Until a year ago, Pixar’s film The Good Dinosaur was planned as the studio’s big offering for 2014. But in late August 2013 original director Bob Peterson exited the production, and the Pixar Brain Trust stepped in as “interim co-director.” The Good Dinosaur moved to November 2015, leaving Pixar without a film this year.
We still don’t know who the credited directors will be, though as far as we know Pete Sohn (originally Peterson’s co-director) remains part of the production. Now there’s a report that suggests changes to the film were extensive. John Lithgow, who provides the voice for one of the film’s characters, says the movie has been “completely reimagined.” Read More »
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Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur may be delayed, but it isn’t shelved entirely. The first teaser poster has been released for the film, which is set for release in November 2015. That’s concept art from D23 above; see the poster below.
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There will be no new Pixar movie in 2014. The highly decorated computer animation company, which is owned by Disney, has pushed the release of The Good Dinosaur from June 2014 to November 25, 2015. But wait, wasn’t Finding Dory scheduled for that date? It was, but now the underwater sequel will open June 17, 2016.
Disney also moved the Angelina Jolie film Maleficent up from July 2, 2014 to May 30, 2014, the space vacated by The Good Dinosaur. Read More »
A week ago we told you that Pixar had taken director Bob Peterson off the upcoming film The Good Dinosaur, and now that fact is confirmed. Along with the confirmation comes some interesting info. Peterson was removed from the project, but he has not left Pixar. And while the studio decides on a replacement, Peterson’s work is effectively being done by the core of the Pixar brain trust, members of which are overseeing different sequences of the film. Read More »
Pixar has a generally fantastic track record, and the studio’s approach to crafting films relies heavily upon continual editing and revision. Story and dialogue are examined in minute detail, and scenes are subjected to constant review to ensure everything has a place.
That process of editing and examination can extend even to the personnel involved in the making of a film. Sometimes that means that people leave, or are fired; sometimes it means that the general direction of a film can be altered dramatically. Ratatouille started off as a very different film than the one Brad Bird eventually shepherded to the screen; Brenda Chapman was famously cut from her directorial position on the film that became Brave.
The latest report out of Pixar is that The Good Dinosaur is the latest project to “evolve,” with the director and producer being let go as the studio re-examines the film’s direction. Read More »
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This weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney released a bunch of new images and concept art images for upcoming Disney Animation and Pixar film productions including: the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, the Planes sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, the Toy Story television Special Toy Story of Terror, two original projects from Pixar: Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, Walt Disney Animation’s Marvel comic book adaptation Big Hero 6, Frozen, the Disney Toons Tinkerbell spin-off/Captain Hook prequel The Pirate Fairy, and the Mickey Mouse short film Get A Horse! We’ve posted some of these images and photos in news stories from the convention, but they are all collected together in an image gallery after the jump.
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Yesterday at the D23 Expo, Disney held a huge panel presenting information and footage from the company’s next few years of animated film projects. You can read about most of the news breaks elsewhere on the site. After the presentation, I got together with Germain Lussier to record a video blog giving our reactions to the main footage presentations: Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6, Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. Watch that video blog embedded after the jump.
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Today Disney and Pixar are announcing details for the film The Good Dinosaur, from which we’ve previously seen only concept art. Footage was shown today, which Peter described as “very beautiful, not very cartoony, almost like a segment from Fantasia.” The story is described as the biggest “what if?” ever — what if the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs missed Earth entirely?
The primary cast was also announced. The primary characters are a family of farming Apatosaurs, with John Lithgow as the father, Frances McDormand as the mother, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris as brothers Forrest and Cliff, Judy Greer as Ivy, and Lucas Neff voicing the lead character Arlo.
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The tweet above, which you can also see here, has all the real info: today at D23 Pixar and Disney debuted a new short called Party Central. The short features characters from Monsters University, and will debut in theaters in front of Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur next year. Response to the short was very positive from audiences at the Expo, and we’ll update with stills if and when Disney releases any.
The short is directed by Kelsey Mann, story supervisor on Monsters University. The short shows what happens when no one shows up to OK’s party. They solve this problem by using door stations to steal from the bigger party of the year, which is also going on at another frat. They must steal the food, the music, the monsters and the fun, but must do so by going through another human house and in through another closet door.