Dinosaur

Dinosaur

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Director: Eric Leighton

Cast: Eric Leighton, D.B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis

     
 

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One look at this DVD, and viewers won't believe it's all animation. One of the most detailed DVDs out today, this is bound to go down as a classic both in animation and children's features. Dinosaur, released by Walt Disney Pictures, is the charming story of a dinosaur mistakenly raised by lemurs. The special effects of the meteor hitting the earth are soSee more details below

Overview

One look at this DVD, and viewers won't believe it's all animation. One of the most detailed DVDs out today, this is bound to go down as a classic both in animation and children's features. Dinosaur, released by Walt Disney Pictures, is the charming story of a dinosaur mistakenly raised by lemurs. The special effects of the meteor hitting the earth are so realistic, you'll find it hard to believe that this is an animated movie. Because the movie was released digitally, the DVD is created straight from the digital source, and it shows in the sound and quality. The sound is Dolby 5.1 (other options are THX-certified and DTS 5.1) with French and English tracks. It's available for viewing in both standard and 1:85:1 widescreen versions. Along with the awesome visuals and sound, there are plenty of features to occupy viewers long after the movie is over. Highlights include background on how the special effects were created, a documentary on the sound design, a feature on "building a better dinosaur," and several games, including "Dinosearch" and "Aladar's Adventure." Also included are web links and a dinosaur encyclopedia. Disney went all out with this DVD, and it shows.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
A fittingly oversized box-office hit from 2000, Dinosaur is the computer-animated tale of an orphaned dinosaur, adopted by lemurs, who eventually joins a migrating dino herd in search of nesting grounds. As veteran Disney fans will recognize, this is not a giddy ride like the Robin Williams-fueled Aladdin. Rather, the film is more of a Homeward Bound-styled odyssey, with a voice cast (including D. B. Sweeney and Julianna Marguilies) that plays it straight. What truly widens eyes here, though, are the undeniably awesome computer-generated images, depicting dinosaurs romping and stomping in photo-realistic backgrounds. There are two DVD editions of this artistic milestone. The single-disc edition contains four segments that chronicle the painstaking production process, as well as two games, a "Dinopedia" of dinosaur facts, and DVD-ROM links to the Web. The Collector's Edition boasts two discs. The first includes audio commentaries by the directors and effects supervisors as well as other members of the creative team. Some of the tidbits here are especially fun, such as the revelation that Zini, the misfit lemur, was inspired in part by the Michael Richards Seinfeld character, Kramer. There are abandoned and deleted sequences, hidden "Easter Eggs," an isolated sound-effects-only track and a treasure trove of supplemental features -- nearly three hours worth -- that chart the film's evolution in sketches and animation tests. Young Dino-maniacs will eat this up.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A landmark achievement in computer animation, Dinosaur (2000) is one of the most expensive films ever made by Disney and a visual tour de force, although it suffers from a by-the-numbers plot line reminiscent of a Screenwriting 101 class. After a powerful opening sequence featuring the dizzying flight of a pterodactyl and a meteor shower probably too intense for the film's intended audience of young children, Dinosaur lumbers into familiar territory with a programmed story in which every beat is telegraphed far in advance. Mindless villains that don't exactly ramp up the tension and less than inspired vocal performances from leads Julianna Margulies and D.B. Sweeney, neither of whom has a particularly memorable or unique voice, add little to the proceedings. Regardless of the film's script problems, however, Dinosaur is a feast for the eyes; it represents, along with its equally successful box office competitor Chicken Run (2000), a year of major advances in the overall quality of film animation.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/30/2001
UPC:
0717951008381
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
15,614

Special Features

Created directly from digital source; Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions or full-screen [1.33:1]; DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; THX-certified; French-language track; Four behind-the-scenes featurettes: "Building a Better Dinosaur," "Sound Design," "Special Effects: The Monster Cloud," "Where in the World Are We: Creating a Dinosaur World"; "Dinopedia": animated dinosaur fun facts; "Dinosearch": search and assemble game; "Aladar's Adventure": virtual reality game; DVD-ROM and web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
D.B. Sweeney Aladar
Alfre Woodard Plio
Ossie Davis Yar
Max Casella Zini
Hayden Panettiere Suri
Samuel E. Wright Kron
Julianna Margulies Neera
Peter Siragusa Bruton
Joan Plowright Baylene
Della Reese Eema

Technical Credits
Eric Leighton Director
Baker Bloodworth Co-producer
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Dave Hardberger Cinematographer
John Kent Harrison Screenwriter
Mary Hidalgo Casting
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Robert Nelson Jacobs Screenwriter
Ruth Lambert Casting
Cristy Maltese Art Director
Pam Marsden Producer
Walter Paul Martishius Production Designer
H. Lee Peterson Editor
S. Douglas Smith Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Title/Attack! [4:23]
2. The Egg's Journey [2:39]
3. Aladar Hatches [3:42]
4. Aladar Grows Up [2:21]
5. The Ritual [3:49]
6. The Meteor Strikes [3:45]
7. Aftermath [2:29]
8. Dangerous Encounter [1:59]
9. Meeting The Herd [1:55]
10. New Friends? [4:31]
11. Breaking The Ice [1:48]
12. The Crossing [2:55]
13. Reaching The Lake [2:04]
14. Water! [2:48]
15. Bruton Is Trapped [:41]
16. One Down [3:11]
17. Left Behind [2:37]
18. The Fate Of Bruton [5:27]
19. Carnotaurs! [3:49]
20. A Dead End? [2:50]
21. The Nesting Grounds [2:52]
22. Blocked Passage [2:21]
23. A New Leader [2:57]
24. Standing Together [1:50]
25. The Final Conflict [2:25]
26. Welcome Home [3:14]
27. End Credits [6:23]

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