The Good Dinosaur is in theaters everywhere and if you and the family haven’t seen it yet, you should! The boys of The Good Dinosaur sat down with the Mommy Bloggers to chat about working and life. Check out my interview with Raymond Ochoa, Jack Bright & Marcus Scribner below!
Q: How did each of you get into character?
Raymond: Mine was research. I did a lot of research on the Apatosaurus. First off, I had no idea what he looked like, so that one of them. After I looked it up, I kind of saw, the long neck and he was kind of kind-looking and sweet in the front of it. Also it’s a Pixar movie so it has to be kid-friendly obviously. It was pretty difficult to make him sound that way. I think Pete trusted my voice and making it sound that I was good, so I hope it worked.
Marcus: It definitely worked. I mean, I saw the movie and Raymond’s voice definitely fit the Apatosaurus. I agree with Raymond. It was definitely research because like he said I had no clue what an Apatosaurus was. What I saw in The Good Dinosaur was like, oh that’s a Brontosaurus and then I was like oh, nope, it’s called an Apatosaurus. Getting into character really helped because Buck is really gruff and he’s really tough of a character. He’s very rambunctious, so to play a character like that I really had to just like let all my emotions through and just like really give it my all and play it towards the mic. Doing voiceover is very different from live-action so I was really able to release the character within.
Jack: Playing Spot, it was just fun. You would get to make all his noises, you go all-out, you just make noise. Like going around the house annoying my brother, they’re like, oh how did being so annoying, making all those noises get you to be in a movie? It’s very fun. You make like growling, yelling.
Raymond: I think he had the toughest character to do. He doesn’t have to talk. You have to bring out emotion just within these howls and growls, all these things, but I think you did an amazing job, amazing.
Q: So how long did you guys work on your voice sessions?
Raymond: Well it was about a year I had been working on this movie, but many people have many different answers for this one. I know fellow actors in the movie, they were like, I did a day and it was over. For me, they would call me back, I would do the entire script, then go back home and they would fly me back up to Pixar, and it was literally just like that. It was about a six-hour session every time. Every minute I was there I enjoyed it so much, ‘cause literally just people that I was working with, like the director Pete, he is so amazing and he’s so helpful to you by providing you what need to help you and, you know, what the scenario was around you. I didn’t have anyone to play with, but it felt like I was acting with Jack and I was acting with Marcus because he did all those characters. I want to thank Pete because he is such an amazing director.
Marcus: I did close to the amount of time that Raymond did. I was there for about a day. I agree with Raymond. Working with Peter Sohn was amazing because he really brings the characters to life, and he lets you know how he wants the character to be portrayed and it really allowed me to get into the character that was Buck, because he’s definitely different from the character that I play on television, so getting into a new character was, was a fun experience and Peter has a lot to do with it.
Q: How does it feel to be a part of Disney Pixar history now?
Marcus: It’s a mind-blowing experience. I mean, I grew up watching movies like Toy Story, The Incredibles, all those movies, so working on a Disney Pixar movie is like my dream come true ad for it to be my first voiceover work, it’s, it’s really just mind-boggling. I just, I don’t even know what to say. It was just amazing.
Jack: Like Marcus said, I grew up watching Cars. I love Disney Pixar. It’s like he said, a dream come true to actually be in one of their movies, like I never thought I would be in it. Instead of watching the movie you can actually like interact with the characters, it’s really nice.
Raymond: Well for me, I have three older brothers and I think my first ever Pixar movie I saw was Monsters Inc. That’s my personal favorite Pixar movie. I love, love, love Pixar, like my other favorite movie in the world is The Incredibles and I love that movie. So, to be a part of them, to be a part of just one and being the title character of one, I’m just so grateful that I was given this opportunity because it’s just so incredible. I don’t know how it happened, but someone’s looking down on me right now and he’s just like what, you should, I think you should have that opportunity and it is such an amazing thing I was given. It’s just weird to think about later on in the future someone could be asked, what’s your favorite Pixar movie, and they can be like, well, The Good Dinosaur is mine. It’s just weird like that, so to be a part of the history now, it’s amazing and I want to thank everyone that gave me that opportunity.
The Good Dinosaur
“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo
(voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Opens Nov. 25 2015
***Disclosure: I attended the #GoodDinoEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***