Dinosaur is a 2000 American live-action/computer-animated adventure film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation in collaboration with The Secret Lab. The 39th Disney animated feature film, it follows a young Iguanodon who was adopted and raised by a family of lemurs on a tropical island. After surviving a devastating meteor shower, the family move out for their new home and befriend a herd of dinosaurs along the way while on a journey to the "Nesting Grounds". Unfortunately, they are being hunted down by predators such as Carnotaurus.
The initial idea was conceived in 1986 by Phil Tippett and Paul Verhoeven, where it was conceived as a darker, naturalistic film about dinosaurs. The project underwent numerous iterations with multiple directors attached. In 1994, Walt Disney Feature Animation began development on the project and spent several years developing the software to create the dinosaurs. While the characters in Dinosaur are computer-generated, most of the backgrounds are live-action and were filmed on location. A number of backgrounds were found in various continents such as the Americas and Asia; various tepuis and Angel Falls also appear in the film. With a budget of $127.5 million, Dinosaur was reportedly the most expensive computer-animated film at the time.
Dinosaur was released on May 19, 2000. Critics praised the film's opening sequence and animation, but criticized the story for its lack of originality; some even pointed out similarities with The Land Before Time (1988). The film grossed $350 million worldwide, becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of 2000. It was the fourth best-selling home video release of 2001, selling 10.6 million copies and garnering $198 million in sales.