After a rewrite and a release date of two years later than originally announced, it is easy to see why Disney Studios and Pixar Animation gave The Good Dinosaur a complete overhaul.
Disney Pixar have a knack of producing really good animated films that have much more than a story at their core. Each film oozes passion and style and The Good Dinosaur does not lack. Considering this is the first time ever that Disney Pixar have released two films in one year, The Good Dinosaur had a lot of living up to do after the release of the brilliant Inside Out.
It tells the story of Arlo who is somewhat the ‘runt of the litter’. It’s about discovery and the conquering of fears (as are most Pixar films). Visually it is an absolutely stunning film to watch. In particular the scenes of Arlo in the resting water are beautiful and the sweeping shots of their farm and the surrounding landscape is breathtaking, it is hard to believe that you are watching an animated feature and not something that has been shot on location.
As with most of the Disney Pixar franchise this is a film that is guaranteed to jerk a few tears but what The Good Dinosaur does extremely well is to pull those tears from you at the moments you least expect it. There is the standard moment towards the beginning of the film where you get upset and you think they have done it early, but you are then shocked when later on in the film there comes an absolutely heart wrenching moment that is full of raw emotion.
Every single emotion seems to be portrayed in this film, there are moments of humour, moments that make you jump and moments that make you cry tears of sadness and joy. Add all this into the amazing animation and scenes of beauty along with the fantastic storyline and you have a brilliant film for everyone, whether you are a fan of Disney Pixar or not.
4 / 5
Dir: Peter Sohn
Scr: Meg LaFauve
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Raymond Ochoa, Steve Zahn, Sam Elliott
Prd: Denise Ream
Music: Jeff Danna, Mychael Danna
Country: USA
Year: 2015
Run time: 93 mins
The Good Dinosaur is in cinemas now.