According to box office results, this movie became a huge bust back in 1993. In that case, you've arrived at the perfect spot to help us try and raise this movie back up.
It's hard to believe that a movie by Steven Spielberg would result in a flop (creative artists have their moments, as I, myself, can relate). The premise of this movie is simple: Have respect for the dinosaurs and visit a natural history museum. It all starts when a little bird named Buster tries to break free from his mother and fellow friends, wanting to become his own bird when he runs into a dinosaur playing golf.
Based off of the title, it's a story where dinosaurs—
Rex, Elsa, Dweeb and Woog—charge forward in the future where they hope to blend in and interact with modern day humans—"modern day" meaning back in 1993, the year this movie was released. Prior to that, a man named NewEyes and his sidekick Vorg captured these four dinosaurs in their flying ship and fed them Brain Grain—cereal which makes them smart and conscience enough to make their own decisions. NewEyes informed the dinosaurs that using the audio feed from his invention, called the Wish Radio, the children of the future hope and wish they could meet and greet dinosaurs in person. Aiming to fulfill their wishes, the four dinosaurs are off on this very mission. Along the way, they meet a boy, Louie, who reluctantly becomes friends with them, then later a girl, Cecilia, joining the reptiles in meeting up with Dr. Juliet Bleeb at The Museum of Natural History in order to help make the kids' dreams come true: meeting real-life dinosaurs.
After a brief exploration and participating at New York's Thanksgiving Parade, fooling the audience thinking they were animatronics, the dinosaurs unveil their true selves causing a panic among adults, though the children were all very eager to meet the dinosaurs though their parents didn't allow them so. Distraught but happily escaped the police (yes!), Ceci and Louie find themselves in the middle of nowhere when they see and enter a circus lair—Louie's original plan, after running away from his parents. Wanting to increase attendance, the circus owner named ScrewEyes, who is NewEyes' evil brother, makes a deal with the kids by having them sign a contract with their blood. After doing so, the kids finally get to see more of the circus, but are under ScrewEyes' control after signing the contract. Once the dinosaurs find them, they can't save the kids until they make a deal with ScrewEyes. After Ceci and Louie meet with
Stubbs the Clown, who worked for ScrewEyes, the kids realize that ScrewEyes' brother fooled the dinosaurs with a formula that made them friendly to humans, when clearly, they're supposed to be vicious and violent. Taking a risk in order to save the kids, the dinosaurs agree and take the pills.
"Don't be scared, it'll be alright. It's no more than a bad dream."
Next circus show, ScrewEyes present the dinosaurs enticing the audience with their angry, vicious behavior. After a circus light shut off thanks to a stray crow, and breaking out of the control that Professor ScrewEyes had the dinosaurs under, Rex grabs and nearly eats ScrewEyes alive. Louie runs in the middle of the show to tell Rex not to do it. After an emotional exchange, Rex puts ScrewEyes down after feeling remorse....and becomes himself again! Getting a standing ovation from the crowd, both Louie and Ceci hug Rex happy to have him back; The kids do the same to Elsa, Woog and Dweeb, all of whom go back to their old selves again. Suddenly, Vorb and NewEyes show up to have the dinosaurs and the kids get back into the ship. NewEyes wanted to make amends with ScrewEyes but he refuses to join them. Only then, the clown Stubbs proudly declares to quit his job and gives back everything he was given on the job while the audience laughs. As the gang get back in the ship to go meet Dr. Bleeb at the Museum of Natural History, and Stubbs leaves, ScrewEyes is left all alone—his biggest fear—then slowly disappears after getting eaten up by crows. The dinosaurs finally meet with Bleeb telling them the plan and the run-through for the big day when they invite children to the museum. Next day, the kids meet and greet the dinosaurs making their childhood dreams come true—meeting real-life dinosaurs!
Rex ends the story to Buster, only to have him fly back to his mother and giving her a big hug. Rex walks away humming and singing. Movie ends with credits.
If you see the Thanksgiving parade scene, you see balloon figures of Woody Woodpecker, Clifford the Red Dog, Spiderman and Snoopy in the background. Also, when Rex performs a dance number with the kids in the audience, you do see the text "Jurassic Park" written on the theaters sign making a shameless reference to Universal's hit franchise Jurassic Park.
This movie has a very simple message: Get kids excited to visit a museum to learn about dinosaurs—a historical species who roamed our planet millions of years ago. What was interesting was how prejudicial adults are to dismiss this new line of species who are trying to blend in, while the children are more curious and more eager. Now you know the difference between adults and kids, huh?
While Jurassic Park portrays dinosaurs to be deadly, this is more family friendly and the dinosaurs are likable and memorable. It makes you want to give a big hug to each one of them. In a sense, this movie shows that not all reptiles are evil and flesh-eating carnivores. Some want to pair up with the human species, like dogs and cats are, and that's totally okay.
As for this movie overall, it's time to resurface this adorable film to get young kids excited and curious about dinosaurs (let's leave Barney out of this). According to my research, there is a video game based off this movie, but there are no toys or plushies. Was the movie that uninteresting? I beg to differ, and that's why I wanted to watch and review it here for everyone to watch.
"Really, just a recipe for delightful."
