[dinosaur]] Aladar, and raise him as their own. When Aladar is an adult, the island is destroyed when an [[asteroid]] crashes on earth, causing a meteor shower, with only Aladar, his grandfather Yar, his mother Plio, his best friend Zini and his sister Suri surviving the destruction of the island by swimming to the land.
 
   
After fleeing a pack of ''[[Velociraptor]]'', the family meets a multi-species herd of dinosaurs (consisting of a bunch of ''[[Iguanodon]]'', ''[[Styracosaurus]]'', ''[[Pachyrhinosaurus]]'', ''[[Stygimoloch]]'', ''[[Microceratus]]'', ''[[Parasaurolophus]]'', and ''[[Struthiomimus]]'') led by the ''Iguanodon'' Kron and his [[lieutenant]] Bruton, who are on a journey to reach the "Nesting Grounds", a valley believed to be untouched by the devastation of the asteroid impact. Aladar and the lemurs befriend a trio of elderly dinosaurs: Baylene the ''[[Brachiosaurus]]'', Eema the ''[[Styracosaurus]]'', and Url, Eema's [[dog]]-like pet ''[[Ankylosaurus]]''. Aladar also develops romantic feelings for Kron's sister Neera, but she appears uninterested, playing hard to get. Meanwhile, the ''Velociraptor'' pack continues to follow them, but are scared off when a pair of ''Carnotaurus'' picks up the herd's trail too. The herd arrives at a lake they’ve relied on for past trips, but it has dried up. Aladar saves the herd from [[dehydration]] when he and Baylene eventually dig up the [[groundwater|trapped water]] beneath the ground. Aladar and Neera eventually fall in love after Neera sees Aladar helping the dinosaurs (especially the elderly ones) survive. However, Bruton, having been sent by Kron to find water upon arrival at the lake, returns injured by the ''Carnotaurus'' which killed another ''Iguanodon'' that was scouting with him. Kron evacuates the herd from the lake bed in a rush, leaving Aladar, the lemurs, the elderly dinosaurs, and the injured Bruton behind, also warning Aladar that he will be executed if he meddles with leadership affairs again.
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==Plot summary==
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An ''[[Iguanodon]]'' [[egg (biology)|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 [[lemur]]s. 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.
   
The small group recuperates in a cave during a rainstorm, with Bruton eventually befriending them. When the ''Carnotaurus'' pair attacks, Bruton’s loyalty is proven when he kills one of them as the others escape to the depths of the caves, being killed in the process. Badly injured, one of the ''Carnotaurus'' escapes, enraged by the death of its mate but unable to follow the group. Upon reaching a dead end, Aladar begins to lose hope, after repeated failures and the loss of Bruton. His friends all join in breaking down the dead end, stabilizing his confidence. Finally, Baylene demolishes the wall. The dead end actually leads to the "Nesting Grounds", where Eema sees that the old entrance – where the herd has gathered on the other side has been blocked by a landslide generated by the meteors.
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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. 
   
Aladar rushes to find the herd on the other side, accidentally alerting and being tracked by the ''Carnotaurus''. He finds the herd being directed by Kron to climb the [[rock (geology)|rocks]], which can't be passed without fatality, but when he suggests the alternate route he found, Kron becomes enraged at his authority being questioned and challenged, and attempts to kill Aladar. Despite landing a few good hits, Aladar is outclassed by Kron, who only stops short of killing Aladar when Neera, tired of her brother's illogical beliefs, strikes him down and defends Aladar. Aladar and Neera take control of the herd, but Kron refuses to submit to the leadership of another and begins climbing the rocks himself. The ''Carnotaurus'' then confronts them, but Aladar rallies the herd to drive it off by standing together and scaring it off with intimidation. The ''Carnotaurus'' leaves the herd alone, but spots Kron alone and sensing easier prey, charges Kron as he tries climbing the rocks alone, and is followed by Neera and Aladar as it charges to kill the former leader of the herd. In the ensuing fight, Kron is trapped at the edge of a sheer drop and severely wounded by the ''Carnotaurus'', but Aladar is able to push the predator off a cliff to its death. Kron, however, succumbs to his injuries and dies with Aladar and Neera at his side.
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This seems to be a comment on the idea that, while dinosaurs are extinct, they will never be forgotten.
   
