We received tickets to a screening of “The Good Dinosaur” to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.
“The Good Dinosaur” by Disney•Pixar is now in theaters. It asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely? What if giant dinosaurs never became extinct?
This film is the story of the young dinosaur Arlo (and his family pictured here on their farm.) Arlo is kind of the “runt” of the litter who lives with lots of fears and feels in competition with his siblings to make his mark in the family. After a typical Disney•Pixar film tragedy, Arlo is forced to face his fear and find out who he really is inside.
He meets a human on this journey of self discovery who becomes his friend and sometimes protector. “Spot” helps Arlo discover the beauty of life on the other side of fear.
Along the way, these two unlikely friends encounter other dinosaurs (sometimes friendly and sometimes not) who bring out their strengths and friendship. This particular group of T-Rexes are surprised to discover that Arlo is a bigger dinosaur than he appears. I really loved an exchange with the T-Rexes where they talk about staying out of each other’s “personal bubble.” It’s a concept we often discuss with the kids about giving each other space when we want it. So we had a big laugh when they actually used the term in the film.
There are many funny moments and characters in “The Good Dinosaur” but also a few slow periods when Arlo and his human friend Spot are on their own. The story line is a bit predictable, but the message of facing your fears and pushing through is a great one for kids. On the whole, we enjoyed this film, the kids especially. Even though Ronin and Ellie were tired (it was late on a school night when we saw it) they left happy and said they really liked it.
Full disclosure (and spoiler alert!) There of course is sadness when an important character dies early on in the film. And there are some scenes with large angry dinosaurs that might be a bit scary for younger kids. Ellie is almost six and she seemed just fine.
Also, prior to the film is a really cool short called “Sanjay’s Super Team” which actually was pretty scary for the kids. So be forewarned.
Photos from THE GOOD DINOSAUR – ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” is now in theaters.
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Let me know if you go see it this Thanksgiving weekend! Did you enjoy The Good Dinosaur?