Disney/Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur revolves around the misadventures of Arlo, a young Apatosaurus (as voiced by Raymond Ochoa) who lives on a version of Earth where the dinosaurs never went extinct. Arlo, upon being separated form his family, finds an unexpected companion in a human boy, whom Arlo names Spot (Jack Bright). Together, the pair set out to return Arlo with his kin, in the process forming a closer bond – as they face various natural obstacles and encounter dinosaurs of both the friendly and not-so-friendly varieties.
The initial Good Dinosaur teaser that Disney/Pixar released highlights the “What if?” premise for the animated film – wherein the cataclysmic asteroid that led to the dinosaur’s extinction misses the planet – whereas the first full-length U.S. trailer extends its focus to the movie’s twist on the traditional “a boy and his dog” coming of age narrative (here, instead, an Apatosaurus and his boy). Continuing with that trend, the latest Good Dinosaur trailer released offers a more in-depth look at Arlo and Spot’s dynamic, as well as the film’s setting in general. Give it a watch, above.
Some of the footage in the new Good Dinosaur U.S. trailer was included in the film’s previously-released international theatrical preview, including the footage with the characters Poppa (Arlo’s father) and a seasoned T-Rex named Butch (who helps Arlo and Spot), voiced by Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2) and Sam Elliott (Justified), in turn. Meanwhile, the brand-new clips here tease some of the other dino-players in the film’s narrative, including a dinosaur named Shaman (who has amassed several smaller friends of his own).
The Good Dinosaur screenplay penned by Megan LeFauve (Inside Out) – from a story co-written by the film’s original director Bob Peterson (Up) – appears to follow a pretty straight-forward trajectory, as far as coming of age narratives go; there are certainly parallels between Good Dinosaur‘s plot-line and The Land Before Time, for example. However, while Good Dinosaur may not be tackling topics that present as large a challenge as those in Inside Out earlier this year, that’s not to say this new animated feature film doesn’t have the makings of yet another rock-solid piece of Pixar storytelling – complete with a sweet buddy story, at its core.
Good Dinosaur director Peter Sohn (Partly Cloudy), who took over helming duties from Peterson part-way through production, thus far appears to have succeeded in putting his own stamp on the project. The Good Dinosaur trailer footage released to date has nicely illustrated the film’s aesthetic design – where the dinosaurs are animated to appear more stylized and gentler juxtaposed with nature and the movie’s landscape (which serves as the “antagonist” of the story). Indeed, the trailers have suggested Good Dinosaur will boast the now-expected Pixar mix of fine craftsmanship and heartfelt storytelling.
Besides, even if Good Dinosaur only ends up being the second best Pixar film this year, well… that’s not exactly something to be ashamed of, is it? If 20th Century Fox’s The Peanuts Movie likewise lives up to the expectations surrounding it, then this upcoming November will be a pretty great time for animated movie fans in general (as far as the quality of computer-animated features showing in theaters goes).
The Good Dinosaur opens in U.S. theaters on November 25th, 2015.