List of Dinosaur Movies for Kids

Our fascination with our favorite long-gone animal, the dinosaur, will keep it alive forever. It leaves us in amusement, especially kids, imagining what it must have been like, when they grazed around on earth. Buzzle traces down the list of dinosaur movies, including popular choices of all times.
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If your kindergartner is tattling the names like "Brontosaurus" and "Tyrannosaurus" (chillax, for these terms aren't as heavy as they sound in real, but those full of fantasy and thrill), you have a dinosaur addict at your home. Kids are major enthusiasts when it comes to watching dinosaur movies or series.

So today, we decided to impart a collection of dinosaur movies, right from the '80s and '90s era, for you to get a list at ease, when your little dino fan demands for one to watch. Isn't that awesaur (awesome + dinosaur)? We have sequenced the list in the order of their release dates.

* Click on your choice to navigate your way through.


I'm in the Lead!

The Land Before Time

November 18, 1988
ing: Pat Hingle, Gabriel Damon, Judith Barsi, Helen Shaver
Don Bluth
69 mins.

Synopsis: Who can decline the fact that this film has a series that would keep kids wanting for more? A classic piece of work done by Don Bluth, it teaches us to face challenges, and be adventurous like the cute Littlefoot, who finds his way to Great Valley, a dinosaur paradise with plentiful food. There he meets other orphan dinosaurs, which has been portrayed beautifully, as they solve the odds of life together. The first part of its series definitely holds a special place among the 80s' kids.

Adventures in Dinosaur City

October 23, 1991
ing: Marc Martorana, Tony Doyle, R.A. Mihailoff, Don Barnes
Brett Thompson
88 mins.

Synopsis: This is a television film that is flooded with sci-fi and fantasy, and action and adventure. The presentation of the story is slightly unique, in a way that the scientist's kids get their eyes stuck onto a TV screen, gazing at cavemen and dinos, and land up in the Stone Age with them. Kids utterly love and enjoy the comedy incorporated in this movie.

We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story

November 24, 1993
ing: John Goodman, Charles Fleischer, Blaze Berdahl, Rhea Perlman
Phil Nibbelink, Simon Wells
72 mins.

Synopsis: The film picturizes a transition to the 21st century, where dinosaurs have got extinct. These species are portrayed to be very intelligent and that they overcome the challenges encountered by them in their surprisingly extinct period. Captain New Eyes travels back in time and feeds dinosaurs his Brain Grain cereal, which makes them intelligent and non-violent.

Dinosaur

October 23, 2000
ing: D.B. Sweeney, Julianna Margulies, Samuel E. Wright, Alfre Woodard
Eric Leighton, Ralph Zondag
82 mins.

Synopsis: It is the first computer-animated film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and received a great applause. The animation of this movie is commendable, making the dinosaurs look life-like. This film expressed an orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs, who collaborates with a heavy trek to a sanctuary after a meteorite shower destroyed his family home.

Toy Story 3

June 18, 2010
ing: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty, Don Rickles, Michael Keaton, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger
Lee Unkrich
103 mins.

Synopsis: This movie has given us the kind dinosaur, Rex, who is a Tyrannosaurus, but ironically shy as he communicates with the other toys. No doubt, it is because of this character that the film is one among the best animated dinosaur movies. An epic fun movie for children.

Dinosaurs Alive!

March 30, 2007
ing: Michael Douglas (Narrator)
David Clark, Brett Leonard, Bayley Silleck
40 mins.

Synopsis: "Dinosaurs Alive" is an IMAX documentary displaying various dinosaurs that inhabited the Earth between 251 and 65 Ma. Audiences got acquainted with some of the world's leading fossilologists as they reveal the proof that the descendents of dinosaurs still exist among us.

Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia

March 1, 2007
ing: Donald Sutherland, Rodolfo Coria
Marc Fafard
47 mins.

Synopsis: It takes the audiences to a journey of an unheard world, where these long-gone huge animals (the dinosaurs) lived. The movie shows some never-before-seen computer-generated shots of the Giganotosaurus and likewise. A 3D treat to watch out for!

