With the recent release of Pixar’s, Finding Dory, I took it upon myself to re-watch last years The Good Dinosaur. To be honest, I didn’t have a lot of hope for the film. Could Pixar really bash out two good films this year?
Inside out was amazing, check out the review if you haven’t seen it. It was probably one of my most favourite animated films and for that reason I, for not one second, believed this could live up to it.
The Good Dinosaur is about young Arlo, a dinosaur, who along with all the other dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo downriver he ends battered and far from home. Arlo then meets young critter Spot, a half dog human boy who helps Arlo and, together the odd duo hike in order to reunite Arlo with his family.
The film starts off slow, but in good Pixar fashion shows how important something is, this time being family. But then the dilemma struck, as we were chucked head first into this quite silent adventure film, which did not feel like Pixar whatsoever. Arlo was quite annoying but yet still a fairly accurate interpretation of a child, whilst dog boy Spot was also quite similar to a dog companion.
There was some great symbolism in this film, which showed you the world through a child eye, as you begin to discover the faces in the rocks, and the dark, scary no go zones. The film had a strong base around family and leaving your mark on someone or something in this world, however it still does not feel like a Pixar film! There was no obvious image of a pizza planet truck, the letters, A113, nor any other particular Pixar Easter egg.
The visuals in this film were fantastic! The pictures and small image haikus were amazing. The effort that gets put into these mountain ranges and trees is phenomenal (yet, they don’t manage to put nipples on Spot – oh well.)
Some characters were rather pointless and were in here for no reason at all, and there for a bid at a cheap laugh, which children probably would enjoy, just not those of an older audience. Having said that, with no Pixar film last year, I think the company have returned this year with a different ego, and a different way of making films.
The two recent films have been rather grown up, with aspects of depression and real life matters weaved in. So instead of there being a buffer, there is now this element of real life replacing all of that colourful escapism and pleasure.
However, one thing that was promised in Pixar fashion was a sad scene. Oh, for sure there was a sad scene. Multiple, actually. Woah it was sad. I mean sad. This film was made brilliant through these scenes, which could bring grown men to tears! The scenes were brilliant and by the last scene, we were all drenched in our own tear. This film was actually probably sadder than Toy Story 3!
Overall, this film was a wonderful film, with great visual effects, and great landscapes, which were really shown off during the film, however don’t go watching this film, expecting to be over filled with Pixar creations, because you will be disappointed if you do, you wouldn't think it was Pixar at all, even the reoccurring John Ratzenberger could even go unnoticed – still worth a watch!