Pixar's Good Dinosaur: Meet the Actors
I have the opportunity to meet and interview the actors, producer and director of the new Pixar Movie Good Dinosaur. Without giving too much away (my review is coming out soon), I want to share with you some cool things I learned about the actors and the movie.
Jeffrey Wright told us that it was as excited for his kids as it was for him to be on a Pixar's film. It was -- beyond the popularity of the movies and, the prominence that they have for kids my kids' age and Raymond's age now, they are really good stories. It's really become, seriously well-considered storytelling. And the themes of this one, which are so universal and fairly obvious around parenthood and family and love and responsibility and nurturing, all of these things are so resonant, so that's really very gratifying to be a part of. On top of that, it makes me -- you know, Hunger Games went a long way in this regard, but now a Pixar movie makes me even that much cooler with the kids, my kids, and their friends at school, so that's always advantageous.
Raymond Ochoa had to prepare for this role learning about Dinosaurs. He told us he has great parents and they are really helpful. He had to google stuff and his parents also helped with his research. Raymond had no idea what an Apatosaurus looked like. He saw a picture of it, and he was like, -- "This dinosaur doesn't look that mean."
Anna Paquin, she always wanted to do a Pixar movie, and at some point she is going to be really, really cool for being on a Pixar movie. It is nice doing work that the kids would be allow to see, because for the most part her roles are not kid friendly.
Sam Elliott told us that for flavor they add some physical characteristics to dinosaurs that way it feels more real. The T-Rex with an overbite that looks like a mustache, so it does look a little bit like him.
AJ Buckley he loves Toy Story, the first one. Mostly because one specific moment that happens. When Andy leaves the room, he turns his head back to look and see if they toys moved. AJ used to do the same as a kid and he felt relieved that he was not the only one that did that.
Peter Sohn told us that there are some Easter eggs such as the Pizza Planet truck., the A-113 and other ones. You just have to really be on the lookout for them because it was hard to hide them on a movie that takes place outdoors.
Denise Ream told us that the movie got shot down for a while. They had a different director and the story was not really going anywhere. But when Pete Sohn came on board, everything started flowing better. They worked on scripts. Movie had been with previous crew for a couple of years and actually started going on the right direction at the end of 2013
All photos courtesy of Disney
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