Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Release Date: November 25, 2015
7.0
USER SCORE
Generally favorable reviews based on 306 Ratings
USER RATING DISTRIBUTION
Positive:
202
Mixed:
76
Negative:
28
Watch Now
Stream On
Stream On
Review this movie
VOTE NOW
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Check box if your review contains spoilers 0 characters (5000 max)
7
MrMovieBuffNov 27, 2015
It's mainly in the title, Pixar's 16th feature 'The Good Dinosaur' is...well...good! Let's start from the simple points...

...The story mainly focuses on a family of dinosaurs which mainly consists of a father (voiced by Jeffery Wright), a
It's mainly in the title, Pixar's 16th feature 'The Good Dinosaur' is...well...good! Let's start from the simple points...

...The story mainly focuses on a family of dinosaurs which mainly consists of a father (voiced by Jeffery Wright), a mother (Frances McDormand) and three little children...the main one is Arlo (Raymond Ochoa).

Arlo is pretty much like any Disney or Pixar protagonist you have seen before...a vulnerable little boy who is scared and inexperienced in life and the outside world. The story is essentially 'The Lion King' (1994) and 'Finding Nemo' (2003).

Arlo ends up missing long away from home and finds a young toddler boy who he befriends throughout his journey as they try to survive finding food and keeping away from the storm.

Arlo ends up coming across a T-Rex family, the lead who is the father named Butch (Sam Elliott) that teaches Arlo that there is nothing wrong with being scared, as long as you survive, then you will be fine.

'The Good Dinosaur' is pretty pain-by-numbers in terms of storytelling...it isn't as inventive as Pixar's previous feature 'Inside Out' (2015), a movie that nearly brought me to tears (and I rated it 10/10). Like I said earlier...it's similar to 'The Lion King' (1994) and 'Finding Nemo' (2003), the fact that it focuses on a father-and-son relationship and the son goes on an adventure to go from a boy to a man.

It's a good feature debut for director Peter Sohn, who directed the short 'Partly Cloudy' (2009). Sohn may not be among the Pixar juggernauts like John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Brad Bird...but he could end up getting better after a couple of more features.

All in all, 'The Good Dinosaur' is good Pixar fare...it may not be up there with 'Toy Story' (1995), 'Finding Nemo' (2003), 'The Incredibles' (2004) or even 'Inside Out' (2015)...but it is certainly better than 'Cars 2' (2011) and 'Brave' (2012)...however...it's a movie with great animation, great music and the funny moments are funny, and the sad moments are sad...like most Pixar films.
Expand
4 of 4 users found this helpful40
All this user's reviews
7
ColeSoderstromNov 28, 2015
I've always had a soft spot for Pixar movies and I went into this with high expectations. I was not disappointed but it is definitely not as good as some other features they have made like toy story and up, but this film is still very funI've always had a soft spot for Pixar movies and I went into this with high expectations. I was not disappointed but it is definitely not as good as some other features they have made like toy story and up, but this film is still very fun like every Pixar movies. The backdrops look very very realalistic but the characters are very cartoony like they are in every Pixar movie and I like that. I thought the story was just ok. Not great but not bad just great. It is worth checking out but I don't think it stands out next to the other Pixar movies. Expand
4 of 4 users found this helpful40
All this user's reviews
7
CineAutoctonoFeb 9, 2016
" The Good Dinosaur " is a good piece of Disney - Pixar waiting to be moving , but only in one scene, it 's actually very funny, also with a surprising reflection, a good movie.
2 of 2 users found this helpful20
All this user's reviews
7
Mack_FraserFeb 29, 2016
Is this top tier Pixar? No, it's not. But is it bad? No, not really. The narrative is simple and overly episodic, the message is simple, the central conceit is odd and possibly of little value (why is featuring dinosaurs in a western anyIs this top tier Pixar? No, it's not. But is it bad? No, not really. The narrative is simple and overly episodic, the message is simple, the central conceit is odd and possibly of little value (why is featuring dinosaurs in a western any better than just doing a western?), the film doesn't make use of it's own ticking clock device very well and the design choices probably won't work for everyone. However, the incredibly strong character work, especially the central relationship between Arlo and Spot, carry the film over these rough patches and make it all work on a visceral emotional level without ever tipping into manipulation. It doesn't hurt that this is the most visually stunning work that Pixar has ever done. So, it won't live along side Toy Story, Up and Inside Out, but it's better than Cars. Take that for what it's worth. Expand
2 of 2 users found this helpful20
All this user's reviews
8
BasilZeroApr 29, 2016
The Good Dinosaur is a great addition to the Pixar Family movies from the Disney's world of movies. Although it might not had the great impact that previous Pixar films have had in the past - it still managed to make a great impact with itsThe Good Dinosaur is a great addition to the Pixar Family movies from the Disney's world of movies. Although it might not had the great impact that previous Pixar films have had in the past - it still managed to make a great impact with its characters, colorful environment and story. If you watched Brother bear - you can say its somewhat similar to that movie but entirely different and original on its own. Expand
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
6
Jes1310Jan 11, 2016
The Good Dinosaur is a below average Pixar film. admitted there is a few very funny moments, and the family issues i a great talking point with your kids when the lights in the Cinema is turned on Again. But I just feel that Pixar could haveThe Good Dinosaur is a below average Pixar film. admitted there is a few very funny moments, and the family issues i a great talking point with your kids when the lights in the Cinema is turned on Again. But I just feel that Pixar could have gotten so much more out of the story/settings.
The effects and Visuals are stunning, the story not so much.
Expand
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
6
Agent314Dec 28, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is a disappointing film. The rich, complex environments are a stark contrast to weak, uninspiring characters. The overall story arc is about as predictable as they come, but held against Pixar standards it's simplyThe Good Dinosaur is a disappointing film. The rich, complex environments are a stark contrast to weak, uninspiring characters. The overall story arc is about as predictable as they come, but held against Pixar standards it's simply astounding this film was made. There are definite moments of well timed comedy, but again, these are strangely offset by poor pacing and a meandering plot.

As if this strange outlier of Pixar misfires isn't enough to make you scratch your head, consider feeding your head first as The Good Dinosaur actually includes a scene in which the protagonists consume psychotropic wild berries. Go ask Alice. I think she'll know why The Good Dinosaur defies logic and proportion.
Expand
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
7
homer4presidentFeb 18, 2016
Brilliant animation and excellent production values help make this an engaging watch in spite of a predictable storyline with not much novelty........
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
10
GentM2015May 3, 2016
The Good Dinosaur is an animated comedy-drama adventure film and the 16th Pixar animated movie. It is directed by Peter Sohn and written by Meg LeFauve.
The movie asks the question, what if the asteroid that supposedly wiped out the
The Good Dinosaur is an animated comedy-drama adventure film and the 16th Pixar animated movie. It is directed by Peter Sohn and written by Meg LeFauve.
The movie asks the question, what if the asteroid that supposedly wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, missed ? The main character is Arlo, a young dinosaur who lives with his parents and two siblings at a farm. After a tragedy occurs with a close member of his family, he then has to go on an adventure, where he will learn many things and even befriend a human being, Spot.
This movie is just great in every sense of the word. I genuinely do not get all the hate that this has received, I mean sure it got a very good and certified fresh 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but many people are calling this as a disappointment simply because it is not the next Toy Story or whatever. Grow up people, cause not everything Pixar does is going to be perfect, and if you can't accept that then the problem is with you, and not the movie.
This is definitely one of the best looking animated movies ever made. Sure the characters are not as real looking as the landscapes in the background but you have to remember that this is an animated movie, and usually they are meant for kids who really do not care if a movie looks perfectly real or not. If the character designs are your problem that you're definitely just nitpicking.
The voice cast is brilliant all around, and maybe it doesn't have stand out voice performances like Inside Out does but then again, Inside Out is one of the best animated movies ever made so you can't really compare these two simply because they were made by the same production company. The Good Dinosaur is also very touching and heartfelt with a very good message, plus it is for adults too with many jokes that kids will surely not understand but the older can enjoy and appreciate. So basically there's something for everyone here and yet again it made the least money for any Pixar movie ever, which is just stupid.
I hope people buy this more on Blu-Ray and DVD so that it does not continue to be as underrated as it as right now.
Expand
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
5
FilmMasterEdJan 6, 2016
The Good Dinosaur, although an adequate family film, lacks qualities that have made many of Pixar’s previous productions classics. Less a major animated effort than a late-autumn “filler”, the movie offers enough to enthrall children withoutThe Good Dinosaur, although an adequate family film, lacks qualities that have made many of Pixar’s previous productions classics. Less a major animated effort than a late-autumn “filler”, the movie offers enough to enthrall children without boring parents but, at the same time, fails to provide the thematic depth and richness on offer in such previous titles like Toy Story 3, The Incredibles, and WALL-E. To that extent, The Good Dinosaur is a disappointment, although most viewers who pay $10 to see it likely won’t regret the purchase.

The Good Dinosaur had a troubled production history and that may have been the root cause of the on-screen problems. It spent nearly six years in development and two years ago underwent a reconstruction with major rewrites, the jettisoning of the director and most of the original voice cast, and a “repurposing” of the project. Although Disney claims to be “very pleased” with the end result, The Good Dinosaur’s meandering storyline shows signs of what may have concerned the studio.

The film offers a variety of cobbled together genres. The early scenes echo themes and moments from The Lion King and The Jungle Book. A majority of the running time represents a road trip with buddy film elements. Portions of the second half pay homage to the Western, complete with a campfire, a round-up, musical cues inspired by The Magnificent Seven, and the gravelly intonations of Sam Elliott. The typical Disney messages about tolerance, friendship, and perseverance are in evidence but they seem obligatory and are clumsily integrated.

The opening sequence provides setup to explain (for anyone who cares…) the Flintstones-friendly co-existence of humans and dinosaurs during the same era. The asteroid hypothesized to have caused the mass extinction event misses the Earth, allowing the behemoths to continue their existence unimpeded by global climate change. Several million years later, dinosaurs have developed into anthropomorphized creatures while humans favor walking on all fours and yapping like dogs. The Good Dinosaur’s hero, Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa), is the youngest member of an Apatosaurus (a.k.a. “Brontosaurus”) family - Dad (Jeffrey Wright), Mom (Frances McDormand), and three kids. They’re farmers, stocking up for the winter. But they have a “pest” problem - a human child (later named “Spot”) is sneaking into their stores and eating their corn. Dad tasks Arlo with the chore of exterminating the intruder. But the young dinosaur can’t bring himself to kill. A chase ensues and, when Arlo and his father are caught in a sudden storm, tragedy occurs. The rest of the movie follows Arlo and Spot, swept away by a river to a far-off place, as they make the homeward journey.

Visually, The Good Dinosaur boasts some of the most amazingly photo-realistic sets I have seen in any animated film. There are times when it appears as if the filmmakers inserted the characters/creatures into real world footage. The water scenes - often troublesome in animated films - are flawlessly rendered. If The Good Dinosaur falls short in the narrative department, it represents a step forward for Pixar’s artists. The realism of the surroundings makes the dinosaurs seem more cute and cartoonish than they might otherwise. It’s a conscious choice since photo-realistic dinosaurs might be too frightening for young children. After all, this isn’t Jurassic World.

