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Dinosaur | 2000 | PG | - 1.4.1

This animated story stars a dinosaur who, after being snatched from his nest, finds himself among a new species: mammals. With the voices of Julianna Margulies, D.B. Sweeney, Joan Plowright, Ossie Davis, Max Casella, Alfre Woodard, Samuel E. Wright, Peter Siragusa and Della Reese. [1:22]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - There's some talk of smooching. A lemur is shown practicing "pick-up" lines. A mating ritual for lemurs with an airborne dance on vines ends with lemurs watching the sunset from the top of a huge tree, paired as couples. A lemur calls himself the "love monkey."


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A mother dinosaur is shown protecting her eggs from other dinosaurs by growling and making threatening gestures. A large carnivorous dinosaur with lots of sharp teeth pounces out of a thicket and chases a herbivorous dinosaur herd, crushing a nest of eggs along the way. A herbivorous dinosaur is caught and eaten (shown briefly at a distance). There are a few more confrontations between carnivorous and herbivorous dinosaurs: Two carnivorous dinosaurs chase and catch a herbivore. We see him, at a distance, dangling from a carnivore's mouth. Another dinosaur is injured in the same attack. A carnivorous dinosaur grabs a dinosaur by the tail but another dinosaur interferes. A pack of carnivorous dinosaurs chase and snap at the lemurs and a herbivorous dinosaur. An egg falls into a body of water and is taken into a fish's mouth and then spat out. The egg is nearly fed to babies in a nest when there is a struggle with other flying dinosaurs. Eventually the egg falls a great distance and lands without cracking. A lemur holds a baby dinosaur over a cliff after discussing having to destroy it. A dinosaur chases some lemurs and catches one in its mouth (it turns out it was just a game). A comet lands in the sea which causes a large, noisy shock wave and explosions of flaming rocks. Lemurs and dinosaurs are almost killed when they are forced to jump from a cliff to avoid being singed. Several huge dinosaurs are knocked down a few times. We see a dead dinosaur; carnivorous dinosaurs hover over the body. We see the bones after they've been picked clean. Another dead dinosaur is eaten by a carnivorous dinosaur, and we see two dinosaurs lying dead, one after falling off a cliff and one after a battle. Dinosaurs are shown exhausted from marching without water. Two dinosaurs fight with kicking, punching, shoving and clawing and end up with wounds. Some boulders fall and crush two dinosaurs. A carnivorous dinosaur threatens a dinosaur herd; there's lots of hollering which causes the carnivore to retreat. A dinosaur is chased by a carnivorous dinosaur up a sheer wall of rocks; there's a fight and two other dinosaurs join in. A baby dinosaur urinates on a lemur.


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LANGUAGE 1 - A dinosaur calls another a "jerkasaurus."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Survival of the fittest, teamwork, family, evolution and extinction, carnivorous (flesh-eating) vs. herbivorous (plant-eating) animals.

MESSAGE - The smallest thing can cause the biggest changes. The best way to succeed is to work together.

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