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"...but if you remember that time Logan Paul filmed a vlog with a real corpse in the Japanese suicide forest, then it quickly becomes clear that the film was held back until he was a slightly less controversial figure."
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A trailer or poster announces a work's release date, but before its release, the date is pushed either back or forward due to unforeseen circumstances. This can be either to a) avoid competition, b) a change in the production schedule, c) major issues during production or d) 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. Anything victim of The Shelf of Movie Languishment is a victim of this. See Delayed Release Tie-In for when this trope affects The Merch.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The premiere of the fourth season of My Hero Academia was delayed from its initial October 12, 2019 airdate in some regions due to coverage of Typhoon Hagibis in Japan.
  • The American release of Pokémon: The First Movie was scheduled for November 12, 1999, but ended up getting bumped two days ahead.
    • On the topic of Pokémon, this page shows what the schedule of the show would have been like if the incident involving "Electric Soldier Porygon" had not happened.
  • The Korean premiere of the 127th episode of PriPara was pre-empted the day before it was supposed to air for coverage of the September 2018 inter-Korean summit.
  • The sixth episode of Suite Pretty Cure ♪ was originally going to air on March 13th, 2011, but due to non-stop coverage of the Tohoku Earthquake on all Japanese TV channels except for TV Tokyo, it was moved to March 20th, 2011.
  • The American premiere of Yu-Gi-Oh! on Kids WB was originally scheduled to air on September 15, 2001, but was pushed back two weeks after broadcasts pertaining to the September 11 attacks pre-empted most programming on the block.
  • The Adventures of Peter Pan was going to premiere on January 8, 1989, but due to TV stations pre-empting programming for coverage of Emperor Showa's death, it premiered a week later.
  • The North American release of Castle in the Sky was originally going to be released in 1999—according to the trailer on the 1998 VHS tapes of Kiki's Delivery Service and Canadian copies of The Lion King II: Simba's Pride—but Princess Mononoke's failure in American theaters against Pokémon: The First Movie cancelled the plans. It would be released on home video in April 2003.

    Asian Animation 
  • The Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf season Mighty Little Defenders was originally slated to premiere in the summer of 2018, but the production team was forced to change the episodes so that they were less violent. This caused the season to be delayed to January 2019.
  • Simple Samosa: According to series creator Sanjiv Waeerkar's LinkedIn page, Season 2 was originally going to be released during the Diwali holiday in 2019. It was moved to January 20, 2020 for unknown reasons.

