Confirmed: Director Bob Peterson Is Off THE GOOD DINOSAUR; Pixar Brain Trust Acting as Interim Director

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A few days ago, rumors started surfacing that director Bob Peterson—a mainstay of Pixar for years—had been pulled off of the studio’s 2014 film The Good Dinosaur.  I was really hoping that the report would turn out to be untrue, but sadly confirmation has surfaced that Peterson has indeed been removed from the film.  While one would think that co-director Peter Sohn would make an easy replacement, apparently that is not the case.  So who, exactly, is directing The Good Dinosaur—a film that is slated to hit theaters in just nine months?  Well a team of filmmakers is reportedly overseeing the production as the search for a replacement director ensues.

Hit the jump for more, including why Peterson was removed from the film and which filmmakers are currently steering the ship.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR Interviews with Lucas Neff, Judy Greer, and Co-Director Peter Sohn and Producer Denise Ream at D23

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Let’s be honest: Pixar has lost a bit of its luster.  While I still love the company and will see everything they release, they’ve moved from being a studio that releases home-run after home-run to a company that has to answer to Disney shareholders and sell merchandizing.  And I’m fine with that.  The fact is, I’m cool with Pixar making sequels because it then allows them to make films that take chances like RatatouilleWALLEUp, and next summer’s The Good Dinosaur.

For those unfamiliar, The Good Dinosaur takes place on an Earth where the asteroid never killed the dinosaurs and the creatures now live happily alongside humans.  The lead character, a dinosaur named Arlo, will be voiced by Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), while Bill HaderNeil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer voice his siblings.  At D23, I was able to talk with Neff, Greer, and co-director Peter Sohn and producer Denise Ream on the red carpet.  Hit the jump what they had to say.

7 Clips and 13 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from MONSTERS UNIVERSITY; Watch the Cast Record Their Lines

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Monsters University will be here soon, and I like what I’m seeing.  I like it so much that I’ve seen enough.  Even though we post plenty of trailers, clips, and featurettes on the site, I don’t watch all of them if I’m already interested in the film.  That stuff is for the people who need more convincing.  So if you’re still unsure about Monsters University, we have seven clips and 13 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage featuring the cast from Pixar’s upcoming prequel recording their lines.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John RatzenbergerMonsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

Final Trailer for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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Disney-Pixar has released the final trailer for Monsters University. The prequel shows how Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan (John Goodman) became best friends during their time at college. I’ve been a bit wary about the prequel, but this trailer put those doubts to rest. The film looks incredibly funny but also has heart. This goes along with the positive buzz I’ve been hearing, and it looks like Monsters University could be the movie that gets Pixar back on track to the high quality we’ve come to expect from them.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John Ratzenberger. Monsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

New Full-Length Trailer for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY

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Disney has released a new trailer for the Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University.  The pic focuses on the college years of Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman), and this new full-length trailer reveals the film’s plot.  The Revenge of the Nerds-esque story finds Mike and Sully joining a fraternity of outcasts, as all of the Greek houses must compete against each other in the Scare Games, which carry dire consequences for the losers.  The film looks like it could be Pixar’s most purely fun movie yet, and early reactions from the screening at CinemaCon had many praising the pic’s heart.  If you missed any of Dave’s coverage from his visit to Pixar, be sure to check out his review from seeing 40 minutes of footage, 35 things to know about the film, and his interview with director Dan Scanlon.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, John Krasinski, Nathan Fillion, Bonnie Hunt, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John Ratzenberger. Monsters University opens June 21, 2013.

Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski, and Bonnie Hunt Join Voice Cast of MONSTERS UNIVERSITY; New Images Released

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Even though Monsters University is only a few months away, Pixar has been keeping the voice cast under wraps.  Today, EW is reporting that Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski, and Bonnie Hunt will be voicing new monsters in the upcoming prequel.  Fillion and Krasinski are newcomers to the Pixar world, but Hunt has been a longtime collaborator with the studio having voiced characters in A Bug’s Life, Cars, Toy Story 3, and Monsters, Inc. (although she’ll be voicing a new character).

Hit the jump for descriptions of Fillion, Krasinski, and Hunt’s characters, along with some new images.  The film also features the voices of Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Dave Foley, Sean Hayes, Joel Murray, Peter Sohn, Aubrey Plaza, Tyler Labine, Bobby Moynihan, Julie Sweeney, Alfred Molina, Beth Behrs, and of course, John RatzenbergerMonsters University opens in 3D on June 21st.

Full Trailer for Pixar’s MONSTERS UNIVERSITY Starring Billy Crystal and John Goodman [UPDATED with 4 Chinese New Year Banners]

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The full trailer for Monsters University has been released.  The film goes back to Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan’s (John Goodman) college days, and shows how the two overcame their differences and became BFFs.  We previously showed you an extended featurette that explained the plot points, but this new trailer avoids spoiling the story, and instead goes for laughs.  There are some good jokes in here, and I’m hoping the movie will offer plenty more.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Dave Foley, Julia Sweeney, Joel Murray, and Peter SohnMonsters University opens in 3D on June 21st. [Update: We've added four new banners for the film that celebrate the Chinese New Year]

Pixar News: Details on THE GOOD DINOSAUR; Posters for BRAVE

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We have a couple of Pixar stories to kick off your day.  First up, 24 Frames has some brief news for The Good Dinosaur.  Details on the film, directed by Peter Sohn and Up co-director/”Dug” voice Bob Peterson, are being kept under wraps, but we know that the story is set in a world where an asteroid never hit the Earth, and dinosaurs continue to roam the planet.  Sohn says “The title is deceptively simple.  It has more meaning than it seems,” implying that if there are “good” dinosaurs then there must be bad ones as well.  Additionally, a piece of artwork shown off at last year’s D23 conference showed a small child standing next to a dinosaur, but the filmmakers won’t confirm if humans share the planet with giant creatures who are clearly at the top of the food chain.

Hit the jump for more details plus new posters for BraveThe Good Dinosaur opens May 30, 2014.

THE INCREDIBLES Blu-ray Review

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Pixar likes to take chances, and for them one of the biggest was hiring outside of their staple. Since John Lasseter directed the first Toy Story, the filmmakers have all been with Pixar from the beginning so bringing in Brad Bird was somewhat risky. After all, Bird’s last film was the 1999 bomb The Iron Giant. The film might be a masterpiece, but it was nowhere near successful. But Bird’s The Incredibles worked, and was another in a long line of hits for the studio. It also did things the company hadn’t done before. And now it’s on Blu-ray and looks better than ever. Hit the jump for my review of The Incredibles on Blu-ray.

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