The Good Dinosaur wasn’t the biggest dinosaur movie of 2015, but Pixar’s tale of friendship between an evolved talking dinosaur and a feral orphan boy is poised to connect on home video after being overshadowed by the year-end Star Wars machine. The animated adventure will arrive on disc, Digital HD, and Disney Movies Anywhere on Feb. 23.
“At Pixar, we would always ask these what-if questions,” director Peter Sohn said before the film opened in Novermber. “What if toys came alive when you weren’t around? What if monsters really did live in your closets? And what if a rat could cook in a world famous French restaurant. And with Dino, we wanted to ask a huge what-if?”
What if the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs had missed the planet completely? And what if dinosaurs then survived long enough to learn how to master their environment, even as primitive humans appeared and shared their world? In the film, a timid apatosaurus named Arlo gets lost, and his unlikely friend in the wild becomes Spot, a tenacious critter who’s somehow managed to survive as long as he has all by himself.
This exclusive short, Hide and Seek, documents their friendship. Spot is like Arlo’s pet, hence the game of fetch. But Spot has the essential survival skills that Arlo lacks.
The Good Dinosaur did not deliver the box office that Pixar expects from its hits, but it’s a gorgeous film to watch. “We’re really trying to push animation to a place that we haven’t seen before,” said Sohn. “We wanted to make nature both beautiful and dangerous at the same time, trying to find a world that can make even a dinosaur feel tiny.”
It would be a slight irony — but no surprise — if such lush visuals eventually connect with a huge audience on TV screens and tablets.
Scroll below for the film’s trailer and list of home-video special features:
BONUS: Digital HD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)
THEATRICAL SHORT: Sanjay’s Super Team — Sanjay loves the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into his Hindu traditions. Reluctance quickly turns into awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on an amazing journey, returning with a new perspective they can both embrace.
TRUE LIES ABOUT DINOSAURS: We know — it’s preposterous to think Apatosaurs spoke English. Learn more about what separates the fictional dinosaurs of The Good Dinosaur from what scientists know about real dinosaurs.
RECYCLOSAURUS: Pixar takes creative competition seriously. Maybe a little too seriously. Watch as The Good Dinosaur crew competes to see which department can create the best dinosaur ever… using only discarded items from the studio’s “free table.”
THE FILMMAKERS’ JOURNEY: Finding your way from an idea to a film takes a lot of exploration. Director Peter Sohn and his fellow filmmakers talk about the challenging, inspiring, and unexpectedly emotional experience of making The Good Dinosaur.
EVERY PART OF THE DINOSAUR: The filmmakers talk about the special animation challenges of The Good Dinosaur — including figuring out how to animate a dinosaur who’s really a boy, and a boy who’s got the spirit of a dog.
FOLLOWING THE T-REX TRAIL: Follow the filmmakers as they travel to a working cattle ranch and meet the McKays, a close-knit family whose work ethic, generosity, and stories inspired the T-Rex ranchers of the film.
COMMENTARY: Commentary from director Peter Sohn, story supervisor Kelsey Mann, supervising animator Mike Venturini, director of photography/lighting Sharon Calahan, and supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi.
DINO BITES: Montage of original animated pieces produced to promote The Good Dinosaur.
HIDE AND SEEK: A short animated clip produced to promote The Good Dinosaur.
o The Attack — An idyllic introduction to the family farm is cut short when a savage predator attacks the newborn Arlo. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
o Building the Silo — An admiring Arlo is thrilled to follow along as his father builds a silo for the family farm. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
o Waiting for Poppa — Arlo awaits the return of his beloved father on a stormy night, only to be greeted with tragic news. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
Blu-ray 3-D & DVD:
* THEATRICAL SHORT – Sanjay’s Super Team
JUST LISTEN: Trace the development of the unique soundscape of The Good Dinosaur, from the wilds of British Columbia as Sound Designer Craig Berkey collects sounds, to the recording studio where Jeff and Mychael Danna use instruments from around the world to create the music.