The name Steven Spielberg can pretty much sum up (for a lot of people) the caliber this movie presents as we have all come to know and expect a certain quality of entertainment from the director/producer who brought us all those memorable classics. We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (released in Japan as ‘Dinosaur’s March’) is a 1993 production from Amblimation that tells the story of a group of intelligent dinosaurs who are brought back from the past for an exciting adventure film. Although ‘We’re Back’ did not receive as much attention as the Amblimation ‘An American Tale‘ pair of films, I would have to rate this movie as just above average. It is a good watch for younger children who will enjoy the story and colorful characters but nothing too vivid or memorable as far as the storyline goes.
The plot involves a group of dinosaur’s run in with a small alien named Vorb (voice of Jay Leno) who feeds the creatures a cereal concoction that increases their intelligence; an invention of the strange man known as Captain Neweyes (voice of Walter Cronkite). The dinosaurs are taken into present day and dropped off at the Hudson River where they meet two youngsters, Louie and Cecilia, who attempt to help the dinosaurs make their way to the Museum of Natural History. I don’t want to give away too much of the plot or expose all the characters in this tale, but kids will certainly be focused on the songs, action and drama of this light hearted story based on the children’s book by Hudson Talbott.
A lot of known talents helped with voices for this production, such as those mentioned above, with the additions of Yeardley Smith (known as the voice of Lisa Simpson from the television show ‘The Simpsons’), Charles Fleischer (the voice of Roger Rabbit), John Goodman, Rhea Pearlman (of ‘Cheers’ fame), Julia Child, Martin Short and Larry King. When the film’s debut came to audiences throughout the U.S. it received a lukewarm response yet potential viewers shouldn’t let this dampen their trying this movie out. It’s a good family show and fun for young kids who are always entertained by dinosaurs.