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''Dinosaur'' is a unique [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney animated film]] from the year 2000. It is a hybrid of live-action photography for its settings, and CGI animation for its characters, special effects, and whatnot.

The hero is Aladar, an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iguanodon_bernissartensis Iguanodon]]. His egg was separated from his family through a very convoluted turn of events, and made its way to an island. There, he was found by a family of lemurs, who adopt him when he is born (although the patriarch lemur opposes initially). Time passes offscreen and afterwards we see the adult Aladar living care-free with the primates in the island.

Sadly, [[KillEmAll meteors destroy the island]] and Aladar and his adoptive family must make their way to the mainland. Once there, the main plot kicks in and they join a herd of similarly displaced animals who are migrating through the vast, tractless desert with treacherous terrain and [[PredatorsAreMean scary-looking predators]] [[FurryConfusion who don't talk]]. They are seeking literally greener pastures, a valley known as the Nesting Grounds, which is apparently the only fertile land for miles around. The herd is led by Kron, an old, hard-assed Iguanodon -- the first member of his own species Aladar has ever met -- who insists that everyone follow his orders even if it kills them all. He refuses to make concessions for the oldest and youngest members of the herd, an issue that he and Aladar especially lock [[strike:horns]] thumbspikes over. Eventually, Aladar and the herd members he has befriended find their way to the Nesting Grounds through ThePowerOfFriendship, and they return just in time to rescue the rest of Kron's herd from menacing predators and show them the way.

The movie was hyped into infinity before its release - because of the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome amazing music]], promising visuals.. and the fact that clips like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNTha7uxUDA this]] were the first things most people got to see of the movie. When it was actually released, it received a lukewarm reception from critics and audiences alike, and has gradually been forgotten in the ''sea'' of CGI films that followed in the years after. Though the movie borrowed rather heavily from [[WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime similar movies]] here and there, it's still notable as Disney's first all-CGI picture and still commends a watch for the sheer amount of VisualEffectsOfAwesome.

It was retroactively added into the DisneyAnimatedCanon several years after its release, as the 39th.

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!!Has examples of:
* AllLovingHero: Aladar goes out of his way to help older and weaker dinosaurs, distinguishing himself from Kron.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: Url the ''Ankylosaurus''
* AlternateAnimalAffection: Aladar and Neera crossing their necks.
* AnachronismStew: Just one example: a making-of article went on and on about how hard it was for the animators to render grass and the lemur's fur -- in a movie set [[WordOfGod during the late Cretaceous.]] Although it was later discovered that [[http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn8336--fossil-dung-reveals-dinosaurs-did-graze-grass.html dinosaurs really ate grass]].
** And among the main characters, ''Iguanodon'' was from the Early Cretaceous, ''Brachiosaurus'' was from the Late Jurassic, ''Styracosaurus'' was from the Late Cretaceous, and lemurs did not evolve until the Paleogene (and the characters' designs are based on modern lemurs).
* AscendedExtra: The pteranodon who's only present in the intro of the movie is part of the main cast in the PS1 game.
* AwardBaitSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiQ_0TUDCxc Can Somebody Tell Me Who I Am]] by Orange Blue.
** Although included on the soundtrack album in Germany, the film itself (unusually for Disney) has no songs at all.
* BabiesEverAfter: The film ends with the births of Aladar and Neera's offspring, as well as every other parent dinosaur who made it to the Nesting Grounds.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Overlaps with ObviouslyEvil. Kron and Bruton have huge nasal horns, cruddy thumb-spikes, and look like they have been through a lot, but Aladar and Neera completely lack these features. It may be partially justified since the former are much older than the latter, as well as the idea that they've obviously been in more fights.
* BigBad: The two Carnotaurs.
** BigBadDuumvirate
* BigBadEnsemble: Kron is stubbornly (though unwittingly) leading the herd to their deaths, while the Carnotaurus hunt down members of the herd to feed on.
* BigFriendlyDog: Url isn't a dog,but behaves like one enough for this trope to apply
* BigNo: Aladar shouts it two times.
* BookEnds: The beginning and end of the movie mirror each other in the arrangement of the nest, the view from inside the broken eggshell, and [[spoiler: Yar's UrineTrouble problems with baby iguanodons.]]
* CarnivoreConfusion: It might as well be retitled "Predators Are Mean Subtrope: The Movie!" Not one of the meat-eating animals seen onscreen talks. Furthermore, they are each designed to look ''as scary as possible''. Carnotaurs in particular have exagerrately big heads with leering eyes and T. rex -like jaws, emit terrifying sounds without pause and are ''blood red''.
