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The Good Dinosaur is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.

The film stars Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, A. J. Buckley, Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand and Steve Zahn. Bob Peterson, who came up with the idea for the story, directed the film until August 2013.

In October 2014, Peter Sohn was announced as the new director.

The film, along with Inside Out, marks the first time that Pixar has released two feature films in the same year.

The Good Dinosaur had its premiere on November 10, 2015 in Paris, and was released in the United States on November 25, 2015.

The film received positive reviews from film critics.


In an alternate universe, the asteroid that would have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago passes safely over Earth.

65 million years later, Apatosaurus farmers Henry and Ida have children Libby, Buck, and the runt Arlo, who has trouble adjusting to farm life.

While his successful siblings are allowed to, Arlo's timid nature makes tasks difficult for him.

Henry attempts to give Arlo a sense of purpose by putting him in charge of guarding their silo, and helps him set a trap.

It captures a feral caveboy, but Arlo doesn't have the heart to kill him, and sets him free.

Disappointed, Henry takes Arlo to track the caveboy, leading them into a ravine.

Henry saves Arlo from a flash flood before being swept away and killed.

Without his father, Arlo shoulders more of the workload.

He spots the same caveboy inside the silo and, blaming him for his father's death, chases him until both fall into a river.

Arlo cannot swim, and is swept downstream where he hits his head on a rock and is knocked unconscious. Awakening, he finds himself far from home and tries to survive on his own, but becomes trapped when a boulder pins his leg.

The next day Arlo wakes to find his leg has been freed, and the caveboy appears with food for him.

The caveboy then leads Arlo to a berry tree, where the caveboy fends off a large snake, amazing Arlo and impressing a nearby eccentric Styracosaurus who wants to keep the boy.

He forces Arlo to compete with him to give the boy a name he will respond to, which Arlo finally wins when he calls him.

Arlo and Spot bond as Arlo laments his lost family, and Spot reveals that his own parents are dead.

Later, when a thunderstorm strikes, Arlo runs away in fear and loses the riverbank he has been following home.

The next morning, Arlo wakes to find Spot at his side.

They are noticed by a band of pterodactyls who appear to be conducting a rescue operation but turn out to be savagely carnivorous.

When the pterodactyls try to take Spot, Arlo and Spot flee, happening upon a pair of Tyrannosaurus named Nash and Ramsey, who ward off the pterodactyls.

Nash, Ramsey, and their father Butch have lost their herd of Longhorns, so Arlo offers Spot's help in sniffing them out.

They locate the herd, but Butch recognizes the work of cattle rustlers, and uses Arlo as a lure.

Arlo and Spot attract the attention of rustler Velociraptors, allowing Butch and his family to attack.

During the fight, Arlo musters his courage and fends off two raptors who have overwhelmed Butch, helping to turn the fight in their favor.

Having gained their respect, Arlo joins the T. Rexes in driving the cattle south when he sees the familiar mountain peaks of his homeland in the distance, and leaves with Spot to return home.

Along the way, they encounter an adult feral caveman in the distance, and though Spot shows interest, Arlo dissuades him and they continue on.

As another storm approaches, the pterodactyls return and attack and carry Spot away.

Arlo becomes entangled in vines, where he has a vision of Henry leading him home.

Arlo instead resolves to save Spot, making the vision of his father proud before it fades away.

Arlo finds and attacks the pterodactyls, who have cornered Spot at the river.

Arlo and Spot together plunge the pterodactyls into the water, where they are swept helplessly downstream.

When another flash flood occurs, Arlo leaps into the water to rescue Spot as the two are swept away toward a waterfall.

Arlo protects Spot as the two fall, and carries him to shore.

As they approach Arlo's home, the two again hear the unknown caveman call, and are approached by an entire caveman family.

With great reluctance, Arlo pushes Spot to join his kind, and the two of them share a tearful goodbye.

Arlo finally arrives home to his mother and siblings, and makes his mark on the silo between those of his mother and father.

