The last year that passed without a Pixar movie in theaters was 2005, one year after The Incredibles and one year before Cars. Since then, every summer has been blessed with a Pixar release, eight straight years with a blockbuster that’s earned at least $191 million and resulted in five Oscars for Best Animated Feature. But yesterday, Disney announced that The Good Dinosaur, its movie about a time when dinosaurs and humans co-existed, had been delayed and its release date was being shifted from May 30, 2014 to Nov. 25, 2015.
The news wasn’t a complete surprise: just last month, Pixar had replaced The Good Dinosaur’s director, Bob Peterson (Up). While some might interpret the recent announcements as a cause for concern, switching directors midstream is not exactly an uncommon occurrence at Pixar – Ratatouille and Brave replaced its directors during production – and it is a point of pride at the prestige animation company that it releases its movies only when they are completely satisfied with the finished product, deadlines be darned.
The delay, though, also impacts Finding Dory, the Finding Nemo sequel from director Andrew Stanton. It was slated for Nov. 25, 2015, Good Dinosaur’s new date, but will now arrive June 17, 2016. If the new release dates hold, Pixar’s next movie will now be Inside Out, the inside-the-mind-of-an-11-year-old girl tale starring the voices of Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling that is scheduled for June 19, 2015. To fill the void, Disney moved up Maleficent, its live-action twist on Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie, into Dinosaur’s original slot, May 30, 2014.