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Here is the story of how the original version of The Good Dinosaur was going to be like.


The film was announced in having Bob Peterson as director and a slightly different story compared to the final version.


Not much is known, but the little that has been disclosed was that dinosaurs would be agricultural and Arlo would be fascinated by insects. One day, Arlo would find a giant beetle, which would actually be the human child Spot, then they would embark on a journey in which nature would be a kind of antagonist.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. Bob Peterson and John Walker were removed from their posts due to problems with the story. Peterson and Walker were eventually replaced by Peter Sohn and Denise Ream, due to this, the story underwent changes and they changed almost the entire original cast, of which, Frances McDormand was the only voice actor who remained in the final film.
  2. Pixar found it necessary to do this in order to come up with a good story for near future projects of theirs.

Known differences of Peterson's version from the final version[]

  • Arlo had three siblings instead of just two (they were both named Buck and Libby in the final film). Arlo’s discarded siblings however severely included two brothers called Cliff and Forrest - and a sister named Ivy who are eliminated from the final version.
  • Arlo would be an older and immense dinosaur, as well as having a different face.
  • Spot had a somewhat different design from the final version, in this version, Spot had a similar look to a hunter, he made use of a wooden stick and primitive paintings.
  • It has been implied that Arlo's family would originally be an entire community of Apatosaurus.
  • The original cast included Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader. While the final cast had Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright, Steve Zahn, Sam Elliott, Anna Paquin, AJ Buckley, Frances McDormand and Jeffrey Wright. The cast was changed due to changes the characters underwent during production.
  • Arlo had a bigger nose and was supposed to have blue eyes. But his nose later got shortened and then his eyes were changed to a hazelnut color.


  • Peter Sohn's version of The Good Dinosaur premiered in 2015, which was a box office bomb despite receiving positive reviews.
  • The original version of The Good Dinosaur was permanently cancelled.


Spot concept art
Original Spot
Original Arlo
Original Arlo 02
Originals Arlo and Spot
Initial title for The good Dinosaur
The Arlo's original family