After being shown a couple of clips in August at the D23 Expo and the success of Inside Out, I had gotten pretty high hopes of this movie. While the hype was big, I don't think it's justice was done.
We follow the young Apatosaurus, Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa), on his journey to reunite with his family after being swept away by the river. On this journey he encounters many different dinosaurs and a small human boy, Spot (Voiced by Jack Bright). Arlo is forced to overcome his difficulties and trust Spot with his help.
The graphics in this movie are beyond amazing. Probably the best thing about the movie to be honest. Landscapes look like the real thing, and while the cartoony looks of the characters makes a huge separation between the environment and the action, they still blend fairly well. The textures of the skins, and water running down the backs of the animals is just jaw dropping.
As for the story, it could have used some work. The only characters the stay consistent are Arlo and Spot. We are introduced to other characters for a brief time and never see or hear from them again. Butch, the T-Rex voiced by Sam Elliot, was shown as a father like figure to help Arlo out on his journey, but we only have a few scenes with him and in those his lines are brief. There are still some tear jerking moments that really bring the story together, and make the lack of characters more understandable. But with an underlining theme of Family, I was looking for some more family moments.
Overall I will give this movie a 7/10. It's very much an enjoyable movie, and still a great Pixar movie. But at the end of the day it can't live up to the other Pixar relsease for the year.