Pixar have always been known to produce the highest of quality animated films by producing them with a healthy mix of great story and brilliant visuals. The Good Dinosaur is probably the first time they didn’t do it right.
The Good Dinosaur follows Arlo, an Apatosaurus that gets separated from his family during a massive storm and must find his way back home with the help of a human boy, Spot.
The Good Dinosaur looks from the trailers like it will be a fun family adventure that showcases the perfect storytelling present in Pixar films like Inside Out, The Incredibles and Finding Nemo. However The Good Dinosaur‘s script was far from complete when the film was made and needs a lot of touch ups before it can be considered Pixar quality.
The characters aren’t well developed at all. There are a couple of big story moments where the characters go through something emotional and usually we would be bawling our eyes out as an audience. But since the film doesn’t take the time to develop characters well and instead uses the time to introduce more characters, I didn’t feel connected to the characters in the slightest.
Despite the less-than-satisfactory story, The Good Dinosaur has some of the best animation and visuals I have ever seen in an animated film. Every shot looks like a iMac screensaver and the animations are so clear and crisp that the dinosaurs look touchable.
Critiques aside, The Good Dinosaur is a light watch from start to finish and there are some enjoyable moments in it but it could’ve used a lot more work in the story.
We can all learn something from The Good Dinosaur; Clear animation doesn’t justify a bad script.
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