A role reversal casts a non-human as the chatty protagonist and a (prehistoric) homo sapien as the sidekick/pet. Although it’s an accepted conceit that animals often talk in Disney movies, few are as verbally skilled as Arlo. And Spot (thus named to re-inforce his similarities to a loyal canine) never utters a word, although he scratches himself and howls from time-to-time. Unfortunately, this clever inversion doesn’t make either Arlo or Spot more interesting. They’re generic cookie-cutter characters.

The pace, as is often the case with road movies regardless of the species of the protagonists or the terrain through which they travel, is uneven. There are long stretches when little happens punctuated by action set pieces. Many “popular” dinosaurs make appearances, including T-Rexes and velociraptors. Perhaps the best moment comes during an understated scene where Arlo and Spot, who don’t share a language, use sticks to communicate. There’s emotion and pathos in this sequence - something the rest of the movie could have used more of.

The problem is that the film’s uncertain narrative creates a variable viewing experience. Despite some of Pixar’s recent failures, there’s still an expectation that anything with their name attached with be better than features produced by their rivals, but that’s not the case with The Good Dinosaur. The movie isn’t appreciably better or worse than a Madagascar or an Ice Age. It’s top-quality animation in service of a less than top-quality script.
Expand
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
7
NinjaoncJul 28, 2016
An enjoyable film that really plays with your emotions. The story did a feel a bit bare though, and it felt a lot shorter than it was.
The visuals and the soundtrack were great, but it just felt like a poor attempt to live up to other pixar
An enjoyable film that really plays with your emotions. The story did a feel a bit bare though, and it felt a lot shorter than it was.
The visuals and the soundtrack were great, but it just felt like a poor attempt to live up to other pixar films like Toy Story. While I understand the challenge of having a mute main character, Arlo has somewhat of an annoying voice.
What there is of a story is entertaining however, but I do wish it was a bit more fleshed out. Action scenes are no more than a few minutes long and the rest of the film is fairly uninteresting
Expand
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
7
Bmeyer8Apr 22, 2016
I was expecting the movie to do a lot better than Inside Out. Sure it's dark, intense and weird, but it gave me emotional feels and I tried not to cry. The movie was pretty good and still better than Inside Out.
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
8
MonkiReviewsMay 28, 2017
Another Pixar great. Don't listen to the other reviews, it is a very great story. It follows Arlo and Spot, Arlo is a dinosaur that acts like a human and Spot is a human that acts like a dog. It follows them on their emotional journey home.
1 of 1 users found this helpful10
All this user's reviews
7
NerdConsultantNov 29, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is a good family film with a couple minor issues, and while I don’t feel it quite beats its predecessor Inside Out, it’s still a good movie and I would really recommend taking your family to see it this Christmas if theyThe Good Dinosaur is a good family film with a couple minor issues, and while I don’t feel it quite beats its predecessor Inside Out, it’s still a good movie and I would really recommend taking your family to see it this Christmas if they haven’t got Star Wars tickets. It feels like one of those films played at Christmas to give you a warm good hearted feel and that’s down to its good plot, great characters and its gorgeous animation even if the designs do feel like they slightly clash. It’s not the most original film in the world, but it’s well made, well directed and it’s clearly made with a lot of heart and soul and is designed to entertain both the kids and the adults watching. Keep an eye out for this film because I reckon it will stick around for a while. While the 3D is good and it had some good moments, though it’s hardly essential. The only major negative I had with this film was that its villains felt a bit tacked on and unnecessary. Expand
6 of 7 users found this helpful61
All this user's reviews
6
bslaybaughDec 16, 2015
Being an animator and having a huge love and respect for Pixar, I wanted to love this movie. I had been looking forward to it for months but it after seeing it I fell like they just missed the mark. The character design felt completely out ofBeing an animator and having a huge love and respect for Pixar, I wanted to love this movie. I had been looking forward to it for months but it after seeing it I fell like they just missed the mark. The character design felt completely out of place from the environments and even between Spot and Arlo. The most obvious of all was the lack of story. It didn't seem like they really nailed down the story in the development phase before moving into production. Not their best one, but still had a few good laughs. Expand
5 of 6 users found this helpful51
All this user's reviews
6
MattBrady99Dec 7, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is one beautiful animated movie with many creativity elements in it, but the movie itself sadly doesn't hold up. The story isn't anything special, it's very predictable at times and overall it was really disappointing. It'sThe Good Dinosaur is one beautiful animated movie with many creativity elements in it, but the movie itself sadly doesn't hold up. The story isn't anything special, it's very predictable at times and overall it was really disappointing. It's not bad as some people say, but it's not great Expand
5 of 6 users found this helpful51
All this user's reviews
6
AxeTNov 28, 2015
I'm starting to think it's me and not Pixar. The magic is mostly gone and it may not be their fault. Was it the novelty of the CG animation in all its newness that eventually wore away over 20 years? Have all the spins on familiarI'm starting to think it's me and not Pixar. The magic is mostly gone and it may not be their fault. Was it the novelty of the CG animation in all its newness that eventually wore away over 20 years? Have all the spins on familiar archetypal stories been used up? Has the wit become par for the course? I don't know exactly, but while I can see nothing particularly wrong with this movie, it didn't hold my interest strongly either. All the elements seem to be in place and as astutely executed as ever with stunning visual detail and clever humor throughout. The over-arching story is so familiar though. This time it comes off as been there done that once too often, but for kids it's still great I'm sure. The best of Pixar works exceedingly well for all. Expand
4 of 5 users found this helpful41
All this user's reviews
7
YellowKirbyDec 6, 2015
While probably Pixar's most visually stunning film to date, The Good Dinosaur is also one of Pixar's greatest disappointments and feels more like a Dreamworks film than a Pixar film.
4 of 5 users found this helpful41
All this user's reviews
6
samichsupernovaDec 2, 2015
I'm really conflicted on this one. On the one hand, the photo-realistic landscapes are stunningly gorgeous and there are some shots (the setting sun and the T-Rex ranchers) that will take your breath away. Some of the best moments in thisI'm really conflicted on this one. On the one hand, the photo-realistic landscapes are stunningly gorgeous and there are some shots (the setting sun and the T-Rex ranchers) that will take your breath away. Some of the best moments in this film are told cinematically, without any dialogue whatsoever.

On the other hand, the story is so basic and the beats so predictable that most adults will have checked out by the time the film takes its sweet time winding down to its conclusion, which seems more like a relief than a revelation.

Don't get me wrong, there are some seriously quality scenes (the campfire with the T-Rexes, the way Arlo learns to swim, the 'howling' scene) but the whole is way less than the sum of its parts (some of which strongly resemble "The Lion King" and "The Land Before Time", both of which are clearly better films). Director Pete Sohn does his best and nails the visual tone poem side of things, but there's really only so far you can take this bare-bones coming-of-age-and-overcoming-your-fears story, especially since Pixar's "storyboard-by-committee" technique has lately resulted in their films playing it super safe so that the message translates into global box office. I'm fine with people all over the world being able to relate to their films on a deep level, but when shooting for the lowest common denominator gets to the point of robbing the work of personality and leaving the audience with a third act that runs on cruise control, it's time to dial it back a notch.

When your kid-friendly dinosaur film gets most of its personality from characters' accents, that's when you know the fact that your leads are actual DINOSAURS is underutilized and under-emphasized (throughout, the movie plays it straight, treating dinosaurs as Wild West-era Americans, and Spot as a kind of dog-human hybrid). The lead, Arlo, is actually one of the film's big problems, because the kid that voices him is so annoying I wanted to walk into the voice recording booth and shove a sock in his mouth.

Also, just so you all know, the dinosaurs are not meant to represent actual dinosaurs, but rather dinosaurs as they might have been in something likely closer to modern times had they not been wiped out.

I have been a Pixar fan since the beginning, but after "Up", their output has been really uneven, with the exception of "Inside Out", which was really well put-together but did not portray the workings of the brain with anything resembling reality. With "The Good Dinosaur," if Pixar either eschewed a script altogether and made an experimental dialogue-free film that emphasized the landscapes and mise-en-scene, or cranked out a halfway decent script that wasn't riddled with cliches, this might have even been deserving of being ranked with the likes of "Wall-E" and "Finding Nemo". Instead, it's just slightly better than "Brave" and "Cars 2".

I am giving this a 6 because I felt like it could have been so much more. Everything about this film is a missed opportunity. It was a waste of some beautiful backgrounds to pair them up with such ugly character designs, a waste of great voice talent by having them recite a script that nearly put me to sleep, and a waste of the time of their adult audience members, whose kids will probably enjoy this film once or twice but quickly get bored.
Expand
6 of 8 users found this helpful62
All this user's reviews
2
Luka2008Dec 4, 2015
Doesn't Feel Like A Pixar Movie [average CGI, silly storyline...worst Pixar movie I'v seen so far]
Most of the reason I saw this movie is because I will always watch a Pixar movie despite the fact that they have mess up quite a bit lately.
Doesn't Feel Like A Pixar Movie [average CGI, silly storyline...worst Pixar movie I'v seen so far]
Most of the reason I saw this movie is because I will always watch a Pixar movie despite the fact that they have mess up quite a bit lately. This movie, in my opinion, is more proof to show that Pixar has sort of lost it. Thanks to Inside Out, I will still give Pixar movies a fair chance in the future, but if they end up like this movie, I will no longer be giving Pixar a good name. Below average, will be forgotten very soon.
Expand
6 of 8 users found this helpful62
All this user's reviews
6
MoviebuffreviewDec 26, 2015
The Good Dinosaur may be perhaps one of the most frustrating viewing experiences I've had at any Pixar movie. On the one hand, it is one of the most technically impressive films the studio has done, with near photorealistic environments andThe Good Dinosaur may be perhaps one of the most frustrating viewing experiences I've had at any Pixar movie. On the one hand, it is one of the most technically impressive films the studio has done, with near photorealistic environments and incredible attention to detail in the characters. Furthermore, the characters are all, for the most part, quite memorable, and there are moments of excellent visual storytelling that match the studio's typical high mark in quality. At the same time, The Good Dinosaur has almost as many frustrating moments, where the plot falls into cliches, where the storytelling becomes on the nose and rushed, and where the bad parts often times stand out more, unfortunately, because of the glimmers of brilliance throughout. The Good Dinosaur still lives up to the name of being "good", but in a movie where it had the potential to be "excellent", I cannot say that I'm not slightly disappointed. Expand
3 of 4 users found this helpful31
All this user's reviews
7
DanBurritoJan 6, 2016
The Good Dinosaur is another highly enjoyable film from Pixar, even if it doesn't reach the heights of the studio's best. As can be expected from a Pixar film, the animation was stunning. I'd even go as far as to say, it just might be one ofThe Good Dinosaur is another highly enjoyable film from Pixar, even if it doesn't reach the heights of the studio's best. As can be expected from a Pixar film, the animation was stunning. I'd even go as far as to say, it just might be one of their most visually amazing films to date. It wasn't as deep or groundbreaking as "Inside Out" but when you think about it, few movies are. The protagonists, Arlo and Spot were both very likeable and Sam Elliot gave a solid vocal performance as Butch the T-Rex. Speaking of T-Rexes, I think Pixar deserve some recognition for making him a good guy rather than a villain or an obstacle, like most dinosaur movies do. As well as visually stunning, the movie was quite emotional- which isn't surprising for a Pixar movie. So overall, while it lacks the complexity of previous Pixar films, The Good Dinosaur makes up for this with beautiful animation and heartfelt emotion. Expand
3 of 4 users found this helpful31
All this user's reviews
9
Jollyjoe1000Nov 25, 2015
If a rat can be lovable.There is no doubt that pixar can make a cowardly green apatosaur can be lovable. It is just so enjoyable and I am glad I got to see the premier of the movie.
8 of 12 users found this helpful84
All this user's reviews
3
mrtewNov 29, 2015
I used to love most Pixar movies but this one is just weird. Not only do I not feel it's appropriate for kids I don't even feel it's appropriate for adults. It seems like it's trying to teach a lesson but the only less I got was that youI used to love most Pixar movies but this one is just weird. Not only do I not feel it's appropriate for kids I don't even feel it's appropriate for adults. It seems like it's trying to teach a lesson but the only less I got was that you need to kill people when your dad tells you to or you're a wimp that is basically responsible if your family dies. It made even less sense than that when I was in the theatre. It's like the movie makers were on weird drugs and had only read about the real world in comic books. The animation was really impressive but the story was truly twisted and nonsensical with on random disconnected scene after another ending with the longest goodbye scene yet put on film. No more 'kids' films for me! Wow. Expand
6 of 9 users found this helpful63
All this user's reviews
1
sanserifDec 1, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I admit this review might be sort of unfair. Why? Because I fell asleep somewhere in the middle. But hey-- that's not a great sign is it??

