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Release Date Change
A trailer or poster announces a film's release date, but before its release, the date is pushed either back or forward due to circumstances either to avoid competition, a change in the production schedule or for being in bad taste in light of tragic events
Not to be confused with Trailer Delay
, where Development Hell
causes a big gap in the original and final release dates.
Anime and Manga
- The U.S. release of Pokemon The First Movie was scheduled for November 12, 1999, but ended up getting bumped two days ahead.
- Wreck-It Ralph was originally scheduled for March 22, 2013, but was bumped ahead to November 2, 2012 because production went ahead of schedule.
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was originally set for release for June 18, 1999, but was then moved later to July 17 and back again. It bounced to June 11 to July 2 before its final release date of June 30.
- Meet the Robinsons was to have been released on December 15, 2006 but it got pushed to March 30, 2007.
- Shrek 2 was to have been released in June 2004, but it got bumped to May 21 before its final date of May 19.
- The Land Before Time was originally going to be released in the fall of 1987, but it was delayed by a year due to the relocation of Sullivan Bluth Studios to Ireland.
- A Goofy Movie was originally going to be released in November 1994, but due to production delays at Walt Disney Animation France, it was moved to April 1995 and The Lion King was re-released to fill the gap in Disney's release schedule.
- Mr. Bug Goes to Town was originally going to be released to theaters sometime in the fall of 1941, but it was moved to December to avoid competition with Dumbo. Unfortunately, it's release date was a mere two days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, which contributed to its failure.
- The CGI adaptation of Mr. Peabody and Sherman was supposed to be released on November 8, 2013, but got moved to March 7, 2014.
- A Troll in Central Park was originally scheduled for release in March 1994, but production difficulties postponed it until October.
- Recess: School's Out was originally scheduled for July 2000, but due to Disney fearing competition from Pokémon 2000, the movie was moved to February 2001.
- The Fox and the Hound was originally going to be release in late 1980, but it got pushed back to July 1981 due to the departure of Don Bluth and his team from Disney.
- The Black Cauldron was originally scheduled for Christmas 1984, but was delayed to July 1985 due to Executive Meddling revising and editing the film to make the film less dark and scary.
- The special edition of Beauty and the Beast (with the new "Human Again" sequence) was supposed to be released during the 1998 holiday season, but it was delayed due to competition from animated films like A Bug's Life and The Prince of Egypt. It was then scheduled for Spring 1999, but it was too delayed due to the decision to move Doug's 1st Movie from direct-to-video to a theatrical release. It was then moved to the 1999 holiday season, but this time it was delayed due to competition, including Toy Story 2. It was finally released on IMAX screens in 2002.
- And then there was the 3-D reissue. Originally scheduled for February 12th, 2010, Disney pulled it from the schedule and released it on Blu-ray instead. After The Lion King had a successful run in 3-D, the 3-D version finally went to theatres on January 13th, 2012.
- The English dub of the South Korean film Dino Time was originally announced to be released in the US on December 7, 2012, but as of summer 2013 it still hasn't been released.
- Pixar's The Good Dinosaur was shelved from May 2014 to November 2015 after director Bob Peterson left the project. As a result, Finding Dory was moved to June 2016 and Maleficent was pushed back to fill in the gap left by The Good Dinosaur. This delay caused the Pixar short Party Central, which was going to accompany The Good Dinosaur, to be released with Muppets Most Wanted in March 2014.
- Hoodwinked 2 was going to be released in 2010 (with fast food toys appearing before the movie was even released), but was pushed back until Spring 2011.
- DreamWorks Animation's Home was scheduled for November 2014 and The Penguins of Madagascar was aimed at March 2015 before the films swapped dates.
- The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was scheduled for a 2014 release, but was moved up to February 13, 2015. It was then moved up by one week to avoid competition with Fifty Shades of Grey.
