Pixar's The Good Dinosaur has been all over the map, with changing directors and release dates and, as of today, a new cast list, replacing the previously announced roster including Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Bill Hader, Judy Greer and Neil Patrick Harris.
So here's the new class:
RAYMOND OCHOA (NBC’s “The Night Shift,” TNT’s "Rizzoli & Isles," "Disney’s A Christmas Carol") provides the voice of an Apatosaurus named Arlo.
JEFFREY WRIGHT ("The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" - parts I & II, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire") was tapped as the voice of Poppa, Arlo’s father.
STEVE ZAHN (“Captain Fantastic,” “Ridiculous Six,” “Rescue Dawn,” “Mad Dogs”) provides the voice of a pterodactyl named Thunderclap.
AJ BUCKLEY (TNT’s “Murder in the First,” FX’s “Justified”) voices a T-Rex called Nash.
ANNA PAQUIN (HBO’s “True Blood”) is the voice of T-Rex Ramsey.
SAM ELLIOTT (FX's "Justified," "I’ll See You In My Dreams," “Grandma”) was called on as the voice of a tough T-Rex named Butch.
FRANCES MCDORMAND (HBO's "Olive Kitteridge," "Fargo") was tapped as the voice of Momma, Arlo’s mother.
MARCUS SCRIBNER (ABC’s “black•ish”) voices Arlo's brother Buck.
JACK BRIGHT (“Monsters University”) provides the voice of Arlo’s unlikely human friend, Spot
While some of those names don't boast the instant recognizability of, for instance, Neil Patrick Harris, this is a very, very strong cast. And the teaser released earlier this month is strong, as well. It remains to be seen if The Good Dinosaur's production troubles will markedly affect the finished product; we'll find out this Thanksgiving.