Despite the brand new trailer being unveiled last week, it has only just come to light that the original voice cast has been replaced for Pixar’s upcoming feature The Good Dinosaur. The movie has had issues from the start it seems, director Bob Peterson was replaced by current director Perter Sohn, the script was rewritten post recording and creative clashes have been reported between both the writers and creative team.
Now it would appear that the original cast consisting of John Lithgow, Neil Patrick Harris, Lucas Neff, Bill Hader, and Judy Greer, never had the opportunity to re-record their re-designed parts as new actors have been hired. Due to these problems, Pixar were forced to set the release back a year while the issues were resolved, missing a movie season (2014) for the first time since 2005.
The movie features the story of a young Apatosaurus named Arlo (now voiced by Raymond Ochoa), that befriends a human cave boy (Jack Bright) he calls Spot! The other dinosaur characters are now voiced by Jeffrey Wright (Poppa, Arlo’s dad), Anna Paquin (Ramsey the T-Rex), Sam Elliott (Butch the T-Rex), Steve Zahn (Thunderclap the pterodactyl), AJ Buckley (Nash the T-Rex) and Marcus Scribner as Arlo’s brother Buck. Francis McDormand is the only actor to have held on to her role as Arlo’s mother.
When a movie suffers from as many production issues as this one, the prognoses does not look that favorable for this feature to become one of Pixar’s best. Lets hope the new cast and re-vamped script have smoothed out the creases and given it a fresh perspective. In the year of the dinosaur movie, it will be fun to see the theme with an animated comedy flavor. The Good Dinosaur will be released in the UK on the 27th of November. Watch the new trailer below.