THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Pixar and Disney have done it again! “The Good Dinosaur” is a sweet holiday movie for the entire family.

“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  The Good Dinosaur is an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend Spot (Jack Bright). While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Other voices are Jeffrey Wright as Poppa; Frances McDormand as Momma; AJ Buckley is Nash, Anna Paquin voices Ramsey and the only voice I recognized was Sam Elliott who was the voice of Butch.

The screenplay is by Meg LeFauve who also wrote the wonder “Inside Out” which came out earlier this summer and may be nominated for an academy award. Unfortunately, “The Good Dinosaur” isn’t of the same caliber but it is a charming film. The story was by Peter Sohn, Meg LeFauve, Kelsey Mann, Erik Benson and Bob Peterson.

The animation is fantastic as you would expect from Pixar and Disney. So much of the scenery seemed real even though Arlo was anything but a real ferocious dinosaur. He was just sweet and fun. There are many lessons to be learned from the film for the younger set even though I think the story was a little weak overall.

“The Good Dinosaur” was the first full-length feature directed byPeter Sohn. The only other film he directed was the short “Partly Cloudy.”

I viewed this movie in 3-D on Monday night at Wehrenberg’s Ronnie’s Cine 20 in St. Louis. I interviewed 10-12 kids who saw the movie. They all said they loved the movie. I asked what part of the movie they liked best most said it was Arlo the dinosaur who was the star of the movie. Several said they thought it was sad because it reminded them of “The Lion King.” A Grandfather who saw this movie said it was the best dinosaur movie he’s seen.

This is a great family movie in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Although it is better in 3-D, I don’t think you have to pay extra for it. So grab your kids or grandkids and take them to this film. You won’t be sorry.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net. Visit Mary’s website at www.mlcwriter.com.