Disney•Pixar has revealed the voice cast and character descriptions for their next animated blockbuster, The Good Dinosaur, which opens in theaters on November 25! “We were lucky to work with a number of incredible pros along the way and our story ultimately led us to this amazing and talented group,” said the first-time feature film director Peter Sohn. “We’re all taking this journey with Arlo, and it’s been a privilege to see these performers bring our characters to life.” The Good Dinosaur cast includes:
–Raymond Ochoa (NBC’s “The Night Shift,” TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles,” Disney’s A Christmas Carol) provides the voice of an Apatosaurus named Arlo.
–Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – parts I & II, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) was tapped as the voice of Poppa, Arlo’s father.
–Steve Zahn (Captain Fantastic, Ridiculous Six, Rescue Dawn, Mad Dogs) provides the voice of a pterodactyl named Thunderclap.
–AJ Buckley (TNT’s “Murder in the First,” FX’s “Justified”) voices a T-Rex called Nash.
–Anna Paquin (HBO’s “True Blood”) is the voice of T-Rex Ramsey.
–Sam Elliot (FX’s “Justified,” I’ll See You In My Dreams, Grandma) was called on as the voice of a tough T-Rex named Butch.
–Frances McDormand (HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge,” Fargo) was tapped as the voice of Momma, Arlo’s mother.
–Marcus Scribner (ABC’s “black•ish”) voices Arlo’s brother Buck.
–Jack Bright (Monsters University) provides the voice of Arlo’s unlikely human friend, Spot.
The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Directed by Peter Sohn and produced by Denise Ream, the film was previously set to feature the voice talents of Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris, but they appear to no longer be on the roster.
Peter Sohn made his directorial debut with the Pixar short film Partly Cloudy. He has worked in the art, story and animation departments, and also has voiced the characters of Emile from Academy Award- winning Ratatouille and Scott “Squishy” Squibbles from Monsters University.
Denise Ream produced the Golden Globe-nominated film Cars 2 for Pixar Animation Studios, and served as associate producer for Disney•Pixar’s Academy Award-winning film Up. She also has an extensive background in producing visual effects and animation for live action films.