There's definitely a vastly better movie than the Whedon Cut encased (entombed?) in this . . . Well, I can't quite call it a mess, but it's drifting heavily in that direction. You could edit a solid 3-hour movie out of what's here, and I'll grade it mostly on the strength of that and on being of a piece with what is now the Snyder Trilogy. It's not quite my cup of tea, but it's got a coherent artistic vision…
The original plan for Dinosaur was to make it without any dialogue, a bold and innovative idea that was apparently not marketable enough for nervous Disney executives. The film opens with a stunning sequence that seamlessly combines gorgeous live-action backdrops with computer-generated dinosaur characters set to a pulse-pounding orchestral score. Then the characters start talking and the magic abruptly departs, replaced with a predictable plot and a distinct lack of thrills.
This is technically a “package” film, composed of 3 previously-released segments all featuring A.A. Milne’s beloved characters, but it all hangs together so naturally that one would never really think of it that way. Certainly none of the package films of the ’40s have anything resembling the charm of Pooh, Piglet, Rabbit, Eeyore, Owl, Tigger, and the rest. If this movie has a flaw, it’s in being too short, and watching it is very much like curling up under a fuzzy blanket.