With all the hustle and bustle of this time of year, it’s a nice treat to be able to spend a few hours of family time watching a movie at the theatre – and snacking on popcorn, of course! Earlier this week, my family was able to attend an advanced screening of the latest Disney•Pixar movie, “The Good Dinosaur”, which is in theatres today (November 25)! Here’s a brief synopsis:
“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.”
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed “The Good Dinosaur”, particularly the message that being brave doesn’t mean that you aren’t scared, but that you face your fear and do what needs to be done anyways. Our young daughters (ages 4.5 and 6.5) did not enjoy it as much. In fact, they spent a good part of the movie in tears and actually asked to leave a few times, but we were able to convince them to stay so that they could see that it would all be ok in the end.
If you have seen the previews, you might be under the impression that “The Good Dinosaur” is a buddy comedy about a boy and a dinosaur. This is not the case. There are plenty of funny moments, and Disney•Pixar never fails to impress with their stunning animation and use of 3D, but there are many, many sad and scary parts. A parent dies early in the movie, which is typical of a Disney•Pixar film but was unexpected based on the commercials that we had seen in anticipation of the movie, and there is an extended flashback to that death that caused quite a few tears in the audience. I am not saying this to discourage anyone from seeing “The Good Dinosaur”, but I want to make sure that viewers know what they are getting themselves into if they have a young and/or sensitive child that they had planned to take to see the movie. Had we known about a few of the darker elements, we would have prepared our daughters for it and it would have gone much more smoothly! I will say that the preview for Disney•Pixar’s “Zootopia” had the entire audience in stitches, and has us looking forward to another family movie date in March.
You can see Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” in theatres now!
Disclosure: I was invited to an advance screening of “The Good Dinosaur” to facilitate this review post. All opinions expressed are always my own!