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Pixar Shuffles Release Lineup After It Delays “The Good Dinosaur”

One of the big questions surrounding the recent removal of Bob Peterson as director of The Good Dinosaur was how would Pixar finish the film in time for its May 2014 release date.

The answer: they won’t.

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that they are pushing back the release date of the director-less The Good Dinosaur from May 30, 2014, to Nov. 25, 2015. That will also bump the release of Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory from November 25, 2015 to June 17, 2016.

Pixar president Ed Catmull told the LA Times, “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.”

Pixar will not release a film in 2014. Their next film will be Pete Docter’s Inside Out due on June 19, 2015.

  • Brill 93

    This is just sad.

    • Uso Ewin

      A sad dinosaur?

      • Brill 93

        They should rename the movie that

  • Toonio

    If the idea is not releasing another cars 2, I welcome the move.

    And I’m guessing I won’t be wrong in declaring How to Train your Dragon 2 king of 2014 (Dang it but the Katz was right again).

    • Lisa

      Don’t forget about “Minions” at the end of 2014 as well.

    • Mark

      “And I’m guessing I won’t be wrong in declaring How to Train your Dragon 2 king of 2014”

      one can only hope.
      Maybe it will actually snag some oscars that the first movie deserved had it not been for the unfortunate release in the same year as TS3.

  • Dana B

    So much for the six year film plan…

    Glad to see they pushed the projects back for more development, but damn what a mess this all is. Funny how the Inside Out still has its original place date, I just hope it’ll be as good as the concept sounds.

    As for 2014 slates, all the other animation studios are breathing a sigh of relief as we speak.

  • William Bradford

    Movie dates get pushed all the time; it’s just more noticeable in animation when it happens because there’s less films by comparison. One possibility is they feared it was gonna be another buddy picture, and they wanted to try something different

  • Tres Swygert

    If this move does help the entire project altogether, then by all means, I can live with it. However, I am just still feeling that Pixar is having some tough direction with their projects as of late.

  • Liam Scanlan

    Does this mean that WDAS’s “Big Hero 6” will win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature in early 2015? The last Oscar night there was no Pixar, the only nominees were two stop-motion features, and a Miyazaki movie, but only ONE non-CG feature, LAIKA’s “The Boxtrolls”, that I know of, is coming next year, which is the qualifying year for the 2015 Oscars (DUH!), and what has been confirmed to be Miyazaki’s final feature film, “The Wind Rises”, will have an Oscar-qualifying run for THE YEAR BEFORE, and IT will have that same run BEFORE ITS ACTUAL US RELEASE. Also, “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, while likely to qualify, is unlikely to win an Oscar, the first one didn’t win, and the last sequel to a Dreamworks animated feature that didn’t win, “Kung Fu Panda”, was snubbed.
    So with Pixar out of the Best Animated Feature Oscar race two years from now, it is likely that either “Big Hero 6” will win over “Boxtrolls” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, that “Boxtrolls” will win over “Big Hero 6” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, or that the category itself will be skipped due to lack of non-CG features.

    • AmidAmidi

      How about we wait until the films come out before we start making ill-informed statements about the quality of movies that haven’t even been made yet?

    • SarahJesness

      The first HTTYD movie was very well-received by critics and audiences alike. It probably could’ve won the Oscar if it didn’t go up against Toy Story 3. (which was a GREAT movie, and as much as I loved HTTYD I’m not upset that it lost to a movie as high quality as Toy Story 3) So I don’t think it’s really fair to assume based on that, that the second film doesn’t have a chance at winning. If it’s as good as the first film I think it has a great shot.

      And similarly, Kung Fu Panda 2 had to go up against Rango. Which was also highly praised. So again, you can’t really make the same assumption.

    • Mark

      I’m also not convinced this guarantees a win for HTTYD2, as much as I’d like to say otherwise. The Academy doesn’t usually like to award sequels unless they’re incredibly good and/or incredibly popular.

  • Ryuk

    Removing Bob Peterson with no immediate successor in mind? Ed Catmull saying, “…but they will remember a BAD film”? I can’t help but wonder what, in Pixar’s eyes, is going wrong with The Good Dinosaur at this point in production.

    Peterson is about as veteran and respected as anyone else at Pixar these days, so removing him from the director’s chair could not have been a decision made lightly.

