In celebration of the release, be sure to join Director, Peter Sohn on Twitter for a live Question and Answer session February 23 at 10:30 AM PST / 1:30 PM PST — ask your questions using #ASKPETERSOHN.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES EXTRAS REVIEW
So, why did we say The Good Dinosaur is a heart-warmer in the title of our review? This is due to the fact that the extras truly dive into the heart of the film's director, Peter Sohn, who not only chats about his personal connection to the film (The Filmmakers' Journey), but also shows his love and respect for the crew that brought the film to life through their hard work and creative inputs. In addition to the details within Pixar Animation Studios, we also get an amazing look at the real-life family that inspired the T-Rex family in the film (called, Following The T-Rex Trail — our personal favorite extra feature). In this feature, you'll join Sohn (along with some of the crew) as they visit the McKay family in Oregon and live among the land, herd cattle and experiencing horseback riding in a whole new light.
Back at the studio, the teams (e.g., animation, story, editorial, etc.) held a contest (bonus feature Recyclosaurus) where they crafted characters from the film using items that were culled from a table where employees can drop off items they no longer use (but someone else may benefit from). Our jaws dropped when we saw the piece that the Characters team created — it looked like a random pile of garbage until they projected a light across the pile. The prehistoric image it displayed on the wall is one that cannot be missed and was incredibly creative. A few short previews (like the one shown above) of the extra features will be displayed through the remainder of our review.
DIRECTOR'S COMMENTARY & DIGITAL REVIEWAn item we were very excited to see was that the Director's Commentary was not only included on the physical release, but was also included in the digital release — this is the first Pixar release to include the Director's Commentary digitally (and is a welcome addition to the release). The essential-to-listen-to commentary features:
- Peter Sohn (Director)
- Kelsey Mann (Story Supervisor)
- Mike Venturini (Supervising Animator)
- Sharon Calahan (Director of Photography - Lighting)
- Sanjay Bakshi (Supervising Technical Director)
Along with the digital release (accessed through Disney Movies Anywhere), you will also be able to watch the digital-only extra feature, Just Listen, where you'll learn about all things related to the audio of the film. From recording the orchestra with Mychael and Jeff Danna, to the wonderful foley (sound effects) work, to the backwoods of British Columbia, Canada to capture the perfect nature and river sounds, this was easily another of our favorite extra features. The short video above titled, Finding The Roar is an excerpt from the Just Listen feature.
Additionally, if you enter your digital code from the Blu-ray (or purchase the digital version through Disney Movies Anywhere), you will also be able to access an Exclusive Digital Storybook (expires May 6, 2016).
PURCHASING THE GOOD DINOSAURTarget: The Target release contains an exclusive bonus feature titled "The World of The Good Dinosaur" and "Raptor Trap" (only with the Ultimate Collectors Edition or Blu-ray/DVD/Digital edition).
Amazon: Pick up The Good Dinosaur on Amazon - Ultimate Collector's Edition, Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital or DVD
Disney Store: Pick up the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital edition at the Disney Store
Disney Movies Anywhere: Pick up The Good Dinosaur digitally at DMA.
FULL LIST OF BONUS FEATURESDigital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA)
TRUE LIES ABOUT DINOSAURS: (1:51) We know — it’s preposterous to think Apatosaurs spoke English. Learn more about what separates the fictional dinosaurs of The Good Dinosaur from what scientists know about real dinosaurs.
RECYCLOSAURUS: (6:05) Pixar takes creative competition seriously. Maybe a little too seriously. Watch as The Good Dinosaur crew competes to see which department can create the best dinosaur ever… using only discarded items from the studio’s “free table.”
THE FILMMAKERS’ JOURNEY: (7:35) Finding your way from an idea to a film takes a lot of exploration. Director Peter Sohn and his fellow filmmakers talk about the challenging, inspiring, and unexpectedly emotional experience of making The Good Dinosaur.
EVERY PART OF THE DINOSAUR: (5:54) The filmmakers talk about the special animation challenges of The Good Dinosaur — including figuring out how to animate a dinosaur who’s really a boy, and a boy who’s got the spirit of a dog.
FOLLOWING THE T-REX TRAIL: (6:41) Follow the filmmakers as they travel to a working cattle ranch and meet the McKays, a close-knit family whose work ethic, generosity, and stories inspired the T-Rex ranchers of the film.
COMMENTARY: (1:29:48) Commentary from director Peter Sohn, story supervisor Kelsey Mann, supervising animator Mike Venturini, director of photography/lighting Sharon Calahan, and supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi.
DINO BITES: (4:04) Montage of original animated pieces produced to promote The Good Dinosaur.
HIDE AND SEEK: (0:55) A short animated clip produced to promote The Good Dinosaur.
DELETED SCENES: (Intro :34)
- The Attack (2:24) — An idyllic introduction to the family farm is cut short when a savage predator attacks the newborn Arlo. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
- Building the Silo (4:21)— An admiring Arlo is thrilled to follow along as his father builds a silo for the family farm. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
- Waiting for Poppa (2:59) — Arlo awaits the return of his beloved father on a stormy night, only to be greeted with tragic news. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
- Moment - North American Trailer 2 (2:12)
- Different - German Trailer (1:57)
- Courage - Russian Trailer (2:23)
THEATRICAL SHORT – Sanjay’s Super Team
Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) Digital Exclusive
JUST LISTEN: (6:14) Trace the development of the unique soundscape of The Good Dinosaur, from the wilds of British Columbia as Sound Designer Craig Berkey collects sounds, to the recording studio where Jeff and Mychael Danna use instruments from around the world to create the music.
EASTER EGGSAre you a fan of hunting for Easter Eggs in Pixar's films? If so, join us in the Pixar Post Forum as we chat all about the hidden items like A113, Hank the Octopus (from Finding Dory) and many more.
So, what are your thoughts on the release and bonus features? Leave a comment below or chat about the release on the Pixar Post Forum.
- Pixar Post Podcast 045: Interview with Story Supervisor Kelsey Mann & Screenwriter Meg LeFauve of 'The Good Dinosaur'
- Crafting Natural Phenomenons In 'The Good Dinosaur': A Look at the Effects Process with Jon Reisch
- Western and World Music: 'The Good Dinosaur' Soundtrack Review
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