Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur is like the little engine that could. With the loss of its director and a push back from 2014 to a 2015 release, what could be going on at team Pixar? Speaking on behalf of the movie, actor John Lithgow has recently revealed that all is well, if not better for The Good Dinosaur. In fact, he states the whole project has been reworked. Learn more about these changes and what we can expect when it releases.
Back in August 2013, director Bob Peterson (Up) was removed from The Good Dinosaur, with co-director Peter Sohn (Party Cloudy) left with the pieces to be reworked with the Pixar Brain Trust. And to add fuel onto the fire, 2014 has been the first year since we haven’t had a Pixar movie since 2005. And after Monsters University was snubbed at the Oscars, Brave not being particularly good, and Cars 2 under performing, has Pixar peaked?
According to a Collider interview with John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun; Dexter), he explains why he has to go back into the studio to re-record his role:
“I recorded the entire role in Good Dinosaur. They have now dismantled it and completely reimagined it, and it is a fantastic new story. So I’m gonna record again on it within the next month. Don’t worry. It’s coming and it’s gonna be better than I ever imagined.”
With a reimagined story, that leaves the possibility of new actors for new characters, or old cast members cut out completely. Lithgow continues:
“But me and Frannie McDormand, we’re still playing Momma and Poppa dinosaur.”
Judy Greer, Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Hader, and Lucas Neff were part of the original cast. Nothing has been confirmed yet as to what other changes have been made.
The Good Dinosaur is set to release on November 25th, 2015.