* ChildrenAreInnocent/BreakTheCutie: Suri helplessly crying out across the water to the island. She's so young that she's almost definitely ''never'' lost someone she loved before. And now... well... they're all gone. And nobody has to explain it to her what it means that they don't get an answer. She knows.
* CleanPrettyChildbirth: The film has the baby dinosaurs hatching clean. Nobody knows for sure about dinosaurs, but modern reptiles and birds are usually wet and have some residue from being in the egg, until they're able to dry off.
* CoolOldLady: Both Eema and Baylene.
* CrashIntoHello: Aladar crashes into LoveInterest Neera this way. Except it doesn't stop, and he continues to crash into the rest of the herd, one by one.
* TheCretaceousIsAlwaysDoomed: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. Since it's a dinosaur movie, we ''do'' get the obligatory meteor strike to kick off the plot, but it's not the big one - its damage appears to be confined to a relatively small area, and the dinosaurs manage to survive by migrating ''en masse'' to the nearest fertile area.
* DeadpanSnarker: Eema and Zini.
* [[DoomedHometown Doomed Home Island]]
* DrivenToMadness: Throughout the film, the carnotaurs never attack the herd, instead following at a distance. They only eat animals that have died in the journey and were left behind, or kill those who wander away from the herd or lag behind. However, after [[spoiler:one of the carnotaurs dies in a cave-in, the survivor is next seen actually attacking the entire herd, against which it would never stand a chance in a fight. Think about it: the two carnotaurs were never seen apart, and worked together despite all the hardships and trials they were going through. They appeared to really care about one another. The carnotaur that died in the cave-in was [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes the other one's mate, the only living thing left that it cared about.]] It attacks the whole herd knowing it can't win. When it sees Kron, the herd's leader, on his own, it charges him up the perilous cliff, and when Aladar and Neera attack it and force it off the cliff face, it [[DeathSeeker doesn't try to save itself,]] it tries to drag Aladar down with it.]]
* DroolHello
* DisneyVillainDeath: Played straight with one of the carnotaurs (the one that's the BigBad, that is).
* EmpathicEnvironment: The storm during the whole cave scene.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Kron with Neera. He shows genuine sadness when she protects Aladar from him. Additionally, the two carnotaurs appear to be a mated couple.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
** A Carnotaurus, before attacking the nest Aladar's egg is located in, actually mauls a Pachyrhinosaurus to death.
** One of the Struthiomimus that dies on the migration is eaten by Velociraptors until all that remains is a skeleton with scraps of meat and organs hanging off of it. Something similar happens to a pachycephalosaur later.
** At the end, Kron as a result of him not listening to Aladar ends up climbing a dangerous ravine and is mauled to death by the Carnotaurus.
** [[spoiler:Bruton's is even worse. He gets stuck in a cave-in, and struggles to run out while boulders crash down on him. Finally he buried, and Aladar uncovers him only for Bruton to twitch a little, then die. One of the Carnotaurus dies in the same way, though its remains are not seen.]]
** [[spoiler:They cut fairly quickly from the carnotaur's corpse, but the lighting makes it look like it was ripped in half from the fall.]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Aladar
** TheSmartGuy: Zini
** TheChick: Suri
** TheBigGuy: Baylene
** TheLancer: Eema (in an extent)
** TheHeart: Plio
** TeamPet: Url
** SixthRanger: Bruton
** TheMentor: Yar (but only before the beginning of the journey)
* FurryConfusion: In a movie where none of the characters are (strictly speaking) anthropomorphic. Aside from the meat-eaters, there's the strange case of Url, a little ankylosaur who doesn't talk, sticks his tongue out and pants and drools, and who carries a stick in his mouth everywhere.
* GentleGiant: Baylene is careful not to trample the tiniest dinosaurs in the herd. Aladar is this to the lemur clan.
* GilliganCut: "Look at that sweet little face! Does that look like a monster to you?" Smash cut to terrified shrieking and a demonic bellow as lemurs flee in terror through the jungle pursued by a roaring behemoth. It is, of course, only a game.
* GreyAndWhiteMorality: Aladar and the lemurs are clearly good, but the dinosaurs forming Kron's herd are rather grey, since they follow the merciless rules of Social Darwinism but are also capable to altruistic acts and (except perhaps Kron) nobody of them seems to be irredeemable (see Bruton, Neera...). The non-talking predators are not black since they do what they do only for mere hunger.
* AHandfulForAnEye: During the climax battle between Kron and Aladar.
* HappilyAdopted: Aladar.
* HateSink: Kron.
* HerbivoresAreFriendly: The main characters are all herbivores, and the mean herbivore rivals are only trying to accomplish the greater good.
