I was super happy to pick up my copy of The Good Dinosaur this week on DVD. I think the adventures of Arlo and Spot solidify The Good Dinosaur as an instant Disney Pixar classic!
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? 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.
|This is one of the best and funnest scenes in the movie featuring The Collector…|
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. A slight warning, this movie does have one very sad moment that could upset some, but I promise that the payoff of Arlo’s journey is worth it. 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 facial animation in this scene is so emotional. There are also tons of laughs and plenty of action in the movie too!
|So many feels!|
The Good Dinosaur 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. The home release also features the amazing short Sanjay’s Super Team which is one of the strongest shorts since The Paperman.
The Monsters have had the DVD on repeat all this week and I’m sure your kids will do the same. Pick up a copy of The Good Dinosaur today, available everywhere Disney movies are sold as well as digitally.