The Good Dinosaur didn’t really live up to it’s name. But the project was highly anticipated leading up to its premiere, buoyed by its prestigious studio, Pixar, and by its 20-year distance from Hollywood’s last dino craze. There was a stretch, peaking in the mid-’90s, when “just add mega-lizards” was the go-to move for desperate entertainment marketers. That era created a curious layer in the pop-cultural fossil record, a stratum littered with mediocre ideas that got produced simply because they featured a stegosaurus or two.
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