After hearing reviews of The Good Dinosaur, I was a little reluctant to have my 1st grader watch the movie. Friends said it had a few sad parts, and being that she’s over-sensitive, I was afraid it would bring up questions or emotions we could avoid a little bit longer. After thinking about it for some time, I decided to give in to my daughter’s request to watch the movie. I’m glad I did, because The Good Dinosaur was just right for her age. After the movie we were able to discuss her thoughts and feelings about the movie and the content, so it was a great way to start some heavy discussions about life.
Spoiler Alert- turn away now if you didn’t already see the movie. The Good Dinosaur introduces us to Arlo the dinosaur who is the runt of his family. He’s considerably smaller, for a dinosaur, and doesn’t feel that he is good at anything he does. After trying to prove himself to his father, he loses his father in a storm and he is now left to take care of his mother with his other two siblings. The only problem is- he’s lost.
This is where Arlo’s journey begins and meets his cave-baby friend, Spot. This unlikely duo grow into one another and become best buds throughout their journey back to find Arlo’s family. I won’t give away the end, it’s a movie you have to see. Just keep in mind the messages of death are strong in the movie, so if you aren’t ready for that discussion with your kids you might want to refrain- especially from showing it right before bedtime.
You can get your copy of The Good Dinosaur at Amazon and Disney Movies Anywhere.