Pixar Announces Voice Casts and Reveals Concept Art for THE GOOD DINOSAUR and INSIDE OUT; Voice Actors Include Bill Hader & Amy Poehler [UPDATED]

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Pixar has announced the voice casts for two of its upcoming films during the D23 convention today.  Director Bob Peterson’s The Good Dinosaur, which opens next summer, takes place on an Earth where the asteroid never killed the dinosaurs and the creatures now live happily alongside humans.  The lead character, a dinosaur named Arlo, will be voiced by Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), while Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer voice his siblings.  The dinosaur mother and father will be voiced by John Lithgow and Frances McDormandThe Good Dinosaur opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.

Pixar’s next film, Up director Peter Docter’s Inside Out, takes place within an 11-year-old girl’s mind as she is forced to move to San Francisco.  The fantastic voice cast—playing the girl’s emotions—includes Amy Poehler as the lead character, Joy, Bill Hader (there’s no such thing as too much Bill Hader) as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, and The Office’s Phyllis Smith as Sadness.  Inside Out opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.  Look for Dave’s full recaps of the D23 Pixar panels later today. [Update: We've added new concept art images and the official synopsis for both films after the jump.]

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Here’s the official synopsis for The Good Dinosaur:

“The Good Dinosaur” asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters May 30, 2014, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo’s tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way—a young human boy named Spot.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Inside Out:

From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco, is not the main character but the setting for the film. Moviegoers will go inside her mind to explore how memories are formed and how a mixture of five emotions—Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness—defines life experiences. In theaters June 19, 2015.




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  • Nick

    A lot of snl casting. I hate everyone who says pixar is going downhill. Everyone.

    • GrimReaper07

      They are a brilliant company and these movies should be good, but the films they’ve released since Toy Story 3 (arguably their best), haven’t been up to their high standards.

      • Nick

        Monsters university absolutely was. Not to mention toy story 3 was just a few years ago. People are looking for it. “Man since Steve jobs died, pixar isn’t the same” whaaaat!? He had almost nothing to do with the creative development of pixar. He was accidentally financially backing them. I don’t know, I just think the standards people are holding to are unreal. If finding nemo came out now rather then when it did, it would probably get shit

      • GrimReaper07

        I haven’t seen Monsters U, only read reviews and heard from people that it was good but not great. Oh I’ve never given credit to Steve Jobs for Pixar’s awesomeness. He created the studio, but it was John Lasster and co. that made it a monster studio. Just read a preview on Inside Out on ign which sounds amazing though

      • VDawg

        I’ve never seen anyone credit Jobs for Pixar’s success. I blame the change on a combination of Disney’s purchase and “breaking up the band,” as it were. Pixar’s films take about 4 years to make, so the first film Pixar made after they were bought was Toy Story 3. It was great, but since then they’ve made one terrible film, one tonally inconsistent one, and one good film that was not nearly as funny as the original. During that time they’ve also had Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton doing their own projects, and Lasseter busy with Disney animation.
        I, for one, am not holding Pixar to an unreal standard: I wanted to love Monsters University, for example, but despite finding it well-done, it just lacked some of the good qualities of Monsters Inc. If everything Pixar made was the quality of Finding Nemo, I would be perfectly happy, even though there are five Pixar films I like better.

      • Nick

        I’m sure you can imagine my comment was not directed at any one person. I’ve seen pleanty of posts about jobs death impacting the studio. As for lasseters split interests… I think the individual spdirectors, groomed by him are plenty capable. Cars 1 was bad, so of course the sequel has no hope, and both of those movies were purely lasseter as he’s a car geek. I think monsters university was fantastic. They removed the heart of the original (boo) and built a new one around mikes struggle to accept himself. I was extremely impressed. Brave, was not the best. They did address the lacking female hero, the stylisticlook of characters and they had a lot of changes made during production to the staff. Despite that it was a damn good, but not great movie. Toy story 3 was just as good as the other two, just admit it. Noone wants to admit that but it was. Up is not as impressive as wall e in my opinion. Up is fantastic, but it takes a turn for the conventional in the third act, where wall e is , start to finish, an unconventional and profoundly original animated film

      • fhryuj

        Toy Story 3 was not their best. That distinction belongs to either WALL-E or Up.

      • GrimReaper07

        Everyone seems to have their own list as to which Pixar movies are the best, which speaks to how amazing they are, but I’d argue that Wall-E or Up aren’t the best. My favorites are Toy Story 1 and 3, The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

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  • Strong Enough

    I hope John Williams is scoring Inside Out. it is a weird rumor but it would be awesome

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