Disney Classics #39: Dinosaur

This is one of the Disney movies I missed at the cinema when it came out and I’ve never caught up with it because it’s one of those Disney flicks that has kinda been forgotten about.

It’s easy to see why.


The plot of this movie is a little dull and the characters aren’t particularly engaging. It feels like it was made more to showcase what they could do with 3D animation, which for the time must have been amazingly new but feel dated. The idea to use animated characters on real backgrounds is an interesting choice, but that’s about the most interesting thing here.

The problem is that the animation isn’t particularly great, and there’s an oddly soulless vibe about the characters. They’re somewhere between realistic and expressive which somehow manages to fail on both counts.

Story wise it’s pretty basic- Aladar (D.B. Sweeney) is an iguanadon raised by lemurs and after a meteor strike him and his adopted family need to travel to safety. They join a vast herd of dinos, led by the merciless and selfish Kron (Samuel E. Wright), who shows contempt and zero compassion for the slower members of the herd. Aladar starts to look after the weaker members on their long, hard trek as they struggle against the elements and several predators who pursue them.

Here’s the thing, I had to double check the Wiki page for this because I couldn’t remember a single character’s name. The dialogue is weak, the characters are all one note and the story of dinosaurs slogging through a desert isn’t particularly enthralling. The technological achievements which would have impressed at the time feel dated now and this is extremely forgettable.

For me, it’s probably the weakest Disney movie since the 80s, and one I can’t imagine returning to.

Disney score: 3/10.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


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