Release year: 2000
Let me answer your two questions right now: Yes, it’s been awhile since we fell off the Disney-movie-watching-train. But we were tracking down Dinosaur, which neither of us has ever seen, and which we finally got at the library (thank you, library!). And your second question: Dinosaur is a movie about a young iguanadon named Alador, raised by lemurs (I think?), who has to travel to the
Great Valley Nesting Grounds when an asteroid destroys the island they live on.
It feels much like Disney’s answer to The Land Before Time. Except everyone saw and loved The Land Before Time.
Also, why do all of the dinosaur movies have to be about them combating asteroids and devastation and trying to cross deserts and volcanoes in search of water and green food? Because even if they find the
Great Valley Nesting Grounds at the end, you know that this is really just a brief reprieve before they are extinct anyway.
Maybe that could be applied to any romantic comedy, in the grand scheme of things?
The animation is pretty impressive – it’s not what you see now, 14 years later, but it’s definitely a step in that direction. There are some amazing sweeping vistas, although according to wikipedia, many of the backgrounds were actually shot on location. But the dinosaurs are also very well-done.
Also, this is a pretty good ride at Disney World.
So that’s Dinosaur.