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

July 1, 2009
ing: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Eunice Cho
Carlos Saldanha, Mike Thurmeier
94 mins.

Synopsis: They have shown a discovery of a mysterious world of dinosaurs by the prehistoric gang of pals. There are some awful scenes, which get saved by the comical scenes.

*Note: The movie contains some frightening scenes which can be scary for kids. Ages 6+ can watch, depending on their tolerance for these scary dinos.

Go Diego Go! The Great Dinosaur Rescue

May, 2005
ing: Gabriela Aisenberg, Jake T. Austin (voices)
Katie McWane
1 hr, 32 mins.

Synopsis: This is again, a jump back to the time when dinosaurs existed. Diego travels back to help a baby dinosaur find her lost family. Kids will discover various dinosaurs and different Spanish words. Preschoolers and toddlers enjoy the songs and may end up singing along with them.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

July 11, 2008
ing: Josh Hutcherson, Brendan Fraser, Anita Briem
Eric Brevig
93 mins.

Synopsis: This is another science fantasy adventure film, featuring an unknown land, a world of dinosaurs. The family adventure is fun for older kids (ages 8+).

Walking with Dinosaurs

December 14, 2013
ing: Charlie Rowe, Karl Urban, Angourie Rice, John Leguizamo
Barry Cook, Neil Nightingale
87 mins.

Synopsis: The film has demonstrated the times of what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth (though they still rule our kids, hihi!). A semi-educational movie with thrilling bits.

I Play the Guest!

King Kong

March 2, 1933
ing: Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot, Robert Armstrong
Merian C. Cooper, Ernest B. Schoedsack
100 mins.

Synopsis: This not only is one of the best monster/adventure movies that we have, but also has a bunch of our deary dinosaurs in it. This movie was also was remade in 2005 with the same name, and received positive reviews all over. There's something about the way King Kong moves, the special effects incorporated, making him very life-like, so kids may enjoy watching him too besides the dinosaurs (wink!).

Godzilla

November 3, 1954
ing: Akira Takarada, Momoko Kōchi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura
Ishirō Honda
96 mins.

Synopsis: Oh yes, it is a dino movie, oops! Technically a fictional and undiscovered species of dinosaur. This is another classic sci-fi movie that we have in our lot. They have designed a dinosaur-like monster that was a cross of a Tyrannosaurus rex, an Iguanodon, a Stegosaurus, and an alligator. The giant monster is friendly to kids and has a good-guy personality. The movie has enough positivity with role models who are optimists.

*Note: A lot of deaths and injuries have been shown. Parents should know that the violence here climbs a higher graph. Also, some of the characters smoke cigarettes and cigars. Kids above the age of 9 can watch it.

The Flintstones (Movie)

May 27, 1994
ing: John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor
Brian Levant
91 mins.

Synopsis: It has the cutest dinosaur, the Dino. In the 1994 movie, he isn't seen much on screen; however, he spends a lot of time on screen in its sequel (2000). No wonder, Fred and Wilma Flintstone have a darling pet.

Bob the Builder: Big Dino Dig

June, 2011
ing: Marc Silk, Sophie Aldred, Rupert Degas
Will Meugniot, Paul Sabella
63 mins.

Synopsis: There are plans to build an enormous amusement park, and it's up to the Can-Do Crew to get it all done! It will take teamwork of prehistoric proportions to finish the job and come along as they uncover an underground world of dinosaur bones!

Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Phantosaur

June 3, 2011
ing: (Voices of) Frank Welker , Matthew Lillard , Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle
Ethan Spaulding
77 mins.

Synopsis: Scooby-Doo movies have the record of being awesome. They are full of gags, and hence, fun to watch. The dinosaur adventure is too skittish for youngsters.

Jurassic Park requires no description at all, but a near-perfect movie has not been mentioned in the list for its set of violence can be scary for your super tiny kids. But the list cannot be completed when we are talking of dinosaurs. We. All. Love. This. Movie.

We have covered the best live-action/animated dinosaur movies for young kids. Do tell us if we are missing on some of your favorite dino movies. Keep RAWRing!
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Published: August 16, 2014
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