Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR In Theaters November 25, 2015

This post will contain all the official photos, trailers and news for Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR opening November 25, 2015. In a world where humans and dinosaurs live together, Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR explores that special relationship between a boy and his dinosaur.  Continue reading for more details about Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR.

Update January 24, 2016

Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere February 23, 2016.  Home version contains extensive bonus features including the Academy Award nominated theatrical short Sanjay’s Super Team, making-of featurettes, deleted scenes and more.


Bonus Features

Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)

THEATRICAL SHORT – Sanjay’s Super Team - Sanjay loves the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into his Hindu traditions. Reluctance quickly turns into awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on an amazing journey, returning with a new perspective they can both embrace.

TRUE LIES ABOUT DINOSAURS - We know – it’s preposterous to think Apatosaurs spoke English. Learn more about what separates the fictional dinosaurs of “The Good Dinosaur“ from what scientists know about real dinosaurs.

RECYCLOSAURUS - Pixar takes creative competition seriously. Maybe a little too seriously. Watch as “The Good Dinosaur” crew competes to see which department can create the best dinosaur ever…using only discarded items from the studio’s “free table.”

THE FILMMAKERS’ JOURNEY - Finding your way from an idea to a film takes a lot of exploration. Director Peter Sohn and his fellow filmmakers talk about the challenging, inspiring, and unexpectedly emotional experience of making “The Good Dinosaur.”

EVERY PART OF THE DINOSAUR - The filmmakers talk about the special animation challenges of “The Good Dinosaur” – including figuring out how to animate a dinosaur who’s really a boy, and a boy who’s got the spirit of a dog.

FOLLOWING THE T-REX TRAIL - Follow the filmmakers as they travel to a working cattle ranch and meet the McKays, a close-knit family whose work ethic, generosity, and stories inspired the T-Rex ranchers of the film.

COMMENTARY - Commentary from director Peter Sohn, story supervisor Kelsey Mann, supervising animator Mike Venturini, director of photography/lighting Sharon Calahan, and supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi.

DINO BITES - Montage of original animated pieces produced to promote “The Good Dinosaur.”

HIDE AND SEEK - A short animated clip produced to promote “The Good Dinosaur.”


  • The Attack  - An idyllic introduction to the family farm is cut short when a savage predator attacks the newborn Arlo. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
  • Building the Silo – An admiring Arlo is thrilled to follow along as his father builds a silo for the family farm. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
  • Waiting for Poppa – Arlo awaits the return of his beloved father on a stormy night, only to be greeted with tragic news. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.

Digital Exclusive

JUST LISTEN - Trace the development of the unique soundscape of “The Good Dinosaur,” from the wilds of British Columbia as Sound Designer Craig Berkey collects sounds, to the recording studio where Jeff and Mychael Danna use instruments from around the world to create the music.

Update November 25, 2015

George Gensler shares this spoiler-free review of Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR - See the Beauty on the Other Side; THE GOOD DINOSAUR is now playing.


Update November 14, 2015

Click here for another batch of THE GOOD DINOSAUR activity sheets including a make your own Dino-Rama, Dino Activity Game, and Butch’s Maze.


Update November 10, 2015

Filmmakers for Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR combined landscape painting with USGS data to recreate Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park for their setting; click here for details.

Ansel Adams The Tetons and the Snake River

Ansel Adams “The Tetons and the Snake River” (1942) Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the National Park Service. (79-AAG-1) Public Domain


Update November 4, 2015

Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at how the artists and animators created the characters for Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR.


Follow the river concept art for THE GOOD DINOSAUR by Huy Nguyen, layout by Robert Kinkhead. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


Update October 21, 2015

During a campfire reception at Pixar Studios, Director Peter Sohn and the creative team for THE GOOD DINOSAUR shared research trip stories for the film.  Click here for campfire stories with Peter Sohn of THE GOOD DINOSAUR.