— Dr. Bleeb
In fact, one of the late, great film critics said of this movie, "It's shallow and kind of dumb, and the animation is routine, and the story isn't much, and the stakes are a lot higher these days in the featurelength animation game." How is a movie that inspires young kids to learn about natural history "shallow and kind of dumb?" Would we be better off having kids snorting condoms while dabbing, as opposed to learning history and making their futures a bright one? Critiques like that are reason great movies don't have enough spotlight, let alone box office clout (thank goodness for this website). Not that everyone should like this movie, but some movie critics will never understand nor do they deserve to be qualified. (To those who made this movie, featured in the credits below, our respects to you! Same respects handed out to the folks who made the 2015 movie Pixels.)
My only complaint would be wanting to see extras related to Special Features. Yeah, this movie didn't get enough praise but because of that, and also since not very many people watch extras or behind the scenes stuff, I let this slide.
Personally, I have emailed Universal Studios before (yes, it's me Mr. Caballero, remember me?) so now that they know my name, their social media department have likely landed on our website reading this review right now. Bring this movie back, and build a small theme park dedicated to this movie. Yes, I know, Nintendo is coming over and building their theme park on your turf, but likely due to budget reasons, there isn't a likelihood that such thing will happen. That's okay, but if you ever need ideas that may help your company, you're always welcome to hang around our website at any time. After all, I'm only trying to help, and remind your bosses and top executives that this website is safe for work, and is a haven to brew up ideas for future upcoming movies to kick start a fresh franchise. Ass kissing? More like "I'm a fan of your company no matter how many times you reject my resume hoping to work for/with you." Now I know how Howard Stern feels.
Lastly, for the Blu-ray video specs, they are as follows: The video was injected with the H.264 compression via FFmpeg Decoder at 24 bits using the AVC video format, outputted with YUV2. It was digitized in Variable Bit Rate mode, and chroma sampling of 4:2:0. This isn't too surprising since this was a movie originally released on VHS, then digitally restored and upscaled to compensate for Blu-ray's quality standard. For the audio, the DTS codec was integrated, with a sample rate of 48000, has a maximum of six channels of audio (stereo included, which is two channels), and a bit depth of 24 bits per sample. The audio format was outputted via Lossless format at combination/mix of Variable and Constant Bit Rate modes (mostly Constant, however). DTS has been doing a marvelous job with their digitations, making classic movie audio sound crystal clear and of high quality. Overall, in terms of the Blu-ray, it's a remarkable copy.
This is a classic animated movie that needs more attention. Though it's a bit short, it really gets you to like the characters. Mr. Spielberg, feel no shame: modernize this movie again. Better to inspire kids about ancient reptiles that came before us than getting them to record themselves eating Tide Pods and posting on YouTube, right?
|Title||We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story|
|Description||HD PICTURE and THEATER QUALITY SOUND
A DINOSAUR ADVENTURE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!
For every kid who ever wanted to meet a real dinosaur, Steven Spielberg presents We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story — the animated tale of four prehistoric pals in the most awesome adventure since the dawn of time! Join Rex, Woog, Elsa and Dweeb as they time-travel to New York City to meet their biggest fans — modern-day kids — and make all their wildest dreams come true. Featuring the voices of John Goodman (The Flintstones), Jay Leno (The Tonight Show), Martin Short (A Simple Wish) and Rhea Perlman (Cheers), We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story is a magical film the whole family will enjoy.
|ISBN / Bar Code number||0 25192 27541 8|
|Blu-ray Amaray Movie Credits||STEVEN SPIELBERG presents "WE'RE BACK! A DINOSAUR'S STORY" music by JAMES HORNER original song by JAMES HORNER and THOMAS DOLBY based on the story by HUDSON TALBOTT screenplay by JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY executive producers STEVEN SPIELBERG FRANK MARSHALL KATHLEEN KENNEDY produced by STEPHEN HICKNER directed by DICK ZONDAG RALPH ZONDAG PHIL NIBBELINK SIMON WELLS A UNIVERSAL PICTURE|
|HD Video Format||1.85:1 (16:9) / Widescreen (Letterbox) / 1080p|
|Audio Format||English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French European, Castilian Spanish, L.A. Spanish, Italian, Japanese DTS Digital Surround 5.1; Brazilian Portuguese DTS Surround Mono; Danish, Finnish DTS Digital Surround LT/RT; Russian VO DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono|
|Disc Count||One (1)|
|Genre||Animation / Family|
|Run Time||1 Hr. 11 Mins.
Actual time: 1:10:52
|Subtitles||English SDH,* French European, Italian, Castilian Spanish, L.A. Spanish, Japanese, Danish, Finnish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian|
|Rated||G - General Audiences
|Region||Region A - NTSC|
|Original Film Release||November 24, 1993|
|Blu-ray Release||November 17, 2015|
|Production||Universal Studios Home Entertainment / Amblin Entertainment|
|Specification||Color / BD-50|
|Blu-ray Product Number||2048785 / #61166987|
|Copyright||™ & © 1993 Universal City Studios, Inc. and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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|Other Formats||VHS, DVD, Digital Download, Amazon Video|
|Other||*Subtitled for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
For use only with Blu-ray™ players and drives.
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ENGLISH SDH MAIN FEATURE ONLY
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