Disney and Pixar continue to churn out the best animated films around that are always impressive both visually and emotionally. Their latest, The Good Dinosaur kept audiences a bit in the dark about much of the film with the trailers outside of the visuals, but does it live up to their usual standards or will this be the one that should have remained extinct?
The Good Dinosaur follows the time on the Earth when the asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, but in this version the asteroid missed Earth and it changed everything. Now a family of Apatosaurus’s live and run a farm, but when tragedy strikes the family the youngest sets out on a journey where he makes an unlikely human friend while traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape and learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. This time around the film has some familiar voice talents but surprisingly it wasn’t near as high profile as normal including Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Raymond Ochoa, Marcus Scribner, Jack Bright, Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, and John Ratzenberger, but they all delivered great performances as always. This is yet another great story filled with fun, laughs, adventure and plenty of emotions that will pull at your heart strings. The character designs are great, but at first the dinosaur design seems to be out of place. It is far from bad in anyway and as a matter of fact is awesome, but the surrounding landscapes are so realistic and amazing, the cartoon aspect of the design feels out of place. Thankfully this only last a short time and once the film gets going it meshes together seemingly and becomes a minor moment of individual opinion.
The story itself is pretty simple, but so perfectly executed that you will be sucked right in. Watching the dinosaurs evolve into running this farm is a cool fun twist, but takes it to the next level seeing the human character as the animal of the film. Disney has a long history of making animals human like in persona and everyday life, but here switching it all around and making the human animal like was a unique fun experience. There is an instant bond between the two main characters that sets the tone for the film and makes you truly believe in their friendship. The direction they take the rest of the dinosaur characters including some T-Rex ranchers is pure brilliance and so much fun to see in action. Despite all the fun and silliness have no fear there is still plenty of great action and dinosaur fights that is sure to please all the dino fans out there.
In the end Disney and Pixar has once again created yet another perfect film filled with everything you could want. As with all of their films there is the usual short film at the beginning, this time being Sanjay’s Super Team. Despite being a short it packs quite a punch blending the fun of superhero’s and the importance of culture all in one 7 minute piece of brilliance. This is yet another perfect combo from Disney Pixar that everyone will no doubt love so get out there and see what would have happened if the asteroid missed with The Good Dinosaur. In addition to the film this release also includes a variety of special features including deleted scenes, numerous featurettes that take you behind the making of the film and fun at Pixar with dinosaurs and so much more. A couple of the more entertaining features is one focusing on the real and not so real dinosaurs they focus on and even more entertaining seeing the team at Pixar competing in a recycle build celebrating the release of the film.
Witness what might be the first friendship in history with The Good Dinosaur on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere available now from Disney Home Entertainment.