Director Movement

Has Bob Petersen been Removed from Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur'?

More trouble in the house of Pixar

Concept art for The Good Dinosaur
Concept art for The Good Dinosaur
Photo: Disney / Pixar

In recent history we've seen John Lasseter step in and take away directorial reigns from Brad Lewis on Cars 2 and then Brenda Chapman was ousted from the director's chair on Brave and replaced by Mark Andrews with Steve Purcell given a co-director credit. Many would argue these are two of Pixar's worst films and in my opinion Brave is their worst film. Well, it seems there are some issues in the house of Pixar yet again.

A couple weeks back Disney held their D23 Expo and featured new concept art and information for their upcoming film The Good Dinosaur, which was to be directed by Bob Petersen who was given a co-director credit alongside Pete Docter on Up. However, Petersen wasn't on hand to present the footage that was shown, instead a newly announced co-director, Peter Sohn, and producer Denise Ream handled those duties.

The Good Dinosaur was originally eyed as being Petersen's first solo directorial outing, but if there is any truth to a new rumor out of Blue Sky Disney that won't be coming to pass.

The site reports Petersen has been removed from the film but it has not yet been put into turnaround. John Lasseter is reportedly the one that pulled the trigger and he is now looking for a replacement in hopes of still meeting the May 30, 2014 release date.

In addition to the films mentioned above, Lasseter also took over direction from Ash Brannon on Toy Story 2 and would ultimately give Pixar vet Lee Unkrich a co-direction credit on the film. Also, Jan Pinkava shepherded Ratatouille for four years before being replaced by Brad Bird.

So, while there is excitement over the fact Pixar has an original property on the horizon it seems there may be some early trouble.

The Good Dinosaur is described as asking the age-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? The story follows Arlo, a lively 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus with a big heart. After a traumatic event rattles Arlo's tranquil community, he sets out on a quest to restore peace, gaining an unlikely companion along the way--a young human boy named Spot.

The voice cast includes Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Bill Hader and Neil Patrick Harris, which was just announced at the aforementioned D23. Stay tuned as I expect more on this story will come to light soon.

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  • http://themoviegurusblog.blogspot.com The Movie Guru

    This has gotta be disney's doing. They want to control pixar too much and make them available for their marketing blitz.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jgolding/ Justin Golding

    Still keeping my fingers crossed for this one, I loved Ratatouille. Still it is troubling that they've only released concept art and it's scheduled for 2014. I had actually completely forgot about this movie until the Disney convention.

  • Aidan Khan

    Weird that this happens only 9 months before it comes out. I hope it still comes out in May.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/m1/ m1

    "in my opinion Brave is their worst film"

    Really? I had no idea you thought that!

    Sarcasm aside, I hope this movie turns out to be top tier Pixar rather than merely good (Brave, Monsters University, Cars) or mediocre (Cars 2).

    • Bertram J. Krogh

      I think it looks like a "merely good" one though.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I guess Disney was too worried the movie might be an actual movie instead of just a piece of marketing. Because that's really all they give a shit about.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    By the time the film has gone through the various committee's i'm sure it'll tick the necessary boxes regardless of who the director is.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    The information above suggests shifting sands in the director's chair isn't strictly unusual even back during Pixar's heydey..............so maybe this is a sign of trouble or maybe it's finding a director better suited to it.

    Or maybe it's just some fluff.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    So far I've had quite high hopes for this film as the concept behind it is great but at the end of the day this is Disney and not Pixar from 10 years ago so I can't see anything but another animated film that tries to please all demographies by being cliched.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Torryz/ Torryz

    I hope this is good. I think its cool that this isn't a sequel.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    How could Pixar be their worst film when it won BEST ANIMATED FEATURE at the Oscars???

    Surely, you are not implying that the Oscars are meaningless and don't measure quality in the slightest????

    Of course not. Half your posts are Oscar-related. It would be silly to dedicate half your website to predicting and analyzing a meaningless awards show.