Disney has pushed back the release dates for Pixar’s Finding Dory and The Good Dinosaur.
The Good Dinosaur was scheduled for May 30, 2014, and will now be released on November 25, 2015. Finding Dory was scheduled for The Good Dinosaur‘s new release date, and now moves to summer 2016.
“Nobody ever remembers the fact that you slipped a film, but they will remember a bad film,” said Pixar president Ed Catmull. “Our conclusion was that we were going to give the [dinosaur] film some more time.”
Both films hit snags early in their development. Last month, Pixar replaced The Good Dinosaur director Bob Peterson with John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich, Mark Andrews, and Peter Sohn until a new director is found. At the time, Catmull said:
“All directors get really deep in their films 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.”
As for Finding Dory, Pixar decided to change the ending in response to the SeaWorld documentary, Blackfish. Originally set in a SeaWorld-type marine park, the studio restructured the ending so that the mammals and fish in the park can leave. Pixar said the film would still make its 2015 release, but that won’t happen now.
The delays leave 2014 without any new Pixar movies. The last time that happened was in 2005. The Incredibles came out in November 2004 and Cars didn’t come out until June 2006.
Inside Out, which takes place inside the “brain space of a little girl” is still scheduled for a June 19, 2015 release. The film stars Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, and Phyllis Smith.
The Good Dinosaur stars Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader. Finding Dory stars Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Eugene Levy, and Ty Burrell.