We have a couple of Pixar stories to kick off your day. First up, 24 Frames has some brief news for The Good Dinosaur. Details on the film, directed by Peter Sohn and Up co-director/”Dug” voice Bob Peterson, are being kept under wraps, but we know that the story is set in a world where an asteroid never hit the Earth, and dinosaurs continue to roam the planet. Sohn says “The title is deceptively simple. It has more meaning than it seems,” implying that if there are “good” dinosaurs then there must be bad ones as well. Additionally, a piece of artwork shown off at last year’s D23 conference showed a small child standing next to a dinosaur, but the filmmakers won’t confirm if humans share the planet with giant creatures who are clearly at the top of the food chain.
Peterson tells 24 Frames, “It’s time to do a movie where you get to know the dinosaur, what it’s really like to be a dinosaur and to be with a dinosaur.” I suppose this ignores Disney’s 2000 animated film Dinosaur and the 852 The Land Before Time movies. Sohn added that thematically, the dinosaurs might represent “something anachronistic or resistant to change.” That certainly sounds like a solid foundation for a movie, and I’m eager to see how The Good Dinosaur turns out, but it probably won’t be until 2013 until we get firmer details on the story. For right now, the filmmakers are “visiting various natural history and science museums and examining fossils and bones to help them create their own dinosaur society and characters.”
Moving on to a far more immentent Pixar film, the studio has released new posters for Brave. The film opens June 22nd.
Posters via IMP Awards.
Here’s the official synopsis for Brave:
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts. Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Wise Woman (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.