We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
  • G
  • 1h 10m
  • 1993
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Make way for a big group of wish-granting friends in this full-length animated treasure for every kid who’s ever wanted to meet a real dinosaur! Rex, Woog, Elsa and Dweeb are just like all the other dinosaurs until a magic food makes it possible for them to time travel to modern-day New York. Although they’re far from home, these prehistoric pals become determined to bring happiness to some very lucky little kids in a dino-mite way that’s beyond anyone’s dreams! From Steven Spielberg comes this fun, light-hearted adventure featuring the voice talents of John Goodman, Jay Leno, Martin Short, Rhea Perlman, Julia Child, Larry King, Walter Cronkite and Yeardley Smith.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Steve Crum

Cute, strictly for kids and featuring Walter Cronkite!

June 21, 2017
Greenwich Village Gazette
Eric Lurio

June 21, 2017
Daniel M. Kimmel

In spite of narrative problems... the film's chief appeal is its central conceit -- that giant mon...

June 21, 2017
Juicy Cerebellum
Alex Sandell

By the end, you'll be glad they went extinct.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
'90s dino time-travel tale has scares, peril.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story is a '90s animated movie that is best for kids who clearly understand the difference between real and pretend violence. Released in theaters by Steven Spielberg's company in 1993 just after he created Jurassic Park, this movie was meant to bring the dinosaur phenomenon to kids. It's a sweet story with clever characters and laughs, but it has a lot of cartoon (mostly exaggerated) violence. The dinosaurs are shown in two ways: as gentle, helpful creatures and as powerful, destructive beasts. Characters encounter a scary villain whose main objective is to capitalize upon the fears of children; he operates a radio station called "Fright Radio." There are spooky, dark images; a cackling bad guy; and characters in danger (falls, dinos captured and caged, bats, dragon fire). Of special note is the array of fun, quirky voice actors who populate the film, including Walter Cronkite (in a substantial featured role), Julia Child, Martin Short, and Jay Leno, among others.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Sci-Fi
  • Release Date:November 24, 1993
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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