There isn't really any character development in the movie and we never really get to know the character or care much about them, this is probably mainly due to the short running time of the movie. There are some nicely done action sequences that are at times tense as well. If you simply take the movie for what it is, you'll have a good time watching it. There are carnivorous dinosaurs chasing herbivores and a giant asteroid that crashes towards earth. Sweeney too does a very good job voicing Aladar. Finally, computer animations have reached the stage where it doesn't look animated anymore! Finally Disney has created an animation that isn't sugar-sweet! I am quite surprised at so many negative comments people have made.
It's not great, but not boring, either, and not too kid-oriented. The movie has a typical adventurous story and feeling and is at times spectacular as well. This is a Disney film that shows us in the end we can get through things by sticking together. People seem to have a problem with the way violence is portrayed but I liked how the directors portrayed the brutally and the honest way death was portrayed. The story is pretty interesting, too. And surging through it all there is a feeling of sadness and loss, for a world that is about to fade away into the pages of history. Most likely it may have been due to time constraint but nonetheless the current adventurous story of migration and survival is engaging and moving.
It's beautiful and adventurous with themes that evoke a sense of wonder. I recommend the movie for its story and innovative techniques. Dinosaur fans will enjoy this movie as well, unless you're one of those persons who complains about the accuracy of the movie. I liked the way Leighton and Zondag told Enriquez's written story but I thought that some of the situations weren't developed. It's a dinosaur classic and it's become one of my favourite dinosaur films.
The dinosaurs look quite real and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. In fact, I was surprised at the amount of violence. Newton Howard's score flows well with the story. The look of the film is fantastic. It's terrific family entertainment that isn't afraid to venture into darker territory. The dionsaurs merge seemlessly into the real surroundings, and they move and look absolutely real. It's a serious movie that is very sad and partially cruel: a wonderful tale of courage and survival, told with respect for the audience, with unpresidented animations.
The colors are particularly good in the opening minutes. Thankfully, it's not excessively sugar-coated and there are some very sad scenes but it beautifully ends on the note of hope. What usually bugs me about Disney's films is the constant bursting-into-song sequences that clog up the stories, and the comic side-kicks that keep making bad jokes. This movie is entertainment, not a documentary. It's just a movie and one that is sheer entertainment. Even though the slight stop motion takes away from the realism, this is only a minor quibble.
There was violence in this film: cruel battles between carnivores and herbivores. It's beautiful, adventurous and at times truly spectacular. Especially the beginning is impressively spectacular. Ultimately I feel that is the moral of this film and it's a good one. The musical score by James Newton Howard fits the movie like a glove and in my opinion he delivers one of his best and moving scores, in his career. There is much hate for this movie but quite frankly I can't see why. For example, how does Aladar adjust to the lifestyle of the dinosaurs considering that he was raised by lemurs.
The animation is very detailed, giving the characters and setting a very authentic look. Also of course the story itself is somewhat predictable but that doesn't take away any of the fun or entertainment value of the movie. . My only true complaint of the movie are the characters. It's a film that earns it's place along the great Disney classics such as The Lion King, Toy Story, Mary Poppins, and all the other classics. The movie looks visually absolutely stunning and the animation is done nicely. This is a film that will delight viewers time and time again.
Thus, it's not for the smallest children, but it's a great story that treats it's audience with respect and pays homage to that great lost Earth that was buried in the dust millions of years ago. Some of the scenes in here look so real you wouldn't know they were drawings. The characters are enjoyable and the voice cast, that includes talents like Alfre Woodard, Joan Plowright and Ossie Davis do a fine job. I was also very touched by Aladar's attempts to save the old dinos, and although I'm a grown-up, I jumped in my seat when the carnotaurs emerged. Perhaps, my only wish is that it was a bit longer, but it is what it is and I am more than happy with it. They are just stunning at times.