Disney/Pixar's latest entry, "The Good Dinosaur," was plagued with many production issues. Originally scheduled to open in May 2014, the film's original director was dropped from the project. Creative differences, problems with the story, and replacements of the original cast also haunted the production. Prospects for the film's success were not looking too bright, as issues like these usually indicate a final product of poor quality.
While the end result is not one of Pixar's best, it is certainly a cute, enjoyable film with absolutely stunning animation rich in color and detail. It also has a sweet message that both children and adults can relate to. While the more recent Disney/Pixar films have been geared equally towards children and adults, "The Good Dinosaur" is a lot more geared for children, but that does not mean that adults cannot enjoy it. It does possess some scary imagery, but it does depend on the child and what he/she is able to tolerate without being frightened. My daughter is 3, and she did not appear to fear anything on the screen.
The film's premise is unique: what if the asteroid missed Earth, resulting in dinosaurs still living today? Dinosaurs and humans live together, although in a much different way than you would expect. The main dinosaurs in the film live on a farm and tend to their crops, while the humans are more uncivilized. To say anything else would truly be a spoiler, as part of the fun is watching the plot unravel. Disney/Pixar is genius in how they construct the trailer to show enough to intrigue audiences, yet not show any scenes that showcase the film's main plot.
"The Good Dinosaur" is not a disappointment by any means, and it surprises me that there was so much trouble in the production stages. As mentioned above, it is certainly not Pixar's best, but it is way better than "Cars," the one Pixar film that has disappointed me (didn't even bother to see the sequel, which looked preposterous and was an obvious cash grab, anyway). If you have young children, they are pretty much guaranteed to like it. The characters in the film are adorable and extremely likable. Combine that with the stunning animation, and you've got yet another success in the Disney/Pixar world.