Aladar and Neera lead the herd back to the "Nesting Grounds", where the two eventually mate and have children, and the lemurs find more of their own kind. Plio narrates the ending, wishing for their story to be remembered in history. She then says, "But one thing is for sure. Our journey is not over, we can only hope in some small way our time here will be remembered."
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==Box office==
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US Gross Domestic Takings: [[US$]] 137,748,063
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:+ Other International Takings: $216,500,000
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= Gross Worldwide Takings: $354,248,063
   
==Cast and Characters==
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==Voice cast==
* [[D. B. Sweeney]] as '''Aladar''', a brave and compassionate ''[[Iguanodon]]'' who has been adopted into a family of [[lemur]]s and does what he can to make sure that the old and weak aren't left behind during the herd's migration. He is the adoptive son of Plio, as well as the adoptive grandson of Yar, the adoptive brother of Suri and the adoptive nephew of Zini.
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* [[D.B. Sweeney]] - Aladar the main protagonist
* [[Ossie Davis]] as '''Yar''', a lemur [[patriarch]] whose occasional gruff demeanor is just a front covering his more compassionate interior. He is the father of Plio and Zini, the grandfather of Suri, and the adoptive grandfather of Aladar.
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* Alfre Woodard - Plio
* [[Alfre Woodard]] as '''Plio''', a lemur [[matriarch]] who cares for her family. She's the daughter of Yar, the mother of Suri, the older sister of Zini and the adoptive mother of Aladar.
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* Ossie Davis - Yar
* [[Max Casella]] as '''Zini''', Aladar's best friend and wisecracking [[sidekick]]. He is also the adoptive uncle of Aladar, the uncle of Suri, the younger brother of Plio and the son of Yar.
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* [[Max Casella]] - Zini the deurtagonist
* [[Hayden Panettiere]] as '''Suri''', Aladar's adoptive sister, Plio's daughter, Zini's niece and Yar's granddaughter.
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* [[Hayden Panettiere]] - Suri
* [[Samuel E. Wright]] as '''Kron''', an ''Iguanodon'' leading a herd of dinosaur survivors who is characterized by a strict adherence to [[social Darwinism]]. He believes in [[survival of the fittest]], which repeatedly clashes with Aladar's compassionate manner.
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* [[Samuel E. Wright]] - Kron the tyrant leader, and also the main antagonist.
*Peter Siragusa as '''Bruton''', Kron's domineering [[second-in-command]]. He is betrayed and left for dead by Kron, and ultimately gives his life to kill one of the ''Carnotaurus'' to save Aladar, the lemurs, and the weaker dinosaurs.
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* Julianna Margulies - Neera, Kron's sister the love interest of Aladar.
* [[Julianna Margulies]] as '''Neera''', Kron's sister, who ends up falling in love with Aladar because of his compassionate ways.
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* Peter Sirgusta - Bruton, Kron's former minion.
* [[Joan Plowright]] as '''Baylene''', an elderly and dainty ''Brachiosaurus'', who is the last of her species as she hasn't seen another Brachiosaurus in the herd's journeys after the meteor hit.
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* Joan Plowright - Baylene
* [[Della Reese]] as '''Eema''', a wizened, elderly and slow-moving ''Styracosaurus'', and has a pet ''Ankylosaurus'' named Url.
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* [[Della Reese]] - Eema
* [[Frank Welker]] as the unspoken dinosaurs including, the ''Carnotaurus'', the ''Velociraptor'', Url and other dinosaurs.
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* The carnotaurs the secondary antagonists of the film.
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* The raptors are the minor antagonists of the film.
   