What makes this film unique and interesting? It starts and ends with the premise. "What if the Dinosaurs survived? What happens then?" Apparently, not much! I don't even know how the premise relates to the actual story... If altering the course of the earth and creating a parallel universe was all just so some little kid could meet up with a dinosaur and become 'sorta friends'.. then I'm sorry, that's just a total waste of a premise.

From there on, you can approach this film two ways: Frustratingly illogical... or just incredibly bland and repetitive. I understand the production underwent a lot of revisions/problems and there were probably 30 uncredited writers on the film. It definitely shows. It feels safe and at times lacking strong direction or purpose. Why's the main character the 'Good' Dinosaur anyway? What did he do that was so good? And why the hell are they farming?? How the hell did they figure out how to farm? How many animals are smart enough to start farming? Why not give them blue jeans and eyeglasses while you're at it?

The worst was the last scene, that was begging to be a tear jerker; in the end the dinosaur and the kid can't be together. The kid needs to be taken in by some RANDOM FAMILY THAT HE NEVER MET IN HIS LIFE. Why would you leave this kid with a bunch of strangers, that for all we know could be cannibals?? Why can't he just stay with his dinosaur friend? Because they don't look the same? Isn't that called segregation?

Ohhh I know. Because they want to make it all sad and touchy-feely. Fine. Whatever. I'm tearing up because of how hard it's trying. It's pathetic. And it's just a terrible message.

Aside from the story, I was not very impressed with the characters designs (aside from maybe the little cave boy) or art direction. They just felt super basic and unoriginal. A lot of the secondary characters felt like they were lifted right out of Ice Age. Sure, the environments felt super realistic and golly gee whiz, that sure is a great accomplishment. Technically. But c'mon.. how about being creative with things? If I want to see a photo realistic flower... I'll watch National Geographic. You just spent millions of dollars trying to make a 3D tree look like a real tree... why not just shoot video of a real tree if that's what you want. Ugh.

The Croods (2013) may have had it's flaws, but it was so much better on every level. Go watch that instead.
Expand
6 of 9 users found this helpful63
All this user's reviews
10
zmgalen2000Nov 28, 2015
Ok, I honestly do not get what the mixed and negative comments are all about-because this movie was breathtaking. This movie not only left you on your edge of your seat through Arlo's wild journey, but it also warmed your heart, and made youOk, I honestly do not get what the mixed and negative comments are all about-because this movie was breathtaking. This movie not only left you on your edge of your seat through Arlo's wild journey, but it also warmed your heart, and made you cry your eyes out. Every single time I walk out of a Disney movie, I always say the same thing: "I knew it would be good, but not that good", and let me tell you, this time was certainly no exception. I get easily moved by movies, but hardly ever cry. In this movie, I actually cried at the beauty, symbolism, and heart-warming feels which Disney and Pixar surely delivered on. Honestly, this is a great movie for kids and adults to see, as there is something for everyone, and surely a movie which will leave you wanting more. Expand
4 of 6 users found this helpful42
All this user's reviews
8
michael1208Nov 27, 2015
Simple, straightforward and predictable, the second Pixar's production of the year might not be creative as usual, appear to be familiar and formulaic plot but overall still has no problem to become a holiday enjoyment of the young and theSimple, straightforward and predictable, the second Pixar's production of the year might not be creative as usual, appear to be familiar and formulaic plot but overall still has no problem to become a holiday enjoyment of the young and the old one. The main part of the story sets between human and the dinosaur based on a reversed formula which the dinosaur talks; it is a smooth A to Z educational animation which is filled with a lot of positive values that intends to influence the young adults. Presented in colorful photorealistic sets, it is visually stunning and there are certainly some beautiful scenes without any single dialogue, which effectively works well just like Wall-E, together with satisfying scores from academy awards winner Mychael Danna (Life of Pi). The adventure of grow and learn, cherishing family bonding and appreciating the value of friendship are the three major elements of usual Pixar's trademark, not only adorable, charming and family-friendly, but also emotionally engaging at certain times that might challenge audiences tear holding power.

Short Film: Sanjay's Super Team
Similar to the film, strong family bonding element in between the father and son, effectively presented without dialogue (except final scene), strong culture element and creatively featuring Gods as superheroes warriors.
Expand
4 of 6 users found this helpful42
All this user's reviews
4
MattyiceNov 28, 2015
After the visual masterpiece that is Inside Out, I thought Pixar had returned completely back to form, but its "new" directors continue to bring the company and its films down. The Good Dinosaur is not a film worthy of the Pixar name. EvenAfter the visual masterpiece that is Inside Out, I thought Pixar had returned completely back to form, but its "new" directors continue to bring the company and its films down. The Good Dinosaur is not a film worthy of the Pixar name. Even though its animation is gorgeous and the relationship between Arlo and his human companion Spot is great, it struggles strongly in the story department. The film feels very formulaic and I became generally disinterested in it about 45 minutes in. It also has very simple themes which don't stand up, even in comparison to Pixar's worst films. It's a cute movie, but far from a great one due to its unoriginal and bland story. Pixar needs to utilize its vets rather than giving projects to its rookie directors. Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
7
mrmonsterFeb 27, 2016
If it were not for the fact that the animation was beautiful, I would have left a mixed review. I felt the movie was too short, and that it should have had a better story. But what everyone is saying is true, the animation was some of theIf it were not for the fact that the animation was beautiful, I would have left a mixed review. I felt the movie was too short, and that it should have had a better story. But what everyone is saying is true, the animation was some of the best we've ever seen in a movie, and the voice acting performances were great too. I just felt like so much was missing. Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
9
UrbanlistenerFeb 25, 2016
Great Pixar movie, the animation is absolutely fantastic, probably the best ever made for an animated film, the landscapes, the animals and all the little touches like water effects were breath-taking. On a technical standpoint, it gets anGreat Pixar movie, the animation is absolutely fantastic, probably the best ever made for an animated film, the landscapes, the animals and all the little touches like water effects were breath-taking. On a technical standpoint, it gets an A+++. Now for the movie itself it is not as amazing as the animation, but it is still very good. The voice actors are great, the story is very simple and not that original, but coherent and investing and the strongest point of the film besides a technical tour de force, is its heart. It is very emotionally rich and gut wrenching at times. I think the movie deserves way more credit than it got, it is without any doubt worthy of the Pixar studio quality standard they set for themselves since Toy Story. Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
7
hanneguacamoleDec 23, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Being Pixar, The Good Dinosaur was a must-see. This new take on dinosaurs was interesting to see play out, but the movie seemed to get lost at the point where it is so focused on Arlo earning his mark and becoming a part of the family. That is where the magic was lost.

With unexpected frights and turns mixed in, the movie retained some quality. It was scary enough for the kids in the theater to whimper in distress. I just wonder why Pixar felt the need to follow this stereotypical storyline and arc of returning home and proving one's self worth.

Spot being a human was not as much of a surprise or oddity as the creators would have liked us to believe – this is an imaginative world, after all. Anything is possible, but instead we are sticking with the beings that we are – and a world that we know has never existed. Humans and dinosaurs do not exist together. I would say that nobody even wants to see a world where such a relationship exists, but I am not the target audience of this film. What the audience wants to see is not my choice.
Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
1
OzzieVikingJan 27, 2016
One of the worst movies I have watched. Story was boring and unoriginal and the CGI is beyond crap. I was going through torture watching that movie. I genuinely wanted to kill myself watching it. DO NOT WATCH.
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
7
CriticFerJan 17, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The reason I saw The Good Dinosaur is whether the critics were right. Many said it was very good, others said it was bad, but after seeing it I thought it was... good. Not bad, it is not that great and not reach of the height of Inside Out, is just good. The Problems of The Good Dinosaur are 1- The script is cliché (Arlo's father dies, "that original") 2 The villains, I thought it was a story that needed no villains like Inside Out, but surprise, they had villains. Thunderclap and his team of "rescuers" want to eat the caveman boy. That's pretty stupid, they have thousands of stray animals and just want to eat one. And 3- the designs of the characters they don't fit with the beautifusl and realistics backgrounds. Why they didn't do betters designs and look realistic as Dinosaur (2000)?. and I thought it would be the worst of Pixar, but it is not so bad. The backgrounds are beautiful, the voices are decent, the animation is good and the music is beautiful, but the problem of The Good Dinosaur is that don't feel like a Pixar film is more Disney. But at least no worse than Cars 2. I happy i having i saw and has not obtained the nomination to the academy. They didn't deserve it Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
4
TheBigDealNov 30, 2015
I saw this movie because I went to a double feature that showed this before Creed. I usually like
Pixar movies, but this one seemed very generic. It kind seemed like a dull mixture of what I remember from Land Before Time (haven't seen
I saw this movie because I went to a double feature that showed this before Creed. I usually like
Pixar movies, but this one seemed very generic. It kind seemed like a dull mixture of what I remember from Land Before Time (haven't seen since I was a kid) and Lion King. Towards the end I just kept looking at the time waiting for it to be over so I can watch Creed. If you have kids, sure take them to see it. Just don't be expecting to be entertained as an adult.
Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
7
EpicLadySpongeJan 6, 2016
The Good Dinosaur is not as good as Inside Out, but it'll be another well-worth movie to see for your Pixar collection once it comes out on Blu-ray. For Pixar's year in 2015, I will say Inside Out is better than the Good Dinosaur, but thisThe Good Dinosaur is not as good as Inside Out, but it'll be another well-worth movie to see for your Pixar collection once it comes out on Blu-ray. For Pixar's year in 2015, I will say Inside Out is better than the Good Dinosaur, but this one's still enjoyable anyways. Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
7
americanbeautyJan 17, 2016
minha irmã queria assistir tanto este filme que acabamos por ir ao cinema vê-lo e, sinceramente, me decepcionou um pouco, com tudo o que eles tinham falado, com aquele trailer e tudo isso, achei que seria um filme bem melhor, não é ruim,minha irmã queria assistir tanto este filme que acabamos por ir ao cinema vê-lo e, sinceramente, me decepcionou um pouco, com tudo o que eles tinham falado, com aquele trailer e tudo isso, achei que seria um filme bem melhor, não é ruim, claro, mas é bem mediano. Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
1
SuperpositionJan 28, 2016
Surprisingly bad. The story is awful. The characters are absurdly one dimensional and never developed. Watching this film, i never laughed, cried, smiled...nothing. No emotions evoked at all. Just cringing at the predictable and absurdSurprisingly bad. The story is awful. The characters are absurdly one dimensional and never developed. Watching this film, i never laughed, cried, smiled...nothing. No emotions evoked at all. Just cringing at the predictable and absurd events that happen.

