When The Good Dinosaur was pushed back from May 30, 2014 to November 25, 2015, it left the year 2014 entirely devoid of a Pixar feature film. The film has lead a very troubled existence, from first being pulled from Disney’s Frozen‘s 2013 release date to having the director removed in August of 2013. No new director has even yet been announced, but a brain trust of John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and original project co-director Pete Sohn has been hard at work for most of the last year, restructuring and rewriting the film.
The film has emerged from this rework as a wholly new entity. Voice actor John Lithgow, who plays the father dinosaur, and was quoted by Collider about where the project is headed:
I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.
Lithgow went on to comment about one of his co-cast mates, Frances McDormand.
But me and Frannie McDormand, we’re still playing Momma and Poppa dinosaur.
Whether the film will retain the rest of the current voice cast- Neil Patrick Harris as Cliff, Lucas Neff as Arlo, Judy Greer as Ivy and Bill Hader as Forrest- has yet to be determined. They may all be revoicing their roles, or some characters may be dropped or replaced with other characters.
Hopefully, this troubled film is on an even and stable foundation.