Western Animation: The Good Dinosaur

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The Good Dinosaur is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is currently scheduled to be released on November 25, 2015. It is the studio's sixteenth feature film. Bob Peterson, who came up with the idea for the story, directed The Good Dinosaur until August 2013, when he was removed from the film. It will now be directed by Peter Sohn.


  • All Animals Are Dogs: Inverted. The human child acts like a dog, prompting a dinosaur to name him "Spot."
  • Alternate History: The movie is set in a world where non-avian dinosaurs never became extinct and Jurassic dinosaurs like Apatosaurus and Stegosaurus coexist with Cretaceous dinosaurs like Triceratops and Parasaurolophus and even prehistoric mammals like the giant bison that existed in the ice ages.
  • Artistic License Astronomy: When the asteroid passes by the Earth, it leaves a streak like a shooting star; in reality such a trail is the blazing tail formed when an object burns up in Earth's atmosphere and so something passing by Earth would not have a trail.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Spot the human is a mere 3-feet tall. While Arlo is a juvenile dinosaur, he is still quite large compared to Spot.
  • A Boy and His X: Inverted. The highly civilized "X" (in this case, an Apatosaurus) adopts a rather feral boy, in the style of Ice Age.
  • Carnivore Confusion: The Tyrannosaurs avoid eating other dinosaurs by being presented as a family of cattle ranchers. The raptors want to prey on their bison and are presented as rustlers.
  • Cowboy: The Tyrannosaurus family are Working Cowboys, protecting their herds of bison from raptor rustlers.
  • Disappeared Dad: Arlo loses his father apparently to a landslide caused by a thunderstorm.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs
  • Feathered Fiend: Bubbha the Velociraptor and his pack of cattle rustlers.
  • Floral Theme Naming/Location Theme Naming: Momma and Poppa Apatosaurus named their youngest child 'Arlo'. Arlo is the Old English word for hill.
  • Gentle Giant: Arlo, being a sauropod, is a massive, good-natured herbivore.
  • Giant Equals Invincible: Subverted. Arlo may be huge, but the world is far bigger, and natural hazards and obstacles will often make him vulnerable.
  • Herbivores Are Friendly: Herbivores are described as being the "farmers" of dinosaur society. The trope may end up being subverted, however, as one of the film's stated goals is to break the dinosaur stereotypes viewers are used to.
  • In Spite of a Nail: In real life, the reason mammals (and by extension, humans) that we're most familiar with evolved and diversified the way they did during the Cenozoic is because dinosaurs went extinct, as mammals evolved to take over the now unoccupied ecological niches.
  • Intellectual Animal: In the movie, humans don't have the ability to speak, but the dinosaurs and pterosaurs do. Also, the herbivorous dinosaurs farm plants while the carnivores raise livestock.
  • Kid Hero: Arlo, the lively 11-year-old Apatosaurus with a big heart.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Forrest is a Triceratops with the spiked frill of a Styracosaurusnote , and Thunderclap has a Nyctosaurus-like crest alongside toothed jaws and wing claws. The trailer also shows a viper-lizard hybrid.note 
  • No Antagonist: The producers have stated nature is the film's main antagonist.
  • Predators Are Mean: Played with and subverted by the T. rex family, who start off as hostile towards Arlo but eventually help him learn how to survive. Played straight, however, with Thunderclap's pterosaur flock and Bubbha's Velociraptor pack.
  • Ptero Soarer: Thunderclap bears resemblance to a Nyctosaurus...except that he has teeth, birdlike talons, and wing claws, which Nyctosaurus did not have in real life (especially the wing claws, as nyctosaurids are distinctive for lacking those). The other pterosaurs appear to be Ludodactylus, Caulkicephalus, and Guidraco, which also have birdlike talons. However, new concept art shown at D23 revealed the pterosaurs are quadrupedal.
  • Raptor Attack: The Velociraptor have a patch of feathers on their heads and spines as well as tufts on their legs and at the end of their tails, but they are otherwise scaly and glaringly lack feathers on their arms (the one place on Velociraptor that's known to be plumed). On the other hand, they have proper long and narrow snouts as opposed to the broad Utahraptor-like skulls perpetrated by Jurassic Park.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: The film features Ludodactylus, Caulkicephalus, Guidraco, and Bison latifrons. Thunderclap resembles a Nyctosaurus, and there's a four-legged snake similar to Tetrapodophis.note 
  • Stock Dinosaurs: What ordinarily would be a case of Artistic License Paleontology is subverted by the premise of the film: set in an alternate universe, where the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct.
  • This Is My Human: During his travels through the wilderness, Arlo gains an unlikely companion. A small, but feisty orphan human. He's utterly alone in the world. Humans have only started to emerge in the world, they haven't evolved to the point where they're capable of communicating beyond yells, grunts and cries. Arlo kindly adopts the little boy, and names him "Spot".
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: Butch and his two children, Nash and Ramsey.