Trailer Tuesday: The Good Dinosaur

Written by Logan J. Fowler and Justin Matchick

Trailer Tuesday

Good Dinosaur Poster

Release Date: November 25th, 2015

Starring (the voices of): Jeffrey Wright, Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliot, Frances McDormand

Director: Peter Sohn (the Pixar Short Party Cloudy)

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: After a year absence from Pixar, the company comes roaring (no pun intended) with two films in 2015, the second being The Good Dinosaur. Seems the film has had a troubled history but if anyone can put a movie back on course, its Pixar. –LJF

Pre-Trailer Thoughts: Earlier this summer Inside Out proved that Pixar had not lost their magic after a string of underwhelming projects (Cars 2, Brave, Monsters University). Now, for the first time ever, they will be releasing two films in the same year. The Good Dinosaur has had arguably the most troubled production in Pixar’s history, with the original director, producer, and almost the entire cast being replaced at various points over the past five years. I’m really hoping Pixar can replicate Inside Out’s success and not fall back to the duds from before. – JTM

Rate the Trailer: 4 out of 5. There isn’t much in the way of words in the trailer, only a few visuals of a caveman and a dinosaur bonding. I have a strong feeling that there is more to this; I mean, Pixar is an endless well of emotion. Is it going to possible to top this summer’s Inside Out? That’s a tough call to make. We will see in time. –LJF

Rate the Trailer: 3 out of 5. I really wanted to like this trailer more than I did. The choice to leave behind any scenes of voice acting and letting the visuals sell us on the movie only works about halfway. The background and environments seen are the most technically advanced and photo-realistic that Pixar has ever put to screen. But there is something off when the characters enter the frame, something that causes a clash between character design and environment design. The characters still retain an overly cartoony style, which creates an odd mismatch with the backgrounds that kept distracting me. Still relatively little is shown in terms of story here, but I am also getting an uneasy feeling that Pixar is leaning to heavily towards schmaltz with this movie. – JTM

Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Theater. This is Pixar around the holidays, which, to me, always fit better in the timeframe then summer. However, I got spoiled and I got both, which I’m totally cool with. I’ll be there opening weekend for sure. It has to be better than Cars 2, right? –LJF

Theater, Rent, Undecided, No Thanks? Undecided. I’ll definitely be waiting to see what the critical response is before I decide to see this one. I really do hope that Pixar hasn’t slipped up again after gaining back so much goodwill with Inside Out. – JTM

The Good Dinosaur stomps into theaters November 25, 2015

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