The Good Dinosaur reviews

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 and read my interview with director Peter Sohn. While at Pixar, I had that opportunity to sit down with some of the other creatives behind the film, here is my interview with Denise Ream, who has an interesting story as she started out as a Visual Effects Producer at ILM working on films like Star Wars, Men In Black, Harry Potter and Mission Impossible movies before jumping across the bay to Pixar where she worked on Up, Cars 2, Brave, The Good Dinosaur and the upcoming sequel Cars 3.

Hit the jump to learn about how she went from Star Wars to Pixar, what its like to be on a project that loses a director and gets completely reworked, the choice of making the characters cartoony against a almost photo real backdrop, the daunting quest to find voice actors for this film, and how do you hide a Pizza Planet truck in a Dinosaur movie? All this and more in our Denise Ream interview, which you can read now after the jump.

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The Good Dinosaur reviews

Disney is holding the press junket for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur this weekend, which means the first critics and journalists have begun seeing Peter Sohn‘s “man and his dog” tale set in a world where the prehistoric era never ended.

So what are the early tweets and reviews saying about Pixar’s latest computer animated film? It seems like the consensus agrees that the film is stunning and visually breathtaking, with fantastic sequences and a story that is at times too conventional but at other times very unconventional, dark and inspired. Most of the reviews seem to note that the film is not as emotionally wrenching as Pixar’s previous film Inside Out. Hit the jump to read spoiler-free quotes from The Good Dinosaur reviews.

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Good Dinosaur images

With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, we don’t have much time before we get our second Pixar Animation film of the year, The Good Dinosaur. Everything we’ve seen from the prehistoric adventure looks like it packs another fantastic adventure with an unlikely friendship that will make tears come out of our faces.

Now we have a new The Good Dinosaur clip that doesn’t get the waterworks flowing, but does show off what an asset Sam Elliott‘s voice can be. The Big Lebowski and Prancer star plays the tyrannosaurus rex Butch, the patriarch of a family who has seem some scary things in his time, and he tells Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) around a campfire of just how he got that big scar on his face. Read More »

The Good Dinosaur

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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Good Dinosaur images

A new trailer for The Good Dinosaur just arrived this week, giving us an even better look at Pixar Animation‘s latest original tale, focusing on a lost dinosaur named Arlo and his feral young human friend he meets along the way. It teases exactly the kind of high quality storytelling and animation we’ve come to expect from Pixar.

And now you can marvel at just how gorgeous the animation truly is as some high resolution The Good Dinosaur images have surfaced online. Pixar has certainly come a long way since Toy Story hit the big screen 20 years ago. Read More »

The Good Dinosaur trailer

So far we’ve seen two different trailers for Pixar Animation’s second film of 2015, The Good Dinosaur. And while we’ve seen some stunning animation and have a basic idea of the story about a young apatosaurus named Arlo befriending a feral young boy in the wild, we’ve only heard one word of dialogue from the movie.

But that changes today in a quick new The Good Dinosaur trailer from overseas. This one has Spanish voiceover and bumpers, but it doesn’t make the trailer harder to follow because all the dialogue is in English, and it includes more lines from Raymond Ochoa as Arlo, as well as the first dialogue from Sam Elliott as the gruff, intimidating tyrannosaurus rex named Butch and more. Read More »

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The Good Dinosaur D23 Expo

Pixar Animation had plenty to show off at this weekend’s D23 Expo, and one of the projects we’ll get to see sooner than later (this November actually) is The Good Dinosaur. While we’ve already seen a bit of the lead character Arlo and his best friend Spot, Pixar unveiled a first look at three other key characters today. Meet the Good Dinosaur T-Rexes after the jump.

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The Good Dinosaur logo

2015 is the rare year with not one but two Pixar films: this weekend’s Inside Out, and this fall’s still-mysterious The Good Dinosaur.

Most of what we’ve heard about the latter so far has had to do with its offscreen woes. The Good Dinosaur was originally scheduled for release in 2014, but was yanked off the calendar for extensive retooling. Now that it’s on track for a fall 2015 release, Pixar and director Peter Sohn are eager to show off some of the goods.

In an hourlong presentation this morning, Sohn offered a first look at some charming new footage from the film. In addition, he offered new details about the story and making of The Good Dinosaur, including his inspirations for the movie. (Yes, Jurassic Park came up.) Find out everything we learned after the jump.  Read More »

Good Dinosaur Details

We’ve been pretty excited about this summer’s Inside Out, but that’s not the only treat Pixar has in store for us this year. Coming this fall is The Good Dinosaur, directed by Peter Sohn. Now the first The Good Dinosaur teaser trailer has arrived, and it does nothing less than alter history itself. Watch it after the jump. Read More »