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Five Lessons Learned From The Good Dinosaur: Movie Review

Disney provided me with an all expense paid trip to L.A. to attend the #GoodDinoEvent in exchange for my coverage.  No other compensation is given and all opinions in my posts are 100% my own.  Disclosure Policy.


What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?
The much anticipated Disney Pixar film, The Good Dinosaur, opens in theaters TODAY!  This past week I had the pleasure to pre-screen it not once but THREE times and I’m still wanting more!  It’s arrival is just in time for Thanksgiving, so pack up the kids and enjoy a family film together this holiday season!
As always, Pixar knows how to take a story and relate it to all ages.  The Good Dinosaur will not only have you laughing and crying; you will leave the theater with many life lessons.  
Five Lessons We Can Learn From The Good Dinosaur


The Biggest Journey Is The One Within
The story begins with Poppa (Jeffery Wright) & Momma (Frances McDormand) starting a family and building a place to call home.  Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), the runt of the litter, doesn’t quite fit in with his siblings and is trying to find a place in the family to “make his mark.”  By the urging of his Poppa, he is put on special duty to rid the place of critters.  When his fears overtake him, his Poppa pushes him too far which puts them both in danger.  Trying to right the wrong, Arlo finds himself far from home and has to put on his big dinosaur pants to make his way back to his family.



So Much Beauty In The World
“Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty.”
Even a huge dinosaur can feel small surrounded by all the beauty in nature.  Disney Pixar has done an incredible job bringing this beauty alive on the big screen!  From the waterfalls & roaring rivers to the fields lit up with fireflies; the visuals in The Good Dinosaur will have you in awe.



Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover
On his journey to return home, Arlo encounters plenty of new creatures and many unlikely friends.  One in particular is the human (dog-like critter) called Spot (Jack Bright).  Spot is the ying to Arlo’s yang.  Where Arlo is scared of the world around him, Spot is fearless and takes the world head on.  Together they develop an unbreakable bond and come to depend on one another for not only survival but friendship.



Laughter Is The Best Medicine
You can’t have a journey with a dinosaur and a dog-like human without plenty of laughs!  Pixar always does an amazing job to relate their movies to children and adults alike.  Sure, there will be parts of the movie that kids might not “get”, like when Arlo and Spot eat a suspicious piece of fruit and begin to hallucinate, but it will bring laughs throughout the theater nonetheless.


Home Is Where The Heart (Or Circle) Is
Expect a roller-coaster of emotions as you journey with Arlo and Spot.  There are so many lessons woven into the story with some truly moving moments that will have you in tears.  One of which is when Arlo and Spots communicate with eachother, using circles and sticks, and you learn more about Spots past.
Will Arlo overcome his fears?  Will Spot and Arlo make it back home?  No spoilers from me, get your tickets today and find out! And make sure to get to the theater early, you will NOT want to miss the short beforehand: Sanjay’s Super Team.

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