'The Good Dinosaur' Characters Receive Profiles

'The Good Dinosaur' Characters Receive Profiles

By Robert Dougherty Oct 12, 2015 11:30 AM
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The Good Dinosaur has been careful not to give out too many details about itself, other than the basic premise of dinosaurs not getting wiped out and one of them bonding with a cave-boy while lost from home. A final trailer last week was a bit more revealing, and now it is followed by official descriptions and new images of its characters on Oct. 8.

First up is main character Arlo, voiced by Raymond Ochoa and singled out for his fear -- making comparisons to Inside Out all the easier.

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The last to hatch among his siblings and the smallest, 11-year-old Arlo has yet to make his mark on his family’s farm. Though he is eager to help out with chores, this sheltered Apatosaurus just can’t seem to get past his fear of everything. So when Arlo falls into a river and finds himself swept hundreds of miles away from home, he’s forced to face his fear for the first time in his life, braving the harsh, untamed wilderness and a long, arduous journey home. Along the way, Arlo develops an unlikely friendship with a human boy named Spot who helps him realize he is capable of much more than he ever thought. 

The main goal in all this for Arlo is to get back to his family, and to the father who had to watch while he was swept away. He is voiced by Jeffrey Wright -- one of the few voice actors to be heard in the trailers.

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Brave and selfless, Poppa is a devoted husband and father, working tirelessly to make a life for his family on their farm. He has a soft spot for Arlo, his small and fearful son, and takes special care of him as he grows up. Poppa believes in Arlo and knows that with enough perseverance, Arlo can overcome his fear and make his mark. 

The catalyst who truly brings out the Arlo that Poppa hoped for is his new human friend, eventually dubbed 'Spot' -- as befitting the obvious parallels to a present day human/dog relationship.

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Spot is a wild, tough and tenacious human boy who has lived alone in the wilderness for much of his life. He speaks in only grunts and growls, but his strengths are clear: he's fearless, confident and a survivalist. Spot quickly proves to be a great resource to Arlo, and slowly, becomes a friend.

As revealed in the last trailer, one of the dinosaurs Arlo and Spot run into during their trip is one with a lot of animal friends -- or rather collectables. In the grand tradition of Pixar creatives who voice their own characters, Good Dinosaur director and animator Peter Sohn lends his voice to Forrest Woodbush/The Pet Collector.

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Forrest Woodbush is a mysterious Styracosaurus who lives in the wilderness. Like Arlo, he harbors unreasonable fears. His ability to blend into his surroundings helps—along with an unusual (but not-exactly-fierce) collection of forest critters he’s recruited to protect him.

Perhaps the major character Arlo and Spot encounter is a t-rex, who is already imposing enough before speaking with the voice of Sam Elliott. However, Butch has more to offer than mere intimidation.

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Butch is a rugged and intimidating Tyrannosaurus Rex—showcased by the gruesome scar across his face. A veteran rancher who’s a real pro when it comes to herding longhorns, Butch encourages his kids Ramsey and Nash to learn by doing, hurling them into one hairy situation after another. Butch likes nothing better than trading war-stories over a campfire at the end of a long day.

The aformentioned Ramsey is a young female t-rex voiced by Anna Paquin, proving that even the prehistoric era had room for tomboys, or at least their ancient equivalent.

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A fearless, whip-smart and no-nonsense Tyrannosaurus Rex rancher, Ramsey loves the challenge of driving a herd of longhorns with her father, Butch, and her little brother Nash. Ramsey has a lively, outgoing personality—she likes good jokes, tells a mean story and has a soft spot for those in need.

Then there's little Nash, perhaps the closest thing to the Arlo of the t-rex family.

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An enthusiastic young Tyrannosaurus Rex, Nash lives for adventure, and loves when something unexpected breaks up the routine of rounding up longhorns with his father, Butch, and his big sister Ramsey. He isn’t the sharpest of spurs and has trouble keeping track of their herd, but his mischievous charm and positive attitude make him good company out on the range. 

Before Arlo and Spot, the biggest problems for Butch and his family were raptors, who got a friendly makeover early this year in Jurassic World -- but are unlikely to be as heroic or as vulnerable to a Chris Pratt type here.

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Raptors prey on the prized herd of longhorns that belong to Butch and his Tyrannosaurus Rex family. Raptors—or Rustlers, as Butch calls them—sport wiry, feathered bodies and hardly compare in size or strength to a T-Rex. But as a group, the Raptors pose quite a threat, and even a T-Rex may need to call in reinforcements before tangling with them. 

While the Raptors go on and cause their own trouble, another group of dinosaurs likes to take their time.

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The Pterodactyls are a search-and-“rescue" team of five. They like to sit back and let the often-treacherous storms in this part of the world do their dirty work, then reap the benefits of the devastation. But when these flying hunter-scavengers set their sights on Spot and Arlo, they’re in for a big surprise.

Even with these new details, The Good Dinosaur surely has a share of surprises left, which will be uncovered no later than Nov. 25.

Tags: The Good Dinosaur (2015), Inside Out (2015), Jeffrey Wright, Peter Sohn, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin
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