    Comic Books 

    Film — Animated 
  • Aladdin almost made its Blu-ray and Digital HD debut in Spring 2013, with the Lady and the Tramp 2012 Diamond Edition BD even including an ad for it. However, after Disney decided to release Peter Pan in HD in February 2013 (the month of its 60th anniversary), Disney's American branch pushed back Aladdin's HD release date, to October 2015. The European/Australian branch still released Aladdin on Blu-ray in Spring 2013, with different cover art and bonus features than the American BD would eventually receive.
  • Bambi and Cinderella originally had their respective DVD debuts scheduled for October 2005 and Oct. 2007. In 2003, they got pushed up to March and October of 2005, ensuring that all of Walt Disney's additions to the Disney Animated Canon would come to DVDnote  before Disney would start releasing Blu-Ray Discs.
  • Barnyard and The Ant Bully were set to be released on July 28 and August 4 2006, respectively. Some time prior to the first, their release dates got switched around.
  • 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 so as not to compete with A Bug's Life and The Prince of Egypt, among other films. It was rescheduled for Spring 1999, but when the decision to move Doug's 1st Movie from direct-to-video to a theatrical release was made (in the wake of The Rugrats Movie's success that previous holiday season!) it was moved to the end of the year — only to be delayed again both because that Christmas was unusually competitive and Toy Story 2 and the IMAX release of Fantasia 2000 were also due. It was finally released on IMAX screens at the top of 2002.
    • 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 of Beauty and the Beast finally went to theatres on January 13th, 2012.
  • 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 in the wake of a badly-received test screening. A reissue of Pinocchio took over the Christmas slot.
  • Bolt was originally going to be released in 2006, but it was changed to 2007, then Summer 2008, and finally November 21, 2008.
  • Cars was originally supposed to be released on November 4, 2005, but it was changed to June 9, 2006.
  • Chicken Little was originally supposed to be released on July 1, 2005, but it was pushed back to November 4.
  • The English dub of the South Korean film Dino Time was originally announced to be released in America on December 7, 2012, but as of summer 2013 it still hasn't been released.
    • With the hype over Jurassic World, it's been released in America on a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and retitled Back to the Jurassic.
      • In the UK it was released on DVD only, still with the original title.
  • The Fox and the Hound was originally going to be released in late 1980, but it got pushed back to July 1981 due to the departure of Don Bluth and his team from Disney.
  • Frozen II originally was scheduled for a November 27, 2019 release, six years to the day of the release of Frozen. However, the release date was bumped forward a week to November 22nd.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo! was meant to come out in 2019 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Scooby Doo. Due to executive meddling and script changes, it was released on October 6, 2020.
  • DreamWorks Animation's Home was scheduled for November 2014 and Penguins of Madagascar was aimed at March 2015 before the films swapped dates.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meet the Robinsons was to have been released on December 15, 2006 but it got pushed to March 30, 2007.
  • 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, its 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.
  • The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature was supposed to be released on May 19, 2017, but was moved to August 11, 2017 because of competition from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Like Hoodwinked!, kids' meal toys were given away months prior to the film's release at Hardee's as a result.
  • Ratatouille was originally going to be released in November 2006, but it was changed to June 29, 2007.
  • 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.
  • 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 (November 24 on the Canadian prints). It would eventually get released on January 5, 1999 (and then recalled and re-released that March because of the "breast" controversy).
  • Shrek 2 was to have been released in June 2004, but it got bumped to May 21 before its final date of May 19.
  • Shrek the Third was originally going to be released in November 2006, but it was changed to May 2007.
  • 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 and July 2 before getting its final release date of June 30.
  • Spies in Disguise had its release date pushed to December 2019 from September due to the Disney/Fox merger.
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was originally planned for a late 2014 release (possibly to coincide with the show's 15th anniversary and the first movie's 10th anniversary), but was then pushed to February 13, 2015, and then pushed again to February 6, 2015 in order to avoid competition with Fifty Shades of Grey. The irony is that one of the posters for the movie parodies Fifty Shades of Grey. And then these two incidents happened when it came out.
