Dinosaur

Dinosaur

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Director: Eric Leighton

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

     
 

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Walt Disney Pictures redefined computer animation with this technically accomplished fantasy of prehistoric life, combining live-action backgrounds with computer-generated animals. After a pterodactyl snatches a dinosaur's egg and accidentally drops it while flying away, the egg is rescued by a family of lemurs, who keep it warm until it hatches. They raise the baby… See more details below

Overview

Walt Disney Pictures redefined computer animation with this technically accomplished fantasy of prehistoric life, combining live-action backgrounds with computer-generated animals. After a pterodactyl snatches a dinosaur's egg and accidentally drops it while flying away, the egg is rescued by a family of lemurs, who keep it warm until it hatches. They raise the baby dinosaur, named Aladar, as one of their own, and as he grows to adulthood, Aladar protects the primates that he has come to regard as his family. When a giant meteor appears in the sky, packs of dinosaurs have no idea what to make of the strange fiery light, but Aladar and the lemurs are convinced that they must escape to a safer place before the huge flaming stone destroys their home, leading Aladar to encounter his own kind for the first time. D.B. Sweeney provides the voice of Aladar; other actors in the voice cast include Joan Plowright, Julianna Margulies, Alfre Woodard, and Ossie Davis.

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:
02/08/2011
UPC:
0786936811285
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1AB
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:22:00
Sales rank:
19,863

Special Features

Blu-ray:; Audio commentary with co-director Ralph Zondag and Eric Leighton, digital effects supervisor Neil Eskurl and visual effects supervisor Neil Krepela; "The Monster Cloud" - an in-depth look at the comet impact scene; Origins - a high definition short film by award-winning filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg; ; DVD:; 4 "Behind the Scenes" featurettes:; Builing 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

Disc #1 -- Dinosaur
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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