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Oscar winner Bob Peterson has been removed as director of Pixar's The Good Dinosaur

Aug. 30, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Is trouble brewing at Pixar? For the fourth time in their last eight films, Pixar has removed and replaced the director of one of their films. While a replacement has not yet been named, Disney revealed that Bob Peterson, the Oscar winning director of UP, is no longer in charge of next year's THE GOOD DINOSAUR.

According to The LA Times, Peterson will have his duties spread amongst various people until an official replacement is named. Those stepping in will include Pixar CCO John Lasseter, TOY STORY 3 director Lee Unkrich, BRAVE director Mark Andrews (who replaced Brenda Chapman on that film a few years ago), and THE GOOD DINOSAUR co-director Peter Sohn.

Pixar has come under more scrutiny in recent years for what many consider declining quality. While their films still are of much higher quality than most other animated movies (and some live action as well), critics have panned their reliance on sequels which the studio was opposed to doing for many years. With a very in depth array of films on the horizon, the question has to be asked if there is something causing these delays. Pixar President Ed Catmull made this 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."

Peterson is still employed at Pixar but has made no comments about his removal nor was he present at Disney's D23 convention where all of their upcoming animated films were announced to the world. THE GOOD DINOSAUR is well into production and tells the story of a world where dinosaurs never went extinct. The production art looks to be a much more original story than we have seen in a while but still keeping that Pixar charm we have come to expect. Hopefully this removal doesn't mark THE GOOD DINOSAUR and we still get a great film.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR features the voices of Lucas Neff, John Lithgow, Frances McDormand, Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer, and Bill Hader. It is scheduled to open on May 30, 2014.

Source: The LA Time

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10:37PM on 09/01/2013
This article would have been improved by keeping the author's inflammatory speculation to himself. As stated, 4 out of Pixar's last 8 films have had new directors step in before the film's completion, which suggests that this is not an unusual occurrence. Also, the author states that their films are still of a much higher quality than their contemporaries. Peterson is still part of the Pixar family. Pixar are obviously still doing something right.
This article would have been improved by keeping the author's inflammatory speculation to himself. As stated, 4 out of Pixar's last 8 films have had new directors step in before the film's completion, which suggests that this is not an unusual occurrence. Also, the author states that their films are still of a much higher quality than their contemporaries. Peterson is still part of the Pixar family. Pixar are obviously still doing something right.
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11:54AM on 09/01/2013

Anyone smell that?

In My opinion, this reeks of Disney involvement. Too much mouse in the house.
In My opinion, this reeks of Disney involvement. Too much mouse in the house.
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6:58AM on 08/31/2013
Hey, look what happened on Ratatouille. Director got sacked and a much 'stronger' film was released thanks to Brad Bird....
Hey, look what happened on Ratatouille. Director got sacked and a much 'stronger' film was released thanks to Brad Bird....
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2:38AM on 08/31/2013

Too many cooks in the kitchen

"Peterson will have his duties spread amongst various people until an official replacement is named. hose stepping in will include Pixar CCO John Lasseter, TOY STORY 3 director Lee Unkrich, BRAVE director Mark Andrews (who replaced Brenda Chapman on that film a few years ago), and THE GOOD DINOSAUR co-director Peter Sohn"

I don't care that it's Pixar, this is going to be a mess. You don't replace one director with three, no matter HOW good they are. And really, Mark Andrews too? Ugh. I
"Peterson will have his duties spread amongst various people until an official replacement is named. hose stepping in will include Pixar CCO John Lasseter, TOY STORY 3 director Lee Unkrich, BRAVE director Mark Andrews (who replaced Brenda Chapman on that film a few years ago), and THE GOOD DINOSAUR co-director Peter Sohn"

I don't care that it's Pixar, this is going to be a mess. You don't replace one director with three, no matter HOW good they are. And really, Mark Andrews too? Ugh. I have higher expectations for Planes at this point.
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2:38PM on 08/30/2013
That's too bad about Peterson, he's done some good work, but shoot... if this means we get Lasseter and Unkrich as filler directors than I'm totally happy.
That's too bad about Peterson, he's done some good work, but shoot... if this means we get Lasseter and Unkrich as filler directors than I'm totally happy.
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12:04PM on 08/30/2013
Give Spielberg a call . . .
Give Spielberg a call . . .
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11:39AM on 08/30/2013
Unless the next one will be of Toy Story or Wall-E heights again, I think it's safe to assume that Pixar has officially ran out of steam.
Unless the next one will be of Toy Story or Wall-E heights again, I think it's safe to assume that Pixar has officially ran out of steam.
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10:57AM on 08/30/2013
It seems Pixar has something of a track record of replacing directors midway through production. Most of the time, the end result doesn't seem to suffer too much for it, but I wonder if there's some kind of issue they can fix.
It seems Pixar has something of a track record of replacing directors midway through production. Most of the time, the end result doesn't seem to suffer too much for it, but I wonder if there's some kind of issue they can fix.
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10:56AM on 08/30/2013

Not necessarily a bad thing,

Jan Pinkava got pulled from RATATOUILLE and that turned out pretty well. But it is worrying seeing somebody like Bob Peterson pulled from his own film. It could be he's a better writer than director.
Jan Pinkava got pulled from RATATOUILLE and that turned out pretty well. But it is worrying seeing somebody like Bob Peterson pulled from his own film. It could be he's a better writer than director.
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