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This film marked the first time Pixar had released two films in one year, following the release of Inside Out (2015) in June.
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The Good Dinosaur (2015) experienced multiple production issues. The film was in production for six years and it suffered from creative differences, story problems, Pixar multitasking between film productions, and a quality slump the studio suffered from Cars 2 (2011) to Monsters University (2013). Director Bob Peterson was removed from the project in the summer of 2013, just under a year before the film's original release date in May 2014. Peterson moved on to another project, while John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and Peter Sohn stepped in temporarily to work on various sections of the film. In November 2013, due to further delays, Pixar laid off sixty-seven employees of its twelve hundred-person workforce, following the closure of its satellite studio in Canada a month before, when about eighty employees had been laid off, officially to refocus Pixar's efforts at its main headquarters. "For Pixar, it was a dramatic event", said Jim Morris, the studio's General Manager and Executive Vice President of Production. "It was tough on the company. Most studios would have said, 'The movie's fine. It's not bad.' And it wasn't bad; it just wasn't great. We wanted to have a great movie." On October 21, 2014, Peter Sohn was officially named the new director. The story was then re-worked, and some major changes included lowering the age of the protagonist and adding the concept of nature itself being the main antagonist. While John Lithgow still remained cast as Poppa in the film (he would later be replaced), he acknowledged the fantastic changes in the script and said that "(The film's) gonna be better than I ever imagined."
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Arlo's movements were based on those of young elephants.
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Originally, Arlo was going to be older (approximately seventeen-years-old) and voiced by Lucas Neff. However, Director Peter Sohn, in order to convey the idea of Arlo maturing, as well as accurately portray the "boy-and-dog" relationship between Arlo and Spot, decided to make him younger (approximately eleven-years-old).
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This was one of John Ratzenberger's smallest roles in a Pixar film, as he only had one line in the movie, "We kill 'em." He also used a Southern American accent for the part.
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The original cast was to include John Lithgow, Judy Greer, Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lucas Neff, but they were replaced following major story changes. The only original cast member to still be a part of the film is Frances McDormand.
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EASTER EGG: The Luxo Ball can be seen when Arlo and Spot are hallucinating.
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As of 2017, this movie was the lowest-grossing Pixar movie to be released domestically and worldwide.
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This film was originally directed by Bob Peterson and set for release on May 30, 2014, but Peterson had trouble getting the third act right, so he was taken off the film and it was pushed back to November 25, 2015, the intended release date of Finding Dory (2016), in order to give it more time; Finding Dory (2016) was then pushed back to June 17, 2016. Peterson had since gone on to do a different film for Pixar, while Denise Ream replaced John Walker as producer, and, on October 21, 2014, Peter Sohn was officially named the new director. The story was then re-worked, and some major changes included adding the concept of nature itself being the main antagonist.
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EASTER EGG: One of the asteroids at the start of the film resembles the Pizza Planet truck from the Toy Story franchise.
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The dinosaur statues in Inside Out (2015) were used as real dinosaurs in this movie.
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According to the film's original Director Bob Peterson, the inspiration for this film came from his impression of the dinosaur animatronics he saw on a childhood visit to the 1964 New York World's Fair.
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EASTER EGG: "A113" is spelled out with sticks on the fence of the bird pen Arlo approaches for feeding.
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Thomas Newman was originally assigned to compose music for this movie, but complications with Newman's schedule and further delays with the film's productions prompted him to leave. Newman was replaced by Academy Award winning Composer Mychael Danna (Life of Pi (2012)).
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This story is an alternate history, with the point of divergence coming approximately sixty-five million years ago: the K-T Extinction Asteroid missed Earth, so the Dinosaur Age continued.
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This is the third Pixar movie to not be nominated for the best animated feature Oscar. The first was Cars 2 (2011), and the second was Monsters University (2013).
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Pixar's sixteenth feature film.
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When Arlo splashes into the water after playing with the gophers, you can get a brief glimpse of an octopus that resembles Hank from Finding Dory (2016), a teaser to Pixar's next film.
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The way the T-Rexes fight off Bubbha (David Boat) and his pack pays homage to a similar scene from Jurassic Park (1993).
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The tree that Arlo and Spot find in the cliffs bears a resemblance the tree from Ant Island in A Bug's Life (1998)
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The song featured in the first official trailer for this film is "Crystals" by Of Monsters and Men.
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Earl is the second character voiced by Pixar legend John Ratzenberger to be a villain, with the first one being The Underminer in The Incredibles (2004) (who was rather a minor villain, as he was only featured in the last twenty seconds of the film), not counting P.T. Flea in A Bug's Life (1998) and Mustafa from Ratatouille (2007), who are both anti-heroes. Though Hamm did play a villain at (only) the start of Toy Story 3 (2010), it is only a fantasy sequence during Andy's playtime, so he does not count.
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This is the first Pixar film to have a Thanksgiving release since Toy Story 2 (1999), as well as the first one to have a November release since The Incredibles (2004), and the first one to not have a June release since Up (2009) and Pixar's first film after the studio was purchased/acquired by Walt Disney Pictures in December 2006 to be released in November.
