'The Good Dinosaur' Pushed to 2015, Forcing 'Finding Dory' to 2016

September 18, 2013
Source: LA Times

The Good Dinosaur

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.

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That's definitely goo news for Maleficent fans !!!!! 🙂

Sean on Sep 18, 2013


So, initially, Disney's end of the year lineup for 2015 included both Ant-Man and Finding Dory in November. Now they only have The Good Dinosaur coming in November...quite a 'lighter load' than the Marvel-Pixar one-two they initially had. You know what that means? December 18th, 2015 - Star Wars Episode 7

Chris Groves on Sep 18, 2013


Why would episode 7 be released in December? Lucasfilm can handle one film by summer 2015.

striderm on Sep 18, 2013


Because Disney is the distributor or Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm movies. The Avengers is coming in May, when Star Wars is typically released. No way Disney puts their two biggest films of the last 5 years out within a few weeks of one another and forces some people to choose which one to see. The rest of the summer of 2015 is extremely crowded, opening Episode 7 in December would be an incredibly smart move, the film would dominate the box office for weeks like Titanic and Avatar did when they had that release date.

Chris Groves on Sep 18, 2013


Avengers will be released on May.1 while I assume that star wars would be released at the end of May. Maybe even June. Plenty of time for both movies to make a lot of money. There really isn't a lot of competition in the summer of 2015 as people claim. Jurassic World? That movie has been in development in hell which isn't a good sign especially since it's been already delayed since it was supposed to be released in 2014. So, I wouldn't be surprised if it gets delayed again. Assassin's Creed? It's a live-action adaptation of a videogame. Which history has shown those don't do well. It also doesn't sound like a movie that will appeal to a lot of families. Independence Day: Forever - Part 1? People will only see it if Will Smith is in it. Doesn't sound it will appeal to families either. Terminator 5? Salvation was supposed to be a reboot and it disappointed at the box office. Now this is supposed to be another reboot with a 70 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yea, I somehow doubt that people want to see an old person in an action movie. I guess the only competition would be Batman/ Superman movie and that will be released on July.17. If anything, they could move the Avengers in December since it has already proven that it will make a lot of money regardless when it's released.

striderm on Sep 18, 2013


It's about cannibalizing their own audience. Even going Avengers at the beginning of May and Star Wars at the end of May. Disney is going to want to spend a crazy amount of time and money marketing them both, the marketing campaigns would overlap if they were just a few weeks apart. Also, if Disney had their way, both films would break records, the whole world would stop for both. They aren't going to ask EVERYONE to see Age of Ultron, and then a few weeks later, when it's still in the top 5, ask that same audience to all go see Episode 7. One of them will end up falling short of their maximum potential, why would Disney inflict that on one of their OWN properties? The shrewd business decision would be to space them apart so that they both make as absolute much as possible. And whether you think so or not, June and July are very crowded, and Disney also has some key releases in those they won't be putting Episode 7 in there.

Chris Groves on Sep 18, 2013


Well the Avengers made at least $200 million dollars in the US alone on the first weekend only. So both films will be fine as long they have good marketing. It doesn't matter if they are 4 weeks apart because it's the summer where most kids and teens are almost out of school. It's also the merchandise that make the BIG money which will sell a lot for both properties. If they do have to move one then it would be smarter if they move the Avengers at the beginning of December since it will be a sequel to the third highest box office movie so it has a lot of legs to stand on.

striderm on Sep 18, 2013


But the release order for Marvel's films is important, Age of Ultron is the end of Phase 2, and Ant-Man is the start of Phase 3. Ant-Man is released in July, you can't just 'move Avengers to December', it would kind of muck-up the structure of their releases. Plus, Age of Ultron is further along than Star Wars Episode 7, production wise.

Chris Groves on Sep 19, 2013


The general audience don't care about the "phase" nonsense.Most don't even know what that is. They don't even watch all the films and aren't confused on what is going on. They already announced that the Avengers and Ant-man aren't connected to each other so they can delay whatever and people will still see it. I don't see how either are further along. Both are going to start filming in early 2014 and it's much faster to finish production nowadays.

striderm on Sep 19, 2013


Okay, we can just take a friendly bet. My money is on: 1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron won't move it's release date. 2. Star Wars Episode 7 will not come out in May of 2015 3. Star Wars Episode 7 won't come out in Summer of 2015 4. Star Wars Episode 7 will come out in December of 2015

Chris Groves on Sep 19, 2013


Well we get two dino films in 2015 now! That sounds like a good summer right?

Stewart Scott on Sep 18, 2013


Pixar has been going downhill. A Finding Nemo sequel no one asked for starring the most annoying character in the film. A cliche ridden boy and dog friendship story turned into some silly boy and dinosaur story called The Good Dinosaur. Yeah Pixar needs a good fixing definitely and it needs to be the whole studio. They haven't been making any real quality films lately it's clear Pixar is losing their touch and downgrading themselves to a typical Disney cartoon formula. There is nothing unique about them anymore. They had the good years going for them in the late 90s and early 2000s with Toy Story and The Incredibles. Things changed since Cars and I'm not sure for the better with I will admit a few good films they had going but wow on a steady decline. I think Cars 2 was literally the bomb that starting people and fans asking questions on what happened to them.

Charlie Hard on Sep 18, 2013


It's refreshing to know we can always click on a FirstShowing article and find Charlie Hard bitching about how much a given film, filmmaker, company, studio, or artist is bad and/or overrated. You'd think it would start to weigh on a normal person, this constant negativity, but Charlie is not an ordinary man, and wherever there is an opportunity for cynical whining, he will be there to answer the call. Three cheers for this public servant of pessimism, this complainer to end all complainers, this master of misery, the man who lets us all know how horrible everything is and how misguided we'd be to even think of liking any of the trash Hollywood pumps out these days. Kudos, sir; I look forward to reading your bitter take on yet another movie development in the very near future.

Wafffles on Sep 18, 2013


Yeah my name is Charlie Hard and don't tear that out cause you know why, I go hard. Every thing I say is the truth in my eyes from everything I know from knowledge to facts. This is reality right here and right now we are facing. At times many people do not know how to perceive it but from my statements I bring it out in light. Thank you sir for also being a constant reader and a fan.

Charlie Hard on Sep 18, 2013


i love this response. so much wisdom and truth.

Zak Coleman on Sep 19, 2013


What are you talking about? A lot of people still love their films. Stop acting that your opinion is a fact.

striderm on Sep 18, 2013


Come on, I dont thing Pixar is doing that bad. Everyone is making it sound like they are horrible or something. They will be fine. Did everyone forget how good Toy Story 3 is?

Snowmanfloza on Sep 18, 2013


Well think of it this way look how many toy stories came out! And now cars 2 well you have to think to yourself why are all the other movies getting sequels yet finding nemo has had no sequel and it came out in the early 2000's and its now almost 2015! I myself would've liked to see a finding nemo sequel a while ago. Pixar has brought almost nothing new to the table and the rest is just boring stuff that we all have seen before the only good movie that came out recently was monsters university!

Tristan Crowder on Sep 7, 2014


I'm glad. I can TOTally wait for Finding Dory, but I can't wait to see new Pixar material. Bring "Good Dinosaur."

RobotProphet on Sep 19, 2013

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