* HeroicBSOD: Aladar suffers this after the cave-in, feeling that he had let everyone down. But Baylene scolds him for giving up and joins the others in breaking down the wall, and Aladar (whose spirits were restored) joins them.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Bruton, who causes a cave-in that manages to kill one carnotaur and wound the other.]]
* IllKillYou:
-->'''Kron'''(to Aladar): If you ever interfere again...I'll kill you.
* InterspeciesAdoption: Aladar is an Iguanadon raised by by lemurs.
* InverseLawOfSharpnessAndAccuracy: None of the Iguanadons opt to use their actual thumb spikes. Kron slightly uses his in his fight with Alador, and only [[PaperCutting nicks him]] (with a slash no less). When he does go in for the kill, [[spoiler: Neera]] tackles him. Trying to fight a Carnotaur is done via tail whipping and tackling rather then stabbing it in the neck. [[JustifiedTrope Totally justified]] in that in order to get close enough to stab the carnotaurs in the neck, they would have to have their heads right in the range of the carnotaur's hungry jaws. Also, an Iguanodon's thumb spike is not nearly long enough to actually kill a theropod the size of the film's carnotaurs. A tail-smack is far less risky and may actually be able to knock a carnotaur over long enough to escape.
* {{Jerkass}}: While played ''quite'' straight with the despicable Kron, in Bruton's case it's played with. While Kron is ruthless and domineering, Bruton tends to think and be more flexible. He even tries to appeal to Kron's better nature at times. But after [[spoiler: his death]] Kron is not swayed by anything except a beatdown from his own sister. After he tries to kill Aladar ''just for being right when he was wrong.'' Yeesh.
* LastFertileRegion: The Nesting Grounds
* LastOfHerKind: Baylene the Brachiosaurus. Justified in that this is the Cretaceous, and Brachiosaurus vanished during the Jurassic period before.
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: The Velociraptors are the first antagonists encountered by Aladar, until halfway through the film when the two Carnotaurs introduced scaring them off.
* MassOhCrap: The herd when they reach the lake they've been migrating to [[spoiler:and it's all dried up]].
* MisplacedWildlife: ''Carnotaurus'' was only found in South America, yet somehow shows up to hunt a bunch of Northern Hemisphere dinosaurs. However, this is arguably [[JustifiedTrope justified]] or at least [[LampshadeHanging lapmshaded]], as Kron is surprised to hear carnotaurs attacked Bruton, as 'they never come this far north' -- although that doesn't explain how they've managed to cross the sea that separated the two continents at the time. The ''Koolasuchus'' (South Pole) and ''Oviraptor'', ''Talarurus'' and ''Velociraptor'' (Mongolia) seem more out of place on North America.
* MoralityPet: Neera is this to her brother.
* MosesInTheBullrushes: Aladar, though his separation from his birth family was accidental.
* [[MostWritersAreHuman Most Writers Are Primates]]: The reason given as to why there are modern-day lemurs in the movie is because Disney thought people needed something cute and human-like to relate to in a movie about dinosaurs. Really.
* OhCrap: Kron when he flees from the Carnotaur and realizes that the ravine is too hard to climb.
* TheOutsideWorld: While still in the egg, the iguanodon Aladar gets abducted to the remote island of the lemurs, where he hatches and is adopted. However, a horrific meteor shower obliterates the island, compelling Aladar and his lemur "family" to explore the mainland, just in time for the seasonal dinosaur migration.
* PluckyComicRelief: Zini.
* {{Prehistoria}}: Critters from Triassic to Recent Period show up, but at least we don't have the stock volcano-filled, hellish landscape.
* PrehistoricMonster: Only Carnotaurs and Raptors qualify as this. All the other animals either have human-like intelligence or are portrayed in a realistic, docu-like way. Though Kron's and Bruton's look was [[ExecutiveMeddling modified]] to make them more menacing. However, when you really stop to think about it, the predators weren't just mean, they were starving to death and desperate. Normally Velociraptors wouldn't attack something Aladar's size, but they were hungry enough to risk getting flattened if it meant they could eat. The carnotaurs weren't just monsters, either; they were smart enough to only attack dinosaurs that had lagged behind the herd. The one carnotaur that turns into the BigBad appears to have been DrivenToMadness when [[spoiler:its mate is crushed to death]] and attacks the entire herd.
* ThePromisedLand: The Nesting Grounds goes with this as well.
* PteroSoarer: Maybe this has been the ''only'' real aversion in Fictionland.
* RaptorAttack: Was almost made an aversion if it hadn't been for the fact the ''Velociraptor'' lack feathers. But then again, ScienceMarchesOn.
