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The Good Dinosaur


Rated PG · 92 minutes · 2015

Adventure, Animation, Comedy
This 2015 computer-animated feature from Disney comes close to the wonder and terror of the studio's classic hand-painted animations; in its realization of such childhood fears as getting lost and a parent dying, it particularly recalls Bambi and Dumbo. The story takes place in an imagined world where dinosaurs have survived into the age of early man; a young apatosaurus is washed down a river and away from his family homestead, and on his journey back he befriends a Neanderthal boy and learns to fend for himself in the wild. The intricately designed settings convey a Miyazaki-like reverence for the natural world, and the hero's longing for his family is affecting, never saccharine. Peter Sohn directed.
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Director: Peter Sohn
Producer: Denise Ream
Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Padilla, Ryan Teeple, Jack McGraw, Marcus Scribner, Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Peter Sohn, Steve Zahn, Mandy Freund, Steven Hunter, A.J. Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, Dave Boat, Carrie Paff and John Ratzenberger

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