The Good Dinosaur - The Dinosaurs Need to Stay Extinct, Pixar

The Good Dinosaur - The Dinosaurs Need to Stay Extinct, Pixar

The Good Dinosaur is Pixar's second movie in 2015. Maybe the studio should stick to one a year.

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So it's essentially like Land Before Time if it had been completely boring? Jesus.

May I point out that Apatosaurs went extinct almost 90 million years before Tyrannosaurs came to be? That plot doesn't make any sense!! :P

I feel as though people are acting as though this is another great Pixar movie for the same reason they did when Inside Out was released: they've had so many consistently bad or mediocre movies in the post-Wall-E line-up that even a middle of the road film that is worst then we should expect from them seems good by comparison.

I saw the trailer for this thing and nothing speaks to me. There doesn't seem to be any interesting ideas in it, the 'gorgeous views' is something that anyone worth their salt with a render farm and half-competent artists are required to master by now, and the characters look uninspired in that whole 'Cartoony' sort of way.

Not even going to look at it when it trundles into my Netflix a few months from now, seems like I'd fall asleep.

Regardless on what you say (other reviews did say it was an ok film) but I still intend to check it out!

Also I for once actually LOVED cars!

When I first heard of this movie being made, I thougth the Dinosaur would had evolved into human (ok kinda did on what I read) but I mean when it come to shape (humanoid dinosaur).

I found this year's Pixar's film rather week. Inside Out has become so overrated that it became Pixar's Frozen so much so that the internet dug up Osmosis Jones from the grave to bash the movie to show how to do a movie like it positively.

Now I am worried that The Increadibles 2 will lose its "Mature Themes" in favor of just making toys and being no different to the Marvel movies.

This sounds like it's not any better (or worse) than Walking With Dinosaurs 3D to me... and that movie took me a while to realize that it was a live-action background movie with CGI dinosaurs and an English dub-over... (At least that movie had more species of dinosaurs present, even if some were just cameos at best...) But seriously, some of those trailers seemed like it wasn't giving this movie any justice and now you're telling me that they're as "accurate" as basically saying "stuff happens, but you know where this is going to go anyway, so just watch it because it's Pixar"...

Other than that, both Cars movie were great in their own right, yet had moments of missed potential given the concept... with small exceptions to the sequel, which had me laughing at [almost] all of the little car references with my mother attesting to that...

Samtemdo8:
Now I am worried that The Increadibles 2 will lose its "Mature Themes" in favor of just making toys and being no different to the Marvel movies.

My biggest fear for The Incedibles 2 is the movie trying to throw in as many heroes as possible in an all-out brawl to save the world or some shit like that... Basically, just like in the third Spy Kids movie but somehow worse by extension...

To the Recommendation line: the only good Land Before Time movie was the first one. You know, the one that was actually a coming of age movie that dealt with some serious themes. All the rest are just pointless sing-alongs. :P

As for this movie: that's pretty much what I had heard about it. Apparently it's just a safe, by-the-numbers Pixar movie that doesn't really have anything special about it.

FPLOON:
My biggest fear for The Incedibles 2 is the movie trying to throw in as many heroes as possible in an all-out brawl to save the world or some shit like that... Basically, just like in the third Spy Kids movie but somehow worse by extension...

My biggest fear is that Brad Bird isn't going to put his heart into it. Which seems justified as apparently he's only doing it so that he's allowed to make some other movie by Disney. That's what I heard anyway.

And seeing as the enjoyment of the first film came from watching these characters slowly come out of their shell (again), and form a cohessive super hero unit, I doubt a sequel will be as engaging. They'd also have to deal with Jack-Jack, who's final revelation in the first film was a fun joke, but who's presence in the sequel would totally break any tension. That is assuming they're going to set it some 5 to 10 years later.

RJ 17:
To the Recommendation line: the only good Land Before Time movie was the first one. You know, the one that was actually a coming of age movie that dealt with some serious themes. All the rest are just pointless sing-alongs. :P

Some would say it's actually the tale of 5 orphans living through the final days the age of dinosaurs, ending with them meeting their relatives again in the afterlife. Doesn't make too much sense considering Littlefoot's mom, but it does fit the rather bleak and sad tone of the entire movie quite nicely.

