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The Good Dinosaur – available on Blu-ray/DVD February 23, 2016

 

The Good Dinosaur on Bluray

Coming to Blu-ray/DVD tomorrow (February 23, 2016) is the Disney•Pixar animated adventure, The Good Dinosaur.

The Good Dinosaur stars the voice talents of Raymond Ochoa, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott and Steve Zahn, to name a few.

The Good Dinosaur explores what life could have been like it dinosaurs never went extinct and still roamed the Earth. In this film they talked and ran a working farm.

Poppa and Momma Apatosaurus have three children – Buck, who is very strong. Libby who is full of energy and also strong. And little Arlo who is afraid of everything, including the chickens in the coop that he has to feed daily.

Everyone in the family has a job to do, and that is to ensure the survival of the family. In order to do that they need to make sure the crops are tended to and their supply is not tampered with.

In their family you need to earn your spot. Momma and Pappa already to. In time, Buck and Libby were also able to leave their footprint on the stone wall, proving that they earned their right to be there.

The Good Dinosaur Footprints

Poor little Arlo doesn’t think he’ll ever earn his footprint on the wall. He doesn’t feel like he can accomplish much. He’s helpless without his parents.

Trying to help him feel important, Poppa gives Arlo the job of capturing and killing a human creature who has been eating their corn supply. Arlo did manage to catch him but let him go. He couldn’t bring himself to kill him.

Poppa became furious with Arlo and insist that they both chase the human until he was caught. They followed his tracks down by the river but eventually they lost him.

On their way back home Arlo’s father was accidentally killed.

Life was just not the same without Poppa. They had to struggle even more with their crops without him around.

One day Arlo comes upon the human boy who he blames for his father’s death. Arlo goes after him, only to slip and fall into the river.

Arlo wakes up on the side of the river. He has no idea where he is or how far from home he is. All he knows is that he has to follow the river to get back home.

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The human boy seems to follow him even though all Arlo wants to do is kill him because he blames him for everthing that has happened. Oddly enough the human boy seems to like Arlo, even going so far as to try and get him food to eat.

On his journey back home Arlo learns to appreciate the human boy. The two eventually become friends.

Along the way they meet a lot of interesting characters – some nice, some who are out to make a meal out of the human boy Arlo eventually names Spot.

Will Arlo find his way back home? If he does, what will happen to Spot? Could the creature responsible for his father’s death be welcomed by the rest of his family? To find out you need to pick up a copy of The Good Dinosaur, available tomorrow (Feb. 23, 2016) where ever films are sold.

Bonus features include the following:

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. 

This is a cute animated short. I love that Disney•Pixar include bonus short features with their films. I think a lot of children and parents can relate to the father and son in this cute short.

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. 

I love dinosaurs. I have since I was a little girl. I enjoyed learning more about these majestic creatures. This is why the American Museum of Natural History is one of my most favorite places to visit – because of the dinosaur exhibits.

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.”   

This is such a fun idea! I work with children. I would love to do some kind of a competition like this.

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. 

One of reasons why I enjoy watching bonus features is because I love to learn more about the backstory about a film and how it went from an idea all the way to the big screen. I feel like it gives you a better appreciation for a film when you know what went on “behind the scenes” to make the film a reality.

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.

ALL animators impress me. I WISH I had even a fraction of the talent that they have. Animation has come a long way too. It’s interesting to learn how they came up with the look and feel of the characters in this film.

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.

I didn’t expect this. It was fun to get a behind the scenes look at a real ranch. Owning my own farm has always been a dream of mine. I think there is a lot that can be said about farming families.

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.

I didn’t watch this feature. I’m not a big fan of commentary.

DINO BITES – Montage of original animated pieces produced to promote The Good Dinosaur.

It was fun to see how the characters were originally suppose to look.

HIDE AND SEEK – A short animated clip produced to promote The Good Dinosaur.

DELETED SCENES

  • The Attack – An idyllic introduction to the family farm is cut short when a savage predator attacks the newborn Arlo. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
  • Building the Silo – An admiring Arlo is thrilled to follow along as his father builds a silo for the family farm. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
  • Waiting for Poppa – Arlo awaits the return of his beloved father on a stormy night, only to be greeted with tragic news. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn. 

Blu-ray 3D & DVD:

  • THEATRICAL SHORT – Sanjay’s Super Team

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.

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer             

Arlo and Spot The Good Dinosaur

I should forewarn you to have tissues handy – that is all I am saying.

The animation in this film is breathtaking – most especially landscapes and background. My husband and I commented that it looked entirely real – as if they put the animated characters on a film of a real mountain. It’s so realistic that if they animated characters were removed you would think it was all real.

The characters were all enjoyable, most especially Arlo and Spot. It’s hard not to fall in love with them.

The story line was great too, but there were parts I thought might be a little intense for very young children. You might want to take that into consideration.

This is a wonderful family film. Even my hard to impress teenagers enjoyed it.

To learn more about this film visit Movies.Disney.com/The-Good-Dinosaur. You can also find the film on social media (all of the links are found on the movie’s website).

Here are some free printable activities for you to enjoy. Simply click on the image to save/download the activities sheets. Then you can print them out and enjoy them at your leisure.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. This movie looks so cute and she loves dinosaurs, but was just too young to go to the movies. Will there by chance be a giveaway for this?