Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Movie Review: The Good Dinosaur

U.S. Release Date:                    November 25, 2015
Voice Cast:                               Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Steve Zahn, AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott
Director:                                   Peter Sohn
Producer:                                  Denise Ream
Executive Producers:             John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Andrew Stanton

My Review:
The Good Dinosaur is a cute story about an Apatosaurus named "Arlo" and a boy named "Spot" who became friends and shared an exciting adventure together. Arlo struggles to make a mark in this world because he is fearful/easily frightened. He lives with his mom, dad, brother, and sister. A tragedy strikes and he gets lost & tries to find his way home. He and Spot encounter some interesting dinosaurs...friendly ones and unfriendly ones.

The animation is amazing; it looks so real! Beautiful landscape. There are some perilous situations and some funny moments. I like Spot (a fearless orphan boy who acts like a dog) but I wish he talked. I also love the background music which effectively sets up the mood. The Good Dinosaur is a lovely story that values family, friendship, kindness, forgiveness, and doing the right thing in spite of fear. It's not as touching or memorable as some other Pixar movies but it's still a feel-good family film. I think younger kids (4 to 9) probably will enjoy this movie more than older kids :).

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~Special thanks to Allied-THA Marketing for the opportunity to attend an advance screening of Disney Pixar's The Good Dinosaur for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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