Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter is one of the more fun people to hear from within Disney. His passion for the films Disney and Pixar create is truly fascinating.
While promoting Pixar’s latest film Brave (in theaters June 22!) Lasseter shared his thoughts on their 2014 dinosaur project The Good Dinosaur:
What if the meteor that killed off the dinosaurs missed Earth and dinosaurs kept living? It’s really a great story because they are very funny dinosaurs. They are kind of cartoony but they are dinosaurs, they are not walking around with clothes on or anything like that, they still are kind of dinosaurs. We focused on mostly the plant-eaters, not the carnivores… Their society becomes more of an agrarian society, meaning farmers. They become farmers.
It’s a very funny story about a certain way of life that a young dinosaur has trouble fitting into and he ends up going on this quest. He kind of messes up and he has to put everything right by going on this quest and on that quest he meets this our character that is an outcast from his society too and so the two of them form this bond and it becomes this unique kind of story… kind of hard to describe. It’s a very special, very emotional story but it’s so quirky and nutty. That’s really the hallmark of Bob Peterson’s and Peter Sohn’s talent. Bob Peterson is truly one of the funniest people I’ve met and it’s coming through with this story. Pixar does dinosaurs, but like anything we touch… it’s unlike any other dinosaur picture you’ve seen ‘cause it doesn’t fit in your typical [idea of] what you think dinosaurs are. It’s absolutely beautiful too.
As dinosaur fans ourselves, we’re very excited for this film! Pixar may be the only studio that could pull off a truly great dinosaur film comparable, storytelling wise, to Jurassic Park.
Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the quote!