  • Surf's Up was originally going to be released in 2006, but it was changed to June 8, 2007.
  • Toy Story 4 was originally scheduled for June 15, 2018 while Incredibles 2 was targeted at June 21, 2019, before Pixar switched the films' dates.
  • A Troll in Central Park was originally scheduled for release in March 1994, but production difficulties postponed it until October.
  • Uglydolls was originally set to release on May 10th, 2019. It was bumped forward to May 3rd of the same year, most likely to avoid competing with Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which also releases on the 10th and following Avengers: Endgame's below-mentioned push. However, the film still leaves a reference to this original date during the "Couldn't Be Better" musical number, where Moxy circles the original release date, Friday, May 10th, on her calendar.
  • We Bare Bears: The Movie was originally going to come out on digital on June 8, 2020 before being moved to June 30.
  • Wreck-It Ralph was originally scheduled for March 22, 2013, but was bumped ahead to November 2, 2012.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Airplane Mode (which starred Logan Paul as the main character) was delayed by over a year after Paul's incident in the Japanese Suicide Forest.
  • Alita: Battle Angel was originally set to be released on July 20, 2018, but after poor reception over the title character's uncanny looks, it was delayed to December 21, 2018 to accommodate re-editing some of the CGI, and then again to February 14, 2019 due to heavy competition during the infamous "Christmas Blitz" of December 2018 (it would had been released on the same day as Aquaman and Bumblebee, two days after Mary Poppins Returns, and a week after Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mortal Engines. Mortal Engines ended up steamrolled by all of them and it's highly likely Alita would've had a similar fate had its December release date been maintained).
  • The film adaptation of Artemis Fowl was originally going to be released on August 9, 2019 (the same day that Dora and the Lost City of Gold and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was released) but it was pushed back a year to May 29, 2020. Its theatrical release was ultimately cancelled and it was released on Disney+ two weeks after its scheduled date, on June 12, 2020.
  • Avengers: Infinity War was supposed to be released on May 4, 2018, but it was bumped up a week early to April 27, 2018 in order to avert the Short Run in Peru trope leading to spoiler leaks.
    • Similarly, Avengers: Endgame was scheduled to be released on May 3, 2019, but was bumped up to April 26, 2019.
  • Bastille Day was originally given the release date of 19 February 2016 in the United Kingdom but was delayed until 22 April 2016 due to the Paris attacks in November 2015.
  • 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.
  • Chaos Walking (2021) was originally scheduled for release on 1st March 2019, but it was pushed back to January 22nd 2021 due to significant portions of the film being reshot; the reshoots themselves had to be delayed to accommodate the main cast's schedules. And then it got delayed again to March 5th 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The Dark Crystal was originally scheduled for a May 28, 1982 release date, but was ultimately moved to December 17 of that year, partly to rehabilitate the film after poor test screenings and also because of heavy competition that summer, led by the release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  • Denis Villeneuve's Dune was originally slated for release on November 20, 2020, then Warner Bros. rescheduled it to December, 18. Then further delays happened due to the COVID-19 pandemic (see the related page).
  • Happy Death Day 2U was moved up a day from February 14, 2019 to the 13th on the request of survivors of the Parkland shooting, so it wouldn't debut on the 1-year anniversary of the incident.
  • 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, but 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 phenomenal hit in 2008, they didn't need another big film for the calendar year and bottom line, so they moved Harry Potter to summer 2009 to fill the void.
  • The Hellboy reboot was previously scheduled to be released on January 11, 2019. It was moved to April 12, 2019.
  • I Feel Pretty was originally planned to be released on June 29, 2018, but after positive feedback following the initial trailer it was moved to April 27, 2018. It was then moved forward one week to April 20, in order to avoid competing with Avengers: Infinity War.
  • The Interview was planned to be released on Christmas Day 2014, but it is now indefinitely shelved after computer hacks and terrorist threats, apparently from North Korea (due to its plot about assassinating Kim Jong-Un) targeting Sony Pictures — and all theaters that dared to screen the film — with retaliation should it be released.
    • Which was then subverted in a way when it went into limited release in select independent theaters on the intended date, with the film also available for streaming on sites like YouTube and Google Play the day before.
  • 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.
  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit was supposed to be released on Christmas 2013, but was pushed back to January 2014 in favor of The Wolf of Wall Street.
