★★★★★ – “Convincing, dramatic and full of heart.”

The Good Dinosaur is Peter Sohn’s directional-feature debut after his work on Pixar’s short film ‘Partly Cloudy (2009)‘ and stars Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Ramond Ochoa & Jack Bright.

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed free before an asteroid struck and changed the earth forever. This film tells a story that asks the question: What if the asteroid missed our planet completely? A young apatosaurus named Arlo becomes unlikely friends with a human and sets off on an adventure through a beautiful landscape with challenges and lessons along the way…

It’s safe to say, Disney•Pixar are back from their slow and less-quality driven years of 2011-2014. With Inside Out being a major success, they have put themselves back on the radar.

This film is stunning. The animators have really put in the time and effort to create these wonderful scenes and bring beautiful landscapes to life. The artwork is incredible. So much colour and life in every single shot, you find yourself asking: “is this is animation or is this real?” It’s expertly crafted and so much emotion is poured on to the screen.

The performances throughout by all of the cast, highlighting Raymond Ochoa and Jeffrey Wright as the leads, are outstanding. Convincing, dramatic and full of heart. It’s feels so good when actors can portray feelings through just their voice, leaving it to the animators to depict their expressions.

The original music by Mychael & Jeff Danna is an underscore of hope, sacrifice, love and friendship that carries the film through its deep and carefully thought-out screenplay. Using an array of instruments not so commonly heard in film scoring anymore, the Danna brothers have put together one of the best motion picture soundtracks this year.

Huge thanks to the hard-working individuals that make these films so special to watch. Without you, I wouldn’t be the same person I am today. I’ve grown up watching your work develop and evolve into these gigantic productions and it’s always a pleasure to feel like I take something away each time.

Verdict; The Good Dinosaur lets us know that anyone has it in them to face the hardest of challenges to succeed. The animation is incredible, and the story is touching. I’m still amazed that Pixar have the talent and skill to create these characters completely using computer technology, and still make us feel so much for them. Over and over again.

The Good Dinosaur – ★★★★★ (10/10)

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