Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur

For the 2006 remake, see Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006.
Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur

Film poster
Directed by Hiroshi Fukutomi
Produced by Sankichiro Kusube, Soichi Bessho
Written by Fujiko F. Fujio
Starring Nobuyo Oyama
Noriko Ohara
Michiko Nomura
Kaneta Kimotsuki
Kazuya Tatekabe
Music by Shunsuke Kikuchi
Cinematography Katsuji Misawa
Edited by Kazuo Inoue, Seiji Morita
Distributed by Toho
Release dates
  • 15 March 1980 (1980-03-15) (Japan)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Box office ¥1.55 billion[1]
($11.9 million)

Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur[2] (ドラえもん のび太の恐竜 Doraemon Nobita no Kyōryū), also known in some international markets as Doraemon: The Motion Picture, is a 1980 Japanese animated film based on the popular manga and anime series, Doraemon. It was released in Japan on 15 March 1980, about one year after the premiere of the 2nd anime television series, making it the first feature-length Doraemon film. In 2006 the movie was remade.[3] In 1980, it became the highest grossing animated film of the year.


Suneo shows everyone but Nobita a fossil of dinosaur claw. Angry, Nobita claims he will be able to find a living dinosaur. As Doraemon refuses to help him, he digs on a hillside, but instead earns punishment from a landlord nearby who forces him to unearth a hole in the ground. He finds an egg-shaped stone underneath and quickly uses a time wrap to return it to its former form and after warming it, the egg hatches to reveal a Futabasaurus, who is subsequently named Piisuke by Nobita. Instead of immediately showing it to the others, Nobita waits it grow while making a deal with others. As Piisuke grows too large and is in danger of being found, Doraemon and Nobita transport him to 100 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous period. They are attacked by a mysterious assailant who previously tried to make a deal with Nobita to sell Piisuke, though they manage to escape. Left with no proof, Nobita instead shows them Piisuke through a television monitor, but realizes that he and Doraemon had unknowingly transported Piisuke to the North American shore after the time machine was attacked by the assailant. They and the others decide to go there, but the time machine is overloaded and crashes off.

The group land on the North American shore and find Piisuke, but the time machine is broken and must be taken back to Nobita's desk in faraway Japan if they want to go back to the present time. As they travel across the land connecting North America and Asia, they meet with various dinosaur species who either help or hinder their progress, such as Ornithomimosaurus, Apatosaurus, and Tyrannosaurus. At a cliff, they are attacked by a pack of Pteranodon who break their bamboocopters. They are saved by several mysterious assailants, who reveal they are dinosaur hunters working for a fossil collector named Dollmanstein from the 24th century. They offer to return them back home in exchange for selling Piisuke. Refusing the deal, the group set a lure for the hunters while they escape across a river. However, they are eventually spotted and separated with Gian, Suneo, and Shizuka captured by the hunters.

Doraemon and Nobita find the hunters' quarter at the downstream where Gian, Suneo, and Shizuka are used as baits for a Tyrannosaurus. The hunters demand that they hand over Piisuke in exchange for their lives, but the Tyrannosaurus is revealed to be the one they had previously used a Momotaro Dango for, thus is tame enough for the group to use in attacking the hunters. The hunters are subsequently captured and imprisoned by the Future Time Patrols. Piisuke is transported to his homeland, the Late Cretaceous Japan while Nobita and his friends go back to the present day.


Character Japanese
Doraemon Nobuyo Oyama
Nobita Noriko Ohara
Shizuka Michiko Nomura
Gian Kazuya Tatekabe
Suneo Kaneta Kimotsuki
Nobita's mother Chijimatsu Sachiko
Nobita's father Katou Masayuki
Gian's mother Kazuyo Aoki
Piisuke Yokozawa Keiko
Mr. Gakeshita Katou Masayuki
Black Boy Seizo Katou
Suneo's Mama Yoshino Ohtori
T/P Squad Masayuki Sato
Kazuhiko Inoue
Yoshito Miyamura
Dollmanstein Ushio Shima


Home media release

The film was first released on Laserdisc in Japan on October 18, 1989.[4]

The film was released on VHS by Shogakukan in December 1991.[5] It was later re-released on VHS by Pony Canyon on May 17, 1996.[6] Pony Canyon eventually released the film on DVD on March 14, 2001[7] The company later re-released the film on DVD on September 3, 2010.[8]


  1. Jaeger, Eren. "Past Doraemon Films". Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  2. English translation as shown on the official website for the 25th anniversary of the movie franchise.
  3. "2006 Doraemon Film to be Shown in D.C. on November 14". Anime News Network. 2008-11-11. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
  4. "アニメ/ドラえもん/のび太の恐竜" (in Japanese). Suruga-ya. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  5. "藤子不二雄映画全集 1 ドラえもん:のび太の恐竜 (<VHS>)" (in Japanese). Amazon Japan. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  6. "ドラえもん・のび太の恐竜【劇場版】 [VHS]" (in Japanese). Amazon Japan. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  7. "映画ドラえもん のび太の恐竜 [DVD]" (in Japanese). Amazon Japan. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  8. "映画ドラえもん のび太の恐竜【映画ドラえもんスーパープライス商品】" (in Japanese). Pony Canyon. Retrieved April 9, 2016.

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