Pixar has unearthed a new clip from The Good Dinosaur, and it’s pretty tearjerking to watch. It’s not just because it’s of a touching father-son bonding moment. It’s not just because it’s stunning on a visual level. It’s not just because there’s a hopeful message about the struggles we all face in life. It’s because all I can think about while watching this snapshot is Mufasa describing the “kings of the past” to young Simba.
It’s difficult to replicate the emotional impact of The Lion King, but there’s a resemblance, including how both scenes take place at night as father and son frolic through an open field. The Good Dinosaur clip is even more heartfelt because we know from the trailers that the young Apatosaurus, Arlo, gets separated from his father after a freak accident.
Watch the clip below.
Now watch the clip from The Lion King and see if it does the trick.
Pixar has been working The Good Dinosaur for a while. The film was originally slated for release last year, but the animation giant pushed it back. There was a director and cast switch-up, but now it’s finally ready to go in front of audiences. Voicing Arlo is the young Raymond Ochoa, while Hunger Games actor Jeffrey Wright voices Poppa. They’re joined by Steve Zahn, Anna Paquin, Sam Elliott, Frances McDormand, A.J. Buckley, and Alan Tudyk.
The Good Dinosaur hits theaters on November 25th. Here’s the official plot synopsis for the film.
The Good Dinosaur asks the generations-old question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In theaters November 25, 2015, the film is a humorous and exciting original story about Arlo, a lively Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event unsettles Arlo’s family, he sets out on a remarkable journey, gaining an unlikely companion along the way – a human boy. The Good Dinosaur is an extraordinary journey of self-discovery full of thrilling adventure, hilarious characters and poignant heart.