The Good Dinosaur

Pixar at D23 (UPDATE: Toy Story Land)

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Posted by Simoa • August 15, 2015

D23 is this weekend, and there’s no shortage of awesome Pixar news! New logos, images, release dates, and synopses have been revealed for their upcoming slate, and the excitement for them has only increased. Without further ado, here’s all the brilliance fans were treated to.

“Riley’s First Date?” Pixar Animation Studios heads back inside the mind with an all-new short. “Riley’s First Date?” made its world premiere at D23 EXPO 2015. Director Josh Cooley, along with Inside Out filmmakers Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and Jonas Rivera (Up), introduced the short, which revisits Riley, now 12, who is hanging out with her parents at home when potential trouble comes knocking. Mom’s and Dad’s Emotions find themselves forced to deal with “Riley’s First Date?” The short will be included as a bonus feature in the digital HD & Blu-ray releases of Disney·Pixar’s Inside Out, which will be available digitally Oct. 13 and on Blu-ray Nov. 3, 2015.




Anticipation for Disney·Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur was amplified when director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream shared breathtaking sequences with fans, including never-before-seen footage of a trio of T-Rexes in action. In theaters on Nov. 25, 2015, The Good Dinosaur features Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home among a host of intimidating creatures.


Ellen DeGeneres (“The Ellen DeGeneres Show”), the voice of everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, took a dip with D23 EXPO, celebrating Disney·Pixar’s upcoming film Finding Dory. Joining DeGeneres on stage this afternoon were Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family”), who lends his voice to Hank, a cantankerous octopus; Ty Burrell (“Modern Family”), the voice of Bailey, a misguided beluga whale; and Kaitlin Olson (“Always Sunny in Philadelphia”), who voices Destiny, a kind-hearted whale shark. Oscar®-winning director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL•E), co-director Angus MacLane and producer Lindsey Collins (co-producer WALL•E) offered new details of the all-new story, which reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale? Also featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, Disney·Pixar’s Finding Dory swims into theaters June 17, 2016.


And finally, Lee Unkrich’s Dia de Los Muertos film has a title, logo, and plot details!

Director Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and producer Darla K. Anderson (Toy Story 3) revealed the title of their upcoming film today at D23 Expo 2015. Disney·Pixar’s Coco is the celebration of a lifetime, where the discovery of a generations-old mystery leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion. Also worth noting that the protagonist of Coco is Miguel, a 12 year old Mexican boy, making him Pixar’s first Latino protagonist.


image via pixaranimation on Instagram.

There’s also the clever, amazing logo for The Incredibles 2!

There is so much to look forward to, we don’t know where to begin. Check back in here for more updates on D23!

UPDATE: It was revealed yesterday that a new Pixar themed ride would be opening at the Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. Guests get a toy sized view of the world, made to look like Andy’s backyard, with a Slinky Dog rollercoaster and other amazing attractions. Concept art for the new land appears below.

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It’s always a good time to be a Pixar fan, but now even more so!


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Gorgeous new still of The Good Dinosaur

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Posted by Simoa • August 12, 2015

Feast your eyes on this hi-res still of The Good Dinosaur! This breathtaking image captures the scope of the film as well as the natural beauty of the world. Although Arlo will find himself battling rough terrain, you couldn’t tell from this image. It’s so beautiful and vivid, and of course the finished film will be as well. Continue to follow along here for more about Pixar’s November release. D23 is this Saturday and there will be plenty more news to look forward to.


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The first trailer for The Good Dinosaur released!

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Posted by Simoa • July 21, 2015

Pixar’s new trailer for The Good Dinosaur is not to be missed. Just over two minutes long, the trailer is effective for a variety of reasons: it shows just enough without revealing key plot elements, the friendship between Arlo the apatosaurus and Spot the human boy is well established, and the animation/art is stunning.

trailer1Certain images within the trailer look as if they came from live action footage. One beautiful example are the leaves which appear to the right. It’s becoming more abundantly clear that this film will indeed be a visual masterwork, blending more realistic landscapes with the cartoony look of Arlo and the other dinosaurs. That’s one similarity Good Dinosaur shares with Inside Out.

This movie has gone through many transformations and an evolution of its own to become the film it is now. What the trailer promises is an adventure fraught with peril, with its fair share of tears along the way. Since Arlo is the only one who speaks, it’ll be interesting to see how he and Spot are able to communicate in this vast terrain.

The Good Dinosaur opens nationwide on Thanksgiving. Let us know what you think of the trailer!




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The Good Cast

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Posted by Simoa • June 12, 2015

The Good Dinosaur has changed in most ways you can think of. A release date of May 2014 was moved to November poster12015. Director Bob Peterson, who originally conceived the idea, was taken off the project and replaced by Peter Sohn. The storyline involving the dinosaurs as farmers was scrapped as well. And now, a brand new cast has been announced to headline the prehistoric flick.

