That’s why the still above is so interesting. That’s Greg Dykstra, a character sculptor at Pixar showing his model for a young version of Carl during an Up featurette. Behind him (circled, click to view larger) you’ll notice a boy and a dinosaur.
Does anyone know what this could be? Bryko614, who noticed the concept art above while watching the Up B-Roll, took that question to Ronnie del Carmen. Via del Carmen’s Twitter: "@Bryko614 I do. But not telling. Nothing to do with anything Toy Story, tell you that." Understandable.
Hmm… Could it be concept for a feature? Definitely not Cars 2; sounds kind of farfetched for The Bear and the Bow or Newt. With this, I’ve come to a conclusion that it’s probably art for an upcoming short film.
Update: The Pixar Touch author David A. Price pointed this blog post out to me via e-mail although I did not have time to update. The post by animator Austin Madison features a group of Pixarians including Greg Dykstra at a dinosaur dig. Sounds like a research trip to me…
We’ll let you know if anything develops further like plot details or other announcements as they come. Your thoughts…?