Apparently being responsible for the death of your own father and almost dying countless times is no big deal -- doesn't phase the main character at all and continues like business as usual.

the only good point is the great environmental animations. The trees and plants look amazing.
Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
10
Striking4gold4Feb 9, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. For 2 years, Monsters University was the best Pixar movie I ever saw. Then this film came along. I got to say, when I saw the trailer for this movie, I was kind of disappointed. I expected this film to be terrible. But I saw the film and I didn't regret it. Not one bit. The film is my second favorite movie of all time currently. The animation is stellar, the characters are hilarious and the plot is incredible. So basically a kid named Arlo's dad dies (which is the first time that ever happened in a Pixar movie) and he blames the human-dog kid, soon to be named Spot. The two of them get lost in the middle of nowhere and try to get home. It has old classic Pixar comedy, and lots of fun voices, such as Jeffrey Wright, Sam Elliot and even Steve Zahn as the villain. In total, The Good Dinosaur is a definite watch and a 10/10. Expand
2 of 3 users found this helpful21
All this user's reviews
7
TVJerryDec 1, 2015
This takes place in a different Wild West: One in which the dinosaurs are not extinct, but are farmers. One young dino gets lost and has adventures that help him conquer his fears. Along the way he befriends a caveboy. This movie's greatestThis takes place in a different Wild West: One in which the dinosaurs are not extinct, but are farmers. One young dino gets lost and has adventures that help him conquer his fears. Along the way he befriends a caveboy. This movie's greatest asset is the stunning landscapes. Not only are they gorgeous, but look completely realistic. On the other hand, the creatures have a more stylistic cartoon look, which is a bit of a mismatch. This is also the darkest film in the studio's history (lots of danger and death) and it rambles into weird territory (literally and figuratively). Despite its flaws, it still manages to some sweet characters and a gentle lesson. Pixar most unusual short plays before the feature: "Sanjay's Super Team" is about an Indian boy who intersperses his superheroes with Hindu gods. Expand
3 of 5 users found this helpful32
All this user's reviews
9
NickLikesMoviesNov 30, 2015
"The Good Dinosaur" is breathtakingly gorgeous and tells an incredibly emotional and heartfelt tale. The ending is abrupt, but i'd be lying if I said it didn't make me tear up. One of the most watchable films of the year, a great time at the movies.
3 of 5 users found this helpful32
All this user's reviews
9
TrilobiteGNov 28, 2015
What separates the good dinosaur from inside out, and why it is better than inside out, is the ballsy brutality that this dinosaur, Arlo, faces, the pain he suffers is naturalistic and bruising. So the climactic end is nothing short of heartWhat separates the good dinosaur from inside out, and why it is better than inside out, is the ballsy brutality that this dinosaur, Arlo, faces, the pain he suffers is naturalistic and bruising. So the climactic end is nothing short of heart pounding. I really also enjoyed how they chose stylised american accents to make this journey seem like a USA road trip. Some T-rex's from Texas and some Pterodactyls straight from the likes of Fargo. And talk about an lushly animated environment to drool over, a flaw may come from a slight contrast with the cartoonish dinosaurs and the script doesn't delve into anything that complex, although there are some truly heart found messages. Expand
4 of 7 users found this helpful43
All this user's reviews
6
WannaBMWNov 27, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Good Dinosaur, Bad Movie?
OK, OK, “The Good Dinosaur” was not really a bad movie. But Disney/Pixar, and we the public audience along with it, have set the bar pretty high for its films. When “Finding Nemo” was announced, I scoffed at the idea of a movie about the ocean and a couple fish. I watched it, and it became one of my favorite movies. “Toy Story 3” came out years after its predecessors, and it brought along a darker tone and heavier moments, but it all worked so well and we felt like we were continuing life’s journey with the favorite childhood toy characters again. I generally liked all Pixar/Disney movies, to varying degrees. That being said, I definitely had high hopes for “The Good Dinosaur.” After all, dinosaurs alone sound more exciting than a couple of fish in the sea, right?

[SPOILER ALERT]
“The Good Dinosaur” (TGD) has its moments. There are the clear values of family and the life lesson of growing up and facing your fears (seriously, that is mentioned aloud how many times in the movie?). There are the emotional, tear-jerking scenes. There is character development and growth (to an extent) in an obvious plotline.
But something about “TGD” was different. What sticks out the most is the portrayal of the human characters in this alternate universe. Some may call it dehumanizing, because that’s exactly what it is. But that word only makes sense in a world where we have become the top intellectual species. It’s humbling (and amusing) to think of what might have been if the history of the Earth had taken a different path. So I could suspend the awkward feelings I initially had when I first saw Spot, thinking it would ultimately teach a lesson about us humans in the world (just as “Wall-E” criticized society). But I doubt TGD meant anything more by it than I already mentioned; it was just an alternate universe where humans did not come out on top.

There were a lot of scenes atypical of Disney/Pixar movies. They caught me by surprise. The movie didn’t seem completely kid-friendly, a notion validated by its “PG” rating. There were barbaric moments, including Spot with the bug’s head and Thunderclaw with the “free critter.” I really had to ask myself, “Is this really a Disney/Pixar movie?? This movie just keeps getting weirder.” So by the time Spot took a chunk out of Thunderclaw’s wing, I was unfazed. Then there was the moment with the bad fruit/psychedelic/drug-suggesting scene. Was that really necessary??

Ultimately, TGD ended too soon for me. Not as in “this movie is so good I need more of it!” but rather, it felt incomplete. Personally, I didn’t experience catharsis (the emotional release you feel at the end of a story/movie when everything is resolved). I still had questions, and I’m not sure I was OK with how everything worked out. Arlo’s “Poppa” died, and Arlo no longer blamed it on Spot. I’m guessing Arlo realized that if he hadn’t been afraid to do his “job” earlier, his father would still be alive. So Arlo realizes the blame lies largely with him and his fears. But his job was to MURDER a critter (Spot), and what lesson was his dad teaching him there? Hello, is this a Disney/Pixar movie, advocating killing?? Poppa was quite nonchalant about it, too. Ignoring that, has Arlo vindicated himself by the end? Has he grown enough to compensate for his father’s death? That I am not sure of. There’s also that weird moment with Arlo talking to his Poppa in his imagination, and Arlo exclaims that he loves Spot. Uhm, weird, even just the WAY he said it. Half the movie, he blames Spot for his father’s tragic death, and then Arlo loves Spot like a young boy loves his beloved pet dog. Character growth/development? I guess

Then there are the logical flaws, but suspension of disbelief is required in most movies. For fun, I’ll still point out a few. Somehow, Spot travels the entire distance Arlo got washed down the river. That is impressive, judging by the return journey Arlo takes home. Secondly, Arlo gets caught full force by the mudslide/raging torrents of water AND falls down a waterfall, and somehow survives. But his tough Poppa died from a similar fate?? Not to mention the endless hits Arlo sustained to his head. And lastly, just to be nit-picky, Arlo draws the circle in the ground around Spot and his family without moving from his standing spot. He’s not tall enough nor does he have a neck long enough to realistically do that.
I look at the positives of this film. The scenery and animations are gorgeous, top-notched. Emotions are jerked, laughs had. Lessons can be found. There are clever play on words/ideas (storm birds, the scene with their “head in the clouds,” Spot as a “lone wolf”).Let’s say that I accept that the film requires a more mature perspective, and that the uncharacteristic scenes mentioned above ultimately don’t bother me. Would I say TGD is a good movie? Sadly no. It was just lacking for me. It didn’t feel as complete as all of Disney/Pixar’s other works.
Expand
4 of 7 users found this helpful43
All this user's reviews
9
TheKavehJNov 25, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is a beauty. Pixar returns with a great friendship story that will make you laugh, smile, and even cry. This is, by far, the best animated movie of 2015, and one of the best movies of 2015 itself.
6 of 11 users found this helpful65
All this user's reviews
10
allegrawNov 26, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is a visually stunning film and a good hearted family friendly story for the whole family to enjoy. The richness and detail of the animation is unlike anything that has come out before.
8 of 15 users found this helpful87
All this user's reviews
3
Costs1129Jan 10, 2016
Did I just watch a Pixar movie? Where was the efficient story telling? The deep characters? The relate-able themes? The originality in presentation? It's like I watched a poorly mish-mashed spam of a dozen different movies over the past 20Did I just watch a Pixar movie? Where was the efficient story telling? The deep characters? The relate-able themes? The originality in presentation? It's like I watched a poorly mish-mashed spam of a dozen different movies over the past 20 years. The "twist" of dog-like humans served no plot purpose and caused this movie to make even less sense. 3/10 because whoever did the environment animations deserves an award. Expand
3 of 6 users found this helpful33
All this user's reviews
9
chrismovieguyNov 30, 2015
ok took ,my sister to see this movie last night and it was a high emotional journy 'on every level ' first u were laughing then crying then doing both all over agin it shows what a true friendship can be it was too sweet for words i cant helpok took ,my sister to see this movie last night and it was a high emotional journy 'on every level ' first u were laughing then crying then doing both all over agin it shows what a true friendship can be it was too sweet for words i cant help but suggest this movie to anyone and everyone sweet family fun for almost all ages just be careful with really small kidos Expand
3 of 6 users found this helpful33
All this user's reviews
9
SonicDudeDec 12, 2015
The name is really stupid but do not let that fool you. The movie itself is amazing, Funny, good plot. It teaches multiple lessons and is heart warming. It is visually stunning. But there are some very boring parts but Overalll it's worth watching.
3 of 6 users found this helpful33
All this user's reviews
1
csfalcaoJan 10, 2016
I never had such a disappointment with a film for children, and even
more from Pixar !
The film " The Good Dinosaur " is extremely tense, with the characters going through life- threatening constantly , several passages mentioning or
I never had such a disappointment with a film for children, and even
more from Pixar !

The film " The Good Dinosaur " is extremely tense, with the characters
going through life- threatening constantly , several passages
mentioning or showing body parts being torn , etc. One of the film's
sentences say that a character was " drowned in his own blood " ... !

