The Good Dinosaur – Our Review

Disney Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is in cinemas – and we went to see it a couple of weeks ago.

the good dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur is the latest Disney Pixar animation, and one H was desperate to see – her love of dinosaurs and our love of Pixar films meant we went, of course.

So what happens when several million years ago, that asteroid hurtling towards earth misses? Fast forward several million years later, and dinosaurs rule the earth, and we get to meet Arlo the Apatosaurus, born to parents Henry and Ida, as well as his two siblings Libby and Buck. Arlo is shy, unconfident and timid. He’s given a task of setting up traps to protect their silo – and eventually comes across Spot, a young feral caveboy who has been stealing their corn. Arlo captures Spot but sets him free.

In the meantime, the classic Pixar ‘thing’ happens, death. Arlo then sees Spot, who he blames for the death, chases him, hits his head on a rock and ends up being saved by him. Both then try to make their way home, meeting several characters along the way and becoming friends in the process.

How scary is The Good Dinosaur? It has its moments – but as with all Pixar films, it’s family friendly – just think of the relationship between Arlo and Spot as a person and their family pet – except Arlo is the human and Spot is the dog. I found it charming and enjoyable.

Watch the trailer here –

The Disney Store have recently launched some toys from The Good Dinosaur – we were sent a Spot Small Toy (rrp £12.95) and a Tin Art Case Set (rrp £12.95) to review. H loves the Spot toy – he’s quite small but has the characteristics of the caveboy – and I would say Spot probably steals the film, so H was happy. The Tin Art Case Set has everything you’ll need for any colouring or writing you might need to do – pens, pencils, crayons, paints, felt tips, ruler and rubber plus a notebook, and a pair of young-child friendly scissors (i.e. without blades).

We think it’s a fine selection of The Good Dinosaur merchandise, and it’s available in store and online now – see the slideshow below for what’s on offer!

Rio 2 on DVD and Blu-Ray

This Monday, August 4th ‘Rio 2’ is released on Blu Ray and DVD. We missed it at the cinema, though have a review copy coming in the post, so will post our thoughts as soon as we can.

However, there are some super cool activity sheets available – which I’m sharing with you now – what do you fancy? Colouring in, or just some facts about the characters? Make your choice – H has chosen her favourite from both – just right click on the image to save on your computer.

Firstly, we have Meet The Gang – an essential, as while H has been really keen to see the film, we don’t know enough about it (other than having some Rio 2 shampoo with Gabi on it upstairs!) – that was enough to make H desperate to see the movie!

Rio 2 - Meet the Gang

and secondly we have a lovely colour in sheet with a Jungle Party featuring Nico, Pedro and Raphael.

Rio 2 - Jungle Party

Rio 2 is available from Monday – you can preorder it from Amazon right now! We’re looking forward to a Movie Night this weekend so we can watch it – in fact, H is extremely excited and can’t wait!

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Reef 2 – Coming Out on DVD and Blu Ray!

Reef 2 is set to be released on the 17th February 2014 on DVD, Digital and On Demand from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Paramount Pictures in association with Empire Film Distribution Ltd  Reef 2. TM, ® & Copyright © 2014 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Reef 2 is the sequel to the 2006 film Reef and brings the return of the little fish Pi (short for Pisces) who has to save his beloved reef. Troy the nasty shark that Pi saw off in his last adventure returns, with several of his friends just in time for high tide.

Pi’s family feature in this animation – his good lady fish Cordelia (voiced by Busy Philips) and their son Junior. Pi trains his friends in fish-fu to help defend themselves in case of attack. Things don’t quite run to plan when they find out Ronny is a spy for Troy. Cordelia is fish-napped leaving Pi and Junior to rescue her!

Reef 2 also sees the return of Nerissa, the wise old sea turtle voiced by Rob Schneider.

We watched Reef 2, and while some parts were a little scary for H, overall she enjoyed it. Think along the lines of Finding Nemo when that gets scary (shark teeth – eek!) and you’re close. There were several funny moments too, and we had an enjoyable movie afternoon watching it together. We were able to talk about the scary bits and what a big meanie Troy and his gang were which helped with her understanding of it all!

Reef 2 runs for 80 minutes and has a U Certificate. Reef 2 is released on the 17th February 2014 and is available for preorder now.

Watch the official trailer:

We also have some fun activity sheets which tie in with the release of the film – right click to download them!


We were sent a DVD copy of Reef 2 for the purpose of review. All opinions are our own and honest. This post contains an affiliate link.