Let's turn to Disney and Pixar for an official plot summary: "The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely, and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of."
The talented voice cast is led by Raymond Ochoa, who voices Arlo, and Jack Bright as Spot, the young boy who bonds with Arlo. This isn't a film inspired by big ideas. It's a simple "what if" tale that settles into a well-worn tale of unlikely friendship, in this case not unlike The Jungle Book. Production values are high enough to somewhat disguise the sometimes mawkish sentimentality, leaving The Good Dinosaur a solid B-level entry in Pixar's celebrated output.
Lots of bonus material adds considerable value to The Good Dinosaur on home video:
Digital HD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)
THEATRICAL SHORT - Sanjay’s Super Team - Sanjay loves the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into his Hindu traditions. Reluctance quickly turns into awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on an amazing journey, returning with a new perspective they can both embrace.
TRUE LIES ABOUT DINOSAURS - We know - it’s preposterous to think Apatosaurs spoke English. Learn more about what separates the fictional dinosaurs of The Good Dinosaur from what scientists know about real dinosaurs.
RECYCLOSAURUS - Pixar takes creative competition seriously. Maybe a little too seriously. Watch as The Good Dinosaur crew competes to see which department can create the best dinosaur ever using only discarded items from the studio’s “free table.”
THE FILMMAKERS’ JOURNEY - Finding your way from an idea to a film takes a lot of exploration. Director Peter Sohn and his fellow filmmakers talk about the challenging, inspiring, and unexpectedly emotional experience of making The Good Dinosaur.
EVERY PART OF THE DINOSAUR - The filmmakers talk about the special animation challenges of The Good Dinosaur - including figuring out how to animate a dinosaur who’s really a boy, and a boy who’s got the spirit of a dog.
FOLLOWING THE T-REX TRAIL - Follow the filmmakers as they travel to a working cattle ranch and meet the McKays, a close-knit family whose work ethic, generosity, and stories inspired the T-Rex ranchers of the film.
COMMENTARY - Commentary from director Peter Sohn, story supervisor Kelsey Mann, supervising animator Mike Venturini, director of photography/lighting Sharon Calahan, and supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi.
DINO BITES - Montage of original animated pieces produced to promote The Good Dinosaur.
HIDE AND SEEK - A short animated clip produced to promote The Good Dinosaur.
Digital Exclusive: "Just Listen" - Trace the development of the unique soundscape of The Good Dinosaur, from the wilds of British Columbia as Sound Designer Craig Berkey collects sounds, to the recording studio where Jeff and Mychael Danna use instruments from around the world to create the music.
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