In the movie audience we saw children 3/4 years wept with fear during
the movie , talking to other parents they were afraid , and my 7 year
old girl had nightmares because of the movie ... not attend it, I never
seen anything like it .
Expand
3 of 6 users found this helpful33
All this user's reviews
8
BikerjamesDec 21, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is an improvement over Inside Out. It may not be as original in its story telling but it has more humor and no slow spots. The detail in the animation is jaw dropping. Water has never looked more realistic. There isThe Good Dinosaur is an improvement over Inside Out. It may not be as original in its story telling but it has more humor and no slow spots. The detail in the animation is jaw dropping. Water has never looked more realistic. There is great detail in all aspects of the film. That brings up a dilemma with animation. If you make a film too realistic looking, does it take away from the animation experience? The characters throughout the film had an animated look which was a stark contrast to the realistic landscape. The movie felt like Roger Rabbit at times, which used animated characters in a live action film. The plot, overcoming and facing your fears, has been used in many animated films before, but it had another good storyline as well, not jumping to conclusions before you know all the facts. Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. I did not enjoy the short film that preceded the feature, however. Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
7
NigelDec 30, 2015
I must have been one of the few Pixar fans to have been pleasantly surprised by The Good Dinosaur, having gone into the cinema with very low expectations having been told by the masses on the web not to expect another Inside Out, Toy Story orI must have been one of the few Pixar fans to have been pleasantly surprised by The Good Dinosaur, having gone into the cinema with very low expectations having been told by the masses on the web not to expect another Inside Out, Toy Story or Finding Nemo. My expectations were so low, in fact, that at times during the showing I was willing the film to be bad just so I didn't have to be the one with the unpopular opinion at the end of it. As many people have pointed out, the visuals of the movie are indeed beautiful, with vast rocky landscapes that could easily be confused for real live-action video footage from Canada were it not for the colourful jarring cartoon beasts roaming through them. Not long into the film, however, these landscapes quickly become the backdrop for our very likeable protagonists, Arlo and Spot.

Whilst The Good Dinosaur could be criticized at times for losing sight of an overriding focus or narrative drive, it stands up to some of the best Pixar films in terms of comedy, wit and emotional impact. The mere sight of scruffily cute Spot and his canine-like animations had me in stitches by the mid-point of the movie, and a certain scene involving an unusual triceratops similarly had me in tears. Side characters are generally less memorable and seem at times to be regurgitated with not quite enough creativity, but I didn't personally find this to be much of an issue with the presence of two great contrasting characters at the forefront.

Although not the next Up or WALL-E, The Good Dinosaur still manages to eclipse most of the unimaginative and quickly-forgotten animated kids films from other studios that seem to be churned out on a conveyor belt year after year.
Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
9
skyminsterJan 6, 2016
The Good Dinosaur is at least as good as Inside Out in my opinion, with escalating drama, action, emotion and a good dosage of comedy within a great story which follows fantastic characters; with the most impressive animation I've ever seen.The Good Dinosaur is at least as good as Inside Out in my opinion, with escalating drama, action, emotion and a good dosage of comedy within a great story which follows fantastic characters; with the most impressive animation I've ever seen. It's not Pixar's best, but it's not that far from it.

93/100.
Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
7
Compi24Dec 15, 2015
It might not live up to the Pixar standard in many ways, but "The Good Dinosaur" is still undoubtedly well-animated and relatable to most filmgoers, young and old.
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
8
eagleeyevikingFeb 10, 2016
The Good Dinosaur is predictable and has a simple plot, but executes it with rich attention to detail, beautiful animation and a lot of emotion. Another great film by Pixar.
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
9
oDjentoDec 12, 2015
Now this might stir some controversy but I’m going to say it anyway; I enjoyed The Good Dinosaur more than Inside Out. Now let me explain.
TGD has a far more typical and formulaic plot and premise to what was happening which is why it may
Now this might stir some controversy but I’m going to say it anyway; I enjoyed The Good Dinosaur more than Inside Out. Now let me explain.
TGD has a far more typical and formulaic plot and premise to what was happening which is why it may not have been seen as highly as Inside Out due to that having its original premise, but TGD’s is far more fully realised and executed better.
I found the film was more emotional, with the reason for the events of the film taking place actually making me a bit upset due to how well they executed it. Albeit this, the film has more laughs per minute than Inside Out and hits its jokes well. The film is oddly a bit more mature, with a hysterical but rather worrying drug trip sequence and even Dinosaurs eating other Dinosaurs on screen. I mean WHAT THE F**K…. a kid bites off a bugs head. It’s savage and kinda shocking but also makes you laugh at how unexpected it is! I think this adds a more serious tone over the film which is why it is a PG but it is still definitely a kids film. I mean look at it like this kids aren’t stupid; if they like Dinosaurs or know anything about Dinosaurs then they know they eat each other. Don’t undermine then and speak on behalf of them saying they will not enjoy that.
Now, the animation in this film is by far the best Pixar have ever released. Everything almost looks real, with photorealistic water and focus shots that really make it a cinematic marvel to be honest. The characters in the film are all pretty quirky too, and really offer up some loveable and memorable ones that add to the film. I also prefer the character design to Inside Out’s, as I found them a bit too glittery and fluffy In animation.
Either way, both films are great, but I think TGD is the better one really as it seriously takes risks and gets rewarded for it. I would like to see more from Peter Sohn at Pixar, he really has a good eye for things and the writers did a great job. Additionally, I must say I think the ending was played on between the two main characters a little too much, but hardly detracts from the rest of this films charm. I will round my score up as I think it deserves it. Check this one out!!
8.5/10
Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
8
NordJitsuDec 21, 2015
An entertaining family film that deals with some deep concepts in a way that can get through to young children. Nothing groundbreaking here (older viewers will recall Land Before Time involuntarily), but it's a well-done film with no obviousAn entertaining family film that deals with some deep concepts in a way that can get through to young children. Nothing groundbreaking here (older viewers will recall Land Before Time involuntarily), but it's a well-done film with no obvious flaws and quite a bit to like. Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
10
JakeZielsdorfDec 7, 2015
Weird, funny, and charming. The story isn't groundbreaking, but so what? It's the way the story is told that makes it great. There's actual character development, unlike Inside Out, and that's what allows the narrative to be so moving. ThereWeird, funny, and charming. The story isn't groundbreaking, but so what? It's the way the story is told that makes it great. There's actual character development, unlike Inside Out, and that's what allows the narrative to be so moving. There are lots of hilarious moments and the scenery is spectacular. A return to form for Pixar. Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
8
tjman09Dec 6, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is a good film from Pixar, that suffers from the heavy expectations of being a Pixar film. If this film had been made by any other studio it’s reviews may have been a little more positive, but considering the pedigree ofThe Good Dinosaur is a good film from Pixar, that suffers from the heavy expectations of being a Pixar film. If this film had been made by any other studio it’s reviews may have been a little more positive, but considering the pedigree of Pixar this film falls slightly short. The Good Dinosaur is funny, gorgeously animated, but suffers from a slightly weaker story than has become expected of Pixar. That being said it’s still a very enjoyable film, that kids are sure to love.
As with many other Pixar films, The Good Dinosaur does have a few of the studio’s cornerstones. The Good Dinosaur features a great sense of humor, and a fun overall tone. The film also has a lot of emotional depth, in that department The Good Dinosaur feels very much like a Pixar film. The reason that The Good Dinosaur has such a good emotional depth, is the character development of the main characters. In all of those ways The Good Dinosaur lives up to the expectations of Pixar.
The animation in the film is gorgeous. While the script may be a little weaker than some other Pixar films, The Good Dinosaur may have very well broken ground in animation. The animation looks real, is meticulously polished, and flat out looks real. The score, large panoramic backdrops, and certain plot elements make The Good Dinosaur feel a homage of the classic Westerns. However, this becomes an issue as the film progresses.
The main problem of the script is that it’s unfocused, which is surprising, because most Pixar films are extremely focused and groundbreaking narratives. At times The Good Dinosaur feels like a western, at times it feels like a comedy, but no one overall feel is kept, the film switches erratically. Another problem is that the pterodactyl characters are poorly developed and they drag the film down. They don’t have real motives, they just appear and act like a mix between stoners and storm chasers.
In conclusion The Good Dinosaur is a good film from Pixar, but falls a little short of their normal standards. While the story is weak for Pixar’s standards the film is still very deep, and features glimmers of classic Pixar. Still kids will probably have a good time with this film, as it’s funny, beautiful, and emotional, just not the strongest thing Pixar has made.
Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
7
FilmPhonicJan 5, 2016
In an alternate pre-history where the Dinosaurs survived and live like early humans who consider savage cave-people to be primitive critters, a timid young Apatosaurus is separated from his family following a tragedy only to form an unlikelyIn an alternate pre-history where the Dinosaurs survived and live like early humans who consider savage cave-people to be primitive critters, a timid young Apatosaurus is separated from his family following a tragedy only to form an unlikely friendship with a savage dog-like human boy, together they embark on a great adventure to get back home in yet another captivating animation from the good folks at Disney-Pixar.

Following the huge success of the outstanding ‘Inside Out’, the brilliant minds at Disney-Pixar close the year out with a less ambitious and more simplistic but nevertheless enjoyable coming-of-age story and morality tale in the form of ‘The Good Dinosaur’. A sort of reverse Flintstones hybrid where Dinosaurs talk, cultivate land and raise nuclear families while humans are feral critters that are good as pets… or food.

‘The Good Dinosaur’ ticks all the boxes of what we might expect from a meticulously produced modern animation. A story that engages both adults and children and which includes life lessons wrapped in an adventure fraught with peril, plenty of comedy tempered by pathos and touching moments, and stunning visuals. Although the cartoonish characters set in vivid ultra-realistically rendered landscapes takes some getting used to.

As much it’s an animated dinosaur adventure, this is Pixar’s tribute to the Western, from the genre music to characters like Pterodactyl outlaws and T-Rex cowboys, plus the distinct vocal performances which include the epitome Hollywood “cowboy” voices Sam Elliot. ‘The Good Dinosaur’ shares as much with ‘City Slickers’ and ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ as it does with ‘The Land Before Time’.

Indeed Pixar’s latest offering shares many of the core components of their other films as well as classic family films like ‘The Lion King’ and beyond, without tackling them in a particularly innovative way. Perhaps what keeps ‘The Good Dinosaur’ from being as compelling as many other Disney-Pixar collaborations, is a story that seems like a patchwork of ideas and life lessons brought together by the popular consensus of many writers involved in a troubled production, a lot of boxes were sure to be ticked.

The Bottom Line…
Given the trouble with making it, ‘The Good Dinosaur’ was probably never going to fare well against its immediate Pixar predecessor ‘Inside Out’, but despite a familiar narrative, this is still a fun and beautifully rendered animated family adventure with enough tenderness and humour to be worth your while… whatever your age.
Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
9
PipeCJan 23, 2016
"Simplicity is the key to brilliance" - 'Bruce Lee'.

"Simplicity is the first step of the nature, and the last of the art" - 'James Bailey'. Two phrases that embody the pure and beautiful that it is "The Good Dinosaur". 2015 was a
"Simplicity is the key to brilliance" - 'Bruce Lee'.

"Simplicity is the first step of the nature, and the last of the art" - 'James Bailey'.

Two phrases that embody the pure and beautiful that it is "The Good Dinosaur". 2015 was a resounding success for Pixar year, with "Inside Out" in the first half of the year, as for the second half not going to be easy. but the film went well rid.

