Story

In Dinosaur Island, Lucas Winton (Darius Williams) discovers a mysterious crystal hidden in his grandmother’s house. When Lucas goes to visit his father, he takes the crystal with him on the plane. The crystal begins to act strangely. Lucas is magically transported to an unknown island full of dinosaurs.

On the island, Lucas meets a girl named Kate (Kate Rasmussen), who was stranded on the island in the 1950s. The two of them must work together and use what they know about geology and dinosaurs to avoid being attacked and to find a way home.

Themes

Separation from parents; animal distress and cruelty to animals; death of a family member; natural disasters; plane crash

Violence

Dinosaur Island includes some violence. For example:
  • The dinosaurs frequently attack Lucas and Kate. Sometimes Kate and Lucas try to fight back with sticks and other objects but mostly they run away.
  • Lucas and Kate are kidnapped by some of the island natives. The natives bind their hands, poke them with large sticks and lock them in a cage.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Dinosaur Island has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:

  • The grandmother’s house looks very dark and scary. When entering, Lucas mentions that the house creaking could be ‘the screams of a thousand tormented souls’.
  • When Lucas is flying on the plane, the crystal creates a giant black cloud, which the plane flies into. The plane goes through some extreme turbulence. People begin screaming and panicking. The plane starts falling out of the sky and then the pilots and the rest of the passengers magically disappear. Lucas wakes up a little bruised on the island. This scene might be scary and disturbing to children.
  • There are many dinosaurs in this movie. They frequently attack Lucas and Kate, and they make scary screeching sounds.
  • There are earthquakes, volcanos and planes falling out of the sky and crashing on the island. 
  • Kate and Lucas are almost eaten by a giant plant.
  • Kate and Lucas run towards an erupting volcano, and there is lava all over the ground.

From 5-8
In addition to the violent scenes and scary visual images mentioned above, Dinosaur Island has some scenes that could scare or disturb children in this age group. For example:

  • Lucas’s grandmother has died. Lucas talks about how he still misses her and he doesn’t want to get rid of her things. This discussion of death might be confronting for some children.
  • The island natives hold dinosaurs captive in cages. One dinosaur is dead with a spear through its eye. 
  • Kate’s little dinosaur pet is injured, and Kate thinks it is dead. Kate starts to cry. This emotional scene might be confronting for young children.

From 8-13
Some younger children in this age group might be scared or disturbed by the scenes mentioned above.

Over 13
Nothing of concern

Sexual references

None of concern

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern

Nudity and sexual activity

None of concern

Product placement

None of concern

Coarse language

Dinosaur Island has some coarse language.

Ideas to discuss with your children

Dinosaur Island is a captivating family adventure movie about dinosaurs on a mysterious island. It teaches children about the importance of working together and using your brain to solve problems. 

This movie is ideal for children aged over 10 years. Because of the movie’s violent and scary scenes, we recommend parental guidance for children aged 7-10 years. The movie isn’t recommended for children under seven years. 

These are main messages from Dinosaur Island:

  • Working together is important.
  • Always try to use what you know to solve problems.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include valuing your friends, being brave and using knowledge to solve problems.

This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about the importance of not being cruel to animals and the importance of listening and taking part in class.