We hope you got a good long look at Monsters University, released back in June, because that’s the last Pixar film you’re going to see for two full years. Yes, we’re now entering a 24-month stretch without a Pixar release in theaters—the longest since 2003.
This recent stoppage in a once-dependable pipeline was caused by The Good Dinosaur, a comedy which images a world still populated by these prehistoric beasts. While Dinosaur is not destined for extinction, creative delays led to the sacking of director Bob Peterson (who co-helmed 2009′s Up)—a replacement has yet to be named.
Even as Pixar continues its tradition of tinkering with movies and shuffling creative talent—which include a revised story for Ratatouille and the replacement of director of 2012′s Brave—the pressure of having to release a logistically complex big-budget film (typically around $200 million) each and every year may be starting to catch up with the Disney-owned company.