When John Lithgow spoke about the “dismantled story” last August, he mentioned that he was one of the cast members to rerecord his lines. But Lithgow is no longer attached to the film. In fact, Frances McDormand remains the only original cast member still signed on. Read the full cast list below.

Arlo, the young apatosaurus braving a journey to find his way back home will now be played by Raymond Ochoa, replacing Lucas Neff.

Poppa is now played by Jeffrey Wright, taking over from John Lithgow. Momma is Frances McDormand.

Bill Hader (who you can hear as Fear in Inside Out, opening in exactly one week!) was slated to play Arlo’s brother Forrest, but now Arlo will have a new brother named Buck, played by ABC black-ish star, Marcus Scribner. Other cast members include Anna Paquin, Steve Zahn, AJ Buckley, Sam Elliot, and Jack Bright as the young human boy, Spot.

This new cast was announced via Disney’s blog. Perhaps to assuage the worries fans have about the state of the film, given all the changes, a paragraph was dedicated to explaining Pixar’s method of scrapping and starting new. With Pete Sohn in the director’s chair, this writer has no doubt about the level of quality we should expect.



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The Good Dinosaur teaser and poster

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Posted by Simoa • June 2, 2015

At last! The first teaser for Pixar’s other 2015 film, The Good Dinosaur, premiered today on Yahoo! Movies.

The film, which answers the age old question: ‘What if dinosaurs had never gone extinct?’ follows the journey of a young apatosaurus named Arlo (voiced by Lucas Neff), who befriends a human boy that he names Spot. It’s the story of a boy and his dog, with the roles reversed. Watch the teaser below.

This is exactly the perfect teaser. It’s still shrouded in mystery, and the music is sweeping, causing chills to race up your arms. What it does it build up enough anticipation and intrigue. Even though Inside Out will be released this month, The Good Dinosaur is still getting enough attention and buzz. The official teaser poster is also somewhat minimalist, matching the teaser’s simple tone.


Director Pete Sohn discussed the film in a phone interview, which you can read on the Yahoo site. On nature’s antagonistic role, he had this to say:

“We’ve been trying to find physical obstacles and and emotional obstacles for our main character, and nature can represent both,” he said. “In a lot of the research that we’ve done, going out into the Northwest and out into the wilderness, I cannot tell you how beautiful and scary it can be, and how quickly nature can just turn on you. And we’re trying to finding the truth in that in terms of Arlo’s growth.”

We’ll be able to explore along with Arlo on November 25th!

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More details on The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory

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Posted by Simoa • May 20, 2015

After the rapturous reception Inside Out received at Cannes, John Lasseter was on hand to discuss Pixar’s upcoming films. This report comes via Variety, which also mentions new clips along with further details on the films. Lasseter also confirmed both Disney and Pixar’s commitment to diverse characters; more people of color and women. Inside Out takes place inside a young girl’s mind, and its two leading protagonists are female. Pixar’s other 2015 film The Good Dinosaur got an updated plot synopsis earlier this month, and Lasseter has more to share about it. good dino 4

The early clips from this movie played like a cross between “Tarzan” and “Lilo & Stitch.” The story centers on Arlo (Lucas Neff), an Apatosaurus, who after losing his father in a tragic accident, falls into a river, gets knocked out by a rock and finds himself in a land far away. As he makes the trek back home to the Clawed-Tooth Mountains, he befriends a human cave-boy named Spot.

“This is a boy and a dog story, but the roles are reversed,” Lassetersaid. “Arlo, the dinosaur, is the boy in the story and Spot is the dog” — meaning Arlo stands upright and speaks, while Spot travels on his hands and feet and grunts.

There will be a supporting cast of dinosaurs straight out of “Jurassic Park” (only friendlier). “We’re putting our own unique Pixar spin on the dinosaur world,” Lasseter said, as he showed images of a trio of T-Rexes, a Pterodactyl and a shaggy Velociraptor. “The feathers on the Veliraptor look like the haircuts of famous football players,” Lasseter joked.

For any dino connoisseurs out there, the feathered velociraptors should be a welcome addition since they did look like that!

Below is the story for Finding Dory. Finding Dory logo

Even though it’s been 12 years since the original “Finding Nemo,” the sequel takes place just six months later. Dory and Nemo re-team, this time on an adventure to find the title heroine’s family (Ellen DeGeneres, of course, returns as her voice). Dory’s parents, who Lasseter unveiled images of at the presentation, will be played by Diane Keaton (“Neither of us remember a thing?” she says, channeling an aquatic version of Annie Hall) and Eugene Levy.

Among the adventures in store this time: a dip through the Pacific Ocean where shipping containers have fallen off boats; a frightening encounter with a giant squid; wading past a kelp forest on California’s northern coastline; and new friends in the form of an octopus and a whale-shark named Destiny. “She thinks she’s a whale, but she’s actually a shark,” Lasseter said. But will it be better than “Cars 2?”

