At first glance it might look like ground similarly tread by another animation studio you might have heard of. After all, Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur follows the story of a misfit prehistoric creature who bonds with a human toddler. But there the similarities to the Ice Age franchise end. The Good Dinosaur instead takes place in an alternate past in which the KT event that wiped out all large life forms at the tail end of the Cretaceous period never happened. As a result, dinosaurs survived well into the Pleistocene era. What follows is an epic journey through this world from the perspective of an Apatosaurus named Arlo (Raymond Ochoa) and his unlikely cave-boy pal Spot (Jack Bright). As they travel, Arlo learns to confront his fears and become what he’s capable of being.
The film originally was slated for summer 2014, but it weathered a director change and got an entirely new voice cast. But there certainly isn’t much work for stars Ochoa, Bright, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Zahn, AJ Buckley, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, Frances McDormand and Marcus Scribner in this nearly wordless trailer dominated by Of Monsters and Men’s “Crystals.”
Peter Sohn makes his feature directorial debut here, having helmed Partly Cloudy, the 2009 Pixar short that played in theaters before the studio’s hit feature Up. Riding high on the success of Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney sends The Good Dinosaur into theaters November 25, the day before Thanksgiving.