    I hope they aren’t second-guessing Dinosaur into mundanity the way have been doing for most of their flicks over the last 5+ years or so. (But I highly suspect they are.)

    • William Bradford

      I have HOPES of what they thought was going wrong, whether they’ll be the case or not.

      ONE was they thought that the journey with the dinosaur and the human was extremely familiar to Ice Age, Monsters Inc, Train Your Dragon ect., and felt they try the element from a slightly different angle.

      Another was like UP or Brave, they felt the second and third act was just a bit to thread bare and pat and didn’t leave time for character growth or a sense of struggling on the characters part

      OR it could have been that a lot of the plot just didn’t have anywhere to go after the intro and they’d best just try it again from a fresh angle.

      Haha this is more hoping then suspecting, mind you

      • Ryuk

        What are your sources on this info? Have you seen a rough cut or anything? I’m curious what the actual (current) story is as far as we know on The Good Dinosaur!

        • William Bradford

          I just know what the D23 panels mentioned: it’s an alternative history story where, this time, Dinosaurs never went extinct and large herbivores have evolved an agricultural society, and are pestered by small “insects” in there crops that are revealed to be humans. A young teenage aptosaur is more fascinated by them, and keeps a human child as a pet: and somehow he makes a big mistake and has to go on a journey to set it right, with his little pet along the way. Lots of potential, and could be very “Pixar” in the best of senses, but also it could’ve very easily been “How to Train your Dinosuar” OR more accurately based on this information “How to Train your Human”

          • Crispy Walker

            Sorry, but this sounds awful… Alternate universe where Dinosaurs remain the dominant species — humans are a minor annoyance… blah blah blah. I’m guessing the dinosaurs talk and the humans don’t and there’s probably some ecological moral message as the film’s undertone that’s gonna make Siegfried and Roy feel bad for trying to domesticate tigers or whatever. This whole alternate animal universe thing is gonna end up feeling overdone by the time Disney’s Zootopia movie comes out.

          • William Bradford

            Your jaded tone suggests a film about introspection and humility towards being at the top of the totem pole might be one you could stand to be driven home a few more times. If they take in the direction I think will suit the title and the premise best, the film will be more broadly about what in means to be a “Good Person”, and how that changes with new information about yourself or your society, and how people around you can get frustrated if moral codes suddenly start chaining: because that must mean they were “bad” all these years if there’s new rules about being good. If there’s also some ecology in there too, it’d hardly be innapropriate

          • Crispy Walker

            explained that way, it doesn’t sound as bad. I hope that’s what they get across on screen if that’s what it is.

  • Robert Fiore

    The meta-narrative here I would say is a post-Up creative crisis in terms of realizing new concepts. Will Brave one day be looked on as Pixar’s Pocahontas?

  • Axolotl

    I’m just glad they made the dinosaur look like Bullwinkle. Otherwise, I would have a lot of trouble identifying with it.

  • I don’t know why people are so disappointed by this.

    Take your time. Make a great movie. I’ll wait.

  • Sketchyplace

    Shouldn’t Catmull be focusing on tech? He sounds like he’s making creative choices about the films. We all know what happened with Iwerks…

    • leftfootfirst

      I think he is acting as a figure head here and not making all the creative choices but im sure he has input. Dont discredit the man who founded pixar as not knowing anything about story though

  • anakinbrego

    Don’t worry Pixar will figure out their story problems, and in the end they’ll find the best way to emotionally manipulate all of you!

    • William Bradford

      Every form of entertainment is emotional manipulation: whether it’s humor adrenaline, tension or pathos.

      • anakinbrego

        Pixar is more obvious. They go out of their way to make you cry. They think its the winning thing. It’s not a good story they are after, its how do we make people cry or feel all cozy after a film. So many people don’t even notice this. I just see it as being blantantly emotionally manipulative. So all if the movie studios out there stop what you are doing. Write from the standpoint of making emotionally manipulative films where everyone will cry at the ending and you’ll be called genius just like Pixar!

        • Chris

          Oh my god, must be great to finally see through the scam. So sad for the rest of us, who has to be forced through this emotional manipulation.

          “So many people don’t even notice this. ”
          Perhaps because it is not there?


