Voicing Arlo in The Good Dinosaur from Pixar

Raymond Ochoa, the 14-year-old San Diego native, discusses his breakout voice role as Arlo, the Apatosaurus protagonist from The Good Dinosaur. Ochoa’s done voice work in Mr. Peabody & ShermanMars Needs Moms,Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III and A Christmas Carol, and will appear in next year’s The Angry Birds Movie.

Bill Desowitz: How did you audition?

Raymond Ochoa: It just said Pixar, so I did the audition and sent it over. And a couple of months later, they said they wanted to send me over to the Pixar facility for a call-back. And I did three call-backs total and they told me I got the role. It was an amazing day because I’m such a big Pixar fan.

BD: What were the call-backs like?

RO: I read the entire script and that was for each call-back, and I was flown multiple times just to do the script over and over again with different rewrites.

BD: What was the process like voicing Arlo?

RO: It was around 12 sessions. It really brings out every emotion and I’ve been acting for a while now, and all the work that I’ve done over time, I felt was brought into this one movie. There are moments when you’re crying and there are moments when you’re yelling, you’re happy and joyful.

BD: What was it like working with director Pete Sohn?

RO: It would’ve been very difficult for me to do the voice-over without him because he plays all the characters for you, and he also really helps you by telling you what the scenario is, what’s going on and the scenery around you. He’s there to help and guide you and he’s so kind and joyful.

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