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Thanksgiving can not come soon enough! I don’t know what I am more excited about….Black Friday or The Good Dinosaur hitting theaters! Considering I was teased with only 30 minutes of the movie, I am anxious to watch the rest! What happened to my boy Arlo, and my little spot? Did they find happiness and family, and safety from being….well, lost? Ugggggh my heart can’t handle it!!
In the meantime, I can share some more great insight into the film and all that went into making it. If you haven’t had a chance to read our newest #GoodDinoevent post, please check out “The Good Dinosaur: Where nature is a main character“. On our trip to San Francisco, we had the opportunity to meet with some great folks from Pixar, who definitely know a thing or two about animation! To me….things just move. I had no idea quadrupeds were something hard to animate (honestly….I had no idea what a quadruped was). I got educated by Kevin ‘Hara and Rob Thompson.
Animators have a tough job. They have to take an animate thing and make it seem completely real on a screen. Typically, they study that animal to learn it’s gait and style, but how does one go about doing with an extinct animal?
They study elephants of course!
They animators went to local zoos and watched elephants walk and play. They watched how their weight and scale affected their locomotion. An elephant, being a quadruped and the closest thing to a dinosaur that we have available, allowed animators to really work on step efficiency and SWAGGER. Ya know….it’s all in the hip swing!
They said “ We have to PRETEND to be that character“. I can picture it now……2 grown men crawling around on the floor like a dinosaur!! They have to figure out the movement between legs so it’s not a jumbled mess, and they have to alter the gait to go with the emotions at the moment. Intense. I learned soooo much from my time with Rob and Kevin!
Before animation can begin though, we have to come up with the dinosaurs, their shape, their character, their backdrop,….the whole movie. We sat and listened to Production Designer Harley Jessup talk about the work that goes into a Pixar movie. We are talking 3-5 years of work into 1 FILM!!! After hearing that, it doesn’t surprise me that Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera from Inside Out are ready for a new adventure and not an Inside Out 2 no matter how much we beg (You can see that conversation HERE!)! And we begged…TRUST ME!
Jessup explained that they start with clay and other traditional medias like paintings and drawings before moving onto digital designs. They passed around the clay sculptures of Arlo, Butch and Nash~ held up by a pencil I might add! The detail that goes into the sculptures alone are enough to make Rodin blush. They characters have to be likeable, realistic, relatable, and most importantly believable. My 4 yr old would be the first to call out that dinosaurs can NOT build houses. Jessup explained that things need to be authentic, like dino houses that could be made without the use of real arms~ made with trees, and sticks.
I can’t wait to share more about The Good Dinosaur with you! Check out the trailer below and be sure to watch for the dino swagger!