The Good Dinosaur Review


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeffrey Wright Jeffrey Wright
Poppa (voice)
Frances McDormand Frances McDormand
Momma (voice)
Maleah Nipay-Padilla Maleah Nipay-Padilla
Young Libby (voice)
Ryan Teeple Ryan Teeple
Young Buck (voice)
Jack McGraw Jack McGraw
Young Arlo (voice)
Marcus Scribner Marcus Scribner
Buck (voice)
Raymond Ochoa Raymond Ochoa
Arlo (voice)
Jack Bright Jack Bright
Spot (voice)
Peter Sohn Peter Sohn
Forrest Woodbush (voice)
Steve Zahn Steve Zahn
Thunderclap (voice)
Mandy Freund Mandy Freund
Downpour (voice)
Steven Clay Hunter Steven Clay Hunter
Coldfront (voice)
A.J. Buckley A.J. Buckley
Nash (voice)
Anna Paquin Anna Paquin
Ramsey (voice)
Sam Elliott Sam Elliott
Butch (voice)

Plot- An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.

Review – It’s fair to say that the once untouchable Pixar has had a few quality control issues as of the last few years most of which I have avoided like relatives asking when i’m going to get a proper job. But, Inside Out  was legitimately amazing, so was it a blip on Pixars road to mediocrity or are they now back on top?


No, seriously, Inside Out was a blip, the seemingly last great work of a master because this… this… isn’t as bad as it could have been.

Not to say that it’s good, not by any stretch of the imagination. I went in half expecting some sort of Ice Age rip off, but this film did something far, far worse.

It’s trying to be this generations Land Before Time. 

And it isn’t. Not by a long shot.

Lets get the good out of the way first.

The backgrounds are some of the most beautiful that I’ve ever seen, and when the camera  pans over shots of just the backgrounds then you are truly reminded of why Pixar was once the undisputed master of CGI films.

It’s got some amazing moments, as well as some that traumatized younger members of the audience. So mum and dad, please be aware. I also liked some of the side-characters that the two main characters interact with.

But then we get to the main characters. And boy, did Pixar screw up there. For a start, they look really bad compared to the background. You know how FPS shooters have amazing skyboxes and really mediocre graphics? It’s the same here.

Also, this film should have been without dialogue. maybe a few grunts here and there but absolutely not words. And certainly not the dialogue given to the main dinosaur as he seems to only have 4 lines “Ma-ma” “Pa-pa” “I’m scared” And “I need to get home”

Also, Pixar seems to have picked up dream-works trick of getting celebrities to do the voice-work instead of actual voiceover artists. Which, inevitable means that the actual voicework is pretty mediocre. And of course, being Pixar, they refused to then mention any celebrities in the  advertising.

I mean the plot jogs along pleasantly enough, but there’s no surprises, most adults will have worked out the whats going to happen within about 5 minutes and dozed off after 15, whilst the children will be too traumatized after 30 to even notice that this is a story they have head 1000 times before.

Summing up, amazing backgrounds and some good moments fail to make up for a predictable plot with boring characters speaking woeful/poorly delivered dialogue.

My Score- Poor 




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