'The Good Dinosaur' Pushed to 2015, Forcing 'Finding Dory' to 2016
Following news at the end of last month that the Pixar brain trust of John Lasseter, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, replacement Brave director Mark Andrews, and Party Cloudy short director Pete Sohn were taking over The Good Dinosaur from director Bob Peterson, it sounds like the problems weren't as easy to fix as they might have thought. The LA Times is reporting that Disney and Pixar are pushing back the film from its initial release of May 30th, 2014 all the way back to November 25th, 2015. Pixar fans may have realized that's the date that the sequel Finding Dory was hitting theaters, but that too is now delayed. More below!
The sequel to Finding Nemo will now arrive in the June 17, 2016. That's likely because all hands on deck will be needed to fix The Good Dinosaur for 2015. Director Andrew Stanton explains:
"We can’t have the amount of labor it takes to do these movies at the same time because it becomes unsustainable economically. But it means if one director has a problem, everybody’s connected to the same bed sheet. You pull one end and it makes wrinkles in the other one. It’s a new problem."
The brain trust continues to work on the film and a replacement director has not yet been named. But at least they have two more years to get the film right. Pixar president Ed Catmull explained:
"Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a bad film. Our conclusion was that we were going to give the [dinosaur] film some more time."
However, this is the Internet, where everyone remembers everything. And this is just another indicator of Pixar slipping in their quality lately, relying on sequels and prequels for box office success. With The Good Dinosaur movie to 2015, next year will be the first year that Pixar hasn't had a film in theaters since 2005. But despite the push of Finding Dory, Pixar is still planning to have their original film Inside out ready for June 19th, 2015. Hopefully it will mark a return to form for the animation studio who was once flawless, but now has to clean up their own mess. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Deadline reports Disney has moved their villainous fairytale story Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie from July 2nd, 2014 to the May 30th, 2014 spot vacated by The Good Dinosaur.