Natural history hints that sometime around 65.5 million years ago, a 3- to 9-mile-wide asteroid passed through Earth's atmosphere and slammed into the Yucatán Peninsula. The resulting impact and energy released was enough to create a mass extinction event and may have been responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs. 


But what if that asteroid somehow passed by Earth and never gave the planet an uppercut? That's the intriguing idea behind Pixar's upcoming film, "The Good Dinosaur," which shows a world where the terrible lizards never died out. 


"It's time to do a movie where you get to know the dinosaur, what it's really like to be a dinosaur and to be with a dinosaur," Bob Peterson, director of the film, told the L.A. Times. 


While everything from the plot to the types of dinos we'll be seeing is being kept strictly under wraps, concept art shown last year indicates that humans will likely play a role. (So yeah, we'll all likely be envious of the guy with a T-Rex in his garage.)


For now, Pixar is focusing all of its attention on the group's new gorgeous film, "Brave," which opens on June 22. The story is about about a young girl in Scotland who "seeks her place in the world." According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the more emotional moments in the film takes place during the end credits. From the site:


"The film is dedicated to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who is lauded as a partner, mentor and friend in an early cut of the movie. During the credits of an unfinished version of the film, a will-o’-the-wisp flits on screen around Jobs’s name."


Jobs, who co-founded Pixar and served as its CEO, passed away in October at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer. You can view a trailer for "Brave" below. 



Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' to roar in 2014
Animated film may show a modern world where dinosaurs and humans coexist.