While everybody goes bat-shit crazy over upcoming blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens — we don’t blame them really — there’s another movie that deserves some attention. Pixar’s new film, The Good Dinosaur.
An epic and heartwarming movie that revolves around a timid Apatosaurus dinosaur named Arlo and unlikely friend he meets named Spot – a wild, tough and tenacious human boy.
While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fear and discovers what he is truly capable off.
Now that you pseudo-know what the premise of the story is like, we’re going to state reasons to watch it.
Sanjay’s Super Team was simply super
Pixar Studio Animation films are known to begin with a short. On their previous release Inside / Out, audiences were treated to the extremely-catchy Lava. You may also be familiar with Partly Cloudy or For The Birds — all of which can be watched on Youtube (you’re welcome).
Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is pre-empted by Sanjay’s Super Team.
In Sanjay’s Super Team, 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 then immersed in the world of cartoons and comics while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice.
The short is said to be a “mostly true” chronicle of his journey to understand the Hindu world and how it was so important to his parents — something most Gen-Y’s, be it Hindu or any other religion can relate to.
None of Pixar’s other shorts have showcased the diversity of Sanjay’s Super Team. Sanjay’s piece scaled new heights by touching on topics of religion, culture and generational differences — it also really hit home and was definitely a treat to watch.
The Good Dinosaur is very good indeed
Arlo is a young, timid and vulnerable dinosaur who’s got a lot of fire when it comes to his desire to help his family, but his fear of the world holds him back tremendously. Arlo then meets Spot, a tenacious, brave boy, and an animal in every sense of the word, which is the opposite of Arlo.
The heart of The Good Dinosaur is the friendship that develops between Arlo and Spot—two characters who begin the story at odds. They don’t share a language and at least at first, have little reason to come together at all. But thanks to a life-changing journey and a host of characters—good, bad, big and bigger—Arlo and Spot find common ground and a relationship that will change them both forever.
Progressively throughout the film, they form a friendship that you can’t help but love watching — almost like a friendship between a boy and his dog. The film tells its audience that even the biggest creatures on earth have fears and it’s about learning to let go of those fears.
There was never a dull moment and the film did an excellent job at showing character development. The film was also paced smoothly, sure to keep viewers engaged throughout.
If you’re planning to watch it in 3D, don’t. Watching in 3D can be fun and all, but it’s unnecessary and won’t do justice to the visuals. The film’s animation stands great as is.
Just look at these visuals and you’ll see why.
The Good Dinosaur places its protagonist Arlo into a vast wilderness that forces him to face his fears. According to producer Denise Ream, the stunning landscapes surrounding Arlo played an important role in the story — that nature can overcome anything… including a massive dinosaur.
In this writer’s opinion, The Good Dinosaur is one of Pixar’s bests. It digs in deep into your feelings and is one of the purest, most innocent forms of animation.
The film got us hooked right from the beginning of the short all the way to very end. Pixar’s reputation for diversity in film was especially evident in Sanjay’s Super Team and they really proved it by using a P.O.C..
In The Good Dinosaur, Arlo possesses what we all have: fear. This is why the movie hit the writer right in the feels. It’s about family, acts of kindness, it’s about getting past those fears, and seeing what one is capable of once you’ve learned to defeat those fears — no matter how big or small one can be.
Audiences can expect tear-jerking moments throughout the movie, so we suggest getting yourselves prepped with a tissue box.