Pixar’s perfect streak of debuting #1 at the box office may have come to an end with its recent release of Inside Out (thanks to stiff competition by the Hollywood blockbuster “Jurassic World” which more than doubled Inside Out’s $90 million opening weekend receipts). Pixar may have had the last laugh though as it was the consensus better movie with an unheralded 98% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. Pixar looks to get back on track with the release of “The Good Dinosaur” on November 25th.
Quite a bit of drama unfolded behind the scenes along the way as the film’s original director Bob Peterson was removed from the project mid-stream resulting in a delay of the films release. Peterson was eventually replaced by Peter Sohn who will make his feature film directorial debut. Sohn’s previous credits include directing the 2009 Pixar short “Partly Cloudy” in addition to his extensive background as a visual animator. The Good Dinosaur envisions an alternate history of what Earth would be like if the dinosaurs weren’t wiped out 65 million years ago and will feature the celebrity voices of Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright & Steve Zahn among others.
Like all Pixar films, the campus will host a slew of events and press junkets to various insiders behind their well fortified gates leading up to its premier. Pixar ceased their community screening Emery Ed fundraisers for new films shortly after their acquisition by Disney and the successful 2004 voter passing of measures T & U that allowed their campus expansion. After the departure of Emery Ed fund board Executive Director Phillip Powell at the end of 2014, the board was restructured to be a volunteer position. The Emery Ed Fund has mostly been silent on their social media channels including Twitter & Facebook and their website has been disabled.
How Pixar Changed All The Rules To Make The Good Dinosaur A Stunning Masterpiece
Pixar’s new movie The Good Dinosaur takes place in a bizarre alternate history—what if the dinosaurs weren’t wiped out 65 million years ago? But the process of making this wild, ambitious film required a very different counterfactual: What if the way animators create scenery and characters had been turned on its head?
Even for a studio known for taking risks and breaking new ground, The Good Dinosaur is an odd duck. And the more you learn about it, the stranger it appears. We spent a day and a half at Pixar’s campus in Emeryville, CA with a group of other reporters from online outlets, and we saw a big chunk of the film. And director Peter Sohn and his whole crew explained to us how they threw out the rulebook to make The Good Dinosaur, and basically came up with a whole different way of creating a world.
We had already seen a lot of footage from The Good Dinosaur at Disney’s D23 event back in August. But the half hour or so that we saw last week was the biggest sizzle-reel that anybody outside Pixar has seen. And it had the final music, sound and other effects, which made a big difference. And in answer to your first question, yes, The Good Dinosaur will make you cry.
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The Official Good Dinosaur trailer can be watched on YouTube:
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