A few weeks ago, I wrote about the half hour of The Good Dinosaur footage I saw when I visited Pixar. I came away feeling ambivalent. On the one hand, the movie looks like it will deliver on the emotional beats, especially since it’s a “boy and his dog” story, but the cartoony animations set against the realistic backgrounds created an odd dissonance for me.
However, it also made me eager to learn more, and the day after the footage presentation, I went back to Pixar with a group of fellow movie journalists to learn about the making of the film. Our tour was broken down into the various departments, and I’ve presented the things you should know from each one.