the good dinosaurA new international trailer for Pixar's latest, "The Good Dinosaur," gives viewers their first glimpse of some new characters -- and a first listen to them speak, too.

The trailer follows a young apatosaurus named Arlo (Raymond Ochoa), who's suddenly separated from his father, Poppa (Jeffrey Wright), thanks to some rushing rapids. Alone and frightened, Arlo must face a host of obstacles as he searches for his family, and it's on this quest that he meets Spot (Jack Bright), a young human who's also on his own.

The unlikely twosome team up -- Spot seems a lot more brave than Arlo -- and encounter lots more dinosaurs (remember, the crux of the flick is that the giant asteroid that caused the dinos' extinction never hit Earth), including a trio of tyrannosaurus rexes led by Sam Elliott. Spot (who doesn't appear to know how to talk, at least from what we've seen so far) helps Arlo come out of his shell, as we see him teach the dino how to howl at the moon, while also listening as the tearful tot talks about missing his family.

It's hard to get a good sense of narrative cohesion from what little of the flick we've seen so far (it seems very similar to "Ice Age," just set a few million years earlier and swapping in dinosaurs for mammoths), but the animation looks great (that beautiful firefly scene from the first teaser is repeated here) and the voice cast is pretty solid, too. It's probably safe to say that "The Good Dinosaur" will be a crowd-pleasing, family-friendly flick -- and with the Pixar name behind it, hopefully a critical favorite, too.

"The Good Dinosaur" is due in theaters on November 25.

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The Good Dinosaur
PG2015
Based on 37 critics

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