Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur Dismantled and Reimagined


We’ve been so spoilt by Pixar over the last few years. They’ve done a great job putting out a film every year for the past eight years, and the Pixar-less year we’re having now doesn’t quite feel right. As you may or may not know, Pixar’s absence this year is due to their long delay of The Good Dinosaur, which tells the story of Arlo, a 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus who befriends a young human boy named Spot. At least, that was the general synopsis.

After director Bob Peterson (co-director of Up) was taken off The Good Dinosaur, the film’s release date was moved from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015. Many were surprised when Peterson’s co-director, Peter Sohn, didn’t stay at the helm in a solo capacity, instead taking on an overseeing role as part of the Pixar Brain Trust.

So, what’s changed in the movie? Apparently, quite a lot. John Lithgow has revealed that he is to re-record his part on the film, after already recording his entire role. Not only that, but the whole film is being “reimagined.” Here’s what Lithgow told the folks over at Collider:

“I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.”


Time will tell how this affects the overall product and whether or not we’ll see changes in the voice cast, which sounds highly likely. Lithgow also pointed out:

“But me and Frannie McDormand, we’re still playing Momma and Poppa dinosaur.”

Lucas Neff, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris and Judy Greer have been said to be part of the voice cast, but we’re not sure who’s staying or going.

So, with The Good Dinosaur being “dismantled and completely reimagined”, it’s no wonder there was a substantial delay. At least this means that next year will see not one, but two Pixar films released: Inside Out will be released on June 19, followed by The Good Dinosaur on November 25.