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Sid takes on the role of motherhood when three dinosaur eggs hatch. Image ©2009 Twentieth Century Fox Animation

6 Dandy Dinosaur Movies

Jurassic World is about to reboot the franchise with the fourth installment starring Hollywood hottie Chris Pratt as a park employee and Velociraptor trainer. Like all amusement parks, this one is dealing with a decline in visitors. The only sure way to get more paying customers is to up the show, and that, of course, means more action.

Twenty-two years ago Jurassic Park brought dinosaurs to the big screen in the sci-fi story of John Hammond and his unusual theme park that features live, genetically engineered creatures from the past. The blockbuster film was followed up by Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III.

But if Jurassic World is too scary for your paleontologists here are six more family friendly dinosaur adventures.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaur revisits an unusual herd of prehistoric mammals who have formed their own non-traditional family. In this story, Sid the Sloth stumbles across three abandoned eggs and decides to bring them home to hatch. But what he get are three baby dinosaurs—-and one angry momma.

Yes, he’s one of the biggest and most ferocious looking playthings in the toy box but Rex the green dinosaur is a little clumsy and bit afraid of things. However he is full of enthusiasm and proves to be a good friend to Woody in Toy Story.

There’s a long list of The Land Before Time movies, so pick your favorite.The scripts follow a group of baby dinosaurs that are separated from their parents and have to find their way back home.

A father and his two sons embark on an ill-fated plane ride that lands them in the strange land of Dinotopia where humans and dinosaurs live side-by-side in a colorful and exotic landscape. This made-for-TV movie is based on the books by James Gurney.

After the disappearance of his brother a decade earlier, Trevor Anderson and his nephew Sean travel to Iceland to investigate a dormant volcano. But when they climb inside a cave to get out of the rain, the cave floor gives away and sends them on a Journey to the Center of the Earth where they encounter strange life forms including dinosaurs.

The BBC’s educational program Walking With Dinosaurs tries to dish up a mix of documentary and entertainment. The film combines facts about different species of dinosaurs with talking creatures that resort to a mixture of silly banter, potty humor and even mild sexual innuendo. The movie will likely appeal more to kids who already have a strong interest in dinosaurs.

 

More details about the movies mentioned in this post…

Jurassic World

Jurassic World

Didn't anyone learn anything from past mistakes?

Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park

Watch out, or you might be the snack food at this dinosaur theme park!

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Journey To The Center Of The Earth

Land Before Time II, The Great Valley Adventure

Land Before Time II, The Great Valley Adventure

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park III

Jurassic Park III

Dinotopia

Dinotopia

Jurassic Park Trilogy

Jurassic Park Trilogy

Walking With Dinosaurs

Walking With Dinosaurs

These dinosaurs aren't purple but they do talk and tell jokes.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

A new day is dawning.

Toy Story Trilogy

Toy Story Trilogy

Toy Story

Toy Story