What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dinosaur is a Disney film set in prehistoric times that is filled with battles to the death, vicious predators, and heroes frequently in danger from both nature and enemy species. The filmmakers use spooky music, very dark settings, and ferocious roars to heighten the intensity. Alternating with survival-of-the-fittest sequences are ones set in a world of beauty and accessibility featuring warmhearted dinosaur heroes and comic, loving lemurs. It's an odd combination of scary and likeable -- not for very young or easily frightened kids.
- Families can talk about the narrator's comment that "sometimes the smallest thing can make the biggest changes of all." What is the "smallest thing," and what are the changes?
- Families may also want to talk about how the lemurs decide to "adopt" the huge dinosaur, and about how some species are intolerant of others.
- How does being treated with kindness change the way some of the characters behave? How does making Baylene feel needed change the way she behaves?