Lasseter didn’t have anything new to share about Toy Story 4 besides what we know already, but he did say that he’s excited to be back in the director’s chair.

What do you think of these new developments?

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Updated plot synopsis for The Good Dinosaur

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Posted by Simoa • May 10, 2015

The Good Dinosaur has undergone major reconstruction since it was first officially announced in 2011. After director Bob Peterson was replaced by Pete Sohn, the release date was pushed back from May 2014 to November 25good dino 3 of this year. Now a new plot synopsis for the film has emerged, which originally appeared on StitchKingdom:

“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

In Peterson’s original concept, the dinosaurs were farmers, but since his removal that element of the story has been scrapped. The human that Arlo befriends remains an integral part of the story, as does the premise of the dinosaurs surviving extinction. What’s interesting is the role that nature plays in this film. While the film explores a world where the asteroid never wipes out the dinosaurs, nature is still the primary antagonist. “Harsh and mysterious landscape” makes that clear.

What isn’t clear is when a teaser for The Good Dinosaur will drop, but we do know that in the upcoming months there will be plenty more news and art leading up to its November release.

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‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ marks two firsts for Pixar

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Posted by Simoa • April 29, 2015

For the first time, Pixar has two original films that will be released this year. The Good Dinosaur will follow Inside Out in November, and with it, a brand new short.

‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ will be the first Pixar film starring a character of color. Director Sanjay Patel drew on his childhood experiences to create the 7 minute short, which chronicles a Hindu prayer ritual with his father.

It’s also the first time religion is the subject in a Pixar film. The short concerns Sanjay daydreaming about the Hindu gods as ancient superheroes, not unlike Marvel’s The Avengers. As Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times writes: “As the daydream progresses, the color, light and animation of the film grows increasingly dazzling and cosmic, and Sanjay grows closer to understanding his father’s inner world.”


Patel is the third Asian American director at Pixar, joining Ronnie del Carmen, co director of Inside Out, and Pete Sohn, director of The Good Dinosaur. He was candid in describing the difficulties of embracing his Indian heritage as a boy and even into adulthood. Nevertheless, Pixar chief John Lasseter was enthusiastic about “celebrating the personal side of the story.” This could be the beginning of a shift at Pixar with more racially diverse casts and directors helming their future projects. That of course is an exciting prospect, and Patel explains why.


“If I could, I would go back to the 1980s and give my younger self this short. I want to normalize and bring a young brown boy’s story to the pop culture zeitgeist. To have a broad audience like Pixar’s see this … it is a big deal. I’m so excited about that.”

‘Sanjay’s Super Team’ will premiere at France’s Annecy International Film Festival in June, before it comes to theaters nationwide with The Good Dinosaur on November 25th.



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Pixar in 2015

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Posted by Simoa • December 30, 2014

As this year ends and the new one begins, we have not one, but two Pixar features to look forward to.

Pete Docter’s ambitious mind film Inside Out will hit theaters on  June 19th. We shared two new images from that film in our last post, and now there’s one more still. In this image, it looks as if one of Riley’s memories is being projected in her mind as the emotions observe. Riley is walking with both of her parents on either side of her, and if I were to guess, I’d say it’s a happy memory. The color in this still is soft, yet vibrant. You can really see how well the lighting is in effect.

The Good Dinosaur, directed by Pete Sohn with former director Bob Peterson taking the story credit, is due for the latter half of 2015, on November 25th. The film’s logo has also been updated. As with the Inside Out logo, this one is relatively simple but with some subtle adjustments. The letters look almost crude owing to the prehistoric time period. It may not be impressive, but the concept art more than makes up for it.

Let the countdown to 2015 begin!

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The Good Dinosaur: concept art and more

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Posted by Simoa • November 25, 2014

Jurassic World isn’t the only prehistoric movie of 2015. As of today, The Good Dinosaur is officially a year away! A new, gorgeous piece of concept art was posted to Pixar’s official twitter in order to start the countdown.

That’s not the only new bit of concept art. Last week, The Good Dinosaur was featured in an LA Times article, as was its troubled production history and new director Pete Sohn.

Rebecca Keegan quotes Sohn in the article as saying that "The heart of the story remains the same. It’s always been about this young dinosaur growing up. But the world itself has changed a lot. Nature has become a character." And nature’s role is that of antagonist. The story is essentially unchanged, retaining original elements of former director Bob Peterson’s story. These include the asteroid never wiping out the dinosaurs and centers on the friendship of the film’s star, Arlo (an apotosaurus) and his pet, a human boy named Spot.

While The Good Dinosaur would have been released in May of this year, fans should be thrilled that in 2015, we’ll get to see two Pixar features.  That makes up for the lack of one this year.

As the article points out, this film wasn’t quite ready for audiences. As newly appointed president Jim Morris said, the movie wasn’t bad, "it just wasn’t great. We wanted to have a great movie."

A year doesn’t seem too long to wait for it. Travel back in time with The Good Dinosaur in theaters next November.

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