It is no secret I love me some Disney-Pixar, so I was beyond excited to get a chance to check out The Good Dinosaur before it hit theaters today. The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The result dreamed up by Pixar looks a lot like a typical southern farming life, but with dinosaurs at the helm, and not humans. Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) is a happy but terrified Apatosaurus living with his family, but when a devastating moment happens in Arlo’s life, he must face his fears and navigate some harsh landscapes with the help of his new “critter,” a human boy named Spot (Jack Bright) who is very much akin to a rascally puppy.
The movie is the prefect blend of heartfelt emotional moments, action, and comedy. I was very much surprised by the emotional punch of the first act of the film which rivals the feels that Inside Out gave. One of the best moments in the film happens when Arlo and Spot find a way to communicate about their shared struggles despite Spot not being able to speak like Arlo. The action scenes are tense and appropriately frightening for young viewers to stay on the edge of their seats. I have to say that I laughed the most I have in a long time when Arlo and Spot have a special fruit snack together, so keep your eyes peeled for this hilarious scene. Overall, the entire film looks amazing; I cannot believe how vivid and realistic the landscapes looked, so pay the little extra for 3D for this movie because you won’t regret it.
The Good Dinosaur really is a movie that all ages will enjoy, but I have to say I loved how this felt very much like a “boy movie” which Disney-Pixar hasn’t put out in a while. The focus on friendships and father-son relationships is something that little boys will love being able to relate to. The message of leaving one’s mark in the world is a powerful one for all kids. This Thanksgiving, after you fill your bellies, head to the closest theater and check out The Good Dinosaur.