Dinosaur is a 2000 American computer-animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney.

It is the 39th Disney animated feature film. It follows a heroic young Iguanodon who was adopted and raised by a family of lemurs on a tropical island. After surviving a devastating meteor shower, the family move out for their new home and befriend a herd of dinosaurs along the way while on a journey to the “Nesting Grounds”. Unfortunately, they are being hunted down by predators such as Carnotaurus.

The first fully CGI Disney film. And it illustrates the problem with the technique. While the creatures look photo-realistic, they have very human-like qualities. Mouth, head and body movements mimic humans, but there is a disconnect between the two.

Of course they speak, and apparently across species with ease in English. It would seem that rendering the animals in cell animation, with the inherent cartoon movements would be more successful. It’s easy to compare this to the Ice Age films that work better as the character designs are caricatures of the animals.

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