A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn all about the adventures of Arlo, the sweet but often fearful apatosaurus. By setting their own pace and interacting with the each page, kids will dive deep into the story and meet all the important characters. As most kids'-movie stories are, this one is all about facing your fears, personal growth through perseverance, and valuing, appreciating, and protecting those who are close to you. Some kids will get it, but it's possible the positive messages of The Good Dinosaur: Storybook Deluxe will take a backseat to the games and adventure.
Ease of Play
Navigating through the story is easy and intuitive, but it's not always clear where to tap to activate animations.
Violence & Scariness
Many intense and potentially dangerous interactions among the main characters and menacing predators.
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Products & Purchases
There are ads for other Disney apps behind a parent gate, accessible by typing numerals that correspond to spelled-out numbers; kids who can read will easily bypass the gate. The app is also part of a large commercial network of Disney- and Pixar-branded merchandise and movie tie-ins.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Magnificent graphics and an emotional soundtrack are the shining features in this otherwise simple digital storybook with minimally interactive features. There's lots of wonderful eye candy, from realistic rainfall to wondrous fireflies. The dramatic music, roaring dinosaurs, and growling critters add intensity. Each page also has a touch of interactive content; though some are more exciting than others, these features are mostly underwhelming. The eight games are likely to appeal to kids and are well integrated but are also very simplistic and don't add much to the story. Many of the heart-racing battles are not quite as scary here because they've been turned into games, which puts kids in charge. One exception is the moment where Arlo's father is swept away in a flood, which is still incredibly terrifying. For kids who saw the movie, it's a nice way to continue the cinematic magic, and for kids who want to see the movie, it can be a way to ease them in to the many intense and potentially scary moments.
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