Here’s today’s latest casting news:
Hit the jump for more on each film.
Disney has made a couple of significant release date shifts in its upcoming calendar, one of which could mean that 2014 will pass entirely without a new Pixar movie. Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur, which just recently saw director Bob Peterson removed from the project, has been moved off its May 30, 2014 date and pushed over a year and a half to November 25, 2015. This is a massive change and, barring another move from Pixar, could mean that 2014 will be the first year since 2005 without a new Pixar movie. This isn’t an altogether surprising move, since The Good Dinosaur only just lost its director this summer with only nine months to go before the film’s planned release. The pic still doesn’t have a firm replacement director, but now Pixar can comfortably move forward without the stress and rush of getting TGD into theaters in a matter of months.
Hit the jump for more release date shift news, including Finding Dory and Maleficent. [Update: Disney has also announced that The Fifth Estate will now open on October 18th wide and the sports drama McFarland has been dated for November 21, 2014.]
With this weekend’s holiday comes the official close of the 2013 Summer Movie Season. We’ve seen our share of flops (The Lone Ranger), hits (Iron Man 3), and surprises (Now You See Me), and while there are definitely some exciting films on tap for next year, keen fans have already started looking excitedly at 2015. Why skip over an entire year, you ask? Well, if all goes according to plan, 2015 will see a perfect storm of sorts, as a crazy number of massive franchises are poised to launch some highly anticipated properties. Two years from now, The Avengers follow-up will square off against Batman vs. Superman, and a brand new Star Wars film is poised to open alongside the long-promised Jurassic Park sequel.
As the Labor Day weekend is normally a time of relaxation, we thought it might be fun to look ahead to the craziness that will ensue two years from now. Hit the jump as we run down the nutty release schedule for 2015, including what we know about each film thus far.
If you’re a fan of all things Disney and have yet to attend D23, make plans to change that for next year as this event is only going to get bigger and better. Today was my first-ever experience attending D23, the annual Disney event that’s just for fans. In my naivete, I assumed it would be like San Diego Comic-Con. Some things are similar: the lines, the sneak peeks, the star sightings. But where Comic-Con is a loose collection of mostly unrelated one-hour panels scattered across a few days, D23 is a top-notch production meant to entertain and reward fans from start to finish.
In today’s D23 presentation for “Art and Imagination: Animation at the Walt Disney Studios”, the production company’s three animation divisions were highlighted. This article deals with a recap of the anticipated work coming out of Disney/Pixar, which includes Bob Peterson and Peter Sohn’s The Good Dinosaur, Pete Docter’s Inside Out, Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory, and two short films, including Monsters University’s “Party Central” and the Halloween special, Toy Story OF TERROR! Hit the jump for some up-to-the-minute info on each of these films as well as my take on the presentation itself.
Pixar made some exciting announcements at its D23 panel earlier today, and in addition to revealing the voice casts for the upcoming films The Good Dinosaur and Inside Out, the studio also revealed a couple of cast additions to the highly anticipated sequel Finding Dory. Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton returns to the director’s chair, and the story takes place roughly a year after the events of the film and focuses on Dory’s quest to find her parents. Voicing said parents will be none other than Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy, with Modern Family star Ty Burrell also onboard to play a young Beluga whale.
Hit the jump for more, including why the ending of the film has reportedly been changed. Beware of possible minor spoilers. [Update: We've added concept art and the official logline for the film after the jump as well.]
Whether you agree or disagree with the wisdom of creating a sequel to Finding Nemo, the film is happening, and now it has an official title. Disney-Pixar has announced that the new film will be entitled Finding Dory, and will be released on November 25, 2015. As the title implies, the new movie will have a lot more of the forgetful fish (Ellen DeGeneres), and according to director Andrew Stanton, “One thing we couldn’t stop thinking about was why she was all alone in the ocean on the day she met Marlin. In Finding Dory, she will be reunited with her loved ones, learning a few things about the meaning of family along the way.” The new movie will take place one year after the events of the first movie, and will bring back not only Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo, but also the Tank Gang as well as other characters. The story will also take place partially along the California coastline.
Going back and watching Finding Nemo last year, I fell in love with Dory all over again, and her line, “When I’m with you, I’m home,” makes me tear up every time. Although Pixar recently went on a streak of sequels and prequels (Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Monsters University), Finding Dory will be their first sequel after the original features The Good Dinosaur (May 30, 2014) and the Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind (June 19, 2015). I also wouldn’t be surprised if Pixar ultimately pushes Finding Dory behind Lee Unkrich‘s Untitled Dia de los Muertos movie, which is currently slated for 2016. Hit the jump for the press release. [Update: We've updated the article with a video of DeGeneres announcing the film.]