Last month I had the opportunity to visit Pixar Animation Studios and preview the company’s next film The Good Dinosaur. You can read what I learned about the making of The Good Dinosaur here. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with a bunch of the creatives behind the film.
After the jump you will find my interview with director Peter Sohn, who I’ve talked to a few times over the years and seems like a great and talented guy. In the interview, Pete talks about some of his favorite movies he recommends to friends, the evolution of the project over the years, how he got involved as a director, his vision behind the stark contrast between the beautiful, almost photo realistic backgrounds and the cartoony characters, a scene from the film that I felt was a homage to Jaws, the 1400 kid search for the main star of this film, how directing the voice actors for the English version of Miyazaki’s Ponyo helped him in making this film, and find out who directs Peter Sohn when he performs in his own film. All this and more in our Peter Sohn Good Dinosaur interview, after the jump.
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In August 2014, we learned that Bob Peterson was removed as director of The Good Dinosaur, and co-director Pete Sohn was appointed the sole director of the project. We’ve heard about just how much of the film has changed under the new direction, and the word “drastic” isn’t at all hyperbolic in this case. Perhaps that’s why my visit to Pixar to preview The Good Dinosaur felt very different from my past trips to Emeryville.
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A director swap, a 18 month delay, what exactly when went down behind the scenes of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. In an alternate world, we’d have already seen the movie by now, as it was originally scheduled for release Summer 2014. However, story problems forced the film to get delayed a year and a half, change directors, and change a lot of what was happening in the movie.
In a revealing story in the Los Angeles Times, new director Peter Sohn explains why the film was delayed and what he’s done to change it for the better. Read about the Good Dinosaur delay, changes, and see a new image, below. Read More »
A week ago we told you that Pixar had taken director Bob Peterson off the upcoming film The Good Dinosaur, and now that fact is confirmed. Along with the confirmation comes some interesting info. Peterson was removed from the project, but he has not left Pixar. And while the studio decides on a replacement, Peterson’s work is effectively being done by the core of the Pixar brain trust, members of which are overseeing different sequences of the film. Read More »
Pixar has a generally fantastic track record, and the studio’s approach to crafting films relies heavily upon continual editing and revision. Story and dialogue are examined in minute detail, and scenes are subjected to constant review to ensure everything has a place.
That process of editing and examination can extend even to the personnel involved in the making of a film. Sometimes that means that people leave, or are fired; sometimes it means that the general direction of a film can be altered dramatically. Ratatouille started off as a very different film than the one Brad Bird eventually shepherded to the screen; Brenda Chapman was famously cut from her directorial position on the film that became Brave.
The latest report out of Pixar is that The Good Dinosaur is the latest project to “evolve,” with the director and producer being let go as the studio re-examines the film’s direction. Read More »
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Thomas Newman has worked with Pixar a couple times in the past on little films like Wall-E and Finding Nemo, and now he’s going to work with the animation giants once more. The film is The Good Dinosaur, which pixar has been developing for the past few years. The composer recently stated that The Good Dinosaur will be his next film, and we’ve got a few details below. Read More »
Outside of naming a certain director for a certain sequel taking place in a galaxy far, far away, I can’t think of a better way for Disney to kick off 2013 than looking ahead to three upcoming Pixar films. This year will bring the prequel Monsters University, but we already know the three films on Pixar’s slate after that. 2014 will bring Bob Peterson‘s The Good Dinosaur, 2015 will bring Pete Docter‘s inside the mind movie, possibly called The Inside Out, and then Lee Unkrich will release his latest film, a still untitled movie about a family that takes place on the Mexican Day of the Dead.
Concept art from all three of those films has just been revealed in the form of a Pixar holiday card and the images are our first real look at work from any of the films. Check it out below. Read More »
For Disney and Pixar fans, if there’s one person they’d love to talk to about future projects, it’s John Lasseter. The Chief Creative Officer has his finger in everything at both companies, offering his helpful criticism and suggestions to even the smallest projects. Of course, he’s now out stumping for Brave, Pixar’s latest film, but as is usually the case, reporters can’t resist asking about other upcoming projects.
We currently know of four Pixar films in development: Monsters University, The Good Dinosaur and then untitled films about the human mind and Día de los Muertos. In a new interview, Lasseter himself offered detailed pitches on The Good Dinosaur and the human mind film, directed by Bob Peterson and Pete Docter, respectively.
In other Pixar news, two new Toy Story TV specials will reportedly air in 2013 and 2014 and three more Toy Story Toons are on the way. Read about this all below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 by Angie Han
Though it announced a new title and release date for The Good Dinosaur last month, Pixar’s been loathe to give away too many plot specifics at this early stage. When first announced, all the studio would reveal was that the basic idea is “What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?”
And while we still have no idea what species of dinosaur will take center stage, or how (or if) they’ll interact with humans, or who the lead characters are, we do have a better idea now of what other themes will tie into that central premise. Read more after the jump.
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