Reading the summary, you can see where Dinosaur largely falls flat: this story is basically Moses. We all know it and know what's going to happen. Now you know I'm willing to put up with something like this as long as we get something new and adult out of it. That is not at all what we get. The characters are so bland and so tired. As soon as you see the main character, you know what he's going to be like: a all-around role model that cracks a joke every now and then. The supporting cast is almost as bland. The love interest is... just a love interest. The jerk leader is.. no wait, there's two of them! Now we can do both story arcs: one where he realizes his mistakes and the other who's so stubborn and doesn't learn.
|Well, great! That's two cliches for the price of one!|
|Like this! More green, less beige!|
As with every Disney movie, there's a few things that I kind of like in this one. For instance, my favorite characters were these two older dinosaurs that brought up the rear. They know that they're slowing everyone down, but try to be optimistic about it. The mother character was nice and I do kind of like it when one of the jerks realizes his mistakes and is even ready to make sacrifices to make things right. And like I said, the animation's not that bad and the score's good.
|The ones I like are on the far left and upper right.|
But if you're in the mood to see an animated film with dinosaurs that actually is good, check out Don Bluth's The Land Before Time instead. Released on the same weekend as Oliver and Company, this film as most of us know is really good. What makes this film work over Dinosaur is that it seems more timeless. You feel what the main character's pain and struggle they're going through because they're much younger, which makes the danger more suspenseful. On top of that, all of them had unique personalities so you can emotionally identify with them more. It's surprisingly more like a Disney film than some of the ones I had to review this year. So if for whatever reason you never saw it, go check it out.
|It's the same story but better.|