Seen­it­be­foreus Rex

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | PG | Blu- ray 3D/ Blu- ray/ DVD

Di­rec­tor Peter Sohn

Cast Jef­frey Wright, Frances

McDor­mand, Ray­mond Ochoa

Pixar’s se­cond big- screen out­ing of last year isn’t a patch on the in­no­va­tive In­side Out. It’s Pixar by num­bers, an af­fa­ble but generic talk­ing an­i­mal movie that looks stun­ning, yet never es­capes the sense we’ve seen it all be­fore.

That’s de­spite a great al­ter­nate his­tory premise, which pon­ders what might have hap­pened if the as­ter­oid that killed off the di­nosaurs had missed Earth. Evo­lu­tion takes a very dif­fer­ent route, one where di­nosaurs have be­come farm­ers, and cross paths with early hu­mans. It’s an in­trigu­ing world, yet the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore it is rapidly con­sumed by Lion King- es­que fam­ily tragedy which sends two mis­matched char­ac­ters on a lit­eral and fig­u­ra­tive jour­ney that Find­ing Nemo did bet­ter.

The re­la­tion­ship be­tween cow­ardly apatosaurus Arlo and his dog- like hu­man side­kick Spot is un­de­ni­ably touch­ing – even on au­topi­lot, Pixar can tug the heart­strings like no­body else. Un­for­tu­nately, the sup­port­ing play­ers don’t get the time to de­velop into fully- rounded char­ac­ters, ul­ti­mately up­staged by scenery so jaw- drop­pingly beau­ti­ful that it looks like John Ford’s been res­ur­rected and given state- of- the- art com­put­ers to make a Western. Af­ter In­side Out, which re­minded us of a time when ev­ery new Pixar re­lease promised some­thing we’d never seen be­fore, this feels like a bunch of tal­ented peo­ple go­ing through the mo­tions.

Ex­tras Don’t ex­pect the low- down on Pixar’s de­ci­sion to re­place the orig­i­nal di­rec­tor and most of the voice cast. In­stead you get com­men­tary by var­i­ous crew, three deleted scenes, short “San­jay’s Su­per Team” ( in which an In­dian boy imag­ines Hindu gods as su­per­heroes), faux- B- roll of the di­nosaurs mess­ing around, and brief fea­turettes on top­ics such as an­i­mat­ing the char­ac­ters and meet­ing real- life ranch­ers. The DVD has just the com­men­tary and the short. Richard Ed­wards

Pixar sneaked in their now- stan­dard A113 ref­er­ence – the num­ber ap­pears in a fence when Arlo goes out to feed the chick­ens.

Drugs: bril­liant.

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