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Pixar pushes 'Good Dinosaur,' leaving it without a 2014 movie

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.

Pixar replaces another director, this time on 'The Good Dinosaur'

Pixar’s fifteenth feature film The Good Dinosaur will hit theaters next May. It might sound strange, then, that the beloved animation studio has just fired the film’s director, Bob Peterson, from the project, according to the LA Times. But Pixar has lately made swapping directors Standard Operating Procedure — most controversially with last year’s Brave, the company’s first-ever female-headlined film, which was also going to be its first-ever female-directed film before the ousting of original helmer Brenda Chapman. Chapman now works for cross-court rivals DreamWorks Animation, and recently implied to the New York Times that Pixar chief John Lasseter micro-manages; coincidentally, Lasseter himself stepped in to replace the original director of Cars 2, that terrifying post-apocalyptic horror film that your kids love so darn much. READ FULL STORY

Pixar preview: Casts revealed for 'Finding Dory,' 'The Good Dinosaur,' 'Inside Out' at Disney's D23

Pixar turned its table lamp on its voice actors for the upcoming films The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out at the Disney fan convention D23.

The equivalent of Disney’s Comic-Con brought new revelations about the plots for the upcoming movies, which feature a dinosaur keeping a toddler human as a pet, a journey inside the workings of the human mind, and a return to the ocean for a sequel to a Pixar classic.

Disney animation czar John Lasseter also showed off footage from the films, and presided over a parade of voice talent.

Among the biggest news was that Pixar’s Finding Nemo sequel — Finding Dory — would feature Eugene Levy and Diane Keaton as the parents of Ellen DeGeneres’ forgetful fish, while Modern Family‘s Ty Burrell will voice a beluga named Bailey.

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