Pixar Pulls Bob Peterson from “The Good Dinosaur”

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This is the 4th time Pixar replaces a director mid-movie, this time they are taking Bob Peterson off ‘The Good Dinosaur.’ A replacement has not been named yet. Pixar executives decided to replace him this summer, according to the studio’s president, Ed Catmull.

All directors get really deep in their films,” Catmull said this week. “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 began at Pixar as an animator for, “Toy Story,” and co-directed the 2009 movie “Up,” came up the idea for “The Good Dinosaur,” which tells a story about earth, if dinosaurs never became extinct.

This comes down as Pixar is under a lot of pressure to build on its previous successes in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

The studio has changed directors on three other films, Brad Bird replaced Jan Pinkava on the 2007 movie “Ratatouille,” Lasseter replaced Brad Lewis on 2011’s “Cars 2” and Andrews replaced Brenda Chapman on 2012’s “Brave.” All of those movies went on to do very well at box offices around world, and “Brave” and “Ratatouille” won Oscars for animated feature, but “Cars 2” did not.

Brian Peterson is still employed at Pixar. However he declined to comment for this story. He has another directing project in development, according to Jim Morris, general manager and executive vice president of production for Pixar. “Bob is still working at the studio, and we hope he will stay here for the rest of his natural life,” Morris said.

As it stands  the release date for “The Good Dinosaur” is not changed and the movie is still going on its production schedule, according to Catmull. “We’ve been around long enough to know it will never be smooth,” Catmull said. “But getting this process smooth is not our goal; our goal is to make the movie great.”

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