  • Josh and S.A.M. was supposed to be released on spring 1993 (and would have been one of the last films to use the 1989 version of the 1981 Columbia Pictures logo), but was pushed back to November 1993.
    • Due to being released in November 1993, the film had the 1989 version of the 1981 Columbia Pictures logo replaced with the 1993 logo instead, but due to Sony's poor editing habits, the in-credit logo was left untouched.
  • Jupiter Ascending was originally scheduled for July 2014, but two months before its intended release, Warner Bros. pushed it back to February 2015 so as to give the production crew enough time to work on the film's visual effects.
  • The Last Airbender was going to be released on July 2, 2010, but was moved up one day to July 1.
  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, the sequel to 2014's Maleficent, was pulled forward to October 18, 2019 from its original projected May 29, 2020 date.
  • Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation was originally slated for Christmas 2015. However, another spy movie in November (James Bond, no less!) and extended hype for another December release, The Force Awakens, made Paramount push it forward to July.
  • The Richard Gere drama Mr. Jones was originally scheduled for an October 1992 release, but poor test screenings led to TriStar Pictures delaying the release so that reshoots could be done. It was rescheduled for April 1993, but Warner Bros. had another Gere movie, Sommersby, scheduled for March. Warner subsequently rescheduled Sommersby for February 5, 1993, but TriStar felt more reshoots were needed for Mr. Jones and the film was delayed again. After the second round of reshoots (with a different director) were completed, Mr. Jones was finally released on October 8, 1993, to lukewarm reviews and mediocre box office.
  • Monster Trucks was one of the most extreme cases, although the effects helped post-production take a lot. Filmed in 2014, the release date was changed four times, ultimately settling for January 2017 - i.e. the very definition of a Dump Month.
  • 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.
  • No Time to Die was originally scheduled to be released on November 15, 2019, but was moved to February 14, 2020, due to original director Danny Boyle getting replaced by Cary Fukunaga. It was then pushed back to April 8, 2020, due to rewrites. This would have made it the first James Bond movie since Licence to Kill to not receive a fall release, until it was pushed back again in March 2020 to that November thanks to COVID-19 shutting down movie theatres across the globe. As noted in the COVID-19 page, it got delayed a fourth time to April 2021; if this date sticks, it will once again become the first Bond film in over 30 years to be released outside the fall.
  • The Predator was originally scheduled by 20th Century Fox for a March 2, 2018 release date, until the date was moved to February 9, 2018. It was then delayed to August 3, 2018. In February 2018, the released date was delayed to September 14, 2018.
  • Phone Booth was delayed by two years due to similarities to the Beltway Shootings.
  • Ready Player One was originally scheduled to be released on December 15, 2017, but was pushed back to March 30, 2018 to avoid competition with The Last Jedi.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog was targeted for a release at some point in 2016 to tie in with the franchise's 25th anniversary. Thanks to Sony's Executive Meddling, the film got pushed back to 2018, and then dropped by Sony altogether due to tensions with producer Neal Moritz. After Moritz signed with Paramount, that studio picked the film up and set it for November 15, 2019. After Top Gun: Maverick was delayed by a year, Sonic moved up a week, to November 8. When the trailer came out and was panned by fans for Sonic's looks, it was pushed forward to February 14, 2020 to accommodate his redesign.
  • J. J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot was originally slated to be released in Christmas 2008, but was pushed back to May 2009, probably finding a summer release more profitable.
  • 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 to make up for the delay of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
  • A Thousand Words was filmed in 2008 and scheduled for release in 2009, but the DreamWorks/Paramount split caused it to be delayed repeatedly. It was finally released on March 9, 2012.
  • The film adaptation of V for Vendetta was due to be released on November 5, 2005 - exactly 400 years after the failure of a previous plot to destroy the Houses of Parliament (the films's climax is the building being destroyed). This was pushed back to March 11, 2006. Many theorised this was due to its closeness of the London bombings of 7 July and the attempted bombings two weeks later. The filmmakers, however, claimed it was to give them longer to work on them visual effects.
  • We Can Be Heroes was originally planned to hit Netflix on New Year's Day 2021, but the service bumped up its release date one week earlier, to Christmas Day 2020. This turned it into counter-programming for Wonder Woman 1984, which shares a genre and one major actor, but skews towards an older demographic.
  • X-Men Film Series:

