Disney’s Dinosaur: First Impressions

Aloha my wonderful merfolk!

As previously mentioned this week, Disney’s Dinosaur is one Disney film that I have not seen and have never had any interest in watching. However, I’d like to be able to say that I have seen every film in the Disney Animated Canon and for that reason, I am going to watch this movie today, for the first time, and write down how I feel throughout.

I’m not sure what to expect going into this, but we shall see how I feel a the end! Also SPOILER ALERT!

34. Dinosaur


Plio is adorable, in fact, most of the lemurs are. I do feel sorry for Zen and how the ladies don’t want him at the beginning during mating season. I’ll pretend he did not use the phrase ‘love monkey’ in this film. Of course this all gets so much worse when the asteroids hit and half the lemur population is killed off. The dinosaurs that Aladar and family come across are just so lovely. The little dog like dinosaurs tat warms up to Aladar and the older Dinosaurs that explain whats happened with the asteroids and why they’re travelling to a certain place.

Kron is just a big bully. He’s rude and brash and thinks he’s better than any other dinosaur around him. He doesn’t have respect for the elder dinosaurs or new comers. I hate the fact he sacrifices the older dinosaurs when the Carnotaurs find the herd. Neera, Krons sister, seems to be a nice character so far and it’s built up to be that she is Aladars love interest?

The characters in the movie seem nicely rounded, they have personality and no two characters are too similar, even if they share breed.



I find it a bit jarring that the backgrounds are live action but the Dinosaurs and creatures are animated. It’s taking me a while to get used to it. I’m not sure how keen I am on this, even though I love films like Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. As the film progressed, I got used to the mixture of live action backgrounds and computer animated Dinosaurs. Really, this shouldn’t have been difficult for me to like as most live action films include CGI animals etc. I think it’s because it was odd for a Disney film. I don’t know. Maybe I was just being too judgemental from the start

The animation itself though, considering this was released back in 2000, is pretty decent. Of course Disney’s CGI has come a long way since 2000 but for it being the first non Pixar computer animated movie Disney released, it’s not bad.



The Egg Travels is one of the first pieces of music you hear in this movie and I have to say I really do like this piece of music. It follows the drama of the eggs journey and is slow when it needs to be and loud at other times.

Throughout the movie, the soundtrack behind the action if beautiful. The film may not be 100% to my Disney taste but at least the composed soundtrack is good enough for me to listen to without the movie.



Typical Disney. Everything is going so well and the lemurs and Aladar seem to be happy and then all hell breaks loose when the asteroids start tumbling down to earth. There’s only Aladar and his family that survives. They then meet up with other dinosaurs who are migrating to somewhere they consider a safe place.

I like this idea for the story. That Aladar and his family find their own way to the nesting grounds without the help of the nasty and self-centred Kron. It wouldn’t be a Disney story either without a love interest and two characters getting together and starting a family. I’m glad the dinosaurs find a new life after destruction. It was a nice, pleasant ending.


Overall, I thought Dinosaur was okay. I didn’t hate it but I can’t see myself returning to watch it any time in the near future. I found it a bit bland and although it ended happy and I enjoy happy endings, I wasn’t invested in any characters to really care? Which is sad because I really wanted to love it. At the end of the day,  I’m just happy to say I have finally seen it.

Before I’d even seen the movie, I had seen Nostalgia Critic include the movie in his Disneycember reviews. If you want to see what he thought of the movie, click here.

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