Late last month, news broke that the Pixar team had pulled director Bob Peterson (who previously helmed their Up) from his duties on his next film, The Good Dinosaur. At the time, the studio didn’t announce a replacement and it seemed that the film (a rare non-sequel for the animation house) would be crafted by committee, including John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and Peter Sohn. While Pixar has yet to announce a replacement for Peterson, they have now pushed back the film’s release date.
The Good Dinosaur, directed by whoever, will now open on November 25, 2015, pushing it nearly a year and a half away from its last set release date of May 30, 2014. It’s certainly not surprising considering the apparent difficulties the film is having, but it does set a strange precedent for the studio – 2014 will be the first year without a new Pixar film since 2005. The move also impacts the studio’s “one-and-a-half new films a year” plan they touted earlier this year.
The Good Dinosaur move also directly impacts another Pixar film, pushing Finding Dory off its original date (November 25, 2015) all the way to June 17, 2016.
All these moves mean that the next Pixar film to hit theaters will be Inside Out – which doesn’t arrive until June 19, 2015. Break out your Toy Story DVDs until then.
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