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THE GOOD DINOSAUR (2014): New Images & Concept Art Premiered at D23

The Good Dinosaur

The panel discussion at D23 on Saturday offered new designs and images for Pixar’s upcoming film, The Good Dinosaur. The D23 panel featured director Bob Peterson, production designer Daniel Lopez Munoz, character art director Daniela Strijleva, and Noah Klocek the set art director. The artwork emphasized the importance of scale in creating a new kind of dinosaur and buddy story.

The upcoming feature directed by Bob Peterson focuses on an alternate reality in which dinosaurs not only avoided extinction but also evolved into an agrarian society of friendly herbivores. These dinosaurs are a meld of machine and character consisting of five types: Apatosaurus (plowers), Stegosaurus (threshers), Triceratop (bulldozers), Ankylosaurus (truckers), and Parasaurolophus (pickers).

The protagonist Arlo is a teenage spotted Apato who wants to explore the wilderness beyond his family farm. He is voiced by Lucas Neff from TV’s Raising Hope. Arlo meets an orphan boy named Spot and they team up for an adventure into unexplored and dangerous territory.

There were many visual obstacles to overcome. Pixar animators drew on realism, scale, texture, quality, and romanticism. They took advantage of skin with organic patterns from both plantlife and animals. Animators also had to find a way to fit a 70-foot dinosaur and a 3-foot child in the same frame while still creating dynamics.

A piece of test footage offered a stunning aerial view of the patchwork farming community and the dinos tending to the hybrid crops in a familiar way.

Other talents include John Lithgow as Poppa, Frances McDormand as Momma, Neil Patrick Harris as Cliff, Judy Green as Ivy, and Bill Hader as Forrest. The story is written by Enrico Casarosa and Bob Peterson. The film is set for release on May 30, 2014

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Source: Indiewire

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