45 terabytes of animation and many millions of pounds later, Walt Disney Pictures proudly presents Dinosaur. Set during the late cretaceous period, Dinosaur follows the adventures of an iguanodon named Aladar who is separated from his own species as a hatchling and ends up on an island paradise to be raised by a family of lemurs. Disaster strikes, Aladar and his adopted family manage to escape, and are forced to flee to the main land. He and his family must try to find food in this foreign, barren land. For the first time in Aladar's life, he must deal with the dangers of bloodthirsty predators posing an ever-present danger, and try to protect his family and keep them safe in the highly competitive world of dinosaurs.
After a brush with a hungry pack of 'raptors, Aladar seeks protection within a group of dinosaurs who are migrating to the hatching grounds, where there is always food and, more importantly, water which seem to have dried up every-where. The strong-willed leader of this pack, Korn, takes a dislike to Aladar's boldness and doesn't like his authority questioned, even when Aladar has a good idea to put forward. When a pair of hungry 'carnotaurs' pick up their trail, Korn pushes everyone on to move more quickly, but the lack of water and the many miles of marching are taking their toll on the weaker members of the group. Aladar was brought up with the concept of working together to win through, and he tries to encourage them on, slow down Korn and allow them to rest. Korn is enraged by this open defiance as he is determined to keep going, and believes anyone who falls behind will slow the carnotaurs down. Aladar must make the choice - does he keep going as his new found friends slowly drop out one by one, or does he challenge Korn and try to help them. If he tries to help, the carnotaurs may catch up, so will he put himself and his family in even more danger than they are already in?
Dinosaur is packed full of the classic feel good elements of a true Disney film, perhaps without the catchy sing-alongs of The Lion King, but with a highly atmospheric orchestral score and stunning special effects. Dinosaur is visually outstanding and beautiful, and if you can forgive your classic Disney storyline you'll really enjoy it.
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