The Good Dinosaur
THE GOOD DINOSAUR (U)
D: Peter Sohn
Disney/Pixar (Denise Ream)
USA 🇺🇸 2015
W: Meg LeFauve, Peter Sohn, Erick Benson, Kelsey Mann & Bob Petersen
Mus: Mychael Danna & Jeff Danna
voices of: Raymond Ochoa (Arlo), Jack Bright (Spot), Sam Elliott (Butch), Anna Paquin (Ramsey), A.J. Buckley (Nash), Jeffrey Wright (Poppa Henry), Frances McDormand (Momma Ida)
As it stands, The Good Dinosaur is Pixar's lowest grossing film and it's quite easy to figure out why. This is easily a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth, bereft with trouble during production with different writers and directors getting involved resulting in a finished product that's all a bit of a mess.
Set in a world where dinosaurs didn't go extinct and have become the dominant species on the planet. The plot tries to inject a storyline from a Western into it, with a family of farmer dinosaurs preparing their harvest, but the runt of the litter is a coward who can't perform his tasks properly. The cowardly dinosaur would probably be a more apt title as he is forced to find his courage when he is washed up river along with a young Neanderthal and must prove his mettle by making it back to the family ranch.
As with all Pixar productions, the standard of animation is incredibly high with the backgrounds, vistas and locations which almost look photorealistic. Unfortunately, the animated characters are less convincing, especially the dinosaurs which are a mere step up from Barney.
An animated feature that falls between two stools; too boring for adults and too unsuitable for under-8's. It isn't as terrible as some reviews may say, with a well-meaning subplot about the importance of friendship and family, but considering the animation giant's usual output, it really is a dinosaur.