Watch the stunning full-length trailer for “The Good Dinosaur”

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Check out new ‘Good Dino’ trailer: Can Pixar duplicate success of ‘Inside Out’?.

Pixar Animation Studios has barely finished riding the wave of success that was last month’s “Inside Out,” and it is already gearing up for its next release: “The Good Dinosaur.” The trailer for “The Good Dinosaur” dropped Tuesday, and the film is slated to hit theaters in November – of this year, not next. Given the richness of Pixar’s imagination, we’re now venturing toward the land before logic, past the signpost for “The Far Side,” where a dude and a dino could coexist without “Jurassic World”-levels of genetic hubris to make it so.

The new Pixar movie, which hits theaters on Thanksgiving, begins with a simple premise: what if a giant meteor hadn’t slammed into the Earth and killed all the dinosaurs? Today, at last, Pixar is leaving us the first giant and beautiful footprint that is the first trailer for “The Good Dinosaur” – the studio’s rare second film in the same year. Following the 2013 release of “Monsters, Inc.” prequel “Monsters University,” Pixar president Ed Catmull responded to complaints that Pixar’s last few years had been sequel-heavy.

It’s not surprising that the mighty brain trust attempted to create a Jurassic classic; these are the lovers of cartoon history, after all, who named a character (and a film) after Winsor McCay’s great and slumbering “Little Nemo,” drawing inspiration from his transcendent dreamscapes. Catmull told Buzzfeed News the company was setting a goal to begin producing “one and a half” films annually: one original movie a year, and one sequel or prequel every other year. “For artistic reasons … it’s really important that we do an original film a year,” Mr. McCay also made history about a century ago by dazzling audiences with his animated “Gertie the Dinosaur” – and in small ways, I seem to detect in this Pixar trailer a few knowing nods to McCay’s trailblazing steps to raise the art form. Catmull said. “Every once in a while, we get a film where we want or people want to see something continuing in that world – which is the rationale behind the sequel.

And so, from Pixar veteran-of-various-hats Peter Sohn (who directed the studio’s 2009 short “Partly Cloudly”), we glimpse a world in which a flying fireball of a space-rock hurtles past Earth and the dinosaurs avert extinction. This sets up a child-and-creature friendship – between wild-boy Spot (voice of Jack Bright) and Arlo the Apatosaurus (voice of Raymond Ochoa) – that recalls glints of everything from Disney’s ’60s classic “The Jungle Book” to the current “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise. Pun intentional.) And we hope Bill Hader (who voices Fear in the current Pixar hit “Inside Out”) doesn’t end up on the cutting-room digital floor. The next Pixar sequel, “Finding Dory,” is scheduled for mid-2016, a full three years after “Monsters University.” While for Pixar fans, two new movies a year may at first sound like two Christmases a year, Pixar Times blogger Josh Spiegel warned in 2013 that if quantity begins to precede quality, Pixar may degenerate into what he sees as a DreamWorks Animation-like state: lots of movies, but few of note.

Hader told me last month that when he got to hang around the Pixar writers’ room, he somehow persuaded Sohn, Bob Peterson and Team “Good Dinosaur” to let him lend his sounds to this film, too. Spiegel countered his own pessimism, writing, “It may be easy to see the doom and gloom in the prospect of more Pixar movies in less time, but isn’t it just as much a dream finally achieved? … If we take Pixar at face value, though, the better question … is this: why wouldn’t you be excited to see more than one Pixar movie a year?”

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