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Times of India
: Millions of years ago, a family of dinosaurs lived together in their happy farm. Henry and Ida had three beautiful children - Libby, Buck and Arlo. The story traces the timid Arlo's journey from fear to freedom.
: From the first frame, you'll instantly lose your heart to the vividly animated, bright milieu here. Arlo's world is moulded with rich colours and the film's animation is one of the best in recent times. Some shots of the forest, the snow-capped mountains and the river are beautifully done. But, in terms of story, The Good Dinosaur suffers a beating. It is far from novel and the writing is lazy.
Often heartfelt, sometimes slow but mostly engaging, Arlo's story is overwhelming only in parts. There are many scenes in the film that will move you to tears and the best one does so sans dialogues. Arlo befriends Spot (the critter who's eating up their food stocks). The Neanderthal baby and the kiddy dino fight for each other, protect each other and share their pain with each other.
To his credit, director Peter Sohn cleverly camouflages the flaws with his captivating vision, lacing the narrative with sweet human emotions. It is genuinely heartfelt and extremely moving to see Arlo's father's faith in him. Poppy, as he addresses his daddy, maintains, "You are me and much more."
But the star of the show is the tiny critter, who is simply adorable. He walks on all fours, lives without inhibitions and helps make a hero out of Arlo. Their relationship is tenderly tackled and manages to give us a few sublime moments.
The story loses plot once it adopts a Jungle Book approach. The duo hop from one corner of the forest to another, beating floods and storms, meeting animals of different shapes, sizes and colours. It is predictable but that's not such a bad thing when done right. Our hero learns his lesson and manages to 'make his mark'. The same cannot be said about the film that, nevertheless, is a delight to watch.
The film marks Pixar Animation Studios' sixteenth feature film. It also marks the first time the studio released two films in a year, the other one being Inside Out.
The dinosaur statues that featured in the film Inside Out (2015) were used as real dinosaurs in this movie.
Orginally, Alro was supposed to be an adult dinosaur. However, director Peter Sohn later decided to make Alro a kid dinosaur.
Following major story changes, the original cast of the film was replaced. The only actor from the original cast to still be a part of the movie is Frances McDormand.
The original director of the film, Bob Peterson, who was later replaced by Peter Sohn, maintained that the inspiration of the film came from the dinosaur animatronics he saw as a child during a visit to the 1964 New York World's Fair.
Thomas Newman, who was originally assigned to compose music for the film, was replaced by the Academy Award-winning composer Mychael Danna due to schedule issues.