For the first time in nearly a decade, a year will pass by without a new Pixar film in theaters. The Good Dinosaur was originally scheduled to hit cinemas in May 2014, but on Wednesday the Disney-owned studio announced that it's pushing the picture out to November 2015, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The studio is also delaying Finding Dory, its Finding Nemo sequel, from a November 2015 release date out to June 2016.
The delay is merely the latest setback for The Good Dinosaur — a film about a boy named Spot befriending Arlo, a 70-foot-tall Apatosaurus. In August, Pixar pulled Bob Peterson, a co-director on Up, off the project. The studio has yet to name Peterson's replacement. As the Journal notes, pushing back films is nothing new for Pixar: Finding Nemo was delayed from November 2001 to May 2003 and it went on to win an Oscar.
In 2008 Pixar announced a film called The Bear and the Bow which was set for a Christmas 2011 release with director Brenda Chapman attached. But, along the way, many significant changes took place. Eventually, The Bear and the Bow became Brave, the director was switched to Mark Andrews, and the release date was pushed to June 10th, 2012. Like Finding Nemo, Brave went on to win an Oscar.
Update: Pixar has provided us with the following statement on the shift.
We continue to believe at Pixar, "quality is the best business plan," and we live by that. It is because of this we have decided to move the release date of The Good Dinosaur to November 25, 2015, to ensure we make the best film possible. Pete Docter's film Inside Out will remain on June 19, 2015, and Andrew Stanton's film Finding Dory will be released on June 17, 2016.
We are extremely excited about all three of our upcoming releases.