The Good Dinosaur
Alternate Title: The Untitled Pixar Movie About DinosaursThe Good Dinosaur (The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs) (2015) Theatrical Cartoon by Dave Koch
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- Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures
- Animated Characters: Arlo the Apatosaurus, Spot, Poppa, Momma, Thunderclap, Buck, Ramsey, Nash, Butch.
- Planned Release in 2015.
Cartoon Production Information:
Initially set for a Christmas 2013 release; that release slot was filled by Disney's Frozen. Instead of going back to the dinosaur era, the movie presupposes the devastating asteroid never hit Earth, dinosaurs didn't become extinct, and that the creatures and humans to live together.
To be accompanied by the Pixar short Party Time.
Bob Peterson was also removed as director of this film in August of 2013. No new director was announced at the time.
Pushed back to November 25, 2015 in September of 2013. Pixar president Ed Catmull told the LA Times, “Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a bad film. Our conclusion was that we were going to give the [dinosaur] film some more time.” Producer John Walker was also replaced at the same time by Denise Ream.
Over the winter of 2013 and spring of 2014, the story was completely reworked by John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and Pete Sohn. By August 2014, the film seemed ready to proceed forward with a completely new story. Voice actor John Lithgow said to Collider:
I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I'm gonna record again on it within the next month. Don't worry. It's coming and it's gonna be better than I ever imagined.
On October 20, 2014, Pixar announced via Twitter that co-director Peter Sohn would move up to the the director's chair for this film.
In June, 2015, Pixar announced an almost complete re-cast of the film. Removed from the film were: John Lithgow (Poppa), Neil Patrick Harris (Cliff), Lucas Neff (Arlo), Judy Greer (Ivy), Bill Hader (Forrest), with only Frances McDormand (Momma) remaining from the original cast.
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