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This movie was originally scheduled to be released on November 27, 2013. It was then pushed back to May 30, 2014, while Disney's Frozen (2013) was released on November 27. This movie was then pushed back again to November 25, 2015, after the director change, pushing Finding Dory (2016), that was originally intended to release then to June 17, 2016, while May 30, 2014 would be given to the live-action movie Maleficent (2014), which was originally intended to release later.
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This was the fifth Pixar film to receive a PG rating from the MPAA. The first four were The Incredibles (2004), Up (2009), Brave (2012), and Inside Out (2015).
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This film was released in theaters with Sanjay's Super Team (2015).
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The T-Rexes were at first thought to be villains, until one of the trailers proved otherwise with them being on Arlo's side, with the main villains being Nyctosauruses. This makes this movie one of the few dinosaur movies where the T-Rexes aren't villains.
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The last Pixar film to feature the short 2011 Disney closing logo.
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This film marked the first Pixar movie to have two music composers, Mychael Danna and his brother, Jeff Danna, as opposed to just one composer, as done in many of the studio's past films.
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This was Steve Zahn's first Disney voice role since Chicken Little (2005).
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This was the first Pixar Thanksgiving release that was not directed by John Lasseter.
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Raymond Ochoa (Arlo) went through puberty not long after he finished recording all of his lines for this film, which included having his voice deepen.
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Directorial debut of Peter Sohn, and the third Pixar movie where he voiced a character outside the additional voices, after Ratatouille (2007) and Monsters University (2013).
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Is one of the two Pixar films of the 2010s that's composed by neither Randy Newman, Thomas Newman, nor Michael Giacchino. The other being Brave (2012).
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Jack Bright's second animated film of 2015 after The Peanuts Movie (2015).
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The shortest Pixar film since Brave.
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The second theatrically released animated film to be composed by Mychael Danna after Surf's Up (2007).
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Pixar's fifth film where the director or a co-director has a major role, not being simply listed in the additional voices, with Peter Sohn as The Pet Collector. The other four had been Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), and Up (2009).
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This was Frances McDormand's second animated voice role, after Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012).
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Sam Elliott's third time voice acting in a film, after Barnyard (2006) and Marmaduke (2010), the former of which is animated.
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Pixar's sixth movie without there being a co-Director. The other's being Toy Story (1995), The Incredibles (2004), WALL·E (2008), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Monsters University (2013).
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This is the first Pixar film to have the "Created and Produced at Pixar Animation Studios Emeryville, California" credit since Cars (2006).
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Some of the CGI landscapes were so convincingly realistic, that some viewers wondered if it was actually a real world-CGI composite.
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The fourth Pixar film to be set through an animal's perspective after A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), and Ratatouille (2007), all but one of these feature Frank Welker.
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The second Pixar movie with a PG rating from the MPAA not to have a human protagonist. The first being Inside Out (2015).
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Joseph Bologna's sixth Pixar film after Finding Nemo (2003), Cars (2006), Up (2009), Cars 2 (2011), and Monsters University (2013) as well as his last before his death in 2017.
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The third Pixar film of 2010s to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Brave (2012) and Inside Out (2015).
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This movie and Coco (2017) are Pixar's only movies to be released in the 2010s to not be released in June.
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The second Pixar film to feature 93 minutes, after Brave (2012).
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The eighth Pixar film to be produced in 2.35:1, after A Bug's Life (1998), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL·E (2008), Cars 2 (2011) and Brave (2012), the former of which were set through animal perspectives.
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Obviously, over the following decades since the movie was made, science will continue to make further discoveries, and theories, of the various dinosaurs appearances, movement and behaviour. Already, by late 2018, scientists have discovered some dinosaurs may have been feathered and/or highly colourful.
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From the Creators of A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Up (2009), and Inside Out (2015).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The part when Arlo and Spot eat the fermented peaches and start hallucinating, is the first hallucination scene in a Disney movie since Dumbo (1941).
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Arlo shares some connections with Littlefoot in Don Bluth's The Land Before Time (1988), who's also an Apatosaurus in an animated film about dinosaurs: -Both characters hatch themselves at the start of the film. -Both characters have major responsibilities. -Both have wise parents who help them in a lot of ways. -Both of them end up losing one of their parents (his mother in Littlefoot's case, and his father in Arlo's case). -Both must make a perilous journey and overcome many challenges along the way. -Both form a friendship to help them out (four other young dinosaurs in Littlefoot's case, and a young caveboy in Arlo's case). -Both meet a wise dinosaur to help them out (Littlefoot meets Rooter, and Arlo meets three T-Rexes) -Both eventually gain courage to stand up to the main villains of their films and defeat them (Sharptooth in Littlefoot's case, and Thunderclap in Arlo's case), both of their defeats involve falling into a river.
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Butch's (Sam Elliott's) line, "In the morning, we ride." is a nod to Elliott's character, "Carter Slade, The Caretaker", in Ghost Rider (2007), who accompanied Johnny Blaze on one last ride before the final showdown.
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One of the faces made by Arlo while hallucinating bears a resemblance to Scott "Squishy" Squibbles from Monsters University (2013), who was voiced by Peter Sohn, the Director of this movie.
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Thunderclap (Steve Zahn) is the third Pixar villain where he may not seem bad only during his introduction, only to reveal his true colors shortly afterwards, therefore not being one of those surprise main antagonists. The other two Pixar villains to have been like that were AUTO in WALL·E (2008), and Lotso in Toy Story 3 (2010).
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