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How The Good Dinosaur director Peter Sohn became Pixar's hottest new name


Following this year's brilliant Inside Out, Pixar now set their sights on a very different kind of adventure in The Good Dinosaur.

Taking place in an alternate timeline where humans and dinos co-exist alongside one another, the film teams friendly apatosaurus Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) with human infant Spot (Jack Bright) for an epic story of friendship.

The film marks the feature debut of Peter Sohn, a veteran animator on the likes of Ratatouille, Toy Story 3 and Monsters University. The Good Dinosaur is surely set to make him the next big name in Pixar circles, and Sohn, who replaced original director Bob Peterson, has nothing but positive things to say about working with the legendary animation studio.

"It’s incredible getting to work with these people here," Sohn tells Entertainment Weekly. "Because the people here are what Pixar is. It’s a real inspirational thing for me. This is my first time directing a feature like this, and it has been overwhelming for me."

Nevertheless, he admits there was a degree of anxiety being a Pixar first-timer, and this fed into the storyline of the movie. "It’s interesting because some of the parallels of the story totally connected to my own insecurities about what it was to bring this child up properly," he explains. "But there are so many people here that have great experience that are so willing to help and guide and give great advice. I have found that this is a total collaborative effort, so any time that I feel like I am in trouble or scared of something, there have been great people here to help."

Could we be looking at the next great Pixar filmmaker? Watch this space. The Good Dinosaur is released on 27th November.