The Good Dinosaur Movie Review

Monday night, my daughter and I were invited to attend a pre-release screening of Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. The Good Dinosaur opens in theaters today, Wednesday, November 25 just in time for Thanksgiving Weekend. 


My daughter and I both enjoyed the movie, but I felt it wasn’t quite up to past Disney•Pixar movies. My daughter said it was good, but not great. After we see a preview, she will often return to the movie with her grandparents or dad. This movie isn’t one that she is planning to see again with them. I would definitely rank Inside Out and Big Hero 6 above The Good Dinosaur. I felt the movie lacked some of the more comedic interludes that punctuate other Disney•Pixar movies. While there were some laughs, the movie had a more serious tone. It really emphasizes overcoming your fears and the importance of family.

In the movie, Arlo is the runt of his family and is fearful of the world around him. His parents put pressure on him to overcome his fears and perform physical activities beyond his limitations. His father is helping him at one point and falls into a raging river and dies. Arlo ends up trying to complete the task later and winds up getting lost far from home. Where he befriends the early human Spot. Spot helps him find his way home. Spot and others they meet on the journey help Arlo face his fears.



Aside from Arlo’s father being killed early in the movie, the violence is relatively minimal. Even the T-Rex that Arlo and Spot encounter chase their enemies away instead of eating them.


Before heading to see The Good Dinosaur, be sure to check out the trailer for the film. There are The Good Dinosaur Activity sheets for your child that you can print out before (or after) seeing the film.

As with most animated Disney•Pixar movies, The Good Dinosaur starts with a short film – Sanjay’s Super Team. My daughter and I both enjoyed the short about a young Indian-American boy who is torn between his favorite superhero show and his father’s Hindu traditions. Through the short, Sanjay learns to integrate both the Super Team and the Hindu traditions.


About SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM and The Good Dinosaur


Director: Sanjay Patel
Producer: Nicole Paradis Grindle

In “Sanjay’s Super Team,” the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace. Directed by Sanjay Patel and produced by Nicole Paradis Grindle, “Sanjay’s Super Team” opens in theaters on November 25, 2015, in front of Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur.”

Disney•Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur

US Release Date: November 25, 2015
Director: Peter Sohn
Producer: Denise Ream

“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?  Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

2 thoughts on “The Good Dinosaur Movie Review”

  1. Great review. Love reading your daughter’s thoughts — I was wondering what she thought about it! You’re right that it could’ve used a few more comedy interludes to off-set the serious tone. Hope you guys have a great T-Giving 🙂

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