The Good Dinosaur is a beautifully animated film that shares a sweet story of dino and boy with the audience.
The Good Dinosaur is one of Pixar’s least ambitious; nevertheless, it blends gorgeous animation with charming storytelling. It’s a perfectly fine kids movie and there is nothing wrong with that. It’s a gentle tale set about 65 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed the earth and man was still upcoming.
So remember that meteor that was supposed to hit earth and wipe out all the dinosaurs? Well, that doesn’t happen and this is the story that precedes it because that catastrophic event never took place. With dinos still roaming the wondrous landscape, we are introduced to Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) and his family. Arlo is a runty green brontosaurus, clumsy and fearful of the outside world. The audience occasionally meets friends and foes throughout the film, while they're rooting for Arlo’s journey the whole way.
The Good Dinosaur, at times, takes a Lion King approach with its story and tone, but also adds a few new surprises along the way. When tragedy strikes Arlo’s family he befriends a wild-boy named Spot (voiced by Jack Bright). Together they will learn how to face fear in the world. Spot is essentially Arlo’s dog so it’s a man and canine relationship reversed. The Good Dinosaur is no Inside Out and that’s okay. A more light-hearted Pixar affair that’s uplifting and family-friendly from start to finish.
The Good Dinosaur is rated PG (Parental Guidance). For peril, action and thematic elements.