==Production==
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==Trivia==
While a dinosaur-related computer-animated film had been contemplated for over a decade, the film finally went into production when it did, as "the technology to produce the stunning visual effects" had come about - a few years before Dinosaur's eventual release in 2000. The CGI effects are coupled with "real-world backdrops to create a 'photo-realistic' look". The crew went all around the world, in order to "record dramatic nature backgrounds" for the film, which were then "blended with the computer-animated dinosaurs". Disney said that the over-$100 million visual effects "make the film an 'instant classic'".<ref name="answersingenesis">{{cite web | url=http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2000/05/20/dinosaur-drama-dabs | title=Movie Review: Disney's Dinosaur—Deadly Drama and Dabs of Darwinism! | date=May 20, 2000 | accessdate=January 09, 2013}}</ref>
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*''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.
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*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.
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*It was the most expensive movie of 2000, costing $130 million (although unofficial estimates put it around $200 million).
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*The Countdown to Extinction attraction at the [[Disney's Animal Kingdom]] theme park was renamed and re-themed to the movie, and is now known as [[DINOSAUR]]. The storyline was always intended to tie in with the movie, considering the usage of a Carnotaur as the ride's antagonist and Aladar is the iguanadon that guests rescued from the meteor shower and take him back into the present, seen wandering the Dino Institute in Security Camera footage seen on monitors in the attraction's unloading area.
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*Timothy Albee worked on Dinosaur before he made [[Kaze Ghost Warrior]].\
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*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.
   
The concept for the film was originally conceived by ''[[Paul Verhoeven]]'' and ''[[Phil Tippett]]'' in 1988 and was pitched as a ''[[stop-motion]]'' animated film with the title ''Dinosaurs''. The film's original main protagonist was a ''[[Styracosaurus]]'' and the main antagonist was originally a ''[[Tyrannosaurus Rex]]''. The film was originally going to be much darker and violent in tone and would end with the ''[[Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event]]'', which would ultimately result in the deaths of the film's characters. Paul Verhoeven and Phil Tippett pitched the idea to ''[[Disney]]'', only to have the idea for the film shelved away with the onset of the ''[[Disney Renaissance]]'' until the mid-1990s. The film was originally supposed to have no dialogue at all, in part to differentiate the film from ''[[The Land Before Time]]'' with which ''Dinosaur'' shares plot similarities. [[Michael Eisner]] insisted that the film have dialogue in order to make it more "commercially viable". A similar change was also made early in the production of ''The Land Before Time'', which was originally intended to feature only the voice of a narrator.
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==Animals featured==
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* ''[[Iguanodon]]'' (Aladar, Neera, Bruton, and Kron. Medium-sized ornithopods with a quadrupedal stance and spikes on the inside of their "hands.")
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* ''[[Oviraptor]]'' (gangly, crested, beaked dinosaur that steals Aladar's egg)
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* ''Velociraptor'' (a pack attacks Aladar and the lemurs until the herd scares them away, follow the herd throughout the film)
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* ''[[Carnotaurus]]'' (main "villains;" large, red theropods with devilish eye horns)
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* ''[[Koolasuchus]]'' (tries to eat Aladar's egg)
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* ''[[Talarurus]]'' (are seen in a roaring match as Aladar's egg floats downstream)
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* ''[[Parasaurolophus]]'' (Large, mottled-green hadrosaurs with a protruding crest in the back of their head, traveling with the herd)
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* ''[[Longisquama]]'' (a gliding lizard-like animal that distracts a young ''Parasaurolophus'' in the beginning of the film)
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* ''[[Pachyrhinosaurus]]'' (Large, green ceratopsians with thich bosses, seen throughout film)
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* ''[[Pteranodon]]'' (grabs Aladar while still in egg and tries to feed the egg to its young)
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* ''[[Ichthyornis]]'' (briefly seen harassing the ''Pteranodon'', forcing it to drop Aladar's egg)
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* ''[[Brachiosaurus]]'' (Baylene, the only sauropods in the film)
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* ''[[Struthiomimus]]'' (bipedal, beaked, plum dinosaurs, traveling with the herd)
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* ''[[Microceratops]]'' (tiny, red frilled dinosaurs, traveling with the herd)
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* ''[[Stygimoloch]]'' (small, spiked pachycephalosaurs, traveling with the herd)
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* ''[[Styracosaurus]]'' (Eema, robust orange ceratopsians with large, prominent nose horns)
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* ''[[Ankylosaurus]]'' (Url, Eema's "pet")
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* ''[[Meganeura]]'' (seen briefly at the nesting grounds)
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* ''[[Formicium]]'' (identified as ant)
   