Trio of T-Rexes in THE GOOD DINOSAUR featuring the voices of (L-R) AJ Buckley, Sam Elliott, and Anna Paquin. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


Update October 16, 2015

First clip released for the Pixar theatrical short SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM appearing in front of THE GOOD DINOSAUR.  I was able to screen the entire short during a recent press trip to Pixar Studios, and, guarantee it has the traditional Pixar emotional punch.  Take a look…

Update October 6, 2015

Final poster and trailer released for Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR; click on image for larger version of the poster.


Update September 23, 2015

I’m heading to Pixar Studios in San Francisco for an inside look at the creation of THE GOOD DINOSAUR.  Click here for more details on the trip.

Disney•Pixar San Francisco Event

Update September 12, 2015

Click here for printable activity sheets for Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR including memory cards, coloring sheets, hexaflexagon, and more.

The Good Dinosaur

Update August 28, 2015

Stunning image released for Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR

The Good Dinosaur

THE GOOD DINOSAUR ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


Update August 14, 2015

Disney•Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” introduces audiences to Arlo, a sheltered Apatosaurus who finds himself far from home, and Spot, Arlo’s unlikely human friend. “Arlo and Spot journey through a world that has been greatly inspired by the American Northwest,” said director Peter Sohn. “It is epic in scope, soul-enriching and simultaneously beautiful and treacherous. In this world, we meet up with a very special family of T-Rexes, who help Arlo find a way through his personal fears and ultimately teach Arlo what he’s truly made of.”


A TRIO OF T-REXES ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin and Sam Elliott voice three T-Rexes in Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR.

Update July 21, 2015

A single moment, can change everything - full trailer released for Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR.

The Good Dinosaur

THE GOOD DINOSAUR ©2014 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Update July 9, 2015

“Sanjay’s Super Team” to be the featured short in front of Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR, directed by Sanjay Patel. “Sanjay’s Super Team” is Patel’s personal story and a “mostly true” chronicle of his journey to understand the Hindu world so important to his parents.


Concept art for SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


In “Sanjay’s Super Team,” the new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, accomplished artist Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young, first-generation Indian-American boy whose love for western pop culture comes into conflict with his father’s traditions. Sanjay is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. Tedium and reluctance quickly turn into an awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on a journey he never imagined, returning with a new perspective that they can both embrace.


SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


Director Sanjay Patel joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1996 an animator on “A Bug’s Life.” Since then he has animated on many of Pixar’s feature films, including “Toy Story 2,” “Monster’s Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Cars,” Toy Story 3” and “Monsters University.” In addition to animating, Patel also storyboarded extensively for “Monster’s Inc.,” “The Incredibles” and “Toy Story 2.” For the Cars Toons “Mater’s Tall Tales,” Patel stepped up to act as animation supervisor on many of the shorts in the series.

Growing up in San Bernardino, Calif., in a Gujarati family, Patel’s earliest artistic influences stemmed from two very different worlds: comic books and Saturday morning cartoons, and the Hindu gods and spiritual culture that came to define his upbringing. After pursuing his artistic interests at the Cleveland Institute for the Arts, Cal-Arts and Pixar, Patel eventually turned his attention back to his roots, creating art, graphic novels and picture books that re-envisioned Hindu mythology in a modern, pop-culture way.


SANJAY’S SUPER TEAM ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


Update June 2, 2015

Teaser trailer and poster released for Disney•Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR - what if?


Original post follows below…


THE GOOD DINOSAUR ©2014 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

From Disney•Pixar’s Press Release

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.


THE GOOD DINOSAUR ©2014 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.


Peter Sohn made his directorial debut with the Pixar short film “Partly Cloudy.” He has worked in the art,
story and animation departments, and also has voiced the characters of Emile from Academy Award-
winning “Ratatouille” and Scott “Squishy” Squibbles from “Monsters University.”

Denise Ream produced the Golden Globe-nominated film “Cars 2” for Pixar Animation Studios, and served
as associate producer for Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award-winning film “Up.” She also has an extensive
background in producing visual effects and animation for live action films.

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