This is a big year for fans of Disney•Pixar’s unique brand of heart-tugging whimsy, as there will be two original films premiering before the end of 2015. The first film was, of course, Pete Docter’s Inside Out, a beautiful, deeply moving tale of the little voices inside your head, that has already earned its place as a modern day classic (audiences and critics have wholeheartedly agreed). And there’s still another gorgeously rendered marvel on the way, in the form of The Good Dinosaur. As this newly released trailer demonstrates, it’s time to get very excited.
The Good Dinosaur, directed by Peter Sohn (who helmed the charming Disney•Pixar short Partly Cloudy and voiced Emile in Ratatouille), is the tale of Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), a young Apatosaurus who gets separated from his family and ends up befriending a young human that he calls Spot (Jack Bright). Yes, this film takes place in an uncanny universe where the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs missed the earth entirely, so now dinosaurs and humans are evolving side-by-side. These unlikely outcasts wind up forming a very deep bond that transcends the divide between human and dinosaur, while encountering a number of colorful characters (including Sam Elliott as a good ole Tyrannosaurus named Butch) and deadly situations.
As the jaw-dropping, highly emotional new trailer suggests (that Of Monsters and Men song certainly doesn’t make us want to cry less), this is unlike any Disney•Pixar movie you’ve ever seen before. The backgrounds are photo-realistic (like reach-out-and-touch-it realistic) and the characters are even more stylized. This works marvelously, on a design and narrative level. The contrast is incredible; the dinosaurs are huggable and sweet and the environments are harsh and dangerous. This is a movie that is contemplative, funny and deeply beautiful. (It is even framed in a wonderfully widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio.)
If you thought that all the tears had been wrung out of you with Inside Out, don’t worry, The Good Dinosaur will finish the job. It’s a moving adventure that the entire family will love. Just try watching this trailer without sniffling.
The Good Dinosaur is out this Thanksgiving.