Casual Shinji:

RJ 17:
To the Recommendation line: the only good Land Before Time movie was the first one. You know, the one that was actually a coming of age movie that dealt with some serious themes. All the rest are just pointless sing-alongs. :P

Some would say it's actually the tale of 5 orphans living through the final days the age of dinosaurs, ending with them meeting their relatives again in the afterlife. Doesn't make too much sense considering Littlefoot's mom, but it does fit the rather bleak and sad tone of the entire movie quite nicely.

The point remains that the first one is the only one that's any good/worth watching. :P

RJ 17:
The point remains that the first one is the only one that's any good/worth watching. :P

Just trying to reignite some of those good ol' sad Land Before Time feels. ;)

Casual Shinji:

FPLOON:
My biggest fear for The Incedibles 2 is the movie trying to throw in as many heroes as possible in an all-out brawl to save the world or some shit like that... Basically, just like in the third Spy Kids movie but somehow worse by extension...

My biggest fear is that Brad Bird isn't going to put his heart into it. Which seems justified as apparently he's only doing it so that he's allowed to make some other movie by Disney. That's what I heard anyway.

And seeing as the enjoyment of the first film came from watching these characters slowly come out of their shell (again), and form a cohessive super hero unit, I doubt a sequel will be as engaging. They'd also have to deal with Jack-Jack, who's final revelation in the first film was a fun joke, but who's presence in the sequel would totally break any tension. That is assuming they're going to set it some 5 to 10 years later.

That's true... I mean, unless they somehow

thus leading to a formation of a "bigger" cohesive superhero unit that extends far beyond those related by blood (or by virtue of even having powers in the first place), for example, then the movie wouldn't even feel like it's even trying to hide the fact that Brad Bird's heart isn't as present in the sequel than it was in the first movie...

Then again, it could just turn into another Car 2-like movie where all of the missed potential that could have been in the first movie is present in the sequel only regulated to background references and "unintended" world-building for the "unneeded spin-off" if it even comes to that in the first place...:P

Just go back and watch the first Ice Age movie. Fantastic visual design, great voice cast, and a much better developed family dynamic (surrogate families, forgiveness and redemption being major themes of the film), and a catchy as all hell soundtrack.

Casual Shinji:

RJ 17:
The point remains that the first one is the only one that's any good/worth watching. :P

Just trying to reignite some of those good ol' sad Land Before Time feels. ;)

There's a free streaming site that has every anime and western cartoon you can possibly think of - both series and movies - and I watched the first Land Before Time on there a month or two ago just for fun.

And yep, I was crying during a good portion of it. Part due to the story - I'm a big sentimental sap :P - and part due to the crushing wave of nostalgia that crashed into me at the first scene and lasted until the credits rolled.

Wasn't this film in production hell?

Dinosaur killer asteroid missing the planet, and the evolution of intelligent dinosaurs that come into contact with humans is the plot of the Harry Harrison West of Eden trilogy. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_of_Eden ) THAT would make a potentially interesting movie. This is just a plotless filler movie. "Kids love dinosaurs, here's one that talks, movie done. OK next!"

Yeah, all the ads I've seen for this movie don't tell me what it's about, besides blatant feels-extraction. Not even Sam Elliot as a grizzled old T-Rex could convince me to go if the lead isn't compelling enough. Hell, I could just watch ICE AGE again.

If there is one show with a token human in it worth seeing, it's Stop The Planet of the Apes, I Want To Get Off!

I found Inside Out to be one of the worst movies I've seen. Sounds like this one would top it though... Trailer looks pretty bad as well - that's rare.

Yeah, I'll put this one in the avoid basket.

What's really sad about this movie not being very good is that the cartoon short before the movie, 'Sanjay's Super Team', is amazing and now many people will probably not see it. I got to see it at SDCC and was hoping that the movie would be worth buying just to have a copy of it. I guess I'll have to wait till they do another Pixar shorts collection.

So, I think it's safe to write Pixar off as "has-beens" when it comes to producing quality movies. Good thing I was sticking with Dreamworks all these years.

So what you're sayiong is this is poxar's version of 'A Troll in Central park'

Casual Shinji:

FPLOON:
My biggest fear for The Incedibles 2 is the movie trying to throw in as many heroes as possible in an all-out brawl to save the world or some shit like that... Basically, just like in the third Spy Kids movie but somehow worse by extension...

My biggest fear is that Brad Bird isn't going to put his heart into it. Which seems justified as apparently he's only doing it so that he's allowed to make some other movie by Disney. That's what I heard anyway.

And seeing as the enjoyment of the first film came from watching these characters slowly come out of their shell (again), and form a cohessive super hero unit, I doubt a sequel will be as engaging. They'd also have to deal with Jack-Jack, who's final revelation in the first film was a fun joke, but who's presence in the sequel would totally break any tension. That is assuming they're going to set it some 5 to 10 years later.

That would be massively disappointing, given how much I love Brad Bird. Unless the other film is 2d, the trade off doesn't seem worth it. Not that it matters, Disney would make the movie anyway, and the only person I trust at Pixar anymore if Pete Doctor.

OT: I saw this coming when I saw the trailer. They're really pushing the nostalgia angle hard. Every trailer I've seen has talked about every Pixar film except The Good Dinosaur. "We swear, this movie just as subtle and awesome as all the movies you grew up with! We swear!" Then it turns out that the guy who made Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs made it, and I lost all faith. When Pixar is pilfering Dreamworks for talent, something has gone very, very wrong.

I enjoyed the movie. Kind of reminded me of Old Yeller. It is a coming of age movie and a bit of a tearjerker. Also, the family at the end is not related to the boy, they are adoptive.

I think I already saw the decay of Pixar with their film Inside Out. Which, actually, wasn't very good. But at least Inside Out still had the creative ideas.

This is a Pixar movie - the second of 2015, after Inside Out, which was amazing - and, therefore, our expectations are automatically higher than with films from other studios.

Aside from disagreeing about Inside Out being amazing (which it wasn't - the only character I liked and felt was rounded was Bing Bong), I'd say the exact same for The Legend of Korra, which had its one-year anniversary recently. If it had come from overseas, from some studio and writers that I had always associated with hack or mass production works, it would have been very good or even amazing. As a follow up act to Avatar: The Last Airbender? Not so much.

Only difference here is that the last best Pixar movie that I've seen was Brave(haven't seen Monsters University just yet).

They face ... not much danger, really. And they learn ... almost nothing until the very end

That could just as easily describe Inside Out. Almost all the lessons are shunted towards the end. It's shown in the final part that the "islands" can regenerate(thus retroactively lessening the "danger" there was), that it was all a part of growing up, running away isn't a good idea and that sadness has a purpose and place in a healthy individual.

WinterWyvern:
I think I already saw the decay of Pixar with their film Inside Out. Which, actually, wasn't very good. But at least Inside Out still had the creative ideas.

Glad to know I'm not the only one who thinks Inside Out was a strike out for the most part. Bing Bong was as good as it got, considering I've heard rumors(just rumors) that Pixar got the basic idea for Inside Out from somewhere else and didn't credit them - just like with Finding Nemo. I know Inside Out is very similar to some already existing things.

Just for the studio's sake, I had hoped The Good Dinosaur was going to be good. Sounds like it's not - I just hope The Incredibles 2 doesn't get flubbed up.

Edit: On dinosaurs not changing. I doubt they would have made them evolve, as that may have made a lot of what's supposed to be what go over audience's heads. A lot simpler to have them static than evolve in crazy ways like in this hypothetical evolution book by Dougal Dixon(available from a Russian "online library" - not posting a link because I don't know the legality of such a thing).

Just saw this on boxing day and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Admittingly I went in with low expectations after reading this review.

But the wife and I drew direct comparisons to

Definitely had some big feels in the movie ;p

 

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