The Good Dinosaur | Chicago Reader

The Good Dinosaur

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.

Credits

Director:

  • Peter Sohn

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
  • John Ratzenberger

Producer:

  • Denise Ream

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