OK, this is going to be a short one. If I didn’t know better, I never would have thought this was a Disney movie. It’s just so blah. I never thought I’d see a movie that would make me appreciate “Ice Age”! 1. and 3. My overall impression of the movie… Several things: As I said above, this movie just doesn’t seem to have much “Disney magic” for me. It does feel like it was an excuse to use CGI and is often the case with new technology, it appears that the writers were more focused on showing the newest “bells and whistles” of the technology instead of trying to focus on writing a decent plot. It is odd that “Jurassic Park” came out in 1993 but it had better graphics (and plot) and more believable characters than this movie done in 2000. And the carnataurs (sp?), the Tyrannosaurus wannabes, just look ridiculous with their horns. I know this is a movie about talking dinosaurs and lemurs, so I shouldn’t be expecting too much “realism”, but I still had major issues with plotlines that you could drive a Mack truck (or a dinosaur) through. The scene I decided to analyze was the meteor storm that started the “dinosaur trek” plot that was the whole goal of the movie. For one, the level of damage caused by the meteor storm was not realistic to me. They had hundreds of meteors falling from the sky, and initially it appeared that the amount of damage they were causing was a whole lot less than should have happened when a substantial chunk of rather dense iron-core (I’m guessing) hit the Earth’s surface. But then, with the largest meteor that hit the Earth, I thought, “Well, they’re all toast—incinerated—for about a hundred miles from the impact site.” Especially when we see the size of the “mushroom cloud” on the Earth. The initial shock wave probably should have included super-heated air that would have scorched/incinerated all of the lemurs instantly. And even after several dinosaurs and lemurs survived the lethal blast, it probably would have taken at least HOURS for the skies to have cleared and the land to have cooled. In addition, all of the earth and meteor that was kicked up into the sky would have led to a global cooling event—with ash falling on them, and then eventually very cold temperatures and snow blanketing the whole planet. While we’re talking about improbable events, WTF was up with the fact that the lake that was “boiled away” by the meteor blast—clearly dried up and barren—had water mere inches from the surface trapped and easily accessible by stepping on the rocks?? Yeah, that’s believable… The rest of the film just felt so predictable and unoriginal, like I’ve seen this all in a dozen or more movies that did it better. The unlikely outcast hero saves the day, gets the girl, and gets his happy ending. 2. and 8. This movie just feels so tired and unoriginal. Specifically, it feels so much like all of the recent Disney “baby gets abandoned (often because his parents are killed), someone who is very different than the baby raises it, and the baby has to deal with the ‘fish-out-of-water’ obstacles to become the brave hero of the story” movies of the 19990's. That pretty much describes “Tarzan”, “Hercules”, and “Hunchback of Notre Dame” to a great extent, and the fish out of water parts match “Mulan”. I would also say that the introduction of the egg being stolen reminds me an awful lot of “Soarin’ over California” with the egg’s journey in the river and the pterodactyl’s flight to its nest. This movie is most similar to “Tarzan”, in that the protagonist’s parents are killed by a predator (that the protagonist eventually has a hand/claw in killing), another species finds the baby and a female wants to raise the child and the male wants to kill it because he’s afraid it will destroy the family, the family from another species does end up raising the child, and eventually said child and the family meet up with a group of the same species as the protagonist (Tarzan meets humans, Aladar meets dinosaurs just like him). Then the protagonist falls in love with one of the ladies from the same species, must deal with one of the males from his species not approving of the match, but all works out in a happy ending with the hero and the lady. In many ways, Aladar is like Tarzan (see above), but the movie works hard for us to see that he is constantly looking out for the underdog (under-dinosaur?) and trying to protect the weak, old, or infirm. Perhaps this is because he has always been the biggest in his family, and they worked hard to ingrain into him that (a) they are friends, not food (“Finding Nemo”!) and (b) that he should be careful not to harm those who are smaller and weaker than he is. An admirable trait, but it also makes him a bit preachy… 9. In such a boring and rehashed movie, it’s hard to find an iconic scene so I just decided to use the last scene any of the characters in this movie should have seen. 10. Geez, there aren’t many pins for this movie, and some of the pins from the attractions in the park (Disney Quest and the “Dinosaur” ride in AK) are easily confused for the movie. How about this one (25427)? Oops! Wrong Disney dinosaurs (which are a whole lot more entertaining as far as I am concerned), so I chose this pin (14329).