Written by Meg LaFauve
It seems rare to receive two Disney/Pixar films in the same calendar year. Since I can remember it has been my tradition to celebrate my June birthday with the release of the latest in the line of great Pixar films, but this year, we get an added treat of a fall, Holiday Pixar release, The Good Dinosaur. And while it could, and has been, argued that Pixar has declined with its recent releases, not releasing great work as consistently as it has in the past, instead delivering perfectly entertaining, but otherwise underwhelming and bland work. Many have called 2015’s earlier release, Inside Out, one of the animated production companies very best, hoping for a resurrection in the sustained greatness of the Pixar product. Indeed, Inside Out is one of my favorite releases so far this year, and the best animated film I’ve seen. However, The Good Dinosaur, with large shoes to fill, seems content delivering an underwhelming narrative.