Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur

Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur[3] (ドラえもん のび太の恐竜, Doraemon – Nobita no Kyōryū) is a 1980 Japanese animated film based on the manga series Doraemon.[1] The film premiered on 15 March 1980 in Japan. It's the first feature-length Doraemon film.[1]

Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Dinosaur
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byHiroshi Fukutomi
Produced by
  • Sankichiro Kusube
  • Soichi Bessho[1]
Written by
Based onDoraemon
by Fujiko F. Fujio
Music byShunsuke Kikuchi[1]
CinematographyKatsuji Misawa[1]
Edited by
  • Kazuo Inoue
  • Seiji Morita
Distributed byToho
Release date
  • 15 March 1980 (1980-03-15)
Running time
100 minutes[1]
Box office¥2.64 billion[2]


Suneo shows a fossil of dinosaur claw to everyone except Nobita. Being 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 plesiosaur, 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 lands on the North American shore and finds 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 Ornithomimus, 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 Seizō Katō
Suneo's Mama Yoshino Ohtori
T/P Squad Masayuki Sato
Kazuhiko Inoue
Yoshito Miyamura
Dollmanstein Ushio Shima


Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur was released in Japan on 15 March 1980 where it was distributed by Toho.[1] The film grossed ¥1.5 billion in Japan and was the fifth highest grossing Japanese film of the year, and the highest grossing animated film.[4] The film was followed by the sequel Doraemon: The Records of Nobita, Spaceblazer in 1981.[1]

A remake of the film was remade as Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006 and released in 2006.[1]. A sequel titled Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur will be released in March 6, 2020.

Home mediaEdit

The film was first released on Laserdisc in Japan on October 18, 1989.[5]

The film was released on VHS by Shogakukan in December 1991.[6] It was later re-released on VHS by Pony Canyon on May 17, 1996.[7] Pony Canyon eventually released the film on DVD on March 14, 2001[8] The company later re-released the film on DVD on September 3, 2010.[9]



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  2. ^ "邦画興行収入ランキング". SF MOVIE DataBank. General Works. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ English translation as shown on the official website for the 25th anniversary of the movie franchise.
  4. ^ "Kako haikyū shūnyū jōi sakuhin 1980-nen" (in Japanese). Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  5. ^ "アニメ/ドラえもん/のび太の恐竜" (in Japanese). Suruga-ya. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "ドラえもん・のび太の恐竜【劇場版】 [VHS]" (in Japanese). Amazon Japan. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  8. ^ "映画ドラえもん のび太の恐竜 [DVD]" (in Japanese). Amazon Japan. Retrieved April 9, 2016.
  9. ^ "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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