Aladar: Look, Neera. We watch out for each other, and we all stand a chance of getting to your Nesting Grounds. Dinosaur
Neera: You sound so sure.
Aladar: I'm not, but it's all I know.
is a unique 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 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, 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 scary-looking predators 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
thumbspikes over. Eventually, Aladar and the herd members he has befriended find their way to the Nesting Grounds through The Power of Friendship
, 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 amazing music
, promising visuals.. and the fact that clips like 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 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 Visual Effects of Awesome
It was retroactively added into the Disney Animated Canon
several years after its release, as the 39th.
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