Among people I know who care about what wins the Oscar like it’s somehow a validation of their tastes, there has been some concern that two Pixar films in a year will split the animated feature vote and allow somebody else to win, like maybe Minions. To me, that is an outcome to be desired, but the more I see of The Good Dinosaur, the more I think they needn’t worry. Inside Out had an entertaining trailer, and this…has a sad dinosaur with a pet human who acts like a dog and looks like one of the Croods. The environments created for the film look stunningly realistic – but then every major character is rendered in what is rapidly becoming a goofy, soft Pixar house style. It’s time for them to break the mold a bit, and I hope their upcoming Day of the Dead film might do just that.
Meanwhile, you still get this thing that looks like a less-good Disney’s Dinosaur, or a belated attempt to compete with Ice Age. I’m sure it’ll have moments, but I really don’t think Inside Out has to worry.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist