The Good Dinosaur looks like it will be the perfect movie for dinosaur fans who are a bit too young to watch Chris Pratt lead a ravenous raptor pack in Jurassic World — the Apatosaurus in The Good Dinosaur is cute and cuddly, not fearsome and ferocious.
Pixar recently released the first teaser trailer for its upcoming animated film that rewrites ancient history. According to Yahoo! Movies, The Good Dinosaur imagines life in a world where the dinosaurs weren’t wiped out by an asteroid millions of years ago. If this wasn’t a Pixar movie, the world would be a pretty terrifying place. However, this isn’t a horror movie about humans trying to avoid becoming dino dinner — it’s a heartwarming story about the friendship between an Apatosaurus named Arlo and his unlikely companion, a human caveboy named Spot.
The boy-befriends-beast storyline might bring to mind How to Train Your Dragon, but there’s definitely more than a whiff of The Land Before Time here, too — the main focus of the movie is Arlo’s arduous journey to find his fellow Apatosauruses after he gets separated from them. Wired UK has fittingly dubbed the film “Jurassic Nemo.” Because that pesky asteroid has been eliminated from this story, at least dinosaur fans don’t have to fret about the terrible fate that awaited Littlefoot and his pals in The Land Before Time.
Pixar prefaces its teaser trailer for The Good Dinosaur with a disclaimer of sorts that makes it clear that humans and dinosaurs never actually roamed the Earth at the same time, so Pixar fans don’t have to fear that the production company is trying to push Young Earth Creationism on impressionable younger viewers. The Good Dinosaur teaser trailer also shows Arlo struggling to keep his long neck above water as he gets washed down a raging river, and there’s a quick glimpse of two tyrannosauruses roaring. They appear to be pretty angry, but they probably won’t frighten young viewers too much — they don’t look any more terrifying than Rex from Toy Story.
One scene shows Spot the human riding on Arlo’s head like he’s a horse. However, the human probably didn’t “tame” his gigantic friend — from the sounds of it, Arlo will actually be more intelligent than his “feral” companion. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Pixar’s chief creative officer, John Lasseter, described The Good Dinosaur as “a boy and a dog story, but the roles are reversed.” Humans haven’t had much time to evolve in Arlo’s world, so they’re the wild ones who need to be tamed. You can check out the movie’s teaser trailer below.
The scenery is pretty breathtaking, and Yahoo! claims that The Good Dinosaur boasts “the most realistic looking backdrops ever seen in a Pixar film.” Nature will actually be one of the main antagonists in the movie, so expect a lot of crazy action sequences.
The Good Dinosaur hits theaters on November 27, and it features the voice work of John Lithgow, Lucas Neff, Bill Hader, Frances McDormand, and Neil Patrick Harris.
[Image credit: Pixar]