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First Teaser Poster Pixar’s ‘The Good Dinosaur’ Shows Cartoony Dinosaur, Human & Bugs [UPDATE]

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In September we got the news Pixar’s upcoming animated feature The Good Dinosaur got delayed from a May 30, 2014 release to November 2015. Today the website J Posters released the beautiful first teaser poster for this movie.


This new poster shows the two main characters of The Good Dinosaur: Arlo (the dinosaur) and Spot (the human child). Other than greenery, the other things of note on the poster are bugs. Maybe that’s not too interesting, but I found a while ago the contents of ‘The Art of The Good Dinosaur’ book online and one of the chapters was called ‘Bugs’. So are they here for a special reason or just to fill the poster?

The poster looks really good and I love the character designs, but also the bright colors that were used in this poster. If the poster is any indication, the movie will hopefully be as colorful as this poster.

After seeing this poster, I’m sort of happy the movie got delayed, Why? Well this looks really, really good! And I want this movie to be as good as it looks, so I prefer waiting a year and have a great story, great characters and beautiful animation instead of a weak story with great characters in 2014.

Also noteworthy, this poster is released nearly two years before the movie is scheduled to be released. Normally most studios put out teaser posters about a year before a film’s release, but two years is quite unusual. Disney’s animated films nowadays don’t get teaser posters until about six months before the release date. The timing of this poster (and the outlet which revealed it) seem very odd to me. It makes me wonder if Pixar did this as sort of a consolation gesture to apologize for the film’s delay.

The Good Dinosaur will release November 25, 2015

What do you think of this new poster?

[UPDATE 9:00 AM PST] The fact that this was released on a strange foreign movie poster website (much like the Frozen poster leaks earlier this year) seemed fishy to me.

According to Big Screen Animation, turns out that this poster was just a mockup by Pixar and was not supposed to be released. As one of his readers pointed out, the grass in the left corner seems to be exactly the same as the in the Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs 2 one sheet. As Mike from Big Screen Animation said, “Stock CG elements, perhaps?”

Also, yesterday on Twitter, Daniela Strijleva–a character designer at Pixar–said that she wasn’t sure where that poster came from and that it “looks like an unfinished, unofficial piece of work that’s not supposed to be out there. Not Pixar endorsed.” Her tweet has since been deleted since she probably wasn’t supposed to comment on the matter since she’s not an official Pixar spokesperson.

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  • It does look interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an animated dinosaur with that light greenish coloring before, so that seems quite fresh. And his nostril is quite prevalent, which is also weirdly cool.

    Does this take place in present-day civilization? Because I’m just wondering whether Spot is of a “caveman”-type family or if he’s a modern child who just likes dressing up like Tarzan.

    • Interesting you mention that nostril. Now looking it it, it’s over exaggerated like as if someone made this out of clay and stuck their finger in the clay to make the nostril. Kind of cool!

    • Octavias

      It’s present day, but in an alternate universe where Dinosaurs never died, thus Dinosaurs became intelligent and humans remained caveman like due to being the ones always hiding to survive

  • killercharlie

    I may be in the minority but so far this movie looks kinda boring… And the poster is not helping.

    Meh, maybe the trailers will change my mind.

  • Fadi Antwan

    I don’t know why, but this poster reminds me of the Croods (my favorite 2013 animated movie so far) a bit, especially the boy’s design and the colors. The idea doesn’t interest me a lot, but I’ll watch it in theater anyway. It’s Pixar, after all!


  • I’m not a huge fan of the poster. It looks okay, but to me the poster looks generic like one of those fake Disney rip-off movies. However, I can still see the potential in the concept.

  • disqus_4f0x2ILDgI

    Not only does this look too similar to The Croods but I can also make guesses as to how the “Pixar formula” of sentimentality will be worked into the story just by looking at this poster! That kind of sucks because it is now apparent that that formula has kind of been run dry by Pixar at this point. Unless they really do something different, I am guessing each successive Pixar film will become less and less touching for audiences as they are now privy to the plot workings of a typical Pixar movie.

  • Brittany

    I like the little boy’s design! Only similarity I see with the Croods (which I loved) is that it’s a caveman, but the face looks more Pixary to me. It’s the super long nose dinosaur I’m not sure about. I like the color, but for such a large character he looks plain. It seems like lost potential to not give him more unique stripes or something. He almost looks like a toy out of Toy Story world. Though I still have high hopes for this revamped film!

  • anii654 (Jayden-G)

    I personally think the poster looks kind of ugly, and disturbing. A bit too cartoony for Pixar. The film doesn’t seem that interesting, but there is still 2 years left. We’ll see.

  • Debbie

    I think it’s kind of interesting, although it doesn’t look how I expected it to. I like that the dinosaur has freckles on his nose. However, for some reason I don’t like the human boy’s design. I am excited for this movie because I love dinosaurs, but I have to admit that I’m disappointed about the fact that the dinosaurs will be talking in this movie. No one has done an animated movie in which the dinosaurs don’t talk and I have been hoping for something like that for as long as I can remember. Despite that, I still am interested in the movie though. I kind of like the poster and I’m glad to see it so that now I have a better idea about what the look of the film might be like.

  • Ember Lily

    Sorta cute, not much else though

  • Not Without

    I like it! I hope that flora design is used in the movie. I’m really happy this has some stylization to it. It really screams stop-motion, can’t wait to see how the dinosaur talks. His mouth is huge.

  • Dave

    I’m pretty sure when this film comes out, no one will be thinking about the Croods.


    Please dont mess up Pixar, after Cars 2 i need some rejoicing from Pixar

  • SnarkyDisneyFan1003

    I love it so disappointed that they delayed it