* RealIsBrown: Played straight with most dinosaurs, which are generally grey-coloured; averted only with the heroes Aladar and Neera, both have pastel-coloured skins.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Bruton, who turns to the heroes' side after being mistreated by Kron and then treated kindly by the heroes. He dies in a HeroicSacrifice soon after.]]
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Suri.
* SaveTheVillain: The true villains might be the carnotaurs, but Kron still qualifies.
* SceneryPorn: They start with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNTha7uxUDA the jaw-dropping prologue]] (famously used as a teaser trailer) and they never look back.
* ScienceMarchesOn: Oviraptors were assumed to be nest raiders when they were first discovered, and named appropriately. Then it turned out, thanks to new technology, that the eggs they are usually found with contain baby ''Oviraptor''. This is more a case of TheyJustDidntCare, since this discovery was made several years ''before'' the movie. However, this discovery does not completely rule out the inclusion of eggs in an ''Oviraptor'''s diet. Recent research has however, revealed ''Oviraptor'' nests, containing embryonic bones from other species, as well as its own, suggesting that it may have eaten eggs after all...
** The ''Pteranodon'', despite being accurate for its time, is shown dip-feeding (snatching food from the water with its beak) and rearing its young like birds. In recent years, its been proven that ''Pteranodon'' would be more likely to catch food by swimming (its prey was noted to be rather small, so dip-feeding would have been impractical) and that baby pterosaurs would have been able to take care of themselves when they were born.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Besides the lemurs, there's also ''Pachyrhinosaurus'', ''Stygimoloch'', ''Microceratus'', ''Oviraptor'', ''Longisquama'', ''Talarurus'', ''Koolasuchus'', and ''Ichthyornis''. ''Carnotaurus'' was made stock because of this movie, as it was this prior to the film's release. Even ''Pteranodon'' is an example of this, being ''P. steinbergi'' instead of the usual ''P. longiceps''.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Some viewers qualify the lemurs as this.
* SocialDarwinist: Kron, who constantly says to leave the smallest and weakest dinosaurs that cannot keep up behind.
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: "Lemme guess--a rock."
* SquareCubeLaw: Baylene is able to jump into water, which no animal of that size should be able to do. Averted though generally, as Baylene remains much slower moving than the other, smaller animals until reaching the Nesting Grounds. It's also arguable if she 'jumped' or just reared up to dramatically lengthen a single stride so she could send up a wave at Zini.
* StockDinosaurs: Partially averted. The classic [[Trivia/StockDinosaurs Four Dino Band]] T. rex, 'Brontosaurus', Stegosaurus and Triceratops is absent. We have instead four relatives: T.rex-looking Carnotaurus, brachiosaur Baylene, a small-sized Ankylosaurus and Styracosaurus Eema, and nameless Pachyrhinosaurus, which are smaller Triceratops with a wierd swollen nose instead of horns. We also have several dinos and other prehistoric critters that are uncommon in movies; and finally, Iguanodons as main characters is a novelty. And most of the dinosaurs are accurate-looking confronted with many other popular dino-films. Even Pteranodon is another case of aversion, since it was the poorly-known ''Pteranodon steinbergi'' instead of the iconic ''Pteranodon longiceps''.
* SuperPersistentPredator: Averted with the Carnotaurs. Their constant hunting is justified by the lack of food in the area, and neither of them go out of their way to hunt ''only'' the protagonists. When one of the carnotaurs is killed, the other does the smart thing and drops the chase. Then later when it's corralled by an entire herd, it backs off in favor of catching the lone Kron.
* TailSlap: How the Iguanodons fight.
* TeamSpirit: ''"[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Stand together!]]"''
** Awesomely TruthInTelevision, as this is actually how most large predators react to facing a large group of prey animals, or even just one, that holds its ground and faces them instead of running; big cats, especially, don't attack from the front. So not only is it awesome, it's actually realistic.
* UnusualAnimalAlliance: A prehistoric version.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Arguably Kron, although his behavior verges on KnightTemplar.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: There were two baby iguanodons around here just before that fight...
* WhatTheHellHero: Baylene scolds Aladar for giving up on their quest when the cave-in happens. This is also heartwarming due to Aladar being comforted to hear that he gives the others hope.
* WouldHurtAChild: Kron is completely willing to sacrifice Neera's (foster?) children in order to motivate the herd over the unclimbable cliff. He starts out merely not caring if a weak hatchling died in the desert; by the end he's so angry with Aladar that he [[MoralEventHorizon physically throws]] the 'little Aladars' off their feet so hard they almost fall off the wall, all while they're crying in distress and Neera is protesting his roughness.
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