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Directed byPeter Sohn
Produced byDenise Ream
Story byEnrico Casarosa
Bob Peterson
Music byThomas Newman[1]
Release dateNovember 25th, 2015
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The Good Dinosaur will be released on November 25, 2015. It will be directed by Peter Sohn.[2] Enrico Casarosa, director of La Luna, will be head of story[3] and Daniel Lopez Munoz is production designer. Thomas Newman is set to write the film's score.[1] Bob Peterson was originally going to be the director, but on August 30, 2013, it was announced that he left the project due to story problems.[4] The short film Sanjay's Super Team will be attached to the film.[5]


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.[6]

John Lasseter gave details about the film during a presentation at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. According to Lasseter, the film follows Arlo, which, after the tragic death of his father, falls in a river and ends up far away and separated from his family. On his journey to get back home, he befriends a human boy named Spot. Lasseter commented: "This is a boy and a dog story, but the roles are reversed. Arlo, the dinosaur, is the boy in the story and Spot is the dog."[7]

The characters of include T-Rexes, feathered Velociraptors with haircuts like those of famous football players, pterodactyls and a triceratops.[7][8][9]

Before Director Change

Before the director change was announced, some additional details had already been given about the film's premise. Currently, it is uncertain how much of these will be retained in the final film. According to the Los Angeles Times, Peter Sohn said: "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." The Los Angeles Times also states that the idea from the original draft that dinosaurs are farmers has been dropped, and that nature is the film's antagonist.[10]

In June 2012, John Lasseter said : "They [the dinosaurs] 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 our 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…"[11]

At D23 Expo 2013 the film's plot was described further. Dinosaurs were the dominant species and had become farmers, using their physical characteristics to function as farm equipment. The film followed a family of apatosaurus. One of them, named Arlo and who is fascinated with bugs, discovered a large beetle that is in fact a human child, called Spot. The two of them then went on a journey through various climates.[12]

Voice Cast


Dinosaur Art-Up video

Greg Dykstra with a clay sculpture of young Carl.


More sculptures and concept art.

When a promotional video for Up called Up: B-roll 1 was released in 2009, many fans noticed 4 stand-out images in the background of sculptor Greg Dykstra's office. The top image is a clay sculpture of a Sauropod ("Long-neck") 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 late as early 2009.[15][16]

The film's first release date of November 27, 2013 was first announced in June 2011.[17] Not long after, the plot, director & co-director, producer, and other small details were announced at the D23 Expo on August 20, 2011.[18] Bob Peterson and John Walker humorously titled the film The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs and even created a logo for the mock title.[18] On April 24th, 2012, Pixar announced that it would be entitled The Good Dinosaur. At the 2013 D23 Expo, the cast was announced and some footage and concept art was screened.

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".[19]

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.[19]

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."[19]

In August 2013, Blue Sky Disney reported that due to story problems, the director and producer had been removed from the film.[4] According to the report, the studio was looking for a new director who would put the film back on track, while still attempting to release the film in 2014.[20] Other sites also noted the Peterson's absence at D23 Expo, where Sohn and producer Denise Ream presented footage from the film.[21][22] A few days later, Ed Catmull, Pixar's president, confirmed to Los Angeles Times, saying: "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."[23] Peterson, who is remaining at Pixar, moved on to another project he is developing, while Ream replaced Walker, who left to work on Tomorrowland. According to Catmull, the release date for the film is unchanged. John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews and Sohn are working on various sections of the film.[23]

Bumped-off 2013 release date

On December 22, 2011, Disney shared upcoming release dates for its films. A mysterious film titled Frozen rested on the date of November 27, 2013, which led many to believe that The Good Dinosaur, originally scheduled for release on that date, now had the title of Frozen. However, Peter Sciretta of /Film confirmed with Disney that Frozen was not a Pixar film. Further, Bleeding Cool received tips that Frozen is actually an adaptation of the long-dormant Snow Queen Disney animated film.[24] Later, Pixar announced that it would be released on May 30th, 2014.[25] On September 18, 2013, it was announced that Pixar had pushed back the release date from May 30, 2014, to November 25, 2015 in order to 'give the film some more time'.[26][27][28] This, in turn, will bring Pixar's streak of consecutive annual releases to an end, a streak started with Cars in 2006 and ended with Monsters University in 2013.

By August 2014, John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and original project co-director Pete Sohn had reworked the project to the point the felt is was ready to go ahead. Voice actor John Lithgow said that he would be completely re-recording his whole part by September 2014. Lithgow said, "They have now dismantled it [the movie] and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. Lithgow confirmed that Frances McDormand is still a cast member. The fate of the rest of the cast is currently unknown."[29]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Film composer Thomas Newman discusses “The Art of Film Scoring”
  2. Disney•Pixar on Twitter
  3. Interview: Enrico Casarosa Discusses ‘La Luna’
  4. 4.0 4.1 Pixar Removes Director Bob Peterson From The Good Dinosaur
  5. Pixar artist Sanjay Patel gets personal with 'Sanjay's Super Team'
  6. Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Gets Yet Another Synopsis Update
  7. 7.0 7.1 John Lasseter on ‘Finding Dory,’ ‘The Good Dinosaur’ and Disney/Pixar Slate
  8. Disney/Pixar Spotlight On ‘Finding Dory’, ‘Good Dinosaur’ & More Charms Cannes
  9. Pixar's The Good Dinosaur footage reaction: Cannes 2015
  10. Pixar redraws the lines for 'Good Dinosaur'
  11. John Lasseter Explains Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur And Pete Docter’s Inside-The-Mind Movie
  12. D23 Expo: New ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Details, Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow, Bill Hader, And Judy Greer Join Cast
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Pixar preview: Casts announced for 'Finding Dory,' 'The Good Dinosaur,' 'Inside Out' at Disney's D23
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 D23 Expo: Pixar Animation Studios News Roundup
  15. Art hints at Pixar dinosaur film (UPDATE)
  16. Sneak Peek at a New Pixar Production Featuring a Boy and His Dinosaur? (UPDATE)
  17. Untitled Pixar feature coming Nov. 27, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 D23 2011: A Few More Details On Pixar’s Dinosaur Movie
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' will warm up a prehistoric reputation
  20. Not Extinct, But Evolving...
  21. Rumor: ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Director Bob Peterson Is Off the Film
  22. Pixar Filmmaker Bob Peterson Reportedly Off 'The Good Dinosaur,' Studio Seeking Replacement
  23. 23.0 23.1 Pixar Animation yanks director Bob Peterson off 'The Good Dinosaur'
  24. Pixar Dinosaur Film Bumped Off Nov 2013 Release Date
  25. CinemaCon 2012: Pixar’s Dinosaur Film Gets A Title, New Lee Unkrich Project Announced
  26. 'The Good Dinosaur' moved to 2015, leaving Pixar with no 2014 film
  27. Pixar Skips 2014 as ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Shifts to 2015 and ‘Finding Dory’ to 2016
  28. Disney Announces New Dates for Maleficent, The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory
  29. "John Lithgow to Completely Re-Record His Work for Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR; Says Original Story Was “Dismantled and Reimagined”

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