Primitive Behaviour: How Technology Enhances The Good Dinosaur
Disney•Pixar has released three posters for The Good Dinosaur, out 27 November in the UK.
Director: Peter Sohn, Producer: Denise Ream
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.
The road to releasing The Good Dinosaur was rocky – originally for release last year, Pixar pushed the film back 18 months and returned to the drawing board. Original director Bob Peterson (Up) originated The Good Dinosaur, but was replaced by first-time feature director Pixar team member Peter Sohn, who directed the Pixar short, Partly Cloudy.
The Good Dinosaur’s original format will never be seen, but the current version is a twist on the boy-and-his-dog trope with a talking Apatosaurus named Arlo as the boy, and a feral boy named Spot as the dog. Pixar have vastly enhanced how they deal with settings, focusing on large, extremely accurate open areas created by using terrain mapping technology to capture the real geometry of areas in the American wilderness. As the camera pulls back further and further, our heroes become tiny specs on an enormous canvas.
The technology used to create clouds has also been enhanced, with the ‘sky matte’ paintings traditionally used in animated films being replaced by realistic digital clouds made of millions of particles – seen particularly in a scene where Arlo throws Spot through the clouds while running along the ridge of a mountain.