|Concept art for The Good Dinosaur, which stars the voices of Lucas Neff, Neil|
Patrick Harris and Judy Greer. It will now open November 2015.
When Bob Peterson was removed as director of The Good Dinosaur, particularly as we're so close to its planned 30th May, 2014 release date, it seemed incredibly unlikely that the film would be ready on time. In fact, it seems the situation is worse than anticipated, as Pixar have announced (via the L.A. Times) that they're pushing their fifteenth feature film all the way back to 25th November, 2015.
25th November, 2015 was originally the planned release date for Andrew Stanton's Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, which has itself now also been pushed back, to summer 2016. No plans have been announced to push forward Pete Docter's summer 2015 release, Inside Out, so 2014 will be the first year since 2005 that Pixar haven't released a film. Grimly ironic, when they'll release two for the first time the year after.
|The team now helming The Good Dinosaur.|
A replacement director has still to be named, and The Good Dinosaur is currently being overseen by the team of Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3), Mark Andrews (Brave) and original TGD co-director, Peter Sohn.
It's disheartening, sure, but it's by no means bad news. "Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film," says Pixar pres. Ed Catmull, "but they will remember a bad film. Our conclusion was that we were going to give the film some more time." Fine by me. I'm very excited for The Good Dinosaur, and I'd rather wait another eighteen months and have the film be as good as it can be, than get it sooner, and have it be but a shade of what could have been.
All the same, it's going to be strange going a year without a Pixar film... Pixar's next feature film will now be Inside Out on 19th June, 2015.