Update: Discovery wanted us to post the following correction

Reign of the Dinosaurs is being produced by Creative Differences for Discovery Channel.  While we are privileged to have incredible artists who have worked with Pixar and Disney on the upcoming 2011 Discovery Channel series, Reign of the Dinosaurs, the production is not a Pixar project.

Artists at Pixar Animation Studios have been working with Discovery Channel on a new television series called Reign of the Dinosaurs. The network is describing the project as “Avatar meets Jurassic Park”. What does this upcoming television special look like? Photo after the jump.

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Pixar Dinosaur

You might recall that last August, Pixar fans spotted some concept artwork featuring a boy and his dinosaur, on sculptor Greg Dykstra‘s wall in behind the scenes b-roll footage for Up. Someone also noticed some interesting postings made by Pixar animator and paleontology buff Austin Madison on his personal blog recounting a trip taken by a group of Pixar dino enthusiasts, including Dykstra, to the badlands of South Dakota. Anyone who follows Pixar’s development process probably knows that the animation studio’s artists usually take research field trips while developing new films. For Ratatouille, they took a trip to Paris to study the city and eat in some of the fine restaurants. For Up, they took a trip to South America to study the the strange wilderness of the region.

We had wrongly assumed that the project was a Pixar short film called “Night And Day” by Teddy Newton, a storyboard artist on The Iron Giant, Character Designer for The Incredibles and Presto, making his Pixar directorial debut. That short film is attached to Toy Story 3., and is not the dinosaur project (you can hear more about the short in my previous video blog or see the first photo here). So what is the Dinosaur project? We finally have our answer, and it is a bit anti-climactic – a Discovery Channel television special called Reign of the Dinosaurs.

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