The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

DVD - 2016
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Jun 05, 2019

A more serious children’s movie with some mature, soothing background music.

I don’t have a problem with the movie dealing with betrayal, loss of parents, etc. Those things are part of life, and kids may have to deal with those things before the age of 8. Death happens, ya know. Besides, what about Lion King?! That movie had betrayal and death of parents too!

My young kids watched this dinosaur movie and were not disturbed. But I think it’s ideal for kids who are old enough to understand what’s going on, and perhaps at least the age of when their teeth are falling out because one dinosaur has a loose tooth which kids of that age can relate to (albeit alongside dialogue in which a dinosaur is boasting that he drowned an enemy in blood). Another good beginning age is when your kids begin swimming lessons, since there’s a scene where the dinosaur learns how to swim.

What I did have a problem with was normalizing the look of chemtrails in the skies in the beginning of the movie, and later making light of consuming rotten food that made the characters hallucinate.

Warning: watching this might make your kid want to imitate “Spot”, a human who acts like a dog.

May 09, 2019

I love the movie I had seen it before with my first born and wanted to see it again with her and her sister but the movie was scratch that we couldn’t see some parts of the movie it would skip

Nov 23, 2018

hands down the worst Pixar movie. Worse than Cars I, II, and III. That's saying a lot, considering how bad the Cars movies are.

Oct 14, 2018

The cover illustration on this movie makes it SEEM like it would be good for young children but it is NOT appropriate for anyone under 8 years old because it deals with the untimely death of the parents of both the main characters and has several scenes of gory gratuitous violence and the betrayal of trust. The loss of a parent is a child's worst fear. Also there a scene where a cute fuzzy creature is befriended by the "bad" bird who seems trustworthy at first but then the cute fuzzy creature is unexpectedly and brutally eaten. There are also scenes of animated blood and gore which might be very disturbing for any child, much less a young one. Don't be fooled by the title and cover illustration. This movie will be disturbing for any child under the age of 6 or even older. In fact, as an adult, I found it disturbing.

Feb 18, 2018

I don't quite understand people's disappointment in this movie. The animation is gorgeous, the jokes are funny enough to elicit a chuckle or two, and there are some fairly intense scenes. It may not be the best story Pixar has ever told, but by no means is it bad.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

This was not Pixar's best movie. The premise was only okay and the whole film just felt like emotional blackmail. The continual cry inducing scenes were over the top.

Oct 18, 2017

This is definitely one of my favorite animated movies. I just loved everything about it. I loved the animation it was very well done. The producers did a really good job. I loved the storyline and it was clearly well thought out. Even though I am a teenager and this movie is made for a younger audience, I still learned so many lessons from this movie and the themes were just amazing. The characters were really well thought out as well. It was such an amazing movie and it was sad at the same time. I love how Arlo faces his fears even though he is not too brave or strong. This movie shows that even if you think you are weak, you can accomplish a lot, you just have to work harder. I totally recommend this movie to people of all ages. I give the movie a 5 out of 5 stars. @terrficbooklover of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The Good Dinosaur is about an Apatosaurus whose name is Arlo, he is the youngest of his siblings and although the egg that he hatched from was big, Arlo is much smaller than his siblings. Compared to his siblings and parents, Arlo isn’t the bravest or toughest but, his dad, Poppa Henry keeps on encouraging him to be brave and motivates him.  When the food from the family’s silo is being stolen, Arlo is put in charge of guarding it but, when he finds out that the culprit is a small cave boy, Arlo tries his best to keep him at bay but to no avail. Later, Arlo and his dad, Poppa Henry try to catch the cave boy but then things go wrong. The Good Dinosaur is an amazing movie filled with heartwarming moments and some moments of laughter. I really enjoyed seeing the character’s progression from beginning to end and I would definitely recommend this movie.
- @Grimvar of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 10, 2017

Great story that touches heart, breakthrough animation with natural splendor blending in realistically. Characters are created based on familiar physical appearance, yet allure the curious beyond the ordinary realm.

Apr 08, 2017

I actually liked it more than I thought I would. It was a well-worn story plot, but done in a fresh and interesting way.

Dec 14, 2016

good movie

Catmamakim Nov 16, 2016

I had heard that this movie wasn't the greatest, and when I watched it I was delightfully surprised. Perhaps my expectations were so low that I could have liked anything, but it really was a touching and entertaining story to watch. Friendship and family ties are emphasized and the take-home message is inspiring. I grew to love Arlo and his friend Spot. Now to get my children to watch it as well!

Nov 10, 2016

I liked this DVD cartoon. I liked the characters. It has a moral story attached to the plot. It shows the importance of working together to be successful. It demonstrates compassion for others. It shows the importance of family and hard work. It shows the value of respecting others. It is a little scary for young children. It is not too sexual. The violence is subtle.

Nov 07, 2016

What a spectacular coming of age story. When failure is presented to Arlo he learns how to strive and survive. The cinematography is amazing, you forget it is an animated film.

Oct 05, 2016

I think this was a very fun movie for kids and adults. The scenery was beautiful. they blended real with animated very well. Great story line about loss in family and learning to be who you are. It is sad in places and some violence so not for real young children.

Sep 25, 2016

I LOVE Pixar movies. I've liked every Pixar movie up to this one. This one is altogether too dark, violent and sad to be a kids movie. And really didn't have the charm, or the laughs, that I've come to expect from Pixar. I didn't laugh at all. Disappointing.

Sep 22, 2016

I am a huge Pixar fan. But this one just didn't cut it for me. Pixar has done better.

BarbFerreira Sep 07, 2016

I love movies and watching them with my kids. This one however was the biggest waste of time. The dinosaurs attitude the whole movie was so annoying, the story line was so boring. The acting was boring. The movie was dragging on and we didn't even finish it. The only good thing about this movie was the scenery, it looked very real.

Sep 03, 2016

The scenery CGI is stunningly realistic. This is a feel good movie about personal growth involving a journey. It has similarities with The Croods and the first Ice Age movie, but less slapstick humour.

Aug 12, 2016

Stupefying. In an alternate universe, dinosaurs have evolved to the point that they're farming, putting away food for the winter, and speaking English. It's dull and not even cute; why didn't Arlo club that boy when he had the chance? A real misstep for Disney/Pixar ... gets half a star for featuring Sam Elliott as the voice of a T-rex, however.

Aug 11, 2016

A darling film that will make you laugh. What else do you need to know?

Aug 06, 2016

LOVED IT! Beautiful and the most animation I've ever seen of Disney. Very cute!!!!

Jul 13, 2016

Definitely not Pixar's best movie and probably among the worst I would think.

Environment being realistic clashes with the creatures, plot is disjointed and often times boring, characters feel generic so it's hard to empathize with them.

Reading up on the development of the movie really shows the result of this movie being as lackluster as it is.

Jul 07, 2016

I wish Arlo's dad didn't die but other than that, really good movie!

Jun 24, 2016

The movie was cute and entertaining but dark at times. Overall it's a good family film.

The movie isn't that bad but depending on how young your child is you should watch it with them. At one point the dinosaur and child eat fermented fruit and hallucinate. Death and loss also play a big part of this movie, I am an adult and they even made me cry a few times.

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