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The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur
Official film logo
Directed by Peter Sohn
Produced by Denise Ream[1]
Story by Enrico Casarosa
Bob Peterson
Starring Lucas Neff
John Lithgow
Frances McDormand
Neil Patrick Harris
Judy Greer
Bill Hader
Music by Thomas Newman[2]
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • November 25, 2015 (2015-11-25)
Country United States
Language English

The Good Dinosaur is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is scheduled to be released on November 25, 2015.[3] It is the studio's sixteenth feature film. Bob Peterson, who came up with the idea for the story, directed The Good Dinosaur until August 2013, when he was removed from the film.[1] On October 21, 2014, Peter Sohn (who had previously been Peterson's co-director) was announced as the new director of The Good Dinosaur.[4]


The official synopsis reads: "The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo’'s tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way - —a young human boy named Spot."[5]

Voice cast


When a promotional video for Up called Up: B-roll 1 was released in 2009, many fans noticed four stand-out images in the background of sculptor Greg Dykstra's office. The top image is a clay sculpture of a sauropod dinosaur with a person standing next to it. Below it are two more images of clay sculptures of a boy. The fourth image, not clearly visible, is a drawing of the same or another Sauropod. As Up was released in May of that year, development could have started as early as 2009.[8] The film's first release date of November 27, 2013 was first announced in June 2011.[9] Not long after, the plot, director & co-director, producer, and other small details were announced at the D23 Expo on August 20, 2011.[10] Bob Peterson and John Walker humorously titled the film The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs and even created a logo for the mock title.[10] On April 24, 2012, Pixar announced that it would be titled The Good Dinosaur.[11]

John Lasseter gave details about the film's plot: "They are kind of cartoony but they are dinosaurs; they are not walking around with clothes on or anything like that, they still are kind of dinosaurs. We focused on mostly the plant-eaters, not the carnivores… Their society becomes more of an agrarian society, meaning farmers. They become farmers. It’s a very funny story about a certain way of life that a young dinosaur has trouble fitting into and he ends up going on this quest. He kind of messes up and he has to put everything right by going on this quest and on that quest he meets this character that is an outcast from his society too and so the two of them form this bond and it becomes this unique kind of story…"[12] The filmmakers want to explore what dinosaurs represent today, and how they are represented in stereotypes. Bob Peterson said: "It's time to do a movie where you get to know the dinosaur, what it's really like to be a dinosaur and to be with a dinosaur."[13] Peterson said the inspiration for the movie came from a childhood visit to the World's Fair where he was impressed by some dinosaur animatronics.[13] The film's title might suggest that dinosaurs are evil. However, Peter Sohn warned: "The title is deceptively simple. It has more meaning than it seems."[13]

On December 22, 2011, Disney shared upcoming release dates for its films. The film Frozen rested on the date of November 27, 2013, which led many to believe that The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs, originally scheduled for release on that date, had been given the title of Frozen. However, Peter Sciretta of /Film confirmed with Disney that Frozen is not a Pixar film. Further, Bleeding Cool received tips, later proven accurate, that Frozen is an adaptation of the long-dormant Snow Queen animated film by Walt Disney Animation Studios.[14] Later, Pixar announced that The Good Dinosaur would be released on May 30, 2014.[11] On March 12, 2013, Thomas Newman revealed that he is composing the musical score for The Good Dinosaur.[2] On August 9, 2013, at the D23 Expo it was announced that Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader had joined the cast of the film.[6]

By summer 2013, the director and producer had been removed from the film due to the story problems.[1] Peterson, who couldn't crack the film's third act,[15] was notably absent at D23 Expo, where Sohn and producer Denise Ream presented footage from the film.[16][17] Ed Catmull, Pixar's president, explained the departure: "All directors get really deep in their film. Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out. Sometimes directors ... are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up."[1] Peterson moved on to another project he is developing at Pixar, while Ream replaced Walker, who left to work on Tomorrowland. John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and Sohn stepped in temporarily to work on various sections of the film.[1] In September 2013, The Good Dinosaur had been pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015 (the scheduled release date for Finding Dory) to "give the film some more time."[3] In November 2013, due to the delay, Pixar laid off 67 employees of its 1,200-person workforce,[15] following the closure of Pixar Canada a month before, when about 80 employees had been laid off, officially to refocus Pixar's efforts at its main headquarters.[18] In August 2014, John Lithgow revealed in an interview that the film had been dismantled and "completely reimagined" and he was expected to re-record his role in the next month while mentioning that Frances McDormand was still part of the film.[19] In November 2014, it was revealed that the concept of the dinosaurs being farmers had been abandoned and other elements had been added, such as treating nature itself as the film's antagonist.[20]


The Good Dinosaur will be theatrically released on November 25, 2015.[3] Before the rescheduling from 2014 to 2015, a Monsters University short film titled Party Central was set to accompany the film, but was instead shown with the theatrical release of Muppets Most Wanted.[21]


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  11. ^ a b Rizvi, Samad (April 24, 2012). "CinemaCon 2012: Pixar’s Dinosaur Film Gets A Title, New Lee Unkrich Project Announced". Pixar Times. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ Connelly, Brendon (June 5, 2012). "John Lasseter Explains Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur And Pete Docter’s Inside-The-Mind Movie". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c Keegan, Rebecca (May 31, 2012). "Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' will warm up a prehistoric reputation". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  14. ^ Rizvi, Samad (December 23, 2011). "Pixar Dinosaur Film Bumped Off Nov 2013 Release Date". Pixar Times. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Kilday, Gregg (December 4, 2013). "Pixar vs. Disney Animation: John Lasseter's Tricky Tug-of-War". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  16. ^ Fischer, Russ (August 26, 2013). "Rumor: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Director Bob Peterson Is Off the Film". SlashFilm. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ Taylor, Drew (August 26, 2013). "Pixar Filmmaker Bob Peterson Reportedly Off 'The Good Dinosaur,' Studio Seeking Replacement". The Playlist. Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ Miller, Daniel (November 22, 2013). "Pixar undergoes layoffs due to 'The Good Dinosaur' delay". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  19. ^ "John Lithgow Says The Good Dinosaur Was Dismantled and Reimagined". 2014-05-30. Retrieved 2014-08-19. 
  20. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (November 18, 2014). "'"Pixar redraws the lines for 'Good Dinosaur. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ Fischer, Russ (August 9, 2013). "‘Monsters University’ Short Film ‘Party Central’ Revealed". /Film. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 

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