It was only a few short months ago that we saw the release of Disney/Pixar’s first official look at The Good Dinosaur, the delayed project that explores what would happen if the famous crash that killed the dinosaurs never happened. Now, with the first full trailer being released, we begin to see what the plot of this new Dino-adventure might actually be about.
According to The House of Mouse, the official plot is as follows:
“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. (SOURCE)
From this trailer, and its past teaser, the marketing of this movie is skewing on the more mature side. From the almost dialogue-free scenes to the beautiful music and simple black and white title cards, there is a lot to say that this could be another example of Pixar’s continued adult evolution as a company.
But there is one aspect that somewhat ruins the entire package the studio is attempting to present: the character designs. From the beginning, I personally have found the character’s looks to be somewhat confusing — some appear incredibly realistic, while others look like cheap rip offs of the gang from We’re Back. It seems now, with this footage, that it presents some of the most luscious and beautiful backgrounds ever seen in a Pixar film (truly, my mouth dropped). However, the exaggerated, almost doodle-like, aesthetic given to the non-human characters creates an overall disjointed look. Yes, these characters will appeal to kids visually, but it still leaves much to be desired.
As mentioned before, the trailer features almost no dialogue, except for a handful of lines and noises from our two leads. This might be due to the fact that the entire cast of the movie was shifted mid-post production, which has created a ton of controversy among the Pixar fandom. Did the entire script change? Was this originally going to be a more comedic movie? Was everyone really just sick of Neil Patrick Harris? Only John Lasseter and the rest of the Pixar team know the truth, but many are certainly curious.
At the end of the day, no one can make a true and final judgement about this movie until it is finally released. But as it stands with this trailer, and the prior teaser, The Good Dinosaur seems to be a beautiful chaotic mess, one that I hope will flow together much better than its advertising is leading many animation fans to believe.
The Good Dinosaur will hit theaters this Thanksgiving.
So what do you think thus far about The Good Dinosaur? Does this look like one of Pixar’s best, or one of their worst? Comment below with your thoughts, concerns, or compliments down below.