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The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur
Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand and Sam Elliott

Rated: PG for peril, action and thematic elements.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: November 25, 2015 Released by: Disney/Pixar

The idea that if the great meteorite missed the Earth and dinosaurs survived is the opening idea of this film.  If that happen would humans and other species have interacted with the Dinosaurs, and then what would have happen.  But beyond the opening scene where we witness the space rock bypass the Earth, the script is innovative and creative in its use of characters and their function in this changed Earth history. 

The main creative roles are held by Arlo the young green dinosaur who is a veggiesaurus as defined in Jurassic Park and Spot a young human who acts more like a wolf and has the determination and spunk of a tiger.  The two meet when Arlo is separated from his father, Poppa during a storm which swells a river and takes son and father down a raging torrent.  Lost and alone Arlo finds Spot and they act like a kid with a dog. Spot probably steals the show with his aggressive and courageous action that saves Arlo from danger and starvation.  Spot has a wider appetite and he eats animals but his new friend only consumes the bright red berries they find. 

As has become standard the Pixar backgrounds are stunning, hills, valleys rivers, pools of water and forests are a tapestry for the story to unfold on.  But the enjoyment comes from watching the different functions which have developed due to the change in the movement of rocks from space. T-rex lookalike dinosaurs (voiced by: Sam Elliott, and Anna Paquin)  are the cowboys who manage a heard of longhorns that are rustled by a nasty set of smaller animals who are dangerous and tough to defeat.  So here we have cowboys and rustlers played by prehistoric animals, it's creative and interesting to watch.  

The story is of a frightened insecure young Arlo who works his way back home after being flushed down a river into territory he is not familiar even when he is frightening as we can gather by looking into his oversize black eyes.  Spot is a young Tarzan type not afraid of anything even though he is also alone and without his family.  The warm relationship that grows between the two is based on mutual respect and Arlo's growing courage.  

This is a great adventure for kids to follow and a creative use characters for everyone to follow. 

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