Pixar Looking Dry in 2014

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dinosaur1For the first time since 2005, Pixar will not have a feature film release in a calendar year. Disney has just announced that the troubled production The Good Dinosaur has been pushed back to a 2015 release date, leapfrogging over Inside Out. This is the second release date roll back for the film, originally intended for this holiday season. Disney’s Frozen took that slot.

It was just last month that The Good Dinosaur lost its original director and producer. Bob Peterson, who also wrote the film, was pulled as director. Producer John Walker was also replaced at the same time by Denise Ream. Two days later, Ed Catmull, Pixar’s president, confirmed to Los Angeles Times, saying: “All directors get really deep in their film. Sometimes you just need a different perspective to get the idea out. Sometimes directors … are so deeply embedded in their ideas it actually takes someone else to finish it up.”

The Good Dinosaur‘s delay from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015 leaves a gaping, nearly two-year long hole in the Pixar schedule. Catmull went on to explain, “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.”

This also pushes back the rest of the Pixar films. Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory is now looking at a June 17, 2016 release date. Inside Out‘s release date of June 19, 2015 remains unchanged at this point, though it, too was once on the slate for 2014.

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16 thoughts on “Pixar Looking Dry in 2014

  1. Disney is running Pixar into the ground. Nothing on their plate looks remotely interesting or original.

    It seems the days of them doing thought provoking films like Wall-E has gone.

  2. Already have the Disney movie Dinosaur. Why do anything else? Don’t care as long as The Incredibles sequel makes it to theatres on time.

  3. I agree that it is a long gap, but they just spat out Monsters U, and Planes. MU looked okay, just under-marketed, and Planes looked so bland that I didn’t even recognize its existence. Also, I love a good classic Pixar movie, but can we stop with the sequels? The Cars universe is the most boring one they’ve come up with and fail to raise much emotion. I like to hear that there will be a gap before they produce a new and original movie, instead of sequel after sequel.

  4. You’re right. Planes is a spin-off of a Pixar film (franchise), but it was produced mainly by DisneyToon Studios. And in my opinion, it was still a good film. Not great, but good.

  5. Pixar should have stayed away from Disney. They were doing just fine without them. Disney is a jeoleous money hungry entity and will ruing Pixar and send them packing like they did before Toy Story hit the big screen & big time. Being in the theater business for over 40 years I learned one thing for sure: Hollywood sucks!

  6. I really miss the old pixar, the one that had original stories and ideas,
    now were getting sequels and little else ,brave was okay, and I’m sure I’ll watch monsters university someday too but the old magic seems dead to me.
    and that just makes me sad.

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