"Inside Out" is full of complexity, colors, deep characters, joy, a real Pixar Movie, "The Good Dinosaur" is radiant, with a simple linear plot but even more profound than success at the box office.

You could say it isn't the invention more lucrative and embarrassingly wealthy of the producer, however, it is a familiarly rich and rewarding film, with lessons for children and adults. It is absolutely sentimental and highlights within the competing for being more human Disney film.

The fact that Pixar released two projects in the same year, apparently would mean production and distribution problems, it was not so, not counting the delay generated by the departure of Bob Peterson of the plan.

What have happened if 65 million years ago a meteorite had not finished with the dinosaurs? Yes, right now, we would be dinosaurs and humans, so would exist millions of "Jurassic Park" films.

After a beautiful birth, Arlo (Jack McGraw and a little more old Raymond Ochoa) strives to meet the expectations of his father, but his fears more intimate do not allow it. Throughout the development of the film characters (prehistoric) are added to the adventure, however is a human child who actually manages to make story, acting sometimes as a secondary character.

Dinosaurs' genera are not clearly distinguished, but, What importance does this?. Perhaps they are totally invented or maybe not, better not entering matters paleontologists.

The nice colors (for anything equal or similar to the colorful "Inside Out") of the creatures are tones obviously suitable, since despite being clear and flat tone, they want that appreciate us the lush landscapes as a field, a barrage seen in reality, ravines and plains touchingly real.

Arlo becomes the character more beloved today, When to be beaten, weak, bruised, unprotected, still feels strong to return home. A stunning scene in the river is terribly strong and harrowing. As it is common in the animated films, the fantastic characters acquire qualities and features human, accompanied with story's visual and subjective mood.

Disney impresses in this case, reversing the typical story of true friendship 'Dog - Human', where in this situation the human being is the dog and the human is the creature. some touch cliches as, on the road to decay and decaying but throughout these setbacks the friendship begins to emerge.

Sentimental, emotional and human of the film is held for a couple of scenes that vividly portray a heart strong and beautiful, softening the heart of all viewers. A viscerally emotive product and substantially full of learning for the family.

Defects, errors, effects, successes, are the ones who manage to "The Good Dinosaur" to achieve one of the posts more high of the Pixar podium and not for external and visual emotions, is one of the most profound (perhaps the deepest) to achieve the main objective that must have a producer to children "Teach in family". Except for the emotional end, the film is full of friendship and family, never feels his solitude, because in all film different prehistoric characters are born, Finally, do less, on this occasion, was truly do a lot more.

"Simple entertainment, but never empty,"The Good Dinosaur " in moral and human aspects exceeds from head to toe to its predecessor".
Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
7
diegonelliDec 6, 2015
I was expecting more after watching Pixar's last project ''Inside Out''. This story is totaaaally basic, and it doesn't have a big background, but anyways I liked it.. the end was so sad that I almost cried...
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
10
TruthInCritiqueJan 16, 2016
This was honestly a really enjoyable movie, the visuals were freakin amazing it was really really incredible, a really good family movie, or any pixar fan really.
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
7
RhiannonmorfinDec 3, 2015
Pixar devotes a great amount of time creating their animated movies, and it is apparent in the quality of films that are produced. With animation so good in The Good Dinosaur, I constantly questioned if I was watching real footage rather thanPixar devotes a great amount of time creating their animated movies, and it is apparent in the quality of films that are produced. With animation so good in The Good Dinosaur, I constantly questioned if I was watching real footage rather than fictional scenery. Although the picture itself in The Good Dinosaur is stunning, the plot and story line is immature and basic. By no means is this a groundbreaking Pixar movie that can compare to there past creations such as Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, ect. But the film is playful and charming to say the least! It is a refreshing story in which two unlikely characters meet and take off on a rollercoaster of an adventure meeting new animals and learning new lessons along the way. They eventually expand and further the unknown characteristics within themselves, such as courage and hope! Overall, the story is touching and takes you on a (mostly) predictable ride, where the settings look extremely realistic. Disney and Pixar are successful once again in creating a story both enjoyable to adults and children of all ages, this is a must see film for those with young ones who are up for an amazing adventure. Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
10
trishboszJan 8, 2016
the good dinosaur is a great pixar movie its about how you overcome your fears and always give importance to your task.... the love for your family .... pixar always shows lesson on their films...
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
9
pritankanFeb 6, 2016
i was waiting for a cartoon movie like this for a long time
i felt the emotion of the story,which is getting extinct these days
characters are cool,mostly funny environments are awesome but the most important part which left me cried is
i was waiting for a cartoon movie like this for a long time
i felt the emotion of the story,which is getting extinct these days
characters are cool,mostly funny
environments are awesome
but the most important part which left me cried is the story
i will recommend this movie but pls avoid it if u can't feel it
thanks
Expand
2 of 4 users found this helpful22
All this user's reviews
9
TheQuietGamerMay 27, 2016
Another beautiful effort by Pixar, and I do mean beautiful. The animation is phenomenal. The environments truly look real. If it weren't for the cartoony designs of the dinosaurs I might have even had a hard time believing that what I wasAnother beautiful effort by Pixar, and I do mean beautiful. The animation is phenomenal. The environments truly look real. If it weren't for the cartoony designs of the dinosaurs I might have even had a hard time believing that what I was seeing wasn't live action. The animation is so stunning that it even makes the dinosaurs themselves look almost real at times. Particularly when interacting with the elements of the world. There's a moment fairly early on in the movie where we witness water dripping off of main character Arlo as he rises up from a river. That moment will forever stay in my mind as one of the most beautiful moments I have ever witnessed in cinema.

So yes, I can't praise the animation enough. However it's good looks wouldn't have meant anything had the movie had no substance to back it up. Luckily "The Good Dinosaur" has us covered on all fronts. Humor, heart, and some surprisingly adult action all ensure that Arlo's adventure earns the right to carry the Pixar name.

As with other Pixar movies it's one that can appeal to and, most importantly, touch people of any age. Obviously the Pixar level of production quality is present, but so is their storytelling. The themes, lessons, and even the set up are all admittedly familiar, but The Good Dinosaur manages to still keep them engaging.

It's a lovely movie in every way. One perfect for families and offers things for every member regardless of their age. Even if after watching it you feel like it doesn't live up to other Pixar movies, it will still be hard to deny the quality here. I personally do feel it lives up to the Pixar name and highly recommend it to everyone.

9.3/10
Expand
1 of 2 users found this helpful11
All this user's reviews
7
MovieManiac1994Jan 4, 2016
The really wild bunch…

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, was a phrase the late Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs was fond of, and it could almost be a maxim for The Good Dinosaur. 2015 marks the first time two Pixar films have been
The really wild bunch…

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, was a phrase the late Pixar co-founder Steve Jobs was fond of, and it could almost be a maxim for The Good Dinosaur. 2015 marks the first time two Pixar films have been released in one year, and in a lot of respects, this second effort couldn't be more different from summer’s Inside Out.

While the first 2015 Pixar film out of the gate gloried in its complexity, personifying emotions and making tweenage brain processes of a piece with the action, The Good Dinosaur – as the title hints – feels at heart like a child’s picture book, from the bright, colourful characters, to the simple linear plot.

That comparison isn’t intended as an insult; this is a rich and rewarding family film. That it doesn’t quite reach Pixar’s highest standards for invention and storytelling verve is unfortunately exacerbated by its proximity to the insta-masterpiece released earlier this year.

The fact that two Pixar films ended up being released in the same year is down to well-documented production problems: The Good Dinosaur was postponed when original co-director Bob Peterson was moved to a different project, leaving Peter Sohn (director of short Partly Cloudy) solely at the helm.

The film that’s been salvaged kicks off 65 million years ago, with the asteroid destined to destroy Earth narrowly missing, meaning that some millions of years later, humans and dinosaurs co-exist.

As the story proper begins, dino-parents Momma (Frances McDormand) and Poppa (Jeffrey Wright) raise three kids on their farm. Gangly Arlo (voiced by Jack McGraw, and later, when he’s a little older, by Raymond Ochoa) is the runt of the litter, struggling to live up to his father’s expectations.

Oddly, the family are farmers, ploughing fields and tending to crops, but this particular concept of industrial dinosaurs isn't really explored much after tragedy strikes and Arlo finds himself lost in the wilderness, with only a feral human child named Spot for company. Maybe the idea was played down as part of the behind-the-scenes shake-up, as none of the other dinosaurs Arlo encounters on his journey have evolved to use machinery.

A four-legged, long-necked klutz, Arlo is ostensibly an Apatosaurus, but that sort of information isn't offered up readily. The filmmakers might earn a few science points for giving some Velociraptor-like beasts feathers, but it’s likely that these dinosaurs will simply be classified as ‘the green one’, ‘the funny one’, ‘the scary one’, as opposed to any technical genus. It feels like a confident, conscious decision, rather than a lack of research (although as is always the case, the food chain is glossed over).

The bold hues of the prehistoric creatures only stand to make the mountainous backdrops all the more stunning. Paying homage to the western with lush ranges and treacherous rivers (even some cattle herding), the scenery is among the most beautiful to ever spring from a computer, and the rain is so gorgeously executed you can practically smell it.

That landscape certainly gives Arlo a rough time of it – battered, bruised and tormented, he’s one of the more put-upon animated heroes of recent times, and some of the rival species he comes across could prove a touch too scary for the youngest viewers. One scene, in which a pack of helpers turn threatening on a dime is genuinely tense. There’s also a nice balance of adult-friendly gags (fermented berries! Paranoid triceratops!) thrown in with the visual humour, while pop-culture references are pretty much absent.

Where TGD really comes into its own is in Arlo’s interactions with Spot. Sohn has always been upfront about this being a ‘boy and his dog’ story, with the killer Pixar twist here being that the human is the dog. Arlo and Spot form the customary road-tripping odd couple that’s become as much as mark of Pixar as the Luxo lamp.

While Arlo will no doubt sell more merchandise, Spot is an incredible creation, skittish, snarling, scrambling around on all fours. The inevitable relationship that develops between the two has real heart, and will have you feigning grit in your eye more than once. In one of the finest moments, Sohn musters more emotion with stick figures and dirt than lesser animations manage in a whole movie.

Certain flaws keep The Good Dinosaur from earning a spot on the Pixar podium. For all the scares thrown in en route, it never really feels that Arlo is ever that far away from home. The parental figures have a tendency to talk in platitudes, and the human/prehistoric creatures don’t feel as fresh as some other Pixar creations; this territory won't feel entirely unfamiliar to anyone who's seen Ice Age or The Croods. But for a film of uncomplicated pleasures, there's much to delight in.

