You could take Arlo the baby dinosaur home to play
with except that he and his family are judicious farmers. They plough the land
with their noses and spray not fire but water through their nostrils over the
Here’s a good old kid-friendly animation film from
Disney where you forget you’re wearing 3D glasses and settle comfortably into a
world with characters that start feeling like real flesh and blood.
Dinosaur parents are as eager as any other watching
their eggs hatch. Siblings bursting out of their shells are different from one
another, especially Arlo the youngest, the smallest, the one who has fears and
When Ma, Pa and the older brothers get to imprint a
paw mark each on the wall for pulling off a big achievement, only fearful
little Arlo doesn’t qualify.
There’s a Lion
King moment when Pa dies saving Arlo. In Lion King, there was a stampede, here it’s a river storm that takes
Arlo tries to help Ma but soon comes a time when he’s
lost and all alone. And much like the
lion cub, Arlo too finds a new friend in Spot, a tiny four-legged human who
sniffs around like a hound.
Adults would find director Peter Sohn’s Dinosaur
inferior in many ways to Lion King
and comparisons are inevitable. Nature’s fury is repeated in the form of dust
storms and sea storms. An overdose of sentimentality is also noted. One wonders
too, if the moment of epiphany with the dead Pa would be understood by small
kids who are the target audience.
But the animation is sound and there are appropriate
messages about family, bravery and sticking your neck out for a friend. So this
one’s for all the kids in the family to go and enjoy the adventures of Arlo the
For a film that sends the right messages to children
while it entertains them, The Good
Dinosaur gets a 3* rating.
Reviewed byJournalist & Author
Bharathi S Pradhan