As far as I'm concerned, Pixar Animation Studios is as close to perfect as any studio gets at combining beautifully animated fare, with unparalleled storytelling for both children and adults. Yes, films like The Iron Giant, Howl's Moving Castle, and How to Train Your Dragon are excellent offerings outside of the Emeryville, California-based animation brain trust, but Pixar's catalogue of excellence is unsurpassed.
Yes, I'll admit that without the writer/director/producer trio of , , and , that some of their efforts aren't quite as whimsical and emotionally resonant. Brave is one such example of this, at least in my book. Still, so long as one of the three has their hand guiding at least some aspect of a Pixar project, I feel safe in asserting that things will most often be exceptional.
From Pixar's 2012 Christmas Card, Total Film tossed up a variety of pictures, most intriguing of which is the image below.
There is a basic synopsis which, knowing how Pixar can make adults feel like big, wide-eyed children, is more than enough to get me excited at the variety of narrative and visual prospects we're due.
What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?
While currently, it appears only Lasseter is attached in a producer role, there is fantastic news on the story and directing front that helps me easily forgive the lack of Docter and Stanton. , co-writer/director of 2009's fantastic Up is attached to direct, while art director and writer of the beautiful animated short film La Luna, Enrico Casarosa, is pulling story duties.
I covered the premiere of La Luna at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2011, and I can suggest without reservation that The Good Dinosaur is in excellent hands. Here is a clip, as an intro to Casarosa's work.
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