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The Tomatometer is 60% or higher.
The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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If The Good Dinosaur falls low in the rankings of the company's now 16 titles, it is still leagues finer than the flurry of frenetic colors and screwball pacing of the standard children's animated movie.
If the story sounds simple, that's because it is. The complexity here is tonal - zig-zagging from silly to scary - and visual: a super-realistic depiction of nature... contrasted with the foam-rubber, glass-eyed vulnerability of our hero.
The landscapes, beauty and character bonding of "The Good Dinosaur" make it a good bet for a family trip to a theater. But when it comes to leaping to the top of the Pixar heap, "The Good Dinosaur," like its asteroid, just misses.
Perhaps more than ever before, the animators do the heavy lifting: Every detail, from the gentle bob of a beast's breathing to the fluid shifts of Spot's facial expressions, has been lovingly rendered.
The film will satisfy younger viewers, I suppose, but unless your kids are especially gaga over dinosaurs, my guess is that even they will recognize that it is lacking a certain something that separates the great films from the ordinary ones.
A fantastic and frequently exhilarating feature that showcases Pixar's greatest strengths: technical brilliance, emotional texture, crossover appeal, and an impish sense of humor that takes the utmost advantage of the animated form.