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First Trailer for Pixar’s Long Delayed THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 9:38 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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After years of development and a late-breaking release date shift in 2013, Disney-Pixar has released the first teaser trailer for The Good Dinosaur.  Directed by PeterSohn, the buddy comedy takes place in a world in which the asteroid didn’t smash into Earth millions of years ago, leaving the dinosaurs intact. The story revolves around a dinosaur named Arlo who, after a traumatic event unsettles his family, sets out on a journey with an unlikely companion—a human boy.

If the title of this film sounds familiar, it’s because the project has had a long and somewhat tumultuous history (which is not entirely out of the ordinary for Pixar). It was to be Up co-director Bob Peterson‘s solo directorial debut, but in 2014 Peterson was removed from the film and some of his ideas (including modeling the dinosaurs off of Amish farmers) were jettisoned in favor of a new iteration of the story. His co-director, Sohn, subsequently stepped in, leaving us with the finished film we have now.

This teaser trailer is solid, but it’s impossible to judge just yet whether this will be a case like Toy Story 2, in which last-minute changes result in a fantastic movie, or something more like Brave, which was an adequate if disappointing entry in Pixar’s oeuvre following similar production troubles. I do like the central idea, and the animation that we briefly glimpse here takes a more cartoonish approach to the dinosaurs rather than anatomically accurate, so here’s hoping destination was worth the rocky journey.

Watch the trailer below, via Yahoo! Movies.  The film will finally arrive in theaters on November 25th, marking the first time Pixar has released two films in one year (the other being the critically acclaimed Inside Out this month) and features a voice cast that includes Lucas Neff, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, and Judy Greer.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Good Dinosaur:

“The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?  In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart.  After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a human boy.  “The Good Dinosaur” is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters and poignant heart.

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