Star of ‘The Good Di­nosaur’ can re­late to the dino tale


As the youngest boy in a fam­ily of five kids, ac­tor Ray­mond Ochoa says he could eas­ily re­late to the anx­i­eties of the an­i­mated hero he voices in “The Good Di­nosaur.”

The 14-year-old pro­vides the voice of 11-year-old Arlo, a knobby-kneed Apatosauru­s who’s more fear­ful than fear­some, but des­per­ate to find his place in the world and make his par­ents proud.

“He’s a big fam­ily per­son, the fam­ily re­la­tion­ship comes through his (sib­lings) and when they fight I can re­late to it be­cause I have three older broth­ers,” Ochoa said dur­ing a re­cent public­ity stop in Toronto.

“But also he wants to make his par­ents proud and that’s a big thing of his and I want to make my par­ents proud. That’s all I want to do.”

In this lat­est Pixar out­ing, di­nosaurs sur­vive an as­ter­oid’s near col­li­sion with the Earth to be­come the dom­i­nant - and smartest - species around.

Arlo and his pea-green fam­ily are hard-work­ing farm­ers in the Amer­i­can North­west, and while chores around the home­stead seem to come eas­ily to his larger brother Buck and big­ger sis­ter Libby, they are a con­stant source of frus­tra­tion for the unco-or­di­nated runt of the fam­ily.

Af­ter fail­ing to im­press his fa­ther yet again, a dis­ap­pointed Arlo sets out to right his lat­est wrong, but that only ends in more trou­ble: he’s alone in the wilder­ness, sep­a­rated from his fam­ily and clue­less as to how to find his way back.

Forced to face his fears, Arlo has no choice but to tackle each ob­sta­cle as they come, which he learns to do with help from a wild and fear­less two-legged crit­ter - a grunt­ing, wide-eyed cave boy - he dubs Spot.

Ochoa says film­ing sad mo­ments were the tough­est part of the gig. But while the movie gets dark at times, Ochoa says even the lit­tlest view­ers can han­dle heavy sto­ry­lines.

“There al­ways has to be a movie that can touch you in some way ... and (kids) can re­late to it in their own ways,” he says.

Ochoa says he knew he wanted to act for a liv­ing af­ter book­ing his first com­mer­cial at age four..” And then I saw ‘Mon­sters Inc.’,” says Ochoa. “I was six years old when I said: ‘I want to be in a Pixar movie.”

Now his older broth­ers are the jeal­ous ones, he boasts.

“The Good Di­nosaur” is in the­atres now.


This im­age re­leased by Pixar-Dis­ney shows Spot, voiced by Jack Bright, left, and Arlo, voiced by Ray­mond Ochoa, in a scene from "The Good Di­nosaur."

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