Parents' Guide to

The Good Dinosaur

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Young dino braves nature in lovely but intense adventure.

Movie PG 2015 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 139 parent reviews

age 6+

Gritty & Uplifting

This movie does what many children’s movies shy away from these teaches grit. It emphasizes that life is challenging and fear is a normal part of life. It encourages kids to go with the flow and also sit with their fear mindfully. Yes, it has some scary moments. It wasn’t gratuitous, but it wasn’t apologetic either. Your reaction to these scenes as a parent matters, they look to you as a model in these moments. Be composed, express some sadness, but don’t go over the top. Show them that yes, the world can be harsh, but we try to ride these difficulties confidently because otherwise we are paralyzed by fear. Trust me, it’ll do them much better than pretending it doesn’t exist. -School Psychologist and mom of two boys (ages 6 & 8)
age 5+

If your struggling to talk about grief watch this

As a person who experienced death at a young age, 5, and who has a son who is also trying to reconcile this experience, this movie is a god send! It expresses grief in a way that puts boundaries on emotions and helped us put language to how we are feeling and the experiences my family is going through. If your in a similar situation I would recommend this movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (139 ):
Kids say (68 ):

This visually beautiful, emotionally authentic tale about a young dinosaur who experiences loss and struggles to find his way home will entrance kids and parents alike. Pixar's gorgeous animation places The Good Dinosaur's talking animals (and human) in photo-realistic natural settings that are nearly indistinguishable from actual forests, rivers, and mountains. (In fact, the images' reality could add to the scariness for young children during storms and other scenes of threat.)

Great visual moments come out of Spot's lack of spoken language skills. The best example? Arlo, who can talk, explains the concept of family by setting representative stick figures in the sand and drawing a circle of closeness around them. Spot takes it further by doing the same and then throwing burial sand over the sticks to communicate that he's now alone in the world. But ultimately, he's not -- he has Arlo, and Arlo has him, and their friendship is a solid core for another excellent, if intense, Pixar adventure.

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