The film's score was composed by [[James Newton Howard]]. 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.{{Citation needed|date=April 2009}} 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. In Asia, pop singer [[Jacky Cheung]]'s song ''Something Only Love Can Do'', with versions sung in English, [[Mandarin Chinese]] and [[Yue Chinese|Cantonese]], was adopted as the theme song for the film.
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==Inaccuracies==
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*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".
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*''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.
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*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.
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*''Iguanodon'' had beaks, rather than lips.
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*''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''.
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*''Ankylosaurus'' most likely would not sleep on their backs, for doing this would expose their [[Armour (zoology)|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.)
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*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.
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*''Ankylosaurus'' was much larger in real life than in the film.
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*''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.
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*''Struthiomimus'' were omnivores and would not have traveled with herbivores (though they may have stuck close for protection).
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*''Longisquama'' could not fly as it did in the film.
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*''Talarurus'' was smaller than in the film.
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*''Meganeura'' was bigger than in the film.
   
The Countdown to Extinction attraction at the [[Disney's Animal Kingdom]] theme park, was renamed and re-themed to the movie. It is now known as [[Dinosaur (Disney's Animal Kingdom)|DINOSAUR]]. The storyline was always intended to tie in with the movie, considering the usage of a [[Carnotaurus]] as the ride's antagonist and Aladar as the [[Iguanodon]] that guests rescue from the meteor and take back into the present, seen wandering the Dino Institute in Security Camera footage seen on monitors in the attraction's unloading area.
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==Rating==
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This film was rated PG for mild violence.
[[George Scribner]] was the original director of the film. Scribner spent two years on it and left to join [[Walt Disney Imagineering]]. But fundamentally, the story was pretty much the same after he left.
 
 
Though Eric Leighton, one of the directors, spoke about his team "want[ing] to learn as much about dinosaurs as possible", he also admitted that they would "cheat like hell" because they were not creating a documentary. A Disney press kit revealed that the film "intentionally veers from scientific fact in certain aspects". In reality, the film cheated in multiple ways in regard to: how the "dinosaurs are depicted" and how they "are presented in an evolutionary context".<ref name="answersingenesis" />
 
 
''Dinosaur'' combines the use of live-action backgrounds with [[computer animation]] of prehistoric creatures, notably the titular dinosaurs, produced by [[Walt Disney Animation Studios|Walt Disney Feature Animation]]'s Computer Graphics Unit that was later merged with Dream Quest Images to create Disney's The Secret Lab department.<ref>{{cite web|title=Disney Forms The Secret Lab |date=1999-10-29 |url=http://news.awn.com/index.php?ltype=cat&category1=Visual+Effects&newsitem_no=1628}}</ref> The Secret Lab department closed in 2002.
 
 
[[Vision Crew Unlimited]] provided the live-action special visual effects.
 
 
==Marketing==
 
Following in the footsteps of ''[[The Lion King]]'', Disney advertised the film by "releasing the opening scene as a trailer". The EmpireOnline project ''Your Guide To Disney's 50 Animated Features'' described this as a "smart move" because "taken by itself, the prelude to Dinosaur is an extraordinary achievement (still impressive now), showing a verdant and vibrant world teeming with darn convincing dinosaurs".<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.empireonline.com/features/50-disney-films/default.asp?film=39 | title=Your Guide To Disney's 50 Animated Features: Dinosaur (2000) | publisher=EmpireOnline | date=2011 | accessdate=January 09, 2013}}</ref>
 
 
==Soundtrack==
 
 
{{Infobox album
 
| Name = Dinosaur: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack
 
| Type = soundtrack
 
| Artist = [[James Newton Howard]]
 
| Cover =
 
| Released = {{Start date|2000|05|05|mf=yes}}
 
| Length = {{Duration|m=49|s=39}}
 
| Label = [[Walt Disney Records]]
 
| Chronology = [[Walt Disney Animation Studios]]
 
| Last album = ''[[Fantasia_2000#Soundtrack|Fantasia 2000]]''<br />(2000)
 
| This album = '''''Dinosaur'''''<br />(2000)
 
| Next album = ''[[The_Emperor%27s_New_Groove#Soundtrack|The Emperor's New Groove]]''<br />(2000)
 
}}
 
 
The soundtrack album was composed by [[James Newton Howard]], and was released by [[Walt Disney Records]].
 
