The Most Beautifully Animated Film Comes Home – The Good Dinosaur BluRay/DVD Review

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The Good Dinosaur is released on BluRay, DVD, and Disney Movies Anywhere on 2/23
The Good Dinosaur is released on BluRay, DVD, and Disney Movies Anywhere on 2/23

The most beautifully animated movie ever.

The Good Dinosaur represents the next leap in digital animation.  More realistic than any other film of its kind, the details in bringing life to Arlo the Apatosaur and his world are incredible to watch.  Clouds are fluffy and change shape, water moves and collides, light dances off the ground in ways that will make you question if the characters are simply pasted over real life images.  But they aren’t.  A beautiful blend between realism and imagination, the world of The Good Dinosaur will immerse you in its setting.  The home release of the film is no different.  In fact the detail on the screen is just as vibrant and realistic as what you might see in the theater.

And of course as with any home release, there are some goodies on the disc that you won’t find in the theater.  Background about the development of the film, deleted scenes, and commentary are pretty standard – even for animated films.  The deleted scenes for The Good Dinosaur give viewers a glimpse into different directions the creators could have gone but ultimately did not.  The clip “Waiting for Poppa” describes a whole shift in the story away from the flood scene that eventually showed up on screen with Arlo and his dad.  It’s interesting to see the development of the creative process through these shifts.

"The Good Dinosaur" tells the story of Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a human boy. Directed by Peter Sohn ("Partly Cloudy") and produced by Denise Ream ("Cars 2", "The Good Dinosaur" opens in theaters Nov. 25, 2015. ©2014 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
“The Good Dinosaur” tells the story of Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart who sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a human boy. This concept art piece is from one of Arlo and Spot’s early meetings. ©2014 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

It was also interesting to see how the animators dealt with the challenge of bringing to life creatures who have no real life reference.  Usually, animators study living animals, people, or objects to get the movements and characterization just right, but without actual dinosaurs to study, the folks at Pixar had to be creative in how to develop Arlo’s actions.  One of the most interesting features Pixar includes with their home release is to give you a little slice into the everyday workings of the company.  On the disc for The Good Dinosaur we get the chance to see one of the ways Pixar employees have fun in the workplace with a feature called “Recyclosaurus” where each department had to create their own dinosaur with one roll of duct tape and whatever they could find around the workplace. Made me think I would love to work there.  I wonder if they have any openings?

Pixar Animation Studios' new short, "Sanjay's Super Team," tells the story of a first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture conflicts with his father, who tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. The boy embarks on an awe-inspiring adventure, returning with a new perspective they can both embrace. “Sanjay’s Super Team” opens in front of Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” on Nov. 25, 2015. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Pixar Animation Studios’ new short, “Sanjay’s Super Team,” tells the story of a first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture conflicts with his father, who tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. The boy embarks on an awe-inspiring adventure, returning with a new perspective they can both embrace. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

But the best bonus feature is the inclusion of the Pixar animated short, Sanjay’s Super Team which was shown in theaters with The Good Dinosaur.  This brightly-colored story is at its heart about making a connection between a father and his child.  It is exceptionally creative and goes in directions that haven’t been explored before in animation.  This film that everyone can connect with is framed in an original space – an Indian family with a Hindu background.  It is daring and bold to see the folks at Pixar willing to branch out into a more diverse space while telling a timeless story at the same time.  It would be worth getting the home release just for this feature alone.  But there is so much more.

If you haven’t seen The Good Dinosaur yet, this is a film that is definitely worth your time.  It is a sweet family film that is filled with action and adventure.  And as I mentioned before, it is the most visually stunning animated film you’ll likely ever have seen.

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