What do you get when you combine photo-real beautiful environments with an out-of-place silly-looking bright green cartoony bulgy-eyed Dinosaur (maybe done to differentiate from Jurassic Park dinosaurs to sell toys?); use familiar story themes from the "Lion King" and DreamWork's "How To Train Your Dragon”, and then fill it with basically filler scenes?
The Good Dinosaur!
This movie is basically one step above Cars 2 (trainwreck) and just below Brave (Merida - most unlikable animated main character ever.) The films characters Arlo and Spot are so generic that they could have come from any animated film from any other studio. It’s sad as I really did expect more from Pixar. Yes Pixar! You know the people that made great movies like, "The Incredibles", "Toy Story", "Finding Nemo", "Ratatouille", and "Up"? Maybe they were all working on Finding Dory? Or maybe they were all stolen to work on other animated films? Or maybe Pixar is losing its touch? I sure hope not.
Overall, a mediocre story with good visuals scenes minus the goofy looking dinosaur Spot.
My recommendation: wait for the rental. This move isn’t worth spending money on at a theater. Unless you really want to get away from family this weekend or have nowhere else to go, or both.
Hoping next year’s Finding Dory makes up for The Good Dinosaur.