  • The second Kire book was set to be released 20th of August 2015 but came out 6 days earlier.
  • Star Wars: Queen's Peril was originally scheduled for release on May 5, 2020, but was pushed back to June 2.

    Live-Action TV 

By Network:

  • This happened with three PBS Kids shows in the 1998-99 fall season: The Noddy Shop was supposed to premiere in June 1998 and Teletubbies was supposed to premiere in September of 1998, but when Teletubbies became a Sleeper Hit in the United Kingdom, PBS moved the premiere to April 1998, and The Noddy Shop moved into the September 1998 slot that Teletubbies originally occupied. Zoboomafoo was also slated for a September 1998 premiere, but the show instead premiered in January 1999.

By Series:

  • The premiere of 24 was originally going to be on October 30, 2001, but was put back a week as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
  • The Disney Sunday Movie: The series was to have presented Robin Hood on March 16, 1986, but was postponed to April 27 due to make way for a scheduled speech by Ronald Reagan about the situation in Nicaragua. Instead, the show aired in a 1-hour format and presented Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree along with a couple of classic cartoons.
  • 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.
  • Marvin Marvin was originally supposed to premiere in 2013, but it was pushed ahead to November 24, 2012.
  • The final two episodes of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, and Dawn were originally slated to air on August 4th, 2018, but were moved to the day before so that The Loud House episode "Be Stella My Heart" served as the Lead In.
  • Star Trek: Discovery was first scheduled for a January 2017 debut, pushed back to May, then indefinitely, then to September the same year.
  • 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.)
    • The final episode, "Turnabout Intruder" was originally scheduled to air on March 29, 1969, however newscasts of the death of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower changed this. The episode was not broadcast until June 3, 1969.
  • Super Sentai series Shuriken Sentai Ninninger was originally advertised to start on 15 February 2015, but ended up premiering on 22 February because the penultimate episode of its predecessor, Ressha Sentai ToQger was pre-empted for news coverage about Islamic State militants murdering a Japanese journalist.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Night Call" and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode "Body in the Barn" were originally scheduled to air on November 22, 1963 but, like all other American network programming, were rescheduled due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy earlier that day. They eventually aired on February 7, 1964 and July 3, 1964 respectively. Similarly, The Outer Limits (1963) episode "Nightmare" was supposed to air on November 25, 1963 but it was delayed for a week due to the coverage of President Kennedy's state funeral.
  • WandaVision: Originally scheduled for early 2021, the series ended up being bumped up to late 2020 instead.
  • The second The ABC's of COVID-19: A Sesame Street Town Hall special was planned for May 30, 2020, but was pre-empted by coverage of protests over George Floyd's death and was rescheduled to June 6, 2020. When that incident became more prominent in the media, another Sesame Street town hall called Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism pre-empted the special's slot. The second special would eventually air on June 13th, 2020.

  • 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 Awards 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.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The Ring of Honor-CZW feud had roots in the very founding of the former company but was kicked off by a venue favoring ROH during a double booking and moving CZW's show from the evening to the afternoon, making this an example of release hour change.
  • CMLL infamously pushed forward the date of its 82nd Aniversario only to quickly have to then move it back to the original date due to backlash from fans on their premises and online.

  • In February of 2017, toys for Nella the Princess Knight were showcased at Toy Fair in New York, with a fall 2017 release date. The toys in question wouldn't show up until the summer of 2018, although they did appear in the United Kingdom when they were intended to be released.

    Video Games 
  • Nintendo's Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World were set to release in November and December 2013, respectively. Later, the release months were swapped, 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, to reduce the chance of the games cannibalizing each other's sales.
  • Scott Cawthon is infamous for doing this with the Five Nights at Freddy's sequels:
    • Five Nights at Freddy's 2 was first hinted at with a teaser image saying "Grand Re-Opening!" with 2015 beneath it. However, then Scott decided moving it to December 25th, Christmas Day. Then he decided he was going to release a demo on November 10th, but due to complications on getting it out he just decided to release the full game right then and there.
    • Five Nights at Freddy's 4 was originally going to be released on Halloween 2015. Then Scott pushed it ahead to August 8th before ultimately releasing it on July 23rd, almost three months before its supposed release. He did ultimately decide to keep the original date special by releasing a Halloween Edition of the game on that date, which he has so far kept to.
  • Hogwarts Legacy was originally supposed to release at an unspecified date in Q4 of 2021. However it was announced in January of that year that it had been pushed back to an unspecified date in 2022. No specific reason for the delay was given but it could be anything from just general production issues, COVID-19 issues, or Fantastic Beasts 3’s COVID-19 related delay from its own Q4 2021 release to July 2022 taking some heat off of it, or perhaps some combination thereof.
  • The Last of Us Part II was scheduled to release on February 21, 2020, but it later got moved to May 29, 2020, with director Neil Druckmann saying that the development team chose to have more time to complete the game. Then the COVID-19 Pandemic hit and changed the release date again.
  • 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 Nintendo DS's launch. This also allowed a few bugs from the European release to be fixed.
  • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was originally set for a late 2012 release, but was pushed back to February 2013.
  • 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 underperforming, Ubisoft made the decision to port the game to other platforms. Despite the Wii U version already being complete, the company's desire to have a simultaneous release on all platforms pushed the game's release into September, much to the distaste of fans and the game's developers. Fans lamented the poor choice of new release date, which put it against larger franchise releases like Grand Theft Auto V, as well as wondered why it wasn't further delayed into February 2014, when additional PS4 and Xbox One versions released.
  • 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. The delays inspired a gag on the show's three-episode tie-in arc where the game gets plugged at the very end, only for Butters to show up snarking at it supposedly coming soon.
    Butters: Yeah. And if you believe that, I've got a big floppy wiener to dangle in your face!
  • YIIK: A Post-Modern RPG was at first set for release near the end of 2015, before it could, the developers wanted to make improvements and pushed it for a release in Summer 2016. When that didn't happen, the makers went silent on any further announcements until the game was fully completed, eventually revealing the game's official release date on January 17, 2019.

