On Monday our family had the privilege of seeing an advanced screening of Disney Pixar’s latest release, The Good Dinosaur. We have been teased for months with trailers and our excitement mounted. My husband and I discussed the possibility of taking our kids to see the movie once it came out and then I got the email inviting us to attend an advanced screening and of course I jumped it right away :).
Before I give our review of the movie here I’ll tease you with the trailer and a synopsis of the story.
The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) 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.
Voice Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Steve Zahn, AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott
Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” opens in theatres on Nov. 25, 2015.
For me personally, I found this movie to be very emotionally heavy. From beginning to end you never knew what emotion you were supposed to be feeling. And I think that because of this, the movie is more suited to older children as opposed to the younger set. There are a lot of moments in the film that made both my eight-year-old and four-year-old literally jump in their seats. So my caution here is that if your child tends to scare easily this is not a film for them to watch.
All that being said, I really did enjoy the film. I loved the story and different view of how the earth could’ve been had the meteor simply flown by. It was funny to see the various dinosaurs with different personalities compared to what we’ve been taught. The T-Rex’s were cowboy’s with a herd of bison and it’s hilarious to watch them run.
I loved how the relationship between Arlo and Spot develops and watching Arlo come into his own and realize that it’s ok to be scared and in the words of Butch “If you ain’t scared, you ain’t alive.” Wise words.
Cinematically speaking it was simply amazing. The scenes were breathtaking and the realistic water and storms, mountains and plains was some of the best work from Pixar yet. This is definitely a movie to be seen and it’s amazing in 3D but I will caution that it could be too scary for the little ones.
Here’s what my kids had to say:
K (10) – It was really good but it was a little harsh on kids. (I think she means the emotional roller coaster she was on the whole movie)
L (8) – It was very sad. (I know he enjoyed the movie, but he took it very seriously and was an emotional wreck afterward. I love this sweet boy of mine )
E (6) – I liked it. (he’s not a boy of many words, I’m lucky I got this out of him)
N (4) – I loved it but there were a lot of scary parts.
So there you have it!
Will you be heading out to see The Good Dinosaur this weekend?