It turns out, The Good Dinosaur isn't good at all. In fact, The Good Dinosaur has a dark, dark secret – he likes to trip out on hallucinogenics. And, if there's one thing we can all agree on – drugs are bad.
Pixar's latest offering depicts a parallel universe where dinosaurs weren't extinct, and instead have evolved into intelligent, sentient beings who can walk, talk, use tools and, as it seems, kick back and chill, man.
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In our upside down Pixar universe, the main character, Arlo, is a lovable dinosaur who has a human for a pet (Spot). Unfortunately, it hasn't received the usual Pixar magic spell, performing below par compared to classics such as Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo.
However, the film does show a different kind of magic, which has caused some controversy, as there isn't mushroom for error with a movie aimed at children.
In one way out scene, Arlo and Spot munch on some magical psychedelic berries and open a door to the divine, kaleidoscopic parallel universe of the hallucinogenic mind.
During their drug induced hallucinations, they float through space, swap heads and form a close bond of the sort that can only be formed when the brain is flooded with feel-good chemicals. Apparently, for a film aimed at kids, this isn't appropriate, with many people voicing their surprise.
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I think it is important to remember that throughout cinematic history, drug taking has featured in children's films. Classic case in point: just think of Alice in Wonderland – the whole story seems like one huge acid trip itself. Not that I'd know. But I've watched documentaries on it, and stuff.
Anyway, below are 4 classic children's films that depicted drug taking, and show The Good Dinosaur isn't the first to attempt to expand its mind in controversial circumstances:
1. 'Alice in Wonderland' (1951)
There has been speculation that Lewis Carroll, when he wrote the original novel in 1865, was under the influence of LSD himself.
It's not hard to see why. There are tons of references to drugs throughout the story, from drinking potions to eating mushrooms.
2. 'Pinocchio' (1940)
The above GIF says it all...
3. Dumbo (1941)
Dumbo gets his water spiked with Champagne. Yeah, 'Champagne.' You show me where I can find 'Champagne' that makes THAT happen and I'll eat my hat.
4. 'Peter Pan' (1953)
During one scene, Peter and his friends visit Native Americans in the Indian Camp of Neverland.
Peter and his friends happily puff away, without a care in the world.