The dinosaurs might have gone extinct and potential audiences of Pixar’s dino film might be dead to its charm, too.
“The Good Dinosaur” has been surrounded by controversy since its original director, Bob Peterson (co-director of “Up”), was pulled from the film in 2013. Since then, a new director has been named and the release was pushed back to later this year causing more people to believe the film won’t be Pixar’s best.
To further that thought, Pixar today announced a whole new voice cast that got rid of many of the major talent that agreed to do that film like Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Hader, and John Lithgow.
The new voice talent 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 ELLIOTT (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.
They seemed to have lost their major talent like Harris, replacing him with not-so-well-known talent like Wright and Ochoa. Some speculate creative differences, while others internally have cited losing the talent due to the massive changes in the production schedule.
Nevertheless, first time Pixar feature film director Peter Sohn is confident in the new cast’s ability to tell the story of if dinosaurs didn’t go extinct. “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,” he said. “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” hits theaters on November 25, 2015.