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Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur

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Arlo and Spot try to make their way home in Disney/PIXAR’s “The Good Dinosaur”

Have you ever seen a movie you liked but made you feel cold? Unfortunately, The Good Dinosaur is one of those movies.

The movie asks: What happens when the meteor that destroyed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago misses?

Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) is a young Apatosaurus living as a farmer. As he gets washed away by a flood, he is far from home. He encounters a Neanderthal boy named Spot (Jack Bright), who becomes his mentor. While going on this breathtaking journey, Arlo must overcome his own fears.

It saddens me this movie might be PIXAR’s first box office flop. PIXAR is one of the biggest production companies working today. 2015 is the first–definitely not the last–year to release two movies. Inside Out is unarguably their most ambitious and most creative film to date. It’s also one of the best films of the year. Even though it went through production hell, I liked The Good Dinosaur, but if you compare it to PIXAR’s previous film, it is a slight disappointment.

This movie has some of the most gorgeous animation from PIXAR (not surprisingly, the 3D actually works). However, mixing realistic landscapes with cartoonish characters didn’t necessarily fit. Its heart is the right place, it’s amusing than funny, and when it gets weird it gets really weird. The voice cast is quite solid (the big standout is Sam Elliott). Definitely not PIXAR’s best, I’m glad I went to see it.

3/4

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