The Walt Disney Co. has decided to push back the release of The Good Dinosaur, their next Pixar film, a year in order to ensure the film’s quality. This scheduling change means that 2014 will be the first year since 2005 that Pixar will not have a film in theaters.
The Good Dinosaur was scheduled to debut on May 30, 2014, but will now debut on November 25, 2015, which would have been the release date for Andrew Stanton’s Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. This change now means that Finding Dory will now debut in 2016.
This scheduling change is the latest is a line of difficulties for The Good Dinosaur’s production process. Over the summer, Disney removed director Bob Peterson from his position, and they have yet to fill the vacant position. Pixar’s high-ranking employees, like John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Peter Sohn, and Mark Andrews have been overseeing various portions of the movie since Peterson was removed.
Stanton claimed that part of the reason that the release was changed was due to the strain it was putting on the studio.
“We can’t have the amount of labor it takes to do these movies at the same time because it becomes unsustainable economically, but it means if one director has a problem, everybody’s connected to the same bed sheet. You pull one end and it makes wrinkles in the other one. It’s a new problem.”
However, Pixar’s president Ed Catmull downplayed the schedule change, saying:
“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 film some more time.”
What do you think about the scheduling change? Do you think it’s a good idea for the staff to push the movie back an entire year? Does this make you more nervous about the film’s quality? Are you annoyed that this means Finding Dory won’t arrive until 2016? Why don’t you just tell us what you think in the comments below?
Source: LA Times