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The Good Dinosaur
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03.08.2016 By: Lauren Bradshaw
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Director:
Peter Sohn

Actors:
Jeffrey Wright
Frances McDormand
Sam Elliott

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
65 million years ago, the asteroid that was supposed to wipe out the dinosaurs missed! Now a young dinosaur named Arlo and his family are tasked with running a farm. But when an accident separates Arlo from his family, he is forced to join with a young boy named Spot to find his way home.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Pixar's latest film, THE GOOD DINOSAUR, is a decent film on its own. The characters are cute, the imagery will blow your mind, and there is that signature Pixar emotion. With such an imaginative conceit, the mind wanders with all of the interesting directions the movie could have taken. Unfortunately, the writers went the less-inspired route, producing a mildly entertaining, slightly derivative script. Especially in a year dominated by the imaginative, cerebral (literally) INSIDE OUT, it's no surprise the less-memorable story of THE GOOD DINOSAUR was largely ignored during award season. However, what makes it stand head and shoulders beyond the others is the incredible visual effects.

I think it is safe to say I have never seen a more beautifully animated film than this. The dazzling landscapes in each shot are incredibly lifelike, almost photorealistic. So much so, it's hard to believe the film was made using a computer. It's clear that the animators, who reportedly used two times more visual effects than they did on other Pixar movies, wanted to build a world, highlighting nature's beautiful vistas... and, of course, show off how far the animation medium has come.

One thing is certain, visually THE GOOD DINOSAUR set the bar for the animated films that follow. If this is any doubt in your mind as to whether you should buy this film on DVD or Blu-ray, I hope after this review you make the right decision. See this film on Blu-ray, using the most high-def TV you can find, or honestly don't even bother. It would be taking away from your experience to see it on any lesser format.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary Track: Animator commentaries are my favorites because it's nonstop dissection of the movie. That is exactly what we get here, as Director Peter Sohn, Story Supervisor Kelsey Mann, Animation Supervisor Mike Venturini, Director of Photography & Lighting Sharon Calahan, and Supervising Technical Director Sanjay Bakshi all come together to discuss how this movie was made. Hardly a second of movie audio comes through as each filmmakers discusses their hand in the film. I especially enjoyed hearing about the character development and visual effects. It totally gave me more of an appreciation for the film, even the story.

Sanjay's Super Team: This Oscar-nominated animation short tells the story of a young Indian boy, who is obsessed with a superhero cartoon called SUPERTEAM. One day, while watching the show, he gets in a battle with his dad for the remote control. After all, his dad would like some quiet time to pray. But as the two spend a few moments in silent devotion, Sanjay gets distracted by his superhero figurine and accidentally extinguishes the prayer candle. This transports Sanjay into an imaginative world, where he joins with Vishnu, Durga, and Hanuman to battle Ravana. It is 7 minutes of greatness and a heartwarming tale of the bond between father and son.

The Filmmakers' Journey: As this film is Peter Sohn's directorial debut, this featurette shows the hardship of making a film. At only 8 minutes, it can't get into too much, but was interesting to see Sohn's enthusiasm and vision nonetheless.

True Lies About Dinosaurs: A silly look at the fictional elements of THE GOOD DINOSAUR. Did you know dinosaurs didn't speak English and don't herd cattle? It does give a good trivia fact, though, that the T-Rex and Apatosaurus did not live in the same era.

Recyclosaurus: Take a look inside Pixar as employees compete to build the best dinosaur out of "free garbage", items off of the Pixar "free table" that are too good to throw out but things people don't want at home. Apparently for each movie the employees have a competition and this was the one for THE GOOD DINOSAUR! Creativity at its best. I wish I had a job that paid me to do that.

Every Part Of The Dinosaur: A look at the character development, including the CGI and performance elements of the film. There isn't that much dialogue in the movie, so a lot of the character elements came from the animation.

Following the T-Rex Trail: This featurette follows the filmmakers as they go to an actual cattle ranch to gain inspiration for a plot line in the movie.

Deleted Scenes: Peter Sohn introduces three scenes that were developed for previous versions of the film. The Attack shows a savage predator attacking newborn Arlo's family farm. Building The Silo is pretty self explanatory. Waiting For Poppa was a really depressing idea that showed Arlo waiting for his dad to come home after a storm, but realizing he is never coming home.

Dino Bites: The characters ham it up for the camera.

Hide and Seek: Another promotional clip for the film. Arlo and Spot play hide and seek, which is a little harder for the dino.

Trailers: Moment- North American Trailer 2; Courage- Russian Trailer; Different- German Trailer
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE GOOD DINOSAUR is worth the money, not so much for the forgettable story, but so you can bask in the dazzling visual effects and surplus of special features. It is definitely the new gold standard when it comes to animation, and should be appreciated as high-def as possible.
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