This year was the first year since 2005 that Pixar didn’t release a film. This was largely due to the studio pushing back the release date of The Good Dinosaur, which was originally slated for a May 2014 premiere. However, after Pixar removed the original director Bob Peterson (Up), the movie’s original co-director Peter Sohn took on The Good Dinosaur and it was rescheduled for a 2015 release.
Since the director switch, The Good Dinosaur has undergone some changes to its story, though Sohn said he tried to “keep the original vision of this film intact.” Now, new art for the film offers a look at this dinosaur and his boy story.
Disney/Pixar have released new concept art for The Good Dinosaur along with the animated feature’s official logo (see below), which is a slight redesign to the original concept. Unlike previously released artwork for the movie, the new image provides a better look at the world in which Arlo the Apatosaurus and his human friend Spot will inhabit.
Lucas Neff (Raising Hope) is lending his voice to Good Dinosaur’s prehistoric main character. The voice cast for the Pixar film also includes Bill Hader (Inside Out), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), John Lithgow (Interstellar), Frances McDormand (Olive Kitteridge), and Judy Greer (Married). An official synopsis also provides insight into the story of The Good Dinosaur, though it primarily solidifies details about the feature that had been previously known:
“‘The Good Dinosaur’ asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a human boy. ‘The Good Dinosaur’ is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters and poignant heart.”
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With Inside Out slated to debut in June 2015, The Good Dinosaur will be the second of Pixar’s original releases next year. Perhaps that is why all the concept art and information around The Good Dinosaur has largely rehashed the central premise: a twist on the boy and his dog story. While the newest piece of concept art depicts more of the world in which humans and dinosaurs coexist, it offers little insight into how that world will look different than what is already known about prehistoric Earth.
Of course, Pixar is only just starting to market The Good Dinosaur so more images and footage from the film are sure to be released in the coming months. Hopefully new promotional material will offer more about the intricacies of The Good Dinosaur and differentiate it from previous films that have also explored the concept of humans living with dinosaurs.
The Good Dinosaur will debut in theaters on November 25th, 2015.