 
# Inner Sanctum/The Nesting Grounds (2:57)
 
# The Egg Travels (2:43)
 
# Aladar & Neera (3:29)
 
# The Courtship (4:13)
 
# The End Of Our Island (4:00)
 
# They're All Gone (2:08)
 
# Raptors/Stand Together (5:37)
 
# Across The Desert (2:25)
 
# Finding Water (4:14)
 
# The Cave (3:40)
 
# The Carnotaur Attack (3:52)
 
# Neera Rescues The Orphans (1:13)
 
# Breakout (2:43)
 
# It Comes With A Pool (3:01)
 
# Kron & Aladar Fight (2:58)
 
# Epilogue (2:32)
 
 
The German release has as track 2 the song "Can Somebody Tell Me Who I Am" (4:14), performed by Orange Blue while the UK/Ireland release has as track 1 the song "[[High Hopes (Pink Floyd song)|High Hopes]] (8:32), performed by [[Pink Floyd]]; all the score tracks included above are on both German and UK/Ireland releases.
 
 
==Reception==
 
 
===Critical response===
 
{{synthesis|section|date=July 2012}}
 
''Dinosaur'' received generally favorable reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 65% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 122 reviews (79 "Fresh" and 43 "Rotten"); with an average score of 6.2/10. The overall consensus on the site was: "While Dinosaur's plot is generic and dull, its stunning computer animation and detailed backgrounds are enough to make it worth a look."<ref>{{cite web |url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1097046-dinosaur/ |title=Dinosaur (2000) |work=[[Rotten Tomatoes]] |accessdate=2011-12-09}}</ref> [[Roger Ebert]] gave the film three stars out of four praising the film's "amazing visuals" but criticizing the decision to make the animals talk, which he felt cancelled out the effort to make the film so realistic. "An enormous effort had been spent on making these dinosaurs seem real, and then an even greater effort was spent on undermining the illusion" was his final consensus. The overall rating of Dinosaur on Metacritic from critics is 56%, with 15 critics giving positive reviews, 12 giving mixed reviews, and 5 giving negative reviews.<ref>[http://www.metacritic.com/movie/dinosaur Metacritic]</ref>
 
 
The [[lemurs]] depicted in the movie strongly resemble the sub-species [[Verreaux's sifaka]]. Biologists have raised concerns that the movie is misleading and could potentially confuse people, as it suggests lemurs (in their present evolved state) co-existed with dinosaurs over 65 million years ago. All modern strepsirrhines including lemurs are traditionally thought to have evolved from 'primitive' primates known as [[adapiformes|adapiforms]] during the [[Eocene]] (56 to 34&nbsp;[[Year#Symbols y and yr|mya]]) or [[Paleocene]] (65 to 56&nbsp;mya).<ref name="1997Kay">{{cite doi |10.1126/science.275.5301.797|noedit}}</ref><ref>{{cite book |editor1-last=Gould |editor1-first=L. |editor2-last=Sauther |editor2-first=M.L. |title= Lemurs: Ecology and Adaptation |url=http://books.google.com/?id=nsBtrhsMU5EC&printsec=frontcover&q |publisher=Springer |year=2006 |isbn=978-0-387-34585-7 |pages=vii–xiii}}</ref><ref>{{cite book |last=Sussman |first=R.W. |title= Primate Ecology and Social Structure |publisher=Pearson Custom Publishing |year=2003 |isbn=978-0-536-74363-3 | pages=149–229}}</ref>
 
