Voices by Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, Raymond Ochoa
2015 / 93 Minutes / Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios
It’s rare that Pixar drops the ball on their near perfect score of fantastic animated films. They certainly dropped it this time. Not since Cars 2 has one of their movies failed to deliver like The Good Dinosaur.
It was clear that there was some struggle with the making of this and it appears on screen. The story isn’t as strong as past Pixar films and that’s a big reason why this movie falls flat. The story isn’t very original or anything we haven’t seen before. They didn’t push the boundaries enough and just played it safe. Struggles and lessons learned, that’s about all that’s here in this one note story. Granted, this movie was coming out only a few months after the brilliant Inside Out, so really this movie had some tough shoes to fill.
What The Good Dinosaur does have is some breathtaking scenery that brings the movie to life. What doesn’t work here is that breathtaking scenery with goofy looking, poorly designed cartoony characters. They didn’t look right in that realistic environment.
The Good Dinosaur is an epic failure for Pixar, but it’s still a watchable little film that’s still better than a lot of the other animated messes other studios are offering, but this time it’s not going to be remembered or rewatched like their other classics. It’s mediocre and a great disappointment.