Sound Off: Peter Sohn's 'The Good Dinosaur' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
November 26, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The new Pixar movie is here! Now playing in theaters everywhere is the 16th feature film from Pixar Animation Studios (the second this year following Inside Out) titled The Good Dinosaur. Directed by Peter Sohn, the film is set in an alternate timeline where the dinosaurs evolved into intelligent species, and one of them named Arlo ends up on an adventure with a tiny human friend. Arlo is voiced by Raymond Ochoa. Along the way he meets a family of T-Rexes - voiced by A.J. Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott. So how is Pixar's latest? Did it pull at your heart strings? Make you laugh? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on Pixar's The Good Dinosaur.
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To fuel the fire, I really enjoyed The Good Dinosaur. It's not my instant favorite but I think it's a charming coming-of-age story mashed up with a western. I'm not overly critical of it and I actually admire how bold it is as a movie. Basically, the only human being in it (for the most part) acts like a dog and nearly gets killed multiple times. On the other side, we're following a dinosaur named Arlo that actually seems more like us than the boy. Some of the best scenes in it don't have any dialogue, when the two communicate together without speaking. My friend described it best as a movie about a boy and his dog, and that's really what it is, but with some unique Pixar touches to it (showing how the dinosaurs and other creatures would've evolved).
At first I was reminded of A Bug's Life, the story of a young guy being thrust out into the wild and not being able to handle the real world. It starts out a bit like that, but then almost becomes a City Slickers spoof for a while as he roams the wilderness with the T-Rexes. By the end I was thinking of Wall-E, and how finally returns home a completely different person, but has learned that one of the most important parts of love is letting go. These may be themes explored many times before, but Pixar continues to make such charming, unique, emotional movies and I continue to enjoy them. The last thing to mention - the water animation in this movie is stunning, hard to take your eyes off of it. They still have some of the best animators in the biz.
So what did you think of Pixar's The Good Dinosaur? One of their best, or one of their worst?
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Reader Feedback - 7 Comments
From what I've heard so far, this new Pixar is quite weak. I remember the original idea for this was scrapped, and the re-did the entire movie, story and all. I would like to think after a complete overhaul, it would an instant classic. Nevertheless we got "Inside Out" earlier this year, and that was spectacular!
Joker's hideout on Nov 26, 2015
+10 for Inside Out.
Jim Dawkins on Nov 27, 2015
Can someone tell me why it feels cheap?
ari smulders on Nov 26, 2015
Everyone I know who saw this (with their kids) really enjoyed it, and several grown men admitted to shedding a few tears (it's Pixar after all)....and of course, the kids all loved it. I'll wait to see this one at home, but I'm sure it's a fun, harmless little movie with moments of human insight.
TheOct8pus on Nov 27, 2015
Definitely wasn't my favorite Pixar movie, however don't let that statement deter you because it really is a great film. While a simpler pixar film, I have to say it's probably the most beautiful pixar film to date, every shot is stunning.
Danimal on Nov 27, 2015
I can totally agree with Alex on this one. Only time will reveal where THD ultimately ranks in the pantheon of Pixar classics, but for me, i's a brilliant. I appreciated its simpler story that intentionally sheds the typical quip-a-second dialogue (looking at you, Minions) for something much more resonant and thoughtful. We need to be reminded once in a while that simple stories can be quite profound when well-told. To me, this played like an adventurous 'road movie' that clearly has it's heart in the right place to reach it's target audience of children and receptive adults and also provided some great surprises. Visually, the general consensus is that it's a grand slam groundbreaking spectacle. The common complaint of the 'too cartoony' character designs and animation styles never was an issue for me, and I loved how expressive the characters were allowed to be. Often speaking volumes without any dialogue. For moviegoers who are able to get past their initial hangups about the characters designs, simple/familiar story, and worst of all...ridiculous complaints about the "accuracy" of the central premise about the evolution of dinosaurs, this movie is a wonder.
Movie Bear on Nov 29, 2015
First off the animation work on the movie was really good. The landscapes and nature were put together very well and I quite enjoyed that aspect of the film. As far as the movie as a whole, I felt like it did not quite come together. As you mention above it had these weird sections of the movie that really did not transition well to the overall story. First its a coming of age, then its dealing with loss, then its some weird drunk scene, then its city slickers, then its a family finding movie. Ugh. Simple enough, it just did not work. I will not watch again.
MaqueeStalker on Dec 4, 2015
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