I hate to do this, but I have to pan The Good Dinosaur

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I hate to do this, but I have to pan The Good Dinosaur

or as I've been calling it, "the movie about the cute dinosaur". Let's start with what's great:

*The animation is beautiful
*Thanks to the soundtrack, I cried at all of the right places
*I LOVE that Pixar tried to do something more...inventive. A dinosaur western is certainly not rehashing the same old fodder. Even though I can't say that I loved the movie, well done on this front, Pixar. Keep up the good work.
*I LOVE that the short recounts an experience from a Pixar insider's life and that it brings in some cultural values that are new on the screen for Pixar.
*It's cute with lot son visual gags and "awww" one-liners

And what's no so great:

*The title. Why was Arlo "good"? Are the other dinosaurs bad? I mean, some of them are, but not all of them. I guess "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" was already taken... sarcastic
*The story. A. It's kind the new Lion King. B. The story wasn't interesting or inventive. It was just re-skinned to reflect a different environment/ time period. Given the title, Humans v. Dinosaurs makes more sense as a story.
*I found it to be predictable, which makes it boring. If you've got kids, by all means, go. Adult-only families, probably wait for the DVD.
*This in no way tops The Land Before Time. The animation has come a long way, but "three horns never play with long necks" definitely rolled through my brain about every 15 seconds.

For me, it beats out Wall-E, but not much else. I can see this film going the way of Lilo and Stitch where the film itself is sort of...odd, but the main characters are so endearing, you can't help but love them. I could see a scenario where Spot and Arlo find a home in the parks, but the movie is largely forgotten. Maybe now Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream can stay at Hollywood Studios and we can just rename it Arlo's Ice Cream to fit with the new movie.

Don't take my word for it--check it out for yourself. We all have different tastes and I'm sure that someone else will love it, but this one didn't strike a chord with me.

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We saw the trailer and thought it looked super cute but I will probably wait for DVD and what was wrong with Wall-E I loved that movie!!

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Sally-Ann wrote:
We saw the trailer and thought it looked super cute but I will probably wait for DVD and what was wrong with Wall-E I loved that movie!!

I don't like things that give a gloomy picture about the future of humanity. I like to think of us with more of a "Carousel of Progress"/ "Back to the Future 3" world view. You know..."It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" and "Your future hasn't been written yet! No ones has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one!"

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Well now I KNOW I'll love it. Wall-E and Lilo and Stitch are my two very favorite Disney movies!

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TinkASL wrote:
Well now I KNOW I'll love it. Wall-E and Lilo and Stitch are my two very favorite Disney movies!

Mine too!! I am going to go this weekend and see it! I will give my thoughts on it afterwards.

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alicemouse wrote:
Sally-Ann wrote:
We saw the trailer and thought it looked super cute but I will probably wait for DVD and what was wrong with Wall-E I loved that movie!!

I don't like things that give a gloomy picture about the future of humanity. I like to think of us with more of a "Carousel of Progress"/ "Back to the Future 3" world view. You know..."It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" and "Your future hasn't been written yet! No ones has. Your future is whatever you make it, so make it a good one!"

I thought Wall-E was great. Yes, it started out gloomy, but the message at the end was good and bright - there was 'a great big beautiful tomorrow' because Wall-E had managed to find life on Earth again.

I'll have to wait to see The Good Dinosaur on this side of the pond...

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I enjoyed the movie but don't think it was one I'll rush out and buy the DVD for. In fact, I probably don't need to see it again. The animation was GORGEOUS, though. Jon was....underwhelmed.

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have to agree that Good Dinosaur was beautiful, but it just really did not get off the ground in my opinion either. I saw it at Disney Springs over Thanksgiving break. Fun to see it on on the big screen, which is my "rule" for any Disney film. Smile I will wait for Redbox for anything else, but do like to see Disney in theaters.

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I did not see Good Dino, but they way people describe it, it was a childrens movie. I suppose it's hard to know when it's animated.

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I can still appreciate a good children's movie. However, children aren't total complete idiots that are going to like something just because it's animated. They still need something to captivate them (whether it be storyline, songs, cool bad guys, whatever) and I felt this movie was lacking that. Speaking as a mom, I didn't see anything in this movie that made me think Penny would like it. If we can't review children's movies and discuss their pros and cons simply because there children's movies, we might as well sit our kids down in front of a blank screen since we would then be suggesting that quality doesn't matter where they are concerned.