An epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.
|Release Date||:||November 14, 2015|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy|
|Production Company||:||Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios, Buena Vista|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Erik Benson, Bob Peterson, Kelsey Mann, Peter Sohn, Meg LeFauve, Meg LeFauve|
|Casts||:||Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla, Ryan Teeple, Jack McGraw, Marcus Scribner, Peter Sohn, Steve Zahn, Mandy Freund, Steven Clay Hunter, A.J. Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, David Boat, Carrie Paff, Calum Grant, John Ratzenberger|
|Plot Keywords||:||tyrannosaurus rex, friends, animation, alternate history, dinosaur, fear, storm, family, nature, human, journey, pixar|
I'll keep this simple with no spoilers.
The good: Amazing animation. The environments are incredibly realistic. Surprisingly the characters are probably the "worst" animation in the film, but still good. This is the only reason for 3 stars.
The bad: SLOW. Drawn out boredom punctuated by moments of pretty scary intensity. (Way too intense for young kids, in my opinion.) Very little dialogue. Very few moments of levity. Very little character development. Characters aren't really likable or relatable.
The ugly: Several instances of scary and violent dialogue and very scary situations. I understand were talking about dinosaurs, who were the apex predators of their day, and that they supposedly lived in a brutal environment, but this is supposed to be a kids movie!
Summary: My wife and I took our boys (9 and 4) to see this. We were sorry we did so. My 4 year old sat still as a stone, very unusual for him, and the look on his face alternated between fear and boredom for most of the film. I actually considered taking him out of the theater a couple times. My 9 year old did not laugh once during the movie, also unusual, and told me as we were walking out he thought the movie "was just okay." Sorry to say I can't recommend this as a family movie.