Last year Pixar animation did not have any new releases. This year they have two and the second of those, “The Good Dinosaur” opens today, November 25, right on time to capitalize on the Thanksgiving family weekend. The famed studio has not put out a worthy picture in a long time. This will probably not go down as one of their classics; however, it is the first time they effectively utilized the art of 3D. It’s a movie that asks the question, “What would have happened if the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs did not strike the Earth?”
Arlo is the runt in his dinosaur family. His brother and sister have earned their marks, but he is nearly afraid of everything around him. He finds himself far from home after and accident and his only companion is a little human boy in a world he is deathly afraid of and knows nothing about.
Pixar began turning out 3D movies in 2009 with “Up” (which is also their last good original movie to date). Unlike their competitor, DreamWorks Animation, it appeared the only reason why they made their movies in 3D was because it was trending. They never made any use out of the technology. It was just there and certainly never justified paying the extra money to see it in that format. “The Good Dinosaur” has finally changed that trend and the movie fully takes advantage of the tool. There are some beautiful landscape shots that looks like it was an on location shoot. Another element is how realistic the animation appears sometimes. Wait until you see how the water looks. There are also som over the head shots that are breathtaking as well. They even paid attention to the little things, like stuff floating off the screen and into the theater. So finally, there is a Pixar movie that’s worth seeing in 3D.
There is some good humor in “The Good Dinosaur.” Kids will get more laughs than the adults, but parents will get some amusement from the movie too. There are some sweet and tender moments to experience here also. The story is not extremely strong. It was interesting to see four different people getting credit for coming up with the story. You usually see two people get that credit at the most. The movie does gain some traction in the middle and gets better as it moves towards its conclusion.
A great short film called “Sanjay’s Super Team” opens the movie, so be sure not to arrive late. I’ve always wanted to take my 6 and 8 year old nephews, Jake and Ryan to one of my advanced screening, but they live in New York. They are down visiting, so I got finally got to fulfill that dream by taking them to an advanced screen of “The Good Dinosaur” on Monday night in Boynton Beach. They laughed a lot and really liked Spot, the human boy in the movie. Seeing them have such a good time just made my heart swell and that’s one of the reasons why we enjoy going to the movies as a family. It is rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements.