The Good Dinosaur really dino-scored


Lauren Lee, Staff Writer

“Sometimes you gotta see through your fear to see the beauty on the other side.” Pixar’s latest film, “The Good Dinosaur,” is an adventure-filled fantasy which will surely not disappoint. The surreal visuals and strong messages make it a movie you don’t want to miss.

  The Good Dinosaur takes place in a world in which the asteroid missed Earth and the dinosaurs never went extinct. The story focuses on Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), a fearful Apatosaurus, who loses his family after a river current washes him miles away from home. He meets a human boy, who he names Spot (Jack Bright), and together they go on a journey back home.


I don’t have anything negative to say about this movie except that the plot is simple and basic– Arlo goes on a journey back home with his friend, Spot, and learns new things along the way. While the plot may sound very cliché, the characters actually give the movie a very fresh take on this type of story. The dinosaurs take on human roles, such as farming and talking, while Spot, the caveboy, takes on the pet/animal-like character. Basically, Arlo is the human and Spot is the pet.

  Although the targeted audience is much younger than my age, I found my 10-year-old self giggling throughout the film, especially when the two friends blow in holes in the ground for the little critters underground to pop out like a Whack-A-Mole.


The character development was very apparent in the story. In the beginning, Arlo was shown as a scaredy cat but as the story progresses, he gains more courage little by little with the help of Spot. It was pleasing to see that because his lack of courage is basically what started the whole plot, and I would say why, but I’m not going to spoil anything.

 Finally, the animation, the sceneries were absolutely stunning. The highlight of this movie was the visuals. They looked so realistic that I struggled to see whether it was actually animation. The sunlight actually glistened on the mountains and the landscapes were actually reimagined places of the real world. For example, Wyoming’s picture-perfect mountains were one of the many places used as a scenery.



Overall, “The Good Dinosaur” was a beautiful tale of friendship that had me crying and laughing uncontrollably at different times. It is perfectly suitable for all ages. The storyline and humorous jokes definitely make it a feel-good movie you should watch as the year comes to a close.

4.98/5 Paws