Friday, June 12, 2015

Footnote to a Redo

The gutted the creature nose to posterior, replaced the director, so is this a surprise?

Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR Voice Cast Completely Replaced

... [John Lithgrow] and [Frances] McDormand were set to play Momma and Poppa dinosaur, but today Pixar announced the film’s voice cast and Lithgow is nowhere to be found, along with everyone else but McDormand. The new cast:

Raymond Ochoa (The Night Shift) provides the voice of an Apatosaurus named Arlo.

Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) was tapped as the voice of Poppa, Arlo’s father.

Steve Zahn (Rescue Dawn) provides the voice of a pterodactyl named Thunderclap.

AJ Buckley (Justified) voices a T-Rex called Nash.

Anna Paquin (True Blood) is the voices of T-Rex Ramsey.

Sam Elliott (Justified) was called on as the voice of a tough T-Rex named Butch.

Frances McDormand (Fargo) was tapped as the voice of Momma, Arlo’s mother.

Marcus Scribner (black-ish) voices Arlo’s brother Buck.

Jack Bright (Monsters University) provides the voice of Arlo’s unlikely human friend, Spot.

This shouldn't be startling. When film projects do 180 degree turns, concepts, stories, and characters change drastically. And the voice actors who were playing the old characters? They don't fit the roles anymore.

I like John Lithgrow as much as anybody, but if his performance no longer fits the character he's playing, he's gotta go.

A shame, but there it is.


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