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The Good Dinosaur (2015)

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In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Poppa (voice)
Momma (voice)
Maleah Nipay-Padilla ...
Young Libby (voice) (as Maleah Padilla)
Young Buck (voice)
Young Arlo (voice)
Buck (voice)
Arlo (voice)
Spot (voice)
Pet Collector (voice)
Thunderclap (voice)
Mandy Freund ...
Downpour (voice)
Steven Clay Hunter ...
Coldfront (voice)
Nash (voice) (as AJ Buckley)
Ramsey (voice)
Butch (voice)


"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 travelling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Written by Pixar

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for peril, action and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

25 November 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Pixar/Dinosaurs Project  »


Box Office


$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,155,217, 29 November 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thomas Newman was originally assigned to compose music for this movie, but complications with Newman's schedule and further delays with the film's productions prompted him to leave. Newman was replaced by Academy Award winning Composer Mychael Danna (Life of Pi (2012)). See more »


A heavy rain is falling as Arlo and Spot are trapped in a rushing river. During close-ups of Arlo, the rain is falling at a sharp angle to the right. During close-ups of Spot, the rain is falling at a sharp angle to the left. See more »


[first lines]
Momma: Henry, it's time.
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Crazy Credits

This sentence appears towards the end and is then encircled in a ring, like the human family towards the end of the movie: "We are grateful to the family and friends of The Good Dinosaur crew your love and support made this film possible." See more »


References Ghost Rider (2007) See more »

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A Fun Movie, Even If It's Not Pixar's Best
18 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

I felt compelled to write a review, primarily because there are so many "1 star" reviews taking up residence on this site. Let's be frank, folks. If it wasn't Pixar, you wouldn't be whining about how "awful" it was.

Here's the truth for those who are actually interested in seeing it: it's a pretty great flick.

I would love to hop on here and tell you that everyone's wrong and it's the most amazing animated movie I've ever seen, but that wouldn't be true. I would honestly say it's near the bottom when compared to all the other Pixar films.

But it's still a lot of fun. Here are the most laudable aspects, in my humble opinion:

1: The animation is the best Pixar has done to this point. It's truly beautiful! They did a tremendous job of capturing the beauty of nature, from forests to prairies, and interposing an almost cheesy-looking dinosaur in the midst of it was fantastic. Don't waste your time with a DVD on this one, splurge for the Blu-Ray.

2: The characters are heartwarming, and the plot is simple. Frances McDormand is especially wonderful as the mother of the simple farming family of apatosaurs, and the characters are driven by simple values like family and hard-work. I understand why many were frustrated with the simplicity of the plot, but do we always have to jump the shark in a movie? It's a fun and beautiful journey.

3: It's a beautiful parody of a classic western story/film. I'm a little annoyed that the previews didn't push this aspect more, because a lot of the movie-bashing is based on the fact that people didn't get the story they expected. This is not unlike classic Disney movies like "The Incredible Journey." Don't expect something modern or game-changing here. This is just a twist on a classic homecoming story.

I hope this preview helps dispel some of the hate. It's a fun movie, and worth a watch, even if it's not my favorite Pixar.

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