Film, Fantasy

Time Out says

The breathtaking opening of Disney's computer-generated family entertainment - a swooping bird's eye view of Earth's fauna and flora 65 million years ago - knocks spots off earlier CGI movies, but must have eaten so much of the budget that the rest looks strangely pedestrian. That's a shame, because aurally and visually this creature feature is a treat, no matter that it's a palaeontological/climatalogical/geological pick 'n' mix. The script nods towards the meteorite theory of dinosaur extinction, but allows little iguanodon Aladar to survive among a cutesy lemur community. The dull plot concerns a cross-species dinosaur drive through the desert to fresh breeding grounds and sees ideological battle between nasty down-mouthed Kron and young Aladar. Kron's sister, meanwhile, is caught between the two. Disney has gained a lot from its relationship with the smaller more adventurous Pixar, which shows in the marvellous point-of-view shots, backgrounds and surface textures.


Release details

82 mins

Cast and crew

Ralph Zondag, Eric Leighton
John Harrison, Robert Nelson Jacobs
DB Sweeney
Alfre Woodard
Ossie Davis
Max Casella
Hayden Panettiere
Samuel E Wright
Julianna Margulies
Peter Siragusa
Joan Plowright
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