Dinosaur (2000, USA) C-82m. *** D: Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag. Starring (the voices of) D.B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis, Max Casella, Hayden Panettiere, Joan Plowright. Animated feature from Disney set in the time of the dinosaurs about a dino who is raised by a family of lemurs and must flee for his life when a meteorite shower destroys their island. They join a band of dinosaurs looking for a mystical nesting place. Quite dramatic tale, told with very little comic relief packs a wallop in its action scenes (of which there are aplenty). It's a certain lack of story that keep this from soaring to classic Disney spheres. Excellent score by James Newton Howard.

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