The Good Dinosaur

Cropped image from the teaser poster for The Good Dinosaur; JPosters

Not since 2005 has a summer passed without the release of a Pixar film, starting with Cars in 2006. Each June (or May, in the case of Up) has been their official month, all the way up until the release of Monsters University last year, bringing us to 2014: the summer without Pixar. In case this absence has caused you to fall behind on your upcoming Pixar trivia, or you’re just used to obsessing about Pixar each June, we’ve assembled a list of pretty much everything there is to know about the projects they have in the works. Read on for the official facts and an unsolicited theory or two:

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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 […]

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Earlier this week, a rumor began floating around that Bob Peterson, director of Up, would no longer be directing Pixar’s latest (and thankfully, non-sequel) feature, The Good Dinosaur. Well, it turns out the rumors are true – Peterson is off the project. Pixar’s president, Ed Catmull, offered a few words of explanation on the sudden change: “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. I would go so far as to argue that a lot of live-action films would be better off with that same process.” That description of Peterson as so “deep in [his] film” that “a different perspective” was needed almost makes him sound a little unhinged. Like he chased the rabbit too far down the Good Dinosaur hole and had spent the last several months locked in a supply closet, constructing a crude time machine to get a more accurate representation of what dinosaurs really looked like. But apparently Peterson still has some degree of sanity, as this move isn’t a firing – Peterson will still remain with the studio.

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BIG HERO 6

Despite the recent bout of sequel and prequelitis that Pixar has suffered (arguably from a Patient Zero named Disney), the ships seem to be creatively righting themselves. They’re also apparently tethering themselves to the Golden Gate bridge in order to watch the sunset. The picture above is from Big Hero 6, which is one of many projects that The Mouse opened up about during this year’s D23 conference. It’s one of the biggest signals of Marvel sensibilities merging with Disney — an exciting prospect that could bring some fantastic comic book properties to the big screen beyond the post-Avengers plans through, gulp, 2021. There’s a world out there of comic heroes that may not be right for live-action, and it’s encouraging to see that Disney understands that potential and is willing to take a chance. There are some innovative ideas here, nestled in a comfortable nest of old favorites (and, yes, a few cash-grabs). Luckily for now they all look gorgeous.

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During all the festivities of CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week, the folks at Pixar announced several things. One being that their latest film Brave would help test Dolby’s Atmos format, a revolutionary new sound system that we reported on yesterday. The other — perhaps bigger — announcement is that they gave updates on three upcoming projects, all from original stories and all featuring Pixar veteran directors. Can’t wait to hear about Up co-director Bob Peterson’s dinosaur movie? How about Pete Docter’s trip inside the human mind? Or maybe you’re interested in Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich’s film about Dia De Los Muertos. It’s an interesting slate, about which we’ve compiled all the available details just after the jump.

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