Well of course they do! What I mean though, is that the long-ago-announced Pixar dinosaur movie will be called The Good Dinosaur and co-directors Peter Sohn (Partly Cloudy short director and Pixar Art Department vet) and Bob Peterson (UP co-director) are starting to talk about it.
Basically their comments to 24 Frames boil down to the fact that research and writing are just beginning on the 2014 release but the thematic ideas are in place, and that the title has more meaning than you’d assume at first glance. That said, it’s hard to tell exactly where the article’s assumptions and the filmmaker’s comments actually begin and end.
Sohn said they are toying with the idea of what dinosaurs represent today — something anachronistic or resistant to change. If there’s a “good” dinosaur, after all, there have to be bad ones. “The title is deceptively simple,” Sohn said. “It has more meaning than it seems.”
A piece of concept art shared at Disney’s D23 conference last August showed what appeared to be a silhouette of a small child with a dinosaur, suggesting that dinosaurs and people will be sharing the planet in the movie, but the filmmakers didn’t confirm that.
What they do make clear is that the core idea of the film will be “[getting] to know the dinosaur, what it’s really like to be a dinosaur and to be with a dinosaur.”
This is definitely a righteous cause for Pixar, as they’ll be doing a lot to redeem CGI dinosaurs after Disney’s abominable Dinosaur film. I’m excited for any ole Pixar film to some degree or another, but this may well be the first of their films where I truly am eating up concept art and sneak peeks like candy. I think I’ve outed myself as a huge dino fan well enough, if not by covering the coming wave of dinosaur films, the perhaps by spending my summer with them.
I don’t usually go for the starry-eyed adult thing with great kids movies, but I’ll likely be as bouncy and giddy as any five-year-old come (almost precisely) two years from now when The Good Dinosaur has its May 30th, 2014 release.