The Good Dinosaur is Pixar’s latest attempt to pluck at heartstrings and, I’ve gotta admit, from the trailer it certainly looks like they’ve gotten a bit of their mojo back. (Inside Out showed no end of craft in how it was made, but the artistry seemed to me to be a bit lacking… I was too busy noticing how they were plucking at my heartstrings to really enjoy having those same strings plucked.)
Inside Out was weak because, among other reasons, we were shoveled saccharin and told “THIS IS REALLY SWEET” as we got it instead of being shown something that we ought to have *KNOWN* would be pleasing on the tongue. The character of Bing Bong is the most obvious example of this sort of thing. (In addition, the whole movie was a little too overstuffed as a concept.) Instead of just giving us a character or two and letting a story be told, we got a strange mashup of Herman’s Head and Osmosis Jones (a movie devoted to the internal struggles of a white blood cell and some cold medicine fighting within the body of Bill Murray).
It seems that Pixar said “okay, back to basics… a dinosaur, a kiddo… and let’s tell a story with facial expressions”. The scene where the kid gets the berries? I smiled despite myself. A small gift, a feeling of gratitude, and two best friends wandering around and taking on nature. What could be better?
Now I need is 3 hours to rub together and spend them at a movie theater…
So… what are you watching and/or reading?
(Featured Image is “Edison’s Telephonoscope” by George du Maurier from Punch Almanack for 1879)