Could it be? More Good Dinosaur details and some character designs?
My good friend Ben over at Everything Pixar found these tonight... They appear to be illustrations that'll appear on the film's merchandise...
#TheGoodDinosaur Roarin' River game by @wonderforge #toyfairny #tfny http://t.co/6aReRM1VN9 pic.twitter.com/Lg9G4wFM9l
— Stitch Kingdom (@stitchkingdom) February 16, 2015
Then there were three T-rex designs, two of which are featured on the board game above...
I particularly liked the design of the never-before-seen T-rex, who seems a bit more menacing and less comical-looking. I still wonder what role they'll play in the film's story...
Remember when it was said that nature would be a primary antagonist in this film? Well, I assume that these guys will simply be hungry T-rexes and not outright baddies. Earlier, I had speculated that The Good Dinosaur would be a bit Finding Nemo-esque, a journey where two friends encounter all sorts of faces and environments, and deal with the harshness of nature as well. I can imagine Arlo and Spot encountering several dinosaurs that want to eat them, no different from those who wanted to eat Marlin and Dory. That all being said, their designs are neat and they keep in line with the more cartoony aesthetic that the studio is going for.
As Ben pointed out on his blog, the designs in the actual film may end up looking different, while these might be for the merchandise only. However, Arlo and Spot's designs line up with the concept art. Then again, concept art is concept art. I'd assume the two leads will look almost exactly like the images that Pixar chose to show us. Either way, it's great to get more glimpses at this film. Pixar has been keeping it in the dark whilst focusing heavily on Inside Out, which is currently garnering excellent reviews (and the inevitable "Pixar has returned to form!" nonsense) and is poised to be one of the year's best films.
I just want to see some full renders! The trailer most likely isn't showing up before Tomorrowland this weekend as I and others had guessed earlier, it appears that we'll be getting another Inside Out trailer instead. So yeah, I now expect it to debut before Inside Out. Why wouldn't it?
As for the "2016" date on the final image... I think that image is for a calendar. Or, since these images came from a French animation-centric Tumblr blog, the "2016" could refer to the film's French release date. Either way, it's definitely opening here in the states on November 25th.
What do you think of the T-rex designs? Do you think these particular designs are for merchandise only? Sound off below!