Last week’s announcement that The Good Dinosaur has been postponed until late 2015 comes after several months of gradual deterioration in Pixar’s faith in the project – it didn’t make an appearance at D23 and since then director Bob Peterson has been replaced by key members of the fabled Brain Trust – but that doesn’t make it any less depressing. The company had just managed to pull itself back in fan’s eyes after the disaster of Cars 2 and now what many hoped would be a return to full on greatness has been coloured with doubt.
Making 2014 the first time since 2005 that we haven’t got a new Pixar movie, it’s the latest in a long list of projects that underwent a massive shift halfway through production. Most famously Newt was cancelled a fair way into production (allegedly because of the similarity in plot to Blue Sky’s Rio), but even some of the animation studio’s most loved works have suffered some difficulties before making their way onto the big screen.
To help us feel a little bit better about The Good Dinosaur’s quality, today I’m going to take a look back over those films that almost turned out startlingly different from what we know and love. They’re all really testament to Pixar’s creative process, where the whole crews helps shape the director’s vision, not just create it.
This article was first posted on October 2, 2013