Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' Gives Prehistoric Creatures a New Image
If there's one thing Pixar does well, it's bring new life to familiar stories and concepts. The idea of toys coming to life wasn't anything new, but the characters of Toy Story were so charming that our heartstrings were pulled hard during their struggles in Toy Story 3. Then WALL-E went and made audiences feel empathy for a robot, and Ratatouille somehow made it not disgusting for a rat to be in the kitchen. Now it sounds like they will do the same for dinosaurs as director Bob Peterson recently spoke with 24 Frames and said The Good Dinosaur would change how the audience connects with the prehistoric creatures.
Peterson, the co-director of Up and writer of Finding Nemo, says, "It's time to do a movie where you get to know the dinosaur, what it's really like to be a dinosaur and to be with a dinosaur." Films have usually only used dinosaurs on two different sides of the spectrum. Either they are mostly mindless creatures roaming around and causing problems for people in a sci-fi story, or they are hilarious animated characters talking and acting like people for the most part. But in this case, with a story that takes place in a world where an asteroid never hit Earth and dinosaurs still roam around along with people, it sounds like the creatures will actually be given a chance to develop into something more.
Peter Sohn, who directed the Pixar short Partly Cloudy, is co-directing with Peterson and the filmmaker says that they've been looking at playing with the idea of what dinosaurs represent today. As 24 Frames puts it, they are "somethings anachronistic or resistant to change" and "If there's a 'good' dinosaur, after all, there have to be bad ones." But Sohn points out that, "The title is deceptively simple. It has more meaning than it seems." Perhaps a hint of the story lies in the fact that John Walker is producing, the man who also produced The Iron Giant, another film about a misunderstood character struggling to live on Earth with humans. Honestly, it sounds like this film won't have any talking dinosaurs, and I would expect some kind of E.T. sort of story to come from Pixar. That would be something we've never seen with dinosaurs on the big screen, but the film doesn't arrive until May 30th, 2014, so we may not get solid story details for awhile.