 
In an analysis of the film, done as part of EmpireOnline's ''Your Guide To Disney's 50 Animated Features'', on the opening sequence it said "much of the scenery is skilfully-composited live-action, including shots of the tepui mountains that would captivate Up's Carl Fredricksen". However, it spoke negatively about the unrealistic talking dinosaurs after the opening, describing it as a "nose-dive". It said they "sound[ed] more like mallrats than terrible lizards" and that although no-one knows what dinosaurs sound like, they definitely don't sound like that. It also disliked how the meteor hit Earth in Act 1, making the majority of the film set "in gray gravel-pits rather than the lush landscapes we were sold". It said "the animals [are] cute enough, but the script, characters and dino-action are all plodding kiddie fare", but added these faults are made up through "James Newton Howard's majestic score". It cited similarities to the 1988 dinosaur-themed Don Bluth film "The Land Before Time", and the more successful prehistoric Blue Sky Studios film [[Ice Age (film)|Ice Age]] (which it described as "sassier"), and added that the "images of desperately migrating dinosaurs hark back to the far greater Fantasia". The film was also deemed "inferior" to the work of Pixar.<ref>{{cite web | url=http://www.empireonline.com/features/50-disney-films/default.asp?film=39 | title=Your Guide To Disney's 50 Animated Features: Dinosaur (2000) | publisher=EmpireOnline | date=2011 | accessdate=January 09, 2013}}</ref>
 
 
===Box office===
 
''Dinosaur'' was a box-office success. It opened at #1 making $38,854,851 in its first weekend from 3,257 theaters, for an average of $11,929 per theater. It had a final gross of $137,748,063 domestically which covered its production costs. The film was eventually accepted overseas earning $212,074,702 for a worldwide take of $349,822,765.<ref name=box />
 
 
==Release==
 
The film has been released onto both DVD and Blu-ray.<ref>http://disneydvd.disney.go.com/dinosaur.html</ref>
 
 
==Other media==
 
[[Disney Interactive]] released a [[Disney's Dinosaur (game)|tie-in video game]] on the [[Dreamcast]], [[PlayStation]], [[personal computer|PC]] and [[Game Boy Color]] in 2000. To promote the release of ''Dinosaur'', the Disney theme park ride "Countdown to Extinction" was renamed "[[Dinosaur (Disney's Animal Kingdom)|DINOSAUR]]", and its plot, which had always prominently featured a Carnotaurus and an Iguanadon, was mildly altered so that the Iguanadon is specifically meant to be Aladar, the protagonist of the movie, and the plot of the ride is now about a human scientist travelling through time to a point just before the impact of the meteor which caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, to bring Aladar back to the present and save his life.
 
 
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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 Universal Lab department of the Disney company is now closed.

Tagline: You have never seen anything like this.

Spoiler warning: The following contains plot details about
the entire movie.

Plot summary

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.

Box office

US Gross Domestic Takings: US$ 137,748,063

+ Other International Takings: $216,500,000

= Gross Worldwide Takings: $354,248,063

Voice cast

  • D.B. Sweeney - Aladar the main protagonist
  • Alfre Woodard - Plio
  • Ossie Davis - Yar
  • Max Casella - Zini the deurtagonist
  • Hayden Panettiere - Suri
  • Samuel E. Wright - Kron the tyrant leader, and also the main antagonist.
  • Julianna Margulies - Neera, Kron's sister the love interest of Aladar.
  • Peter Sirgusta - Bruton, Kron's former minion.
  • Joan Plowright - Baylene
  • Della Reese - Eema
  • The carnotaurs the secondary antagonists of the film.
  • The raptors are the minor antagonists of the film.

Trivia

  • 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).
  • The Countdown to Extinction attraction at the Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park was renamed and re-themed to the movie, and is now known as DINOSAUR. The storyline was always intended to tie in with the movie, considering the usage of a Carnotaur as the ride's antagonist and Aladar is the iguanadon that guests rescued from the meteor shower and take him back into the present, seen wandering the Dino Institute in Security Camera footage seen on monitors in the attraction's unloading area.
  • 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.

Animals featured

  • 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)

Inaccuracies

  • 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.

Rating

This film was rated PG for mild violence.

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