- A trailer for The Rescuers (seen on the VHS of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride) promised a video release on November 20, 1998. It would eventually get released on January 5, 1999 (and then recalled and re-released that March because of the "breast" controversy).
- Ted was originally scheduled for release on July 13, 2012, but got pushed ahead to June 29 to avoid competition with Ice Age: Continental Drift and following the delay of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
- The sixth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was originally slated for November 21, 2008, but Warner Bros. moved it to July 15, 2009, some said it was because of the WGA Strike of 2008. Though that turned out to be false, the real reason was that Warner Bros. realized they didn't have a big tentpole film for the summer, since The Dark Knight had already been a huge hit, they didn't need another big film for 2008, so they moved the film to summer 2009 fill the void. Needless to say fans were pissed
- Iron Eagle was originally supposed to be released in the summer of 1986, but it got moved up six months to avoid direct competition with Top Gun.
- The 2013 remake of Carrie was pushed back from March to October of that year. The studio's explanation was that releasing a big horror movie around Halloween made more sense than releasing it in March; director Kimberly Peirce's explanation was that the Sandy Hook massacre necessitated the change.
- Muppets from Space was intended to be released around February 2000, but Sony wanted it to be one of their big summer movies for 1999, giving the film less time to advertise.
- The Interview was planned to be released on Christmas Day 2014, but it is now indefinitely shelved after computer hacks and terrorist threats, probably from North Korea due to its plot about assassinating Kim Jon-Un, targeted Sony Pictures — and by extension, America — with retaliation should the movie be released.
- Star Trek was originally supposed to premiere on September 15, 1966, as shown in this surviving NBC promo. The week of September 12-18 was planned to be the premiere week of the 1966-67 season across all three networks, but NBC (in an effort to get a leg up on the competition) pushed several shows, including Star Trek, to air a week in advance (as can be seen in this surviving advertisement◊ from TV Guide). As a result, Star Trek premiered on September 8 - or, in Canada, on September 6. (CTV had been planning to air Star Trek on the 13th and simply pushed it up a week when NBC did.)
- An episode of Haven was originally going to air in December 2012, but it was pulled in in light of the Sandy Hook shooting due to the episode featuring high school violence and later aired the following month.
- The premičre of  was originally going to be on October 30, 2001, but was put back a week as a result of 9/11.
- Ridiculously common in music. Some albums will have their release dates advanced if the lead single becomes a hit right out of the gate; others will have the release date moved down if the lead single fails to take off.
- The Disney Channel was originally to launch on April 11, 1983, but it was moved to a week later so it won't provide competition for that year's Academy Award ceremony.
- G4TV was going to become the Esquire Network on April 22, 2013, but the rebranding was moved to later that summer so the network can have more original series upon its launch. However, plans were changed so that G4 got removed on January 2014 and the Esquire Network took over the Style Network on September 23, 2013.
- South Park: The Stick of Truth was scheduled for April 2013, but after THQ went bankrupt, Ubisoft took over production. Then it was set for a Fall/Winter release, until being delayed to March 4, 2014.
- Rayman Legends was originally going to come out in February 2013 exclusively on Wii U, but thanks to the console's low sales and ZombiU not selling as well as expected, Ubisoft decided to port the game to other platforms as well, which pushed the release date back to September. This made many fans angry because while the Wii U version was finished in time for the original release date, Microsoft's licensing policy forbids games from coming out on other platforms before they do on Xbox, necessitating the delay even on Wii U. Fans were also mad because the new release date put the game up against late-year blockbusters such as Grand Theft Auto V, as opposed to the quieter month February when it might have stood a chance of selling well. To further rub salt into the wound, the game was ported to Playstation 4 and Xbox One in early 2014, making one wonder why they didn't delay it again to coincide with the PS4/XO release.
- The North American release for The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap was moved from late 2004 to early 2005, as a way of preventing it from interfering with the DS's launch.
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was originally set for a late 2012 release, but was pushed back to February 2013.
- Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World were set to release in November and December 2013, respectively. Later, the releases were switched around, with 3D World releasing in November and Tropical Freeze in December. A few months later, Tropical Freeze was announced to be delayed until February 2014, with 3D World still meeting its November release.
- The Simpsons episode "Stop or My Dog Will Shoot" was supposed to air on April 29, 2007, but due to the Virginia Tech Massacre that occurred recently, it was pushed back by two weeks. "The Boys of Bummer" was pushed ahead to air in its place.
- Also "The Father, the Son and the Holy Guest Star" was intended to air on April 10, 2005, but it was bumped ahead due to the death of Pope John Paul II. As a result, it was bumped ahead and become the season finale, while a repeat of "On a Clear Day, I Can't See My Sister" aired in its place (it was going to air later that night anyway). "The Girl Who Slept Too Little", originally scheduled for that date, was delayed until the next season.
- "Homer and Apu" was originally going to air on January 27, 1994, but the effects of the Northridge Earthquake caused production to be delayed and it was moved to February 10 (a repeat of "Dead Putting Society" aired instead).
- "My Big Fat Geek Wedding" was scheduled for April 4, 2004, but it was delayed by two weeks because the voice actors went on strike over pay cuts.
- The Family Guy episode "Jesus, Mary and Joseph" and the American Dad! episode "Minstrel Krampus" were supposed to air December 16, 2012, but both were delayed in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The former was bumped ahead a week while the latter was delayed until December 2013 (due to it actually featuring gun violence). To compensate, the American Dad! episode "National Treasure 4: Baby Franny: She's Doing Well: The Hole Story" was bumped ahead.
- The Night of the Hurricane three-part special was scheduled for May 2011 was delayed due to the southern U.S. being ravaged by a tornado outbreak that killed over 300 people. The saga eventually aired in October. Ironically, this was when the effects of an ACTUAL hurricane, Irene, which hit that August, were still fresh in the mind of the people living in the general area the three shows take place.
- The South Park episode "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut" was originally scheduled for May 20, 1998, but it was moved to April 22 following the negative reaction toward "Terrence & Phillip in: Not Without My Anus". The May 20 date became reserved for "Ike's Wee Wee".
- "201" was to have at encore showing at 12:00am following its premiere, but when Islamic threats caused it to be heavily censored, Comedy Central decided not to show it on TV after that, instead showing a repeat of "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" in the midnight slot.
- "Goth Kids 3: Dawn of the Posers" was supposed to be shown on October 16, 2013, but production was delayed by a week after a blackout at South Park Studios. A repeat of "Scott Tenorman Must Die" was shown in its place.
- The Drawn Together episode "Terms of Endearment" was going to air in November 2004, but it was pulled due to a scene satirizing the horse-riding accident that paralyzed Christopher Reeve, who died shortly before the show premiered. The show was rescheduled for January 2006, but was almost pulled again when Reeves' widow announced she had a terminal illness, though ended up airing as planned. Strangely, Comedy Central reran the episode the week she died.
- Disney's One Saturday Morning was originally going to premiere on September 6, 1997, but due to ABC covering Princess Diana's funeral, the premiere date was moved to the following week.
- The Recess Christmas Episode "Yes, Mikey, Santa Does Shave" was set to premiere on December 19, 1998. Due to ABC pre-empting One Saturday Morning for news coverage of Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, the episode had to be moved December 26, making it a rare post-Christmas Christmas Episode.
- A whole season of Star Wars Detours has already been made and it was supposed to premiere some time in 2013, but it has been delayed until Episode VII is out.
- ChalkZone was originally going to premiere in September/October 2000 after the first episode premiered on December 31, 1999 as part of Nick New Years', but for unknown reasons was delayed until March 2002. To fill in the gap, Nickelodeon began airing reruns of Pinky and the Brain in place of ChalkZone's Fall 2000 premiere.