The Good Dinosaur

Theatrical Release: November 25, 2015
DVD Release: February 23, 2016
The Good Dinosaur


“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 traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of accomplishing.

Dove Review

“The Good Dinosaur” will make the family laugh! Several kids, who were in the audience when I screened the film, laughed out loud several times. In one scene, a crawling, small boy named “Spot,” who resembles a miniature caveman, peed behind a rock, and the kids laughed a lot on that one. But don’t worry, all the jokes are not about biological functions.

Spot lost his mother and father, and Arlo, the small dinosaur, lost his Poppa. Arlo’s sister, Libby, and older brother, Buck, leave their mark (literally, on a stone wall) fairly soon but it seems like Arlo is always a bit behind and hasn’t left his mark by the time his Poppa is carried away by a flood. He goes on an adventure and meets Spot and, although they don’t take to each other at first, they soon become inseparable and fight enemies together. Along the way, the audience gets to chuckle at their antics.

The movie has some intense scenes and scary monsters, so we are awarding the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12-plus. However, parents should consult the content chart to make their own informed choices. Some kids, ages six to 12, would be okay with the film. It makes the point that late bloomers can still leave their “mark” on the world. One thing is for sure, there will be a lot of laughter in the theater when families watch “The Good Dinosaur.”

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: 'You're a coward"-1; "Yellow belly"-1
Violence: Dinosaur hit on rear with stick; a dinosaur slips and is hurt; bird-like creatures try to get to Spot, because they want to eat him; various characters are chased.
Drugs: A boy and a dinosaur eat some berries and begin to hallucinate and laugh and appear high.
Nudity: Little boy wears a loin cloth.
Other: A jump scene involving a "critter" jumping up quickly; an "I should have killed so and so" comment; dinosaur sticks out tongue at animal; a menacing looking snake; a character is carried away by a flood; small character eats a bug; characters have to navigate through a windstorm; a character has a lizard in his mouth; a few scary images.


Company: Buena Vista
Writer: Meg LeFauve
Director: Peter Sohn
Producer: Denise Ream
Genre: Animated
Runtime: 100 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Starring: Voices by: Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Zahn, Sam Elliott, Frances McDormand, Marcus Scribner, Jack Bright, A.J. Buckley, Anna Paquin
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter