Big delays hit two Pixar movies

News Simon Brew 19 Sep 2013 - 07:00

There may yet be no Pixar movie in 2014, as the firm delays The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory...

It seems that all is not well behind the scenes of Pixar's planned 2014 release, The Good Dinosaur. A few weeks ahead, under a year ahead of its planned May 30th 2014 release date, Pixar removed director Bob Peterson from the film (although Peterson is still understood to be working at Pixar). A formal replacement for him has yet, to our knowledge, to be announced, leaving the Pixar brain trust, including John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), Mark Andrews (Brave) and Peter Sohn (who had been co-directing the movie), overseeing the film.

And clearly they've decided that there are significant problems to fix. Hence, a fairly major delay has been announced for the film. The Good Dinosaur has now been put back 18 months, with its new release date confirmed as November 25 2015.

That's had a further knock on effect on another Pixar project, the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. That had originally been earmarked for November 25th 2015, and now it's been bumped over six months to June 17th 2016. We're not aware of any problems with that film, so it sounds like just making space for The Good Dinosaur.

That means, as the schedule currently stands, there's no new Pixar film in cinemas until Peter Docter's Inside Out, which is currently set for release on June 19th 2015. Were that film sufficiently advanced, then it's feasible Pixar would consider moving it to the end of 2014. But we've had no word of that, and instead, 2014 is set to be the first year without a Pixar movie in cinemas since 2005.

That said, if a film isn't working, we can't be alone in commending the decision to put things back rather than carry on pursuing something that's not quite gelling. As we hear more, we'll let you know...

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They're not a company afraid to do this, and It is usually a good thing. This will cost a fortune so good on them for having the guts to make a creative decision based on the film's needs rather than bottom line

I'd love to know what's going on behind the scenes...

Is it my imagination or do directors leave/switch during Pixar's productions quite a bit?

Also, the phrase 'A few weeks ahead' should read 'A few weeks ago,'

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