          • William Bradford

            And what would you define as good storytelling? Not all of there films do, or TRY to make you cry at the end: they usually aim for an emotional resonance to be sure. And while it’s not necessarily hard to manipulate people emotionally, it IS hard to do it without it feeling insipid: as was Disney’s biggest problem for quite a long time. Pixar (mostly) manages to add some intelligent thinking along with the tearjerkers: in there most recent film the fact that while hardwork is often more important then natural talent, sometimes hard work CAN’T replace natural talent, and you won’t be able to truly excel unless you accept what you CAN’T do sometimes.
            All methods of entertainment become apparent and eventually formulae to audiences as they become more sophisticated: when that happens it’s up to the filmmakers to then try something new, which is always a challenge. Pixar broke animation free from the Fairy Tale musical trap, and now we’re asking someone to try and break the anthropomorphized buddy picture trap

        • Barrett

          Pixar used to be tops when it came to having people’s emotions on a chain. Yank it one way and they tear up, pull it another and they are rapturously enthralled.

          I have to say that in the last three films, I didn’t tear up once in the first two, and only had a moment or two of any serious emotion in Monsters University. I don’t know what to expect from this Dinosaur film, but I am hoping things turn around with Pixar, I’m missing that level of quality that was there story-wise with movies like Ratatioulle and Wall-E.

          • William Bradford

            One point the guys makes, albeit indirectly, is that a film isn’t any less deep or poignant if it doesn’t make you tear up: I think If MU tried to be anymore emotional then it was, it would’ve felt cringing like Cars was. Brave made me well up during the climax, but in a very obvious way that didn’t really have any thoughtfulness to it that balanced it out.

        • white vader

          Please for his own sake never let this man see a Steven Spielberg film! Emotionally manipulative, and they call him a genius too! Oh noez!

          The thing in both these cases is that they’re straight up in the opening moments that that’s exactly what you’re gonna get, so you can’t actually fault them for something they’re completely honest about.

  • William Bradford

    Haha OK, more a “hope” then a possibility. I just meant, there’s always the slightest chance they realized people were pointing out that a good chunk of there films have been buddy-pictures, and wanted shake things up a bit. A long shot, i’m sure; though I hope THAT’s the element they’re deciding to rewrite, rather then the concept of agricultural herbivourse

  • SMatarazzo

    Now would be a good time to plan a theatrical 3D re-release from Pixar to fill the void. I’d have no problem with that! :D

    • Where Is Everybody

      If their last two 3D re-releases are any indication, you won’t have much trouble finding a seat.

      • SMatarazzo

        Actually I was turned away when trying to see Monsters Inc. in 3D as the theater was full!

        I did eventually find another showing the next day, but every single seat was taken. I’m sure this was due to it being a limited release, with only a handful of showings per day, but this was towards the end of it’s run. It was still packed!

        I’m not a huge fan of 3D, but it would be fun to see A Bug’s Life, Wall-e or The Incredibles on the big screen again… even in 2D!

  • d. harry

    Another year?? I bet this film tops out at costing 200 plus. But they’re right that they can’t afford to put out a (another) bad film. Neither can JL, I’m sure, with Disney watching them like hawks these days.

  • Max C.

    Not surprised, though I do think Pixar not releasing a film next year will at least give them some extra time to make sure their output is more satisfying.

  • Caitlin Cadieux

    Sad to see this. I am still pretty enthused for The Good Dinosaur, but as the article notes, I’m reasonably certain the pushback has to do with switching out directors. I imagine this entails reworking parts of the film.

    I liked Brave, but the director switcharoos definitely watered the film down, and I am a little nervous that Dinosaur is going to fall victim to the same thing. Then again, there’s production art for Brave going back to something like 2006, so it went through a longer, more muddle-prone development period than your average Pixar film.

    Either way, I love the premise so I’ll be optimistic. Still sad that I won’t be seeing a Pixar film next year!

  • wn

    its quality, not quantity,good for them for seeing this.

  • Charlie

    Removing Bob Peterson was a mistake, in my opinion. Bob is not the type of creative person to ignore the advice of his peers. Whatever story change they’re asking for is one, I’d guess, that he could not imagine for his film. A change that probably changes the core motive of the main character and/or lesson/theme of the story. As much as I have faith in the Pixar product I fear it may be a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. Of course, it’s just my personal opinion, but I think the best products come from a balance of cooperation and consideration of everyones opinion while at the same time giving more leverage to the person bestowed with the title as “Director”. The person with the most personal connection to the story and the one with the most passionate vision. The removal of Bob Peterson has kind of taken the wind out of what I thought the film was going to be.

