The Good Dinosaur (2015)

Review by CJ


Peter Sohn

Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Jack Bright

Other notable appearances:
Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, Peter Sohn

Running time:
93 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
The Lion King, Ice Age, The Pagemaster


On an Earth where the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs missed the planet, dinosaurs are the dominant species. Arlo (Ochoa) comes from a family of Apatosaurus farmers, but his constant fear prevents him from being able to make his mark.

During a storm and flash flood, Arlo is swept down river. Far from his family and accompanied by a wild human child, Arlo must overcome his fears if he ever hopes to get home.

The first noticeable thing about The Good Dinosaur is that the computer generated animation is visually spectacular. While the characters retain a cartoonish aspect, the landscapes are amazingly realistic. Even with their cartoon features, the main characters all have incredible detail and are beautiful to watch.

The plot of The Good Dinosaur is a good family film plot. It has lessons, conflict, good defeating evil and a scene with psychedelic fruit. Okay, scratch that last one. Jokes aside, The Good Dinosaur has a decent plot that will keep kids of all ages entertained. It doesn’t have quite the same magic and memorability that past Disney•Pixar films have brought to viewers though.

The Good Dinosaur has a couple of funny moments of dialogue but it also plays with slapstick comedy in the form of Arlo’s clumsiness. There are a few times where you feel bad for the young dinosaur, but these are intentional and add to the depth of the film.

Overall, despite not meeting the same high level as most other Disney•Pixar films, The Good Dinosaur is an enjoyable addition to the family film genre. With breathtaking animation that cannot be overstated and a scene with a drunk dinosaur, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

4 Stars

“The storm gave me a relevation and I wasn’t scared anymore!”
“You mean a revelation?”
“No! A relevation.”


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