While Computer Generated Images combine with real life backgrounds produce life-like dinosaurs in this Disney movie, it is the story and acting that truly gives life to “Dinosaur.”  Aladar is the kind, gentle, and heroic dinosaur who was raised on an island of Lemurs.  When a meteor destroys his home, he and his adopted family wander the wasteland and run into a herd of dinosaurs who are on a desperate march to the “nesting grounds,” a place where food and water are abundant.

Aladar quickly draws the anger of the herd’s leader, Kron, because each has a different idea on how to manage the herd.  Aladar believes in sticking together and helping the weak, so that all can get to the nesting grounds safely.  Kron…well, he has a big corporation, CEO mentality: it’s his show, he runs it, if you can’t keep up, sucks for you, as long as he gets his everything is okay, and if you challenge his authority he’ll crush you.

As if that wasn’t enough drama there is a pair of meat-eating Carnotaurus (Carnotauruses, Carnotaurii?) who are tracking the herd.

I was pleasantly surprised by how violent and scary this Disney movie is.  It’s definitely not for rugrats under the age of 7 or 6.  But for everyone else, it’s a very good movie that teaches good values; and at the same time gives “Jurassic Park” level scares in a few scenes.

One such scene happens to be one of my memorable, movie moments.  It’s the scene when Aladar and his company of Lemurs and old and young dinosaurs are taking a rest in a cave during a rainy night.  Guess who stops by for dinner?  Yup, two huge Carnotaurus.  It’s a scene straight out of a horror movie!  I even yelped when a Carnotaur got hold of Aladar’s tail.  That’s right, I yelped!  Like a schoolgirl getting felt up for the first time.

But my most memorable, movie moment was the scene when a meteor crashed near Lemur Island, and the shockwaves hit the inhabitants right before the tidal waves and thousands of molten rock came to finish off the island.  I thought I was watching a Michael Bay movie for a few minutes.

So, go and check out this movie because I think you’ll like it.  Don’t be fooled by the goofy cover of the movie.

M

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