What do you say when a great artist misfires?
With a miracle like Pixar, the studio which found an incantation to reliably create storytelling magic somewhere around 1995, The Good Dinosaur is best viewed as a well meaning minor entry.
The story of a farming dinosaur and a wild-child human he finds in the woods, Dinosaur is the kind of movie with so many edges rounded off it becomes shapeless even as you can see the contours of where its story is taking you.
Lacking the strange left turns of a Brave, the fathomless charm of Finding Nemo or Toy Story, or even the misfiring plot of the Cars 2, The Good Dinosaur is a beautifully animated story which just kinds of sits there. Try as it does, it never takes flight as Pixar movies do.
For me at least, just a few hours after viewing Dinosaur fades into a cloud of a thousand other movies just like it… mildly amusing, non-threatening, missing the sharp inspiration which makes something memorable. I wouldn’t be surprised if a week or two from now, it is gone, never to break the surface of memory again.