Our fascination with our favorite long-gone animal, the dinosaur, will keep it alive forever. It leaves us in amusement, especially kids, imagining what it must have been like, when they grazed around on earth. Entertainism traces down the list of dinosaur movies, including popular choices of all times.
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Dino-plasty – Getting plastic surgery to look like a dinosaur.
Dinorawr – a kick-ass dinosaur, better than regular dinosaurs.
Dinorexia – The state in which someone believes themselves to be a Dinosaur.
If your kindergartner is tattling the names like “Brontosaurus” and “Tyrannosaurus” (chillax, for these terms aren’t as heavy as they sound in real, but those full of fantasy and thrill), you have a dinosaur addict at your home. Kids are major enthusiasts when it comes to watching dinosaur movies or series.
So today, we decided to impart a collection of dinosaur movies, right from the ’80s and ’90s era, for you to get a list at ease, when your little dino fan demands for one to watch. Isn’t that awesaur (awesome + dinosaur)? We have sequenced the list in the order of their release dates.
I’m in the Lead!
The Land Before Time
- November 18, 1988
- ing: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi, Helen Shaver
- Don Bluth
- 69 mins.
Synopsis: Who can decline the fact that this film has a series that would keep kids wanting for more? A classic piece of work done by Don Bluth, it teaches us to face challenges, and be adventurous like the cute Littlefoot, who finds his way to Great Valley, a dinosaur paradise with plentiful food. There he meets other orphan dinosaurs, which has been portrayed beautifully, as they solve the odds of life together. The first part of its series definitely holds a special place among the 80s’ kids.
Adventures in Dinosaur City
- October 23, 1991
- ing: Marc Martorana, Tony Doyle, R.A. Mihailoff, Don Barnes
- Brett Thompson
- 88 mins.
Synopsis: This is a television film that is flooded with sci-fi and fantasy, and action and adventure. The presentation of the story is slightly unique, in a way that the scientist’s kids get their eyes stuck onto a TV screen, gazing at cavemen and dinos, and land up in the Stone Age with them. Kids utterly love and enjoy the comedy incorporated in this movie.
We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story
- November 24, 1993
- ing: John Goodman, Charles Fleischer, Blaze Berdahl, Rhea Perlman
- Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells
- 72 mins.
Synopsis: The film picturizes a transition to the 21st century, where dinosaurs have got extinct. These species are portrayed to be very intelligent and that they overcome the challenges encountered by them in their surprisingly extinct period. Captain New Eyes travels back in time and feeds dinosaurs his Brain Grain cereal, which makes them intelligent and non-violent.
- October 23, 2000
- ing: D.B. Sweeney, Julianna Margulies, Samuel E. Wright, Alfre Woodard
- Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag
- 82 mins.
Synopsis: It is the first computer-animated film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and received a great applause. The animation of this movie is commendable, making the dinosaurs look life-like. This film expressed an orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs, who collaborates with a heavy trek to a sanctuary after a meteorite shower destroyed his family home.
Toy Story 3
- June 18, 2010
- ing: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger
- Lee Unkrich
- 103 mins.
Synopsis: This movie has given us the kind dinosaur, Rex, who is a Tyrannosaurus, but ironically shy as he communicates with the other toys. No doubt, it is because of this character that the film is one among the best animated dinosaur movies. An epic fun movie for children.
- March 30, 2007
- ing: Michael Douglas (Narrator)
- David Clark, Brett Leonard, Bayley Silleck
- 40 mins.
Synopsis: “Dinosaurs Alive” is an IMAX documentary displaying various dinosaurs that inhabited the Earth between 251 and 65 Ma. Audiences got acquainted with some of the world’s leading fossilologists as they reveal the proof that the descendents of dinosaurs still exist among us.
Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia
- March 1, 2007
- ing: Donald Sutherland, Rodolfo Coria
- Marc Fafard
- 47 mins.
Synopsis: It takes the audiences to a journey of an unheard world, where these long-gone huge animals (the dinosaurs) lived. The movie shows some never-before-seen computer-generated shots of the Giganotosaurus and likewise. A 3D treat to watch out for!
