I don’t read the books all that much. Honestly, I prefer to watch the films.
The Good Dinosaur would make for a superb coffee table book. Without question, the film features the best landscapes Pixar has ever rendered: more detailed than Brave’s lush forest, more vast than Finding Nemo’s ocean, more wondrous than WALL-E’s star-dotted outer space. Just look to the soft, distant mountains, rising dreamily from clouds, or the swirling dance of fireflies along the grass-filled plains. This is Pixar’s magic, and it’s never shined brighter.
Arlo’s family is full of caricatures, the stern father, the worried mother, the tough older brother and the generically female sister. Half the dialogue sees fit to re-summarize the film’s already simple plot. Even the villains are underdeveloped and under drawn — this from the studio that brought us Stinky Pete, Anton Ego and Lotso Huggin’ Bear.
As the film performed a final pan over a gorgeous, rolling river, I found myself wondering about a potential Good Dinosaur coffee table book. I just wish I hadn’t bothered to watch the film.
TheCroakingFrog says: Skip It
See It Now: see ASAP
See It: see if you have time
Skip It: see at your own risk
Forget It: avoid at all costs