The Good Dinosaur

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The Good Dinosaur delivers thrillingly beautiful animation in service of a worthy story that, even if it doesn't quite live up to the lofty standards set by Pixar, still adds up to charming, family-friendly entertainment.

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Luckily for young Arlo, his parents (Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand) and his two siblings, the mighty dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) downriver, he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on the frightened dino when he meets Spot (Jack Bright), a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Together, the unlikely duo embark on an epic adventure to reunite Arlo with his beloved family.

Cast & Crew

Maleah Nipay-Padilla
Libby
Voice
Ryan Teeple
Young Buck
Voice
Jack McGraw
Young Arlo
Voice
Jack Bright
Spot
Voice
Peter Sohn
Forrest Woodbush
Voice
Steve Zahn
Thunderclap
Voice
Meg LeFauve
Screenwriter
Sharon Calahan
Cinematographer
Mahyar Abousaeedi
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Mychael Danna
Original Music
Jeff Danna
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Natalie Lyon
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Critic Reviews for The Good Dinosaur

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  • If The Good Dinosaur falls low in the rankings of the company's now 16 titles, it is still leagues finer than the flurry of frenetic colors and screwball pacing of the standard children's animated movie.

    December 3, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The Good Dinosaur is the animation behemoth Pixar at its most formulaic and uninspired.

    December 1, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • The Good Dinosaur is by no means a bad movie. But it breaks new ground for Pixar in that it's the studio's first feature that is explicitly-and pretty much exclusively-a kid's movie.

    November 28, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The digital landscapes are meant to be breathtakingly beautiful, but they tend to come across more like very expensive screensavers or immersive desktop wallpapers.

    November 27, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • I found it desperately disappointing, unoriginal and twee ...

    November 26, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • If The Good Dinosaur falls short in the narrative department, it represents a step forward for Pixar's artists.

    November 26, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Dinosaur

  • Apr 08, 2020
    The Good Dinosaur is another Pixar film that doesn't connect. The background story of how long this took to come to the screen is more interesting. The uninspired cast choices and general lack of eventful storytelling beats ended up hurting this film. Pixar are in a weird position at the moment and the original storytelling has fallen to low heights. The sequels clearly have impacted the original films, but not all of course. The Good Dinosaur hasn't got a clear storyline and doesn't click when it should. The film is amazing to look at but it's quite empty overall. This was just a mixed bag for me and never felt like the storytelling quality Pixar is known. 04/04/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2017
    Somewhat cartoonishly simplified animal and dinosaur characters and a plot we've seen many times before made for Pixar's least successful film of recent years. That doesn't mean this is a failure, there are moments of excitement, a very sweet and touching ending and beautifully animated landscapes. Especially children can experience a thrilling adventure here, only adults may have a harder time relating to the film than many former Pixar hits.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2017
    A family fun movie which entertains to the very end.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 28, 2016
    It is dazzling to look at (if you don't mind about all those rubber-looking characters), but Pixar aims too low with this derivative animation made for very small children - a silly, predictable and forgettable movie about facing your fears, the importance of family and whatever, who cares.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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