We are so excited that The Good Dinosaur is now available on Blu-ray and Digital HD! That means it’s time for a movie night and hope and we have some fun ideas to help you do that! I hope you had a chance to see The Good Dinosaur in the theater, but if you missed it you can now enjoy it at home. PLUS, the Blu-ray is loaded with bonus material that will be new for everyone! My favorite of these is the feature “Following the T-Rex Trail”. Before The Good Dinosaur was released, I had a chance to visit Pixar Animation Studios (you can see my post about it here) and speak with the filmmakers about the research trips they made to the Western US to help them create the film. Now you can get an insight into that in both that feature, as well as in the feature “The Filmmakers’ Journey”.
That’s only a bit of what you’ll find in the bonus features. While those might be especially interesting for adults and older kids, there is lots more! All of these features are available on the Digital HD*, Blu-ray Combo Pack & Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA):
THEATRICAL SHORT – Sanjay’s Super Team – Sanjay loves the world of cartoons and comics, while his father tries to draw him into his Hindu traditions. Reluctance quickly turns into awe-inspiring adventure as the boy embarks on an amazing journey, returning with a new perspective they can both embrace.
TRUE LIES ABOUT DINOSAURS – We know – it’s preposterous to think Apatosaurs spoke English. Learn more about what separates the fictional dinosaurs of “The Good Dinosaur“ from what scientists know about real dinosaurs.
RECYCLOSAURUS – Pixar takes creative competition seriously. Maybe a little too seriously. Watch as “The Good Dinosaur” crew competes to see which department can create the best dinosaur ever…using only discarded items from the studio’s “free table.”
THE FILMMAKERS’ JOURNEY – Finding your way from an idea to a film takes a lot of exploration. Director Peter Sohn and his fellow filmmakers talk about the challenging, inspiring, and unexpectedly emotional experience of making “The Good Dinosaur.”
EVERY PART OF THE DINOSAUR – The filmmakers talk about the special animation challenges of “The Good Dinosaur” – including figuring out how to animate a dinosaur who’s really a boy, and a boy who’s got the spirit of a dog.
FOLLOWING THE T-REX TRAIL – Follow the filmmakers as they travel to a working cattle ranch and meet the McKays, a close-knit family whose work ethic, generosity, and stories inspired the T-Rex ranchers of the film.
COMMENTARY – Commentary from director Peter Sohn, story supervisor Kelsey Mann, supervising animator Mike Venturini, director of photography/lighting Sharon Calahan, and supervising technical director Sanjay Bakshi.
DINO BITES – Montage of original animated pieces produced to promote “The Good Dinosaur.”
HIDE AND SEEK – A short animated clip produced to promote “The Good Dinosaur.”
o The Attack – An idyllic introduction to the family farm is cut short when a savage predator attacks the newborn Arlo. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
o Building the Silo – An admiring Arlo is thrilled to follow along as his father builds a silo for the family farm. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
o Waiting for Poppa – Arlo awaits the return of his beloved father on a stormy night, only to be greeted with tragic news. With an introduction by Director Peter Sohn.
*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer
Ready for even more fun? We have lots of fun printable The Good Dinosaur Activity Sheets for you! There are mazes, puzzles, coloring sheets and more.
Want to make a whole movie night out of it with watching The Good Dinosaur, having some fun with the printable activities AND having a yummy snack? You can use this The Good Dinosaur Cookies Recipe to make fun cookies that look like Arlo’s footprint!