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
- July 1, 2009
- ing: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Eunice Cho
- Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier
- 94 mins.
Synopsis: They have shown a discovery of a mysterious world of dinosaurs by the prehistoric gang of pals. There are some awful scenes, which get saved by the comical scenes.
Note: The movie contains some frightening scenes which can be scary for kids. Ages 6+ can watch, depending on their tolerance for these scary dinos.
Go Diego Go! The Great Dinosaur Rescue
- May, 2005
- ing: Gabriela Aisenberg, Jake T. Austin (voices)
- Katie McWane
- 1 hr, 32 mins.
Synopsis: This is again, a jump back to the time when dinosaurs existed. Diego travels back to help a baby dinosaur find her lost family. Kids will discover various dinosaurs and different Spanish words. Preschoolers and toddlers enjoy the songs and may end up singing along with them.
Journey to the Center of the Earth
- July 11, 2008
- ing: Josh Hutcherson, Brendan Fraser, Anita Briem
- Eric Brevig
- 93 mins.
Synopsis: This is another science fantasy adventure film, featuring an unknown land, a world of dinosaurs. The family adventure is fun for older kids (ages 8+).
Walking with Dinosaurs
- December 14, 2013
- ing: Charlie Rowe, Karl Urban, Angourie Rice, John Leguizamo
- Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale
- 87 mins.
Synopsis: The film has demonstrated the times of what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth (though they still rule our kids, hihi!). A semi-educational movie with thrilling bits.
I Play the Guest!
- March 2, 1933
- ing: Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong
- Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
- 100 mins.
Synopsis: This not only is one of the best monster/adventure movies that we have, but also has a bunch of our deary dinosaurs in it. This movie was also was remade in 2005 with the same name, and received positive reviews all over. There’s something about the way King Kong moves, the special effects incorporated, making him very life-like, so kids may enjoy watching him too besides the dinosaurs (wink!).
- November 3, 1954
- ing: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura
- Ishirō Honda
- 96 mins.
Synopsis: Oh yes, it is a dino movie, oops! Technically a fictional and undiscovered species of dinosaur. This is another classic sci-fi movie that we have in our lot. They have designed a dinosaur-like monster that was a cross of aTyrannosaurus rex, an Iguanodon, a Stegosaurus, and an alligator. The giant monster is friendly to kids and has a good-guy personality. The movie has enough positivity with role models who are optimists.
Note: A lot of deaths and injuries have been shown. Parents should know that the violence here climbs a higher graph. Also, some of the characters smoke cigarettes and cigars. Kids above the age of 9 can watch it.
The Flintstones (Movie)
- May 27, 1994
- ing: John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor
- Brian Levant
- 91 mins.
Synopsis: It has the cutest dinosaur, the Dino. In the 1994 movie, he isn’t seen much on screen; however, he spends a lot of time on screen in its sequel (2000). No wonder, Fred and Wilma Flintstone have a darling pet.
Bob the Builder: Big Dino Dig
- June, 2011
- ing: Marc Silk, Sophie Aldred, Rupert Degas
- Will Meugniot, Paul Sabella
- 63 mins.
Synopsis: There are plans to build an enormous amusement park, and it’s up to the Can-Do Crew to get it all done! It will take teamwork of prehistoric proportions to finish the job and come along as they uncover an underground world of dinosaur bones!
Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur
- June 3, 2011
- ing: (Voices of) Frank Welker , Matthew Lillard , Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle
- Ethan Spaulding
- 77 mins.
Synopsis: Scooby-Doo movies have the record of being awesome. They are full of gags, and hence, fun to watch. The dinosaur adventure is too skittish for youngsters.
Jurassic Park requires no description at all, but a near-perfect movie has not been mentioned in the list for its set of violence can be scary for your super tiny kids. But the list cannot be completed when we are talking of dinosaurs. We. All. Love. This. Movie.
We have covered the best live-action/animated dinosaur movies for young kids. Do tell us if we are missing on some of your favorite dino movies. Keep RAWRing!