Voice castEdit

  • Raymond Ochoa as Arlo, the youngest of the Apatosaurus family
    • Jack McGraw as Young Arlo
  • Jack Bright as Spot, a 6–7-year-old human caveboy who befriends Arlo.
  • Sam Elliott as Butch, a Tyrannosaurus who runs a filled with prehistoric.
  • Anna Paquin as Ramsey, Butch's daughter
  • A.J. Buckley as Nash, Butch's son
  • Jeffrey Wright as Poppa Henry, the father of the Apatosaurus family.
  • Frances McDormand as Momma Ida, the mother of the Apatosaurus family.
  • Marcus Scribner as Buck, Arlo's brother
    • Ryan Teeple as Young Buck
  • Maleah Padilla as Libby, Arlo's sister
  • Steve Zahn as Thunderclap, a pterodactyl
  • Mandy Freund as Downpour, a Caulkicephalus who is a member of Thunderclap's flock
  • Steven Clay Hunter as Coldfront, a pterodactyl who is a member of Thunderclap's flock
  • Peter Sohn as Forrest Woodbush, a Styracosaurus who has various animals perched on his horns.
  • Dave Boat as Bubbha, a Velociraptor rustler.
  • Carrie Paff as Lurleane, a Velociraptor who is a member of Bubbha's pack.
  • John Ratzenberger as Earl, a Velociraptor who is a member of Bubbha's pack.
  • Calum Mackenzie Grant as Pervis, a Velociraptor who is a member of Bubbha's pack.


Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn started working on the film in 2009, when Peterson came up with the idea.

The film's first release date of November 27, 2013 was first announced in June 2011.

The plot, director and co-director, producer, and other small details were announced at the D23 Expo on August 20, 2011.

Peterson and John Walker announced the film as The Untitled Pixar Movie About Dinosaurs On April 24, 2012, Pixar announced that it would be titled The Good Dinosaur.

In June 2012, John Lasseter gave details about the film's plot: The filmmakers wanted to explore what dinosaurs represent today, and how they are represented in stereotypes. Peterson stated: Peterson said the inspiration for the movie came from a childhood visit to the 1964 New York World's Fair where he was impressed by some dinosaur audio-animatronics.

On the film's title, Sohn stated He additionally explained:

In April 2012, Pixar announced that the film's release date had been shifted from November 27, 2013 to May 30, 2014.

On August 9, 2013, it was announced at the D23 Expo that Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader had joined the cast of the film.


By summer 2013, Peterson and Walker had been removed from the film due to story problems.

Peterson, who could not crack the film's third act, was absent from the D23 Expo, where Sohn and producer Denise Ream presented footage from the film.

Ed Catmull, Pixar's president, explained the departure: Peterson moved on to another project he is developing at Pixar, while Ream replaced Walker, who left to work on Disney's Tomorrowland.

On the subject of changing directors, Ream stated John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and Sohn stepped in temporarily to work on various sections of the film.

In September 2013, The Good Dinosaur was pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015. According to Ream, the primary reason for the rescheduling was In November 2013, due to the delay, Pixar laid off 67 employees of its 1,200-person workforce, following the closure of Pixar Canada a month before, when about 80 employees had been laid off, officially to refocus Pixar's efforts at its main headquarters.

In the footage shown at the 2013 D23 Expo, Arlo was a huge dinosaur, Sohn recalled:

In August 2014, Lithgow revealed in an interview that the film had been dismantled and and that he was expected to re-record his role in the next month, while mentioning that McDormand was still part of the film.

In November 2014, it was reported that new elements had been added to the story, such as treating nature as the film's antagonist.[9] Pixar's general manager and president Jim Morris stated Morris additionally explained: In October 2014, Sohn was announced as the new director of the film.

In June 2015, it was announced that the majority of the cast had been revised.

Of the original cast, only McDormand retained her role in the film.

It was revealed that Neff had been replaced by Raymond Ochoa, and Lithgow had been replaced by Jeffrey Wright.

Arlo's three siblings, to be voiced by Harris, Hader, and Greer had been cut down to a single brother named Buck, voiced by Marcus Scribner, and later, a sister named Libby, voiced by Maleah Padilla.

On the cast revisions, Sohn explained: It was also confirmed that the farmer aspect was still part of the film.

Design and settingEdit

The filmmakers wanted nature to be the antagonist for the main character Arlo. Ream noted In order to achieve the needed realism, the film's team traveled to the American Northwest, spending time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Juntura, Oregon, and southern Montana.

Production designer Harley Jessup stated: To use the landscapes that they had experienced, the filmmakers used data from the U.S. Geological Survey, and satellite images from Google Earth.

The geographical data provided a foundation that the team then built on. According to supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi, this gave Sohn In addition, The Good Dinosaur features three-dimensional, volumetric clouds.

