It pains me to write this, but 2014 will mark the first year since 2005 without a Pixar film hitting theaters. Deadline Hollywood reports that next year’s The Good Dinosaur is now slated for release on November 25, 2015. That date was previously held by Finding Dory, which will now open on June 17, 2016 (and this was the spot held for Lee Unkrich’s Dia De Los Muertos movie, which will presumably be pushed back as well). Maleficent will now be shuffled up a few weeks into Good Dinosaur‘s spot, and will avoid being sandwiched by the latest Transformers and Fast & Furious outings.
It’s not exactly surprising news. A few weeks ago, it was confirmed that Bob Peterson would not be directing The Good Dinosaur and that Pixar didn’t have a replacement lined up. It’s probably for the best that Pixar takes their time with this one and puts out a good film rather than a deadline-adherent one. There’s enough goodwill built up towards the studio that people (such as myself) might hem and haw a little but won’t exactly pick up torches and pitchforks. And this may end up being a boon for Pixar. Their last few offerings haven’t quite hit the same high they used to, and with the studio planning to increase their output from one film a year to one-and-a-half, a little breathing room might be for the best.
And this means that the next Pixar film to release will be Inside Out, so everyone start anxiously awaiting that one.