Simple but effective, The Good Dinosaur doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s still damn fine family entertainment. Slow to get going, it comes into its own when its heroes buddy up.
Expand
1 of 2 users found this helpful11
All this user's reviews
4
cadoverNov 27, 2015
If, like me, you rush to the theater in anticipation of the latest Pixar release, the Good Dinosaur is like a stab to the heart. There is just so much wrong: horrifying cliches that are usually never found in Pixar movies, 1-dimensional 'badIf, like me, you rush to the theater in anticipation of the latest Pixar release, the Good Dinosaur is like a stab to the heart. There is just so much wrong: horrifying cliches that are usually never found in Pixar movies, 1-dimensional 'bad guys' who appear and disappear on a whim, a wide-hipped matronly mother complete with sashaying waddle who is helpless without her strong husband, and worst of all, our beloved dinosaur whose constant tripping over his feet starts to get on your nerves so you kind of hate him by the end. A primitive mess that panders to the lowest common denominator of audiences.
A 'relevation' it is not.
Expand
2 of 5 users found this helpful23
All this user's reviews
8
geo333Dec 4, 2015
Pixar continues it runs of success as this film ads to that run of success . Driven by a beautiful story and wonderful animation, The Good Dinosaur is destined to capture the hearts of moviegoers and fans of Pixar films. Overall, this filmPixar continues it runs of success as this film ads to that run of success . Driven by a beautiful story and wonderful animation, The Good Dinosaur is destined to capture the hearts of moviegoers and fans of Pixar films. Overall, this film shows why Pixar is among the top animation studios to date. Expand
2 of 5 users found this helpful23
All this user's reviews
0
FoxUSANov 28, 2015
The Good Dinosaur is a visually stunning film that departs from the Pixar way of telling stories. This film had many moments that pushed the story telling envelope to far. From characters eating other animals on screen, to characters gettingThe Good Dinosaur is a visually stunning film that departs from the Pixar way of telling stories. This film had many moments that pushed the story telling envelope to far. From characters eating other animals on screen, to characters getting high by eating old fruit. I do not believe Peter Sohn has the ability to tell a story in a Pixar way. Pixars other films are relaxed, optimistic and generally playful. This movie was not. It had a rapid successions of peaks and valleys with disturbing story elements mixed in. I hope this is an exception not an example for content we expect from Disney and Pixar. Expand
8 of 24 users found this helpful816
All this user's reviews
7
LeZeeMar 4, 2016
Arlo and Spot's adventure to the Clawtooth Mountain.

To be honest, I have been looking forward this since the day I came to know about it. But it took so long to come out, even the Windows OS has upgraded thrice since then. After all these
Arlo and Spot's adventure to the Clawtooth Mountain.

To be honest, I have been looking forward this since the day I came to know about it. But it took so long to come out, even the Windows OS has upgraded thrice since then. After all these years, now I feel this is not what I wanted. It should have been different, especially the story. It was a fine animation, including all the technical aspect had no issues, but the story was not convincing.

Seemed just like another version of 'The Croods'. In fact, crossover between these two would be awesome like the boy from this and the family from other title as an original family who lost each other for some reason. But the trouble is, both are from the different production house and coming together is a tough task.

The civilised dinosaurs? That's kind of weird, but in a children's story and animation, all are fair. So I turned into one and enjoyed it. Apatosaurus are farmers, T-Rex are cowboys, yeah whole new perspective, apart from the humans who are still in lower on the chart of dominance and intelligent.

In my opinion, I'm being honest with what I felt. The theme about self discovery and to throw away fear is inspiring for the little children. At a same time, it is not a freshly developed story, kind of reminds 'The Lion King'. I know they're not same, but the initial parts are, between father and son. You can watch it once or twice, because it is not a boring film, but not the best.

7/10
Expand
1 of 3 users found this helpful12
All this user's reviews
5
Jess_HillJan 16, 2016
We've come to have high expectations of Pixar and, I'm sorry to say, this film is a little disappointing. Poorly realised, with a plot that leaves a great deal to be desired, this is a collection of endearing moments strung together in aWe've come to have high expectations of Pixar and, I'm sorry to say, this film is a little disappointing. Poorly realised, with a plot that leaves a great deal to be desired, this is a collection of endearing moments strung together in a vague fashion that lacks the subtlety and depth of previous Pixar offerings. Small children will enjoy it, and it's not unentertaining, but it won't enthrall a more sophisticated audience like its predecessors. 5.32/10 Expand
1 of 3 users found this helpful12
All this user's reviews
0
kc2708Mar 7, 2016
Children cried in the movie. It's sad that children go to movies expecting something jovial and happy, instead to be forced to watch a morbid film. People need to be more considerate about children's mental morale and how such films can haveChildren cried in the movie. It's sad that children go to movies expecting something jovial and happy, instead to be forced to watch a morbid film. People need to be more considerate about children's mental morale and how such films can have negative effects and impacts to their development. Expand
2 of 12 users found this helpful210
All this user's reviews
3
llamayarmybarAug 15, 2016
Underdeveloped plot, underdeveloped characters, underdeveloped villains and motivations for villains. This movie blows and not in a healthy way. The characters are paper thin and boring, the sets, sequences and scenery all look amazing, butUnderdeveloped plot, underdeveloped characters, underdeveloped villains and motivations for villains. This movie blows and not in a healthy way. The characters are paper thin and boring, the sets, sequences and scenery all look amazing, but the characters all look like balloon animals in terms of artistic design. The art style for these characters looks beyond terrible, its almost blatantly obvious that they were designed by committee rather than by anyone with actual vision. The music swells, but scenes fall flat with almost no emotional levity. You almost feel frustrated to see this shallow "good dinosaur" keep making mistake after mistake and running away from EVERY CONFRONTATION in the entire film. This is supposed to be character building cinema right? Something positive for kids to admire or look up to? The main protagonist is a whiny, pathetic runt of a dinosaur that gets his own father killed, almost gets killed himself multiple times, almost gets his friend killed and by the end of it he just happens to learn the most important thing in the whole film- NEVER LEAVE HOME AGAIN. This is an embarrassing release by Pixar. It shows that not only do they not respect their audiences, but that they are perfectly content writing bad children's films rather than films that have a lasting appeal to young and old. All style and no substance gets you nowhere Pixar. Expand
0 of 1 users found this helpful01
All this user's reviews
5
beingryanjudeFeb 18, 2016
In the most simple sense, THE GOOD DINOSAUR is a reworking of THE LION KING—only this time with dinosaurs and without its tremendous music and originality. Just as any Pixar film: its story and characters are lovable. Unfortunately, this taleIn the most simple sense, THE GOOD DINOSAUR is a reworking of THE LION KING—only this time with dinosaurs and without its tremendous music and originality. Just as any Pixar film: its story and characters are lovable. Unfortunately, this tale is missing some of the enthusiasm more prominent in its predecessors. Expand
0 of 2 users found this helpful02
All this user's reviews
6
sanyrubApr 9, 2016
It lacks some punch and personality. But visually it is gorgeous and the story, although seen before, is enjoyable enough. If you are in the mood for some nice, harmless and good-vibe-like stuff this is the movie to watch. There´s not muchIt lacks some punch and personality. But visually it is gorgeous and the story, although seen before, is enjoyable enough. If you are in the mood for some nice, harmless and good-vibe-like stuff this is the movie to watch. There´s not much more in it. But it is definitely enough. Expand
0 of 1 users found this helpful01
All this user's reviews
6
SEROJAug 22, 2016
Visually - perfect, plot - predictable, characters - typicall, action - acceptable. Overall this is a fun family/kids movie for a watch or a two, but it's diffenitely not in the top Pixar movies
0 of 1 users found this helpful01
All this user's reviews
1
GuideVaultMar 22, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I don't know why Pixar released a movie like this or why it could classified as PG but this movie is both bad & improperly rated.
This movie is filled with cheap forced personality development with little to no reason shown such as is the case with Spot & Arlo. It also feeds into the overused plot of a character down on their luck until someone they love is killed, in this case the father in an exact copy of the Lion Kings Mufasa death with river replacing the stampede with Arlo watching from above (like i said exactly the same).
The movie also has in my opinion to much abuse for a PG movie from the father telling his son to murder the intruder to Alto being slammed around in a river resulting in very vivid bruising.
Another peeve of mine is the scene in which Arlo & Spot eat mushrooms which turn out to inflict a shroom-like effect on them both. Definitely not PG since this include drug abuse.
Overly violent murderous dinosaurs bragging and/or insinuating about how they murder others showing so much more violence than is neccessary for a pG.
Boringly painful storyline to watch, cheap character personality involving teaching kids being murderous is awesome as is the case with the T-Rex family, religiously infused dinosaur becoming murderous or solving your problems with murder & abuse. If they were trying to create a horror film for kids then this would be it as it has too many frightening elements for them.
The only thing I can say positively about this movie is the detail to environmental design otherwise not worth paying to watch either at home or at the theatre.
Expand
0 of 1 users found this helpful01
All this user's reviews
6
AfNinoAug 24, 2016
This film is truly a wonder in terms of its visual animation. However that's honestly the only great thing about this movie. For the normal kid it'll probably be just a harmless and fun movie to watch, but as a person who's seen plenty ofThis film is truly a wonder in terms of its visual animation. However that's honestly the only great thing about this movie. For the normal kid it'll probably be just a harmless and fun movie to watch, but as a person who's seen plenty of animated films over the years this just seems like a remix of several other Disney films crumpled together in a dinosaur universe. I actually left the cinema sensing an awful lot of deja-vu. Shame, since the animation of this film is stunning. Expand
0 of 1 users found this helpful01
All this user's reviews
3
CAJS23Jul 23, 2016
Distracting animation, weak story, The Good Dinosaur is wasted potential. A good idea thrown down the drain due to a big disaster of a movie, one of Pixar's weakest movies
0 of 1 users found this helpful01
All this user's reviews
7
Jack97Dec 17, 2016
The Good Dinosaur might just be Pixar's best looking film to date with it's incredibly lush animation. The story and characters are fine but nothing on the level of their previous classics.
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
3
endingsJun 22, 2016
Good Dinosaur? Not a good movie.
This feels like it could have been one of shorts you saw before the movie started, there's not really enough content in here to keep you interested. Its a bit depressing, both in tone and in the scarce
Good Dinosaur? Not a good movie.
This feels like it could have been one of shorts you saw before the movie started, there's not really enough content in here to keep you interested. Its a bit depressing, both in tone and in the scarce existence the dinosaurs seem to have. Unmemorable in every way and missing the magic a Disney/Pixar movie invests in their stories, there is not much humor, or good feelings about this one. Good riddance, I say.
Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
5
mijxeroMar 2, 2016
This movie failed to take off at any point. While some parts were funny and the visuals were nice I just waiting for it to grab me. It really felt like it just moved from set piece to set piece without a real story arc. The ending wasThis movie failed to take off at any point. While some parts were funny and the visuals were nice I just waiting for it to grab me. It really felt like it just moved from set piece to set piece without a real story arc. The ending was disappointing and wonder if it got run through a grinder of focus groups instead of what was originally thought up. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't especially good either. Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
7
FreedomFightersJan 9, 2017
I'm gonna be completely honest here: "The Good Dinosaur" is actually my least-favorite Pixar film. Yeah, I actually prefer "Cars 2" over this. Don't get me wrong, "The Good Dinosaur" is still a good film: it's beautifully animated, has someI'm gonna be completely honest here: "The Good Dinosaur" is actually my least-favorite Pixar film. Yeah, I actually prefer "Cars 2" over this. Don't get me wrong, "The Good Dinosaur" is still a good film: it's beautifully animated, has some pretty nice moments, and some pretty lovable characters, but unfortunately, it just feels a bit too derivative of other Disney/Pixar films and the film just didn't excite me as much as other Pixar films. Like I said, though, "The Good Dinosaur" is still an entertaining film, and it's definitely worth at least one watch, even if it's not up to Pixar's usual standards. Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
6
ydnar4Feb 7, 2016
Pixar Studios has become so revolutionary in the world of animation that it has got to the point where only perfection can be accepted. The Good Dinosaur is the second Pixar film we got this year (the first being the better overall filmPixar Studios has become so revolutionary in the world of animation that it has got to the point where only perfection can be accepted. The Good Dinosaur is the second Pixar film we got this year (the first being the better overall film Inside Out) but it is not as strong as most of the other Pixar efforts. This movie does not have the innovation that the other films do and it is really just a kids movie. Its still solid but this feels a bit more like a DreamWorks movie. The relationship between the dinosaur and the boy is really cute but the story feels recycled. I've seen it before and in better movies. The animation is still great but it just doesn't have the Pixar magic that we have come to expect. Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
4
Evan2814Feb 1, 2016
The background is more interesting than what occurs around it, in terms of aesthetics and plot.

