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The Dissolve offers their own perspective on the changing of directors on Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur...
"As the [La] Times notes, this is not the first time Pixar has replaced a director in the middle of production; in fact, it’s the fourth time in eight movies that it’s made such a drastic change. Sometimes that decision has worked out creatively; Brad Bird subbed in for Jan Pinkava on Ratatouille, and helped make that movie one of Pixar’s biggest creative successes. Sometimes that decision has not worked out creatively; Lasseter wound up completing Cars 2 after Brad Lewis started the film, and even he couldn’t save that sinking ship."
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- Flickering Myth
Pixar president Ed Catmull confirmed a report from earlier this week that director Bob Peterson has been removed from The Good Dinosaur. The studio is still planning on hitting the May 30, 2014 release date that is already in place. Here's what the studio president had to say in a brief statement.
"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."
The report from three days ago revealed that the studio removed the first-time director due to issues they were having with the story. Until a replacement director can be found, a number of Pixar filmmakers are overseeing certain aspects of the project, »
According to both Blue Sky Disney and The La Times, Pixar Animation has relieved Bob Peterson of directing duties on their 2014 release The Good Dinosaur. This isn’t anything new for Pixar as they’ve changed directors on three other films. Jan Pinkava was replaced by Brad Bird on 2007′s Ratatouille, resulting in drastic changes to the film […]
Read Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur loses its director on Filmonic. »
- Andrew Shuster
It was rumored just last week that Pixar had removed director Bob Peterson from The Good Dinosaur, which would have been his first solo-directing gig after serving as co-director on Up. Today the Los Angeles Times confirms the news, quoting the studio's president, Ed Catmull: "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." This is the fourth time in eight movies as I mentioned with my last post the changes to recent Pixar films Brave and Cars 2 as well as John Lasseter taking over direction from Ash Brannon on Toy Story 2 and the removal of »
- Brad Brevet
Trouble could possibly be brewing for yet another Pixar project. The studio famously goes through a rigorous development process on each of its films, and in the past some behind-the-scenes changes have worked out for the better: John Lasseter replaced Toy Story 2’s original director and reworked the entire film with just nine months to go before release, and Brad Bird replaced director Jan Pinkava on Ratatouille and made significant changes to that film. However, recently Pixar has had some production troubles on films that failed to live up to the studio’s previous Gold Standard. Now it appears that next year’s Pixar film, The Good Dinosaur, may have lost its director just nine months before its release. Hit the jump for more. Lasseter once again stepped in on Pixar’s 2011 film Cars 2, replacing previous director Brad Lewis and taking the pic’s story in a different direction. »
- Adam Chitwood
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 »
- Brad Brevet
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