Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: Dinosaur (2000)

During an attack on a pack of Iguanodon, an egg is separated and ends up with the possession of a group of lemurs. The lemurs care for this egg and the young creature born from it, which they call Aladar. When a meteor shower hits earth, Aladar and his family must leave their homeland. Away from home and as close to danger as they have ever been, they meet up with a huge group of dinosaurs, led by Kron and Bruton. All together they are trying to reach the nesting grounds, but it's not going to be easy. [imdb]
I'd have to say that I was looking forward to watching Dinosaur.  Of all 51 films in the Animated Classics line, this was the only movie I had yet to ever see.  Apparently it was officially added as an "Animated Classic" back in 2008, a whole eight(8) years after its release...  I still am not sure why this decision was made, but I guess it sort of fits.

Dinosaur combines both computer-generated and hand-drawn animation with live action backgrounds and landscapes to create a rather unique style of movie... So I suppose it can qualify as an "animated" film.

Altogether, the movie is quite enjoyable.  It doesn't have any songs, ballad or otherwise, sung either by character or off-screen popular artist... So that's a bit different from the rest of the classics line as well.  Throwing songs in here would diminish the movie though, so that's not a complaint in any way.  Actually, the movie is a bit darker than most as well, and apparently the film makers had to remove a lot of blood and gore to get the rating they wanted.

I don't think this will ever fall in as one of my favourites, but I still like it nonetheless.  I am very glad my first viewing was on blu-ray.  The visuals look incredible in hi-definition.  That's the most redeeming quality of the film: the visuals.  They did some magnificent work there, even though the computer animation is a bit dated.

I did find it odd that the special features are spread out over both the blu-ray disc and the DVD, instead of all being on the blu-ray and then duplicated in part to the DVD.  No big deal there though.  It actually makes having both discs useful.

Well, if you haven't seen Dinosaur yet, maybe you should.  It's a pretty good movie and definitely under-appreciated.