    • ttarkA113

      I agree with everything you said. I was so looking forward to this, but now that Bob’s been booted, I just don’t care anymore.

    • Barrett

      I’ve heard people cite the same alleged issue with both the Brave and the Good Dinosaur directorial shake-up. The claim is that both directors were “too close to the material” i.e., apparently they could not make the hard creative choices to make the story work (at least as a 90-minute commercial feature) because they were so wedded to their particular “vision.”

      I don’t work at Pixar, so I can’t rightly say what the reality is, but it does seem odd to me that a studio that has gone out of its way to proclaim that their films are “director-driven” but seem to repeatedly undercut their “visionaries.” Since we have never gotten to see the “director’s version” of Ratatouille or Brave, it’s hard to know whether the finished films were better, worse, or a wash compared to what was actually produced. Maybe someone who was intimately involved in the various stages of story those films went through could enlighten us.

      I am not so naive to think that a talented director can’t make a flop, even if all their heart and passion went into it. And after seeing The Sweatbox its pretty clear that “The Emperor’s New Groove” turned out to be a more entertaining and fresh film than what Kingdom of the Sun was shaping up to be. It may have been just what was needed, kicking Pinkava off of his “baby” and installing Brad Bird to salvage it. Brave might have come out even worse had Brenda remained at the helm, though I can’t imagine that’s true. This trend of ejecting directors from projects they originate is troubling because it *is* now a trend and not just an occasional thing.

  • akira

    putting another year into a film isn’t going to necessarily make it better. but now the pressure’s really on them to put out something really high quality. didn’t they storyboard this thing before going into full production? was the animatic “bad”?

  • George Comerci

    No Pixar film in 2014??? I’m going to die, but at least a later film is better than an awful movie. Still though, I can’t believe it!

  • SarahJesness

    Yikes, that’s a pretty big delay! Ah well, better than them trying to push out a film without having everything organized and done properly.

    Now I’m wondering what the biggest animated film of 2014 will be. Most years, Pixar steals the show and makes off with the big awards. Will this be the year of How to Train Your Dragon?

    • Mark

      I hope so. 2010 was completely overshadowed by TS3; had HTTYD been released almost any other year it would have been the talk of the year. I only hope the sequel is just as good so they don’t blow this chance at “redemption”, for lack of a better word. Now that Finding Dory is Pixar’s attempt at thwarting HTTYD’s success (they’re being released on the same exact day) Dreamworks better step it up next year while they have the chance.

      • Jessica

        On the same day? That sounds like a really bad idea. I hope it gets changed sometime in the future. That’s less money for both films, as opposed to being released a month apart.

      • SarahJesness

        I don’t think Finding Dory is being released for a few more years. If the HTTYD sequel is just as good as the first, I bet it will sweep the awards. (provided there are no surprise hits. There’s a Laika film coming out)

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  • Mark

    Hah, right? Pixar thrives off of male/male buddy pictures. The formula has worked wonders all these years, why stop now?

  • Flash

    So now a movie about dinosaurs will fall a few months after Jurassic Park’s big return. Seems like a good strategy, because kids’ interests in dinos will be piqued. Nice move Pixar.

  • TheDisbeliever

    They won’t win this year, either. And by that, I mean in March.

    • Peter McKennon

      What was wrong with Monsters U?

      • TheDisbeliever

        Simple – the theme. They won’t give the Oscar to a “college” movie. Just like they wouldn’t give it to a “video game” movie.

        • Peter McKennon

          Which frankly is stupid. Both were fantastic pieces of work and I have enormous respect for Mike Wazowski now as I went through his same journey. I wept in response of it too.

          • TheDisbeliever

            I agree, but it happens none the less.

  • Peter McKennon

    I’m still very sad for the loss of traditional animation from the company. Sigh.

  • d. harry

    So sorry for all of the people about to be laid off, after hearing about this film being shelved permanently. Strange that it took 5 years, and mucho dinero, to find out it wasn’t working. I thought Lassiter would have stepped in and fixed it.

  • Nemo

    Says the guy who’s releasing an animated film in 2014. ;)