In previous Pixar films, clouds have been onto the sets. Light and photography director Sharon Calahan explained: Calahan also noted

According to the filmmakers, the environments and landscapes in the film are not photo-realistic, they are just detailed in a way that advanced technology and style decisions allow.

In terms of animating Arlo, animators Rob Thompson and Kevin O’Hara went to a zoo and shot video of elephants in motion.

Thompson stated: A system where Arlo's head goes up and his chest goes down when his hips goes up, was therefore created.

To get an idea of the scale of Arlo, a complete full-size model was built out of card and foam core.

In total The Good Dinosaur took up 300TB of server space, ten times as much space as Monsters University.

Arlo was designed so that the audience could identify with him and be able to see the inside the dinosaur. Sohn explained He additionally stated

In terms of the film's setting, Sohn stated

Since The Good Dinosaur is set in a world in which dinosaurs never became extinct, they were instead able to evolve.

Herbivores like Arlo and his family become farmers, and carnivores like the T. rexes become ranchers.

Because they are meant to be reminiscent of cowboys, when the T. rexes run, their lower bodies mimic a galloping horse, while their upper bodies have the feel of a riding cowboy.

To help inspire Butch's physical look and performance, the filmmakers looked at classic film cowboys such as characters portrayed by Clint Eastwood and Jack Palance.[10]


The Good Dinosaur
Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
Released November 20, 2015
Recorded 2015
Studio Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Bros., Los Angeles
Genre Soundtrack, film score
Length 63:22
Label Walt Disney
Produced by Chris Montan
Last album Inside Out: Original Soundtrack
This album The Good Dinosaur
Next album Finding Dory

The film's score was composed by Mychael Danna and his brother, Jeff Danna.

It marks the first Pixar film to be scored by two composers.

Danna was approached by Sohn and Ream due to his score for Life of Pi, which won an Academy Award.

Having a lot of work, he invited his brother Jeff Danna as a co-writer.

Walt Disney Records released the soundtrack on November 20, 2015.[11]

Track listing
All music composed by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna.
No. Title Length
1. "Homestead"   2:11
2. "Hello Arlo"   2:49
3. "Chores"   0:55
4. "Make Your Mark"   2:07
5. "Fireflies"   2:16
6. "Critter Problem"   1:04
7. "You're Me and More"   3:05
8. "Family Struggle"   1:23
9. "Swept Away"   1:33
10. "Mountain Top"   0:51
11. "Lost in the World"   3:35
12. "Offerings"   1:32
13. "Unexpected Friend"   2:56
14. "Pet Collector"   2:24
15. "Swimming Lessons"   2:29
16. "Orphans"   4:39
17. "The Storm"   1:17
18. "I'm Never Getting Home"   0:44
19. "Storm Chasers"   1:22
20. "Bloodhound"   1:37
21. "Fight Them Rustlers"   1:46
22. "Run With the Herd"   3:51
23. "Returned Call"   1:25
24. "Sky Sharks"   1:46
25. "Arlo's Vision"   1:35
26. "Rescue"   2:31
27. "Over the Falls"   2:41
28. "Goodbye Spot"   4:12
29. "Homecoming"   1:24
30. "Arlo Makes His Mark"   1:22
Total length:

Video gameEdit

A figure of Spot and Power Discs of Arlo, Ramsey, Nash, and Butch have been released for Disney Infinity 3.0.[12]


The Good Dinosaur was theatrically released on November 25, 2015.

Before the rescheduling from 2014 to 2015, a Monsters University short film titled Party Central was set to accompany the film, but was instead shown with the theatrical release of Disney's Muppets Most Wanted.

In April 2015, it was announced that a new Pixar short, Sanjay's Super Team, directed by Sanjay Patel, would be shown in front of The Good Dinosaur instead.[13]

The film's teaser trailer was released on June 2, 2015, and the first official trailer was released on July 21, 2015.

The film received an exclusive run at The Grand Rex in Paris a week before its U.S. and European premiere.[14]

Home mediaEdit

The Good Dinosaur was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download in the United States on February 23, 2016.

Blu-ray bonus features include Sanjay's Super Team, audio-commentary, behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, and the short promotional clip.[15][16]


Box officeEdit

The Good Dinosaur grossed $123.1 million in the USA & Canada and $209.1 million in other countries, for a worldwide total of $332.2 million against a budget of $175–200 million, making it Pixar's lowest-grossing film. Adding in the marketing budget, the film had a cost of $350 million, which it was not able to recoup.

