I didn’t expect to fall in love with a movie staring a dinosaur, and an herbivore at that. In the midst of my laughter and tears watching an early screening of “The Good Dinosaur,” all I could think was, “dayum Pixar, you did it again.”
The premise of “The Good Dinosaur” is simple. What if an asteroid that changed life on Earth, missed? What if dinosaurs never went extinct? What if Pixar Animation Studios made you relate to, and feel invested in animated dinosaurs? That last question is not really a “what if” question, because it’s a done deal, you will feel things.
My 9YO daughter and I saw “The Good Dinosaur” together and we spent the bulk of the movie laughing out loud. After the movie I asked her what she thought, what she liked, and I told her how there were parts where I cried. She told me, “Mom, the art was so amazing, and I never usually cry at movies, but this one was so good it made me cry too.” She also told me there were some tense moments, but that she thoroughly loved the movie, and couldn’t wait for the other half of our family to see it.
We were both in awe of the art in this film. The creative gurus at Pixar who work with light, and texture to create a world that seems as real, or more real than the one we live in, deserve major accolades. Well done. I couldn’t stop looking at each blade of grass, and how the light played off it, or how the river water sparkled in the light, and you could see the detail in the riverbed. The photos don’t do it justice. We saw this movie in 3D and it’s worth it to see the expert animation.
“The Good Dinosaur” is told from the point of view of an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) who overcomes his fear, makes an unlikely human friend, and becomes worthy of making his mark with his family.
One of my favorite quotes from the movie was the one where Arlo’s Apatosaurus Poppa (voice of Jeffrey Wright) tells him “Sometimes you have to get through your fear to see the beauty on the other side.” With current events and challenges in our global community, this message is especially timely. When we overcome our fears, we become people capable of kindness, and more apt to see the good around us. The lesson for all of us is that beauty is found beyond the fear.
“The Good Dinosaur” is perfect for the entire family. The message, the humor, and the storyline matter, and after a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving meal, this is a great way to share precious family time together. “The Good Dinosaur,” is directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream (“Cars 2”), Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” is currently playing in theaters. Sohn is the first Asian to helm a Pixar movie, and he also wrote and directed the darling “Partly Cloudy” short. The features of the character of Russell from Up, were also based on Sohn.
I also need to make mention of “Sanjay’s Super Team,” directed by Sanjay Patel, the brilliant Pixar short film that you’ll be treated to in theaters when you see “The Good Dinosaur.” First, I’m thrilled to see a short film staring an Indian boy, and his father. The story follows the conflict that arises when youth try to escape the traditions of their parents, and what happens when love unites us, when we employ compromise and understanding.
Honestly Pixar peeps, I don’t think I could love you more, unless you all of a sudden create a short film about my daughters. If that happened I’d melt into a puddle of adoration so fast, you’d need to reanimate me.
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I was given two tickets for the screening of “The Good Dinosaur,” all opinions and love for “The Good Dinosaur” and “Sanjay’s Super Team” are my own.