The Good Dinosaur, the latest Pixar film directed by Peter Sohn (Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo), is a stunning and adorable movie both kids and adults will enjoy.
The story begins on Earth 65 million years ago, with humans and dinosaurs living side by side. It is here we meet Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) and his family. They are a group of green brontosauruses, who grow corn and live happily. One day, Arlo’s father (voiced by Jeffrey Wright) charges him with capturing a mysterious creature who has been stealing their corn. It turns out this “creature” is actually a human named Spot (voiced by Jack Bright). Soon after, a tragedy strikes and Arlo is separated from his family. He is lost, alone, and desperate for help, but Spot becomes an unlikely ally. They end up embarking on a wild adventure through the dinosaur world to find Arlo’s family.
The Good Dinosaur isn’t quite as memorable as Pixar’s last film, Inside Out. The overall story isn’t as strong and the plot is a tad predictable. But like all Pixar films, the visuals are beautiful and the 3D graphics are impressive. Families will enjoy the film’s jokes and how well the characters are developed. Arlo and Spot are an entertaining duo to follow and audiences are sure to fall in love with them. Overall, The Good Dinosaur is a great family film to watch this holiday season.
The Good Dinosaur is preceded by a new original short film, Sanjay’s Super Team. The story was written and directed by Sanjay Patel and is currently on the short list for an Oscar. It represents the first time Pixar has explored Indian culture in a project. Sanjay is an Indian-American boy who loves the world of comics and cartoons. His traditional father disapproves of his interests, so Sanjay uses his imagination to fuse his love of American culture with his Indian heritage. He creates a vivid world where the Hindu Gods become cartoon characters. Together, Sanjay and the Hindu Gods try to defeat an evil shape-shifter.
The Good Dinosaur is now playing.