However, the film proved to be much more financially successful in terms of home video sales.

In North America, The Good Dinosaur opened on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 alongside Creed and Victor Frankenstein, as well as the wide releases of Brooklyn, Spotlight, and Trumbo.

The film was projected to gross $60–65 million from 3,749 theaters in its first five days, including $45 million in its opening weekend.

It made $1.3 million from its Tuesday night previews and $9.8 million on its first day.

The film ended up grossing $55.6 million in its first five days, including $39.2 million in its opening weekend, finishing second at the box office behind the second weekend of Mockingjay – Part 2, the final installment in the Hunger Games film series.[17]

Outside North America, it earned $28.7 million from 39 markets, including 8 significant markets.

Unlike the USA, where it had the benefit of the Thanksgiving weekend, it did not have the same benefit internationally. Rather, its release date was designed to set it up to run through the December holiday.

The top openings were in the United Kingdom, Mexico, France, Argentina, and Russia.

Of those, it opened at No. 1 in Mexico, Argentina and Russia.

In terms of total earnings, its leading markets are the United Kingdom, Mexico, and France.

Critical responseEdit

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 76%, based on 185 reviews, with a rating average of 6.5/10.

The site's critical consensus reads, On Metacritic, the film has a score of 66 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of on an A+ to F scale.

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times described it as Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt the film Joe Morgenstern of The Wall Street Journal opined that wrote Justin Chang of Variety.

Many of the reviewers praised the sophistication of its nearly photorealistic backgrounds.

Christopher Orr of The Atlantic felt it to be the studio's first film explicitly targeted towards children, though it is Mark Feeney, writing for The Boston Globe, felt similarly, deeming it a The Washington Post's Stephanie Merry dubbed it Richard Roeper, for the Chicago Sun-Times, felt it Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter derided its screenplay.


List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient Outcome
American Cinema Editors Awards January 29, 2016 Best Edited Animated Feature Film Stephen Schaffer Nominated
Annie Awards[18] February 6, 2016 Best Animated Feature The Good Dinosaur
Outstanding Achievement in Animated Effects in an Animated Production John Reisch and Stephen Marshall Won
Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production Mark C. Harris Nominated
K.C. Roeyer
Outstanding Achievement in Character Design in an Animated Feature Production Matt Nolte
Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature Production Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna
Outstanding Achievement in Production Design in an Animated Feature Production Harley Jessup, Sharon Calahan, Bryn Imagire, Noah Klocek and Huy Nguyen
Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production Bill Presing
Rosana Sullivan
J.P. Vine, Tony Rosenast and Enrico Casarosa
Austin Film Critics Association Awards[19] December 29, 2015 Best Animated Film The Good Dinosaur
Black Reel Awards February 18, 2016 Best Voice Performance Jeffrey Wright (Poppa Henry)
British Academy Children's Awards[20][21] November 20, 2016 Feature Film Peter Sohn and Meg LeFauve
BAFTA Kids' Vote The Good Dinosaur
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards December 16, 2015 Best Animated Film
Critics' Choice Awards January 17, 2016 Best Animated Feature
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards December 23, 2015 Best Animated Film
Golden Globe Awards[22] January 10, 2016 Best Animated Feature Film
Golden Reel Awards[23] February 27, 2016 Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue & ADR in an Animation Feature Film Shannon Mills
Houston Film Critics Society Awards January 9, 2016 Best Animated Feature Film The Good Dinosaur
Online Film Critics Society Awards[24] December 14, 2015 Best Animated Film
Producers Guild of America Awards January 23, 2016 Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures Denise Ream
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards[25][26] December 14, 2015 Best Animated Film The Good Dinosaur
Satellite Awards[27] February 21, 2016 Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media
Saturn Awards[28] June 22, 2016 Best Animated Film
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards[29] December 20, 2015 Best Animated Film
Village Voice Film Poll[30] January 7, 2016 Best Animated Film Template:Draw
Visual Effects Society Awards February 2, 2016 Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Sanjay Bakshi, Denise Ream, Michael Venturini, and Jon Reisch Won
Outstanding Animated Performance in an Animated Feature Ana Gabriela Lacaze, Jacob Brooks, Lou Hamou-Lhadj, and Mark C. Harris (Spot) Nominated
Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature David Munier, Matthew Webb, Matt Kuruc, and Tom Miller (The Farm) Won
Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Stephen Marshall, Magnus Wrenninge, Michael Hall, and Hemagiri Arumugam


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