We went to see The Good Dinosaur the other night. We basically went because our youngest (E) is obsessed with dinosaurs right now. From the commercials, I went in kind of figuring it would be another half assed kids movie, good for a few chuckles and temporarily entertained hellions.
I was so incredibly wrong.
This is one of the best kids movies I’ve seen in a long time, and I would definitely suggest it for anyone, whether you have kids or not. I’m not going to put spoilers in here, I just wanted to talk about one minor character that is only in there momentarily.
At one point (I won’t say how) Arlo, the main character, runs into a snake. It doesn’t sound that amazing, but it is. I absolutely love evolution and that’s why it’s amazing.
This snake has teeny tiny legs!
This is totally something that snakes had at one point, and lost over time. This little addition totally made my night. I’ve never seen anything like that in a movie, much less in a kids movie. It’s such a small detail, but it’s such a big deal.
As many people probably know, here in the US, we’ve got a dismal rate of scientific understanding, especially when it comes to evolution. It’s about 50/50 in those that know evolution is real and those that believe it isn’t, so to see something based off evolutionary prospects in a kids movie just makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.
The whole entire movie is just absolutely awesome, and there are tons of little details that are so cool, but as a huge fan of biology and evolution (I’m only going back to school for it lol) seeing that snake, in the few moments of glory it had on the screen, made my night more so than anything else could have.
Now, have a beautiful day sunshines, and do yourself a favor: go see The Good Dinosaur.