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YMMV: Dinosaur
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Kron's social Darwinism may be interpreted either as a merciless tyranny or as a careful leadership whose aim is to save most of the herd, sacrificing the weak ones.
    • There's also a Deleted Scene where Kron saves Neera and the orphaned youngsters from raptors, angrily claiming he won't do it a second time. While it was cut, it clearly shows that Kron wasn't entirely evil even if you go with the first interpretation of him.
    • A quite disturbing one; Kron's social Darwinism may have been put in there to show how being raised by the lemurs made Aladar "turn out right" . The lemurs are portrayed as caring, empathetic and nurturing of those who are weaker than them, even accepting the reptiles who show Fantastic Racism towards them, whilst the reptiles accept a cruel social Darwinism, with a unempathetic "the strong must survive!" mentality, and show Fantastic Racism towards the "weaker" mammals (calling them ''little parasites"). In essence, the mammals (and those who show mammal mentalities) are heroic and that reptiles are evil. Even though most characters are reptiles, Reptiles Are Abhorrent still applies.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: The flight of Pteranodon and the first encounter between Baylene and Aladar during the sandstorm.
    • When Aladar reaches the Despair Event Horizon after their path to the nesting grounds is blocked by a cave in, Baylene of all dinosaurs, reprimands him for giving up when he's the one who encouraged them the whole time. She then completely demolishes the caved in wall.
    Baylene: I, for one, have no desire to die here!
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Plio gives medication to the weakened Bruton, despite the rude way he had treated her and her family ("little parasites")
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The whole soundtrack (one of three James Newton Howard did for Disney - he also scored Atlantis: The Lost Empire and Treasure Planet) is wonderful, and almost qualifies as a Breakout Pop Hit. Many soundtrack collectors love the track "The Egg Travels" without having any idea where it's from.
    • "End Titles" combines all the highlights of the soundtrack.
  • Designated Villain: Kron could be seen as this for those who believe that his "the strong must survive!" mentality was correct, or at least correct in the setting the dinosaurs were in.
    • The Carnotaurs and Velociraptors may also count. The film as of course, is only shown from an herbivorous point of view with any carnivore easily depicted as a villain. Even though, as stated on the main page, it appeared that said carnivores only doing what they could do to survive being a rather Circle of Life deal.
  • Deader Than Disco: The film, and people tend to forget this, was actually a financial success; one of Disney's more successful in-house animations of the new Millennium where the box office was concerned (It likely had to do with the fact that CGI animated films (even though only the characters are rendered in CGI) were THE new thing back then). And yet, for all its seeming popularity at the box office, it didn't make much of an impact on the public consciousness at all.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The carnotaurs are smart predators—they never attack the herd, instead following behind and eating those that fall to the wayside or stray away. This is the option most predators would take, of course. But after the cave-in, the surviving carnotaur charges the entire herd, even though it couldn't possibly win against all of them. Why the sudden change in demeanor? Think about it: the carnotaur that died in the cave in? That was its mate. That was the only living thing it had for company and love. And the herd killed it. It becomes overwhelmed by grief, and this drives it to its suicidal attack.
    • Or it charged at them because it saw how they all were trapped and thus looked like an easy meal?
  • Genius Bonus: The probable explanation of the presence of many animals which are poorly-known among general public, but familiar to many dino-fans (Stygimoloch, Microceratus, Ichthyornis, Koolasuchus and Longisquama among the others).
  • Love to Hate: The Carnotaurus, those scary-ass bastards.
  • Misaimed Marketing: It's a Disney movie, after all. Anyone want an action figure of Aladar who says the most cheesy lines from the film and whose skeleton randomly glows in the dark?
  • Nightmare Fuel: The close-up of the Velociraptor's eye after Eema saying "you consider yourself lucky that's all that's following us". All the scene involving Carnotauruses. The whole meteorite rain scene, especially when Aladar dives in the raging sea from the top of a 500ft tall cliff, with the tiny lemurs upon its back. And they all magically manage to survive.
    • One of the DVD games—it's dark, it's raining heavily, and you're wandering alone in a series of caves. One wrong step, and a Carnotaur charges out of nowhere and kills you.
    • The scene in which Bruton and the scouts are ambushed by the Carnotaurs in the canyon.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: The video game was a lot of fun, and even featured dinosaurs not in the actual film.
  • Snark Bait: The film may be seen as a prime cut of it...
  • So Okay, It's Average: A common sentiment regarding the film; not outright horrible like Chicken Little or Home on the Range, but still quite bland of a film
  • Tear Jerker: The "they're all gone!" moment after the meteorite scene is very sad.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: With better writing, Kron could have been a genuinely interesting antagonist. We get hints of that possibility, but he's mostly portrayed as a generic bully.
  • Uncanny Valley: Kron's and Bruton's look. And every humanized character, monkeys not excepted.
    • The Iguanodons especially stick out. The animal had a beak in real life, but the designers gave them all lips to make them more expressive. The end result, a beak inside the lips where teeth ought to be, looks weird.
  • The Woobie:
    • Poor Bruton.
    • The film itself, according to some fans of dinosaurs. The animals of the film are not that bad despite the Executive Meddling, and it's difficult to combine amazing plots with realistic wildlife behavior (especially when the heroes are herbivores).

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