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There is a point that I don’t think I could stress enough~ the more you know about something you already like……the more you LOVE it! This is 100% the case when it comes to Disney Pixar movies. I have always been a Disney Pixar fan girl, but having had the opportunity to dive deeper through interviews with the cast and the crew responsible for all the intimate details that make the movie collectively AMAZING; Well let’s just say that my love has turned into a mild obsession and truly has made me pay attention to the movies in a way I never had. I can appreciate the art in the film more now that I KNOW (Don’t worry~ your going to KNOW too!).
While on our visit to the Pixar Studios in Emeryville, California (Be sure to check out our Exclusive Tour behind scenes at Pixar Animation Studios) , myself and 25 other great bloggers attended a special reception to meet with these cool people below:
They are part of the team that created the upcoming masterpiece The Good Dinosaur, hitting theaters everywhere November 25! If you haven’t met Arlo and his
dog boy Spot, check out this adorable trailer below!
As you can tell by the trailer, The Good Dinosaur features HUGE landscapes of the Northwest and truly brings the “Big Sky” to life. In order for the Director and producers to create this film, they had to experience nature in a way many of them never had. The research team went full on cowboy mode, as they explored Wyoming, Oregon, and Montana on horseback. As we huddled around the campfire, we listened to stories of adventure and discovery as the crew sought out to……..well get lost. “Let’s go get lost” – Peter Sohn.
As The Good Dinosaur goes, Arlo gets lost after falling into the raging river that takes him far away from his family(As a mom, this little lost child really pulled on my ♥ strings). Since the river is a major focal point in the film even referenced as the yellow brick road, it was imperative that the team truly understood the river and it’s power. The research team including Director Peter Sohn took many trips down the river in rafts to gain awareness and appreciation for both the beauty and the dangers. While not visualized right away, notice when you watch Arlo that the river changes depending on his mood becoming more of a character all on it’s own. When Arlo is mad, the river rages but when Arlo is at peace……. so is the river.
What’s soo breathtaking about this film beyond the storyline of friendship and family…..is that Disney Pixar was able to make nature a main character. They managed to create these huge landscapes that speak about the big sky aspect of the northwest. Denise Ream said,
And the thing that is incredible is the vastness Peter referenced. He kept wanting to know what was going to be around the next corner and this was like…okay, even a dinosaur is going to feel tiny out here. It is overwhelming.
Can you Spot and Arlo in the above picture? Just tiny drops on a canvas. Mountains as far as the eye can see. Somewhere out there is Arlo’s family, and he is determined to find them.
Stay tuned all month as we share more details on the making of The Good Dinosaur! You can find more great images of all the characters (including nature) by visiting The Good Dinosaur site and Facebook page!