You'll find the dialog is poor, and the characters communicate the most effectively when they aren't speaking at all.
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
6
papeadojhonAug 13, 2016
Its story may not be as original or inventive as previous better pixar films, but the good dinosaur still offers beautiful animation, heartfelt moments, solid action sequences and a decent sense of peril that will entertain kids and families.
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
5
moviemaniacsMar 6, 2016
An dd duck in Pixar's filmography, The Good Dinosaur appears determined to not be a big deal, an impression that's immediately, inescapably apparent in the character design. Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), the titular Apatosaurus, is animated in such aAn dd duck in Pixar's filmography, The Good Dinosaur appears determined to not be a big deal, an impression that's immediately, inescapably apparent in the character design. Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), the titular Apatosaurus, is animated in such a fashion as to suggest a tossed-off pencil sketch that's been filled in with fluorescent green paint. He's an anonymous blob with round, white, bobbly cartoon eyes, rendered with pointedly little of the painstaking detail that often abounds within even the most fleetingly glimpsed of Pixar's creations. The other dinosaurs are similarly basic in design, sometimes amusingly so, as is the case with a T-rex (Sam Elliott) with a huge, rudimentarily square head that juts out from its neck like the front of a tractor trailer, its body trailing behind with a dainty reserve that memorably contrasts with the character's fulsome western manliness.

The primary quality of the character animation is clearly the result of a decision that was consciously made by director Peter Sohn and the other artists who worked on The Good Dinosaur. Because Arlo's surrounding world is built from traditionally tactile Pixar stock, which is comprised of a specific mixture of photorealism and comparatively more idiosyncratic impressionism. The film's landscapes are often strikingly gorgeous, occasionally even lyrical. A riverbed that Arlo wakes up in is particularly dense with detail, with rocks that one feels they could reach out and grasp. It's a flourish that intimately emphasizes Arlo's exposure to a vast realm outside of what he knows. The great, billowing trees, the farmlands, and the fields that Arlo's family plows with their reaching necks are also fashioned with Pixar's painterly panache.

The contrast between the generic animals and their vivid environment highlights an unexamined subtext. The film's premise suggests that an asteroid missed Earth 65 million years ago, allowing dinosaurs to flourish as the planet's dominant species. Humans eventually came along, but are subservient to the dinosaurs, behaving like dogs. Which is to say that the dinosaurs of this film never properly existed, residing in an alternate world, and Pixar's method of animating them consistently calls out this unreality, this sense of divorce from an otherwise known atmosphere, while also affirming Arlo's gentleness and vulnerability. Surrounded by this impressive Pixar world, he's just a goofy little dino.

The Good Dinosaur is stranger and more interesting in theory than it is in reality. The film establishes this parallel history, initially proffering a narrative that suggests a cattle-drive western with giant reptiles in place of cowboys, only to disappointingly fall back on the same story that fuels virtually all significant Disney titles: an eccentric child must learn to become an adult, mastering their issues with their parents and themselves.

The main character is a collection of insecurities that have been calculatedly assembled so as to teach children the usual lessons about bravery, loyalty, and self-sufficiency.

At least the first act benefits from tension that Sohn isn't willing to properly interrogate. Arlo's father (Jeffrey Wright) tells his children they should strive to “make their mark,” before pressing a mud print onto a silo he's built to protect their crops. Arlo's mother (Frances McDormand) also makes a print, saying that, one day, the children can do the same. The siblings are instantly able to fulfill their chores, earning their “marks,” while Arlo's success is routinely undone by fear. Arlo's a pacifist, though he doesn't know it yet.

In other words, Arlo's parents are deliberately fostering a situation in which one of their children, obviously developing at a different pace than the others, is to feel inferior to the rest of his family. The parents are encouraging the sort of groupthink mentality that makes high school a living hell for those who aren't immediately adept at the physical activities that command a culture's attention at the expense of everything else. Yet Sohn portrays Arlo's father as a good parent, as yet another Disney patriarch to whom the hero must prove everything. The conformist implication of this scenario is so ghastly as to nearly throw the viewer out of the film, yet it lends The Good Dinosaur a hint of neurotic emotional friction.

The Good Dinosaur has its poignant moments, particularly when a human boy teaches Arlo how to swim in a river, and there are funny allusions to how pitiless animals in the wild can be. But the film abounds in routine, featherweight episodes that allow Arlo to predictably prove his salt to his family, resembling a cross between City Slickers and Finding Nemo. Plus there's barely even an villain.

he Good Dinosaur is the sort of bland holiday time-killer that exhausted parents might describe as “cute” as a way of evading their indifference to it. Even children might not settle for it either, and one shouldn't encourage them to.
Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
5
DavidTejadaDec 10, 2016
This coming from Pixar?? You have to be kidding me, the predecessor Inside Out, after disappointing bunch of movies, was a HUGE step since 2010's last masterpiece Toy Story 3; but suddenly they produced something disappointing as Cars 2,This coming from Pixar?? You have to be kidding me, the predecessor Inside Out, after disappointing bunch of movies, was a HUGE step since 2010's last masterpiece Toy Story 3; but suddenly they produced something disappointing as Cars 2, don't get me wrong, it seems to be cut and funny, but this is the second weakest Pixar movie behind Cars 2. Although the animation is very good (50%) Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
6
JingerJakeFeb 22, 2016
The Good Dinosaur boasts beautiful animation and centers around a touching family message, but just about every ingredient outside the direct message is muttled with uneven storytelling. You get cowboy T-Rexes, dingo humans, and farmingThe Good Dinosaur boasts beautiful animation and centers around a touching family message, but just about every ingredient outside the direct message is muttled with uneven storytelling. You get cowboy T-Rexes, dingo humans, and farming herbivores. It's a bit of a mess of a story with a heartwarming core. I'd recommend it for parents of very small younglings, but not much more. Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
3
FuturedirectorMar 11, 2016
The Good Dinosaur offers an enjoyable show of great animation, likable characters and funny moments, but at the end, it is cliched, unbelievable, unstable and low-breathtaking.
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
6
VincentDXMar 24, 2016
The animation is amazing; absolutely stunning landscapes! But the innovative Pixar story just isn't there. It is not very memorable or creative. If you're expecting Pixar's usual top-notch work, you won't find it in this film.
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
6
DrewsReviewsMay 13, 2016
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The good Dinosaur is the first original movie by pixar that isn't a sequel/prequel that we can consider a bomb compared to other hits. There's WAY too many cliches compared to their previous movies and a whole lot of nothing. The good dinosaur is a step back in the direction of previous works but let's talk about that.

Essentially it's a world filled with dinosaurs that act like humans if they were a little smarter than cavemen, and they essentially farm the land. Yes, I know, this is already sounding like a bad setup in general, let alone the fact that it's a plot to a pixar movie, but trust me when I say it gets worse. To be fair though, the plot itself doesn't matter because nothing really happens in the plot. It's essentially a reverse plot of Finding Nemo where the smallest dino gets lost and has to make it back to his family instead of his family trying to go find him.

So what are the problems with that? Well for starters: It's repetitive. Now It's one thing to have similar storytelling to other movies, but it's a similar plot to one of their own movies making it a lot more boring to watch. We know what's going to happen: dino gets back to his family. Other than that, the adventure of him trying to get back should be interesting but it isn't. The characters aren't specifically interesting and at some points don't make sense. Like the Pterodactyls are the bad guys in this and T-Rex's are the good guys for whatever reason.

So those are the main things that are wrong with it, but is it still worth seeing? Well for one thing, the plot gets old and quite boring but it's not that bad. It's not like it's a complete rip off of Finding Nemo in any way, just too similar. I wouldn't recommend this movie to kids though because it has some pretty violent outbursts and they aren't goofy or silly, they're just straight repulsive to watch. The only REAL good thing that came out of this movie are the background works. The backgrounds and environments in this movie are WAY too good for it. In a way, it makes the movie worse because you can't stop focusing on the out of place characters are in such realistic environments. All in all, I would not recommend buying this movie on any service or DVD but if you have an hour you want to waste on a lot of nothing then I'd say go ahead and watch this movie. Otherwise go watch Finding Nemo again because it's most likely a lot more enjoyable than this snore.
Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
7
JyroJyroJul 27, 2017
The graphics are great, and so is the voice acting... but at times it just doesn't feel like your typical Pixar film when the story is so predictable and cliché. The last 30 minutes are an excellent emotional rollercoaster.
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
7
alejandro970May 31, 2017
Maybe not one of Pixar-Disney best cards. The dystopic, pre- hysterical adventure of a shy, cowardly dinosaur is more closer to Cars than Inside Out or Toy Story. The final act does the needly for save the day. Enough good for a rainy eveningMaybe not one of Pixar-Disney best cards. The dystopic, pre- hysterical adventure of a shy, cowardly dinosaur is more closer to Cars than Inside Out or Toy Story. The final act does the needly for save the day. Enough good for a rainy evening with the kids. Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
1
bethanyrobbenApr 25, 2017
I honestly didn't enjoy this one that much. It didn't really entertain me, & Pixar movies are usually a hit or miss for me. It's a decent movie, but for me it's not one of the better Pixar films.
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
10
DatBoi69000Dec 15, 2016
I might of posted this before, but here it is again.

One of the most underrated films I have ever seen, by FAR. It is one of the best films I have ever seen in general and deserves more attention then what it got. This movie sent me on an
I might of posted this before, but here it is again.

One of the most underrated films I have ever seen, by FAR. It is one of the best films I have ever seen in general and deserves more attention then what it got. This movie sent me on an emotional roller-coaster ride, that no film has ever done for me before. This movie makes you emotionally engaged with not just the beautiful CGI, but also the characters in, once again, a way that has never done for me before as well. Just look up 1 picture of Arlo smiling and tell me that you don't want to smile at that. Exactly, no matter how hard I try, I just smile at it. So by far, an amazing film and honestly, in my eyes, this is the best of Pixar. DEFINATLEY go check this out.
Expand
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews
10
SuperemeFeb 28, 2017
Oh Yeah! I love this Movie! It is a Dinosaur Train Ripoff which Involved a green Apatosaurus Named Arlo which goes in Fabulous Adventures with his friend Spot!
0 of 0 users found this helpful00
All this user's reviews