    Web Animation 
  • The 15th episode of Sublo and Tangy Mustard was originally planned for release on the first week of June 2020, but due to the ongoing George Floyd protests making the episode too close to current events, it was delayed for two weeks, finally coming out on June 18.

    Web Original 
  • The Star Wars-based game show Jedi Temple Challenge was supposed to premiere on YouTube's Star Wars Kids channel June 3, 2020, but presenter/producer Ahmed Best pushed it back a week to June 10 out of respect for the worldwide protests against police brutality in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, which were dominating the media at the time.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Paddington was supposed to premiere in April 2020 in the United Kingdom, but got bumped up a month earlier to March 2020.
  • The reboot of Ben 10 had had its American premiere changed three times: from February 2017 to April, then from April to March, and finally from March back to April, finally premiering on April 10, 2017.
  • Caillou was slated for a Fall 1999 launch on PBS Kids, but because Dragon Tales was moved to that slot, the show wound up premiering in the fall of 2000.
  • ChalkZone was originally going to premiere in September/October 2000 after the first episode premiered on December 31, 1999 as part of Nick New Year's, 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.
  • 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, whose death was announced shortly before the show premiered. The show was rescheduled for January 2006, but was almost pulled again when Reeve's widow announced she had a terminal illness, though ended up airing as planned. Strangely, Comedy Central reran the episode the week it was revealed she died.
  • Family Guy:
    • "Jesus, Mary & 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.
    • "A Shot in the Dark" was originally to air on November 15, 2015, but was replaced by "Peter's Sister" (which was originally to air the following week) following the ISIS attacks in Paris two days prior (due to the plot of Peter shooting somebody and being charged with a hate crime), and then it got bumped again due to the San Bernadino shooting, making the final air date December 13, 2015.
  • The KaBlam! special Life With Loopy Birthday Gala-Bration (which was produced as a stand-alone special and is not in the official episode count) was originally announced for an October 23, 1998 premiere date. For unknown reasons, Nickelodeon decided to move it up to August 7, 1998.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness was originally supposed to premiere in 2010, but for unknown reasons, it was pushed back to November 2011.
  • The Loud House:
    • The special "Tripped!" had a bad case of this. At first it was going to air on May 4th, 2018, but Nickelodeon delayed it for unknown reasons. It was then moved to May 25, 2018, and was delayed again because of Nickelodeon wanting to air the last 5 episodes of The Thundermans all in the same day. It was then shuffled three days later to May 28, 2018 before being pulled again to show re-runs of the same episodes of The Thundermans. It finally aired on June 25th, 2018.
    • This trope also happened with The Valentine's Day Episodes "Singled Out; Brave The Last Dance". This pair was supposed to air on February 8, 2020, but got moved to a week later to compete with Z-O-M-B-I-E-S 2, which was airing that same weekend. The February 8, 2020 slot instead went to a new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • Some TV listings had the Extra-Long Episode "Schooled!" scheduled for September 7, 2020 (Labor Day). It was then moved to September 11, 2020.
  • My Little Pony: Pony Life was scheduled to premiere on Discovery Family on June 13, 2020, with barely any advertising at that, as the only way people knew this was going to happen were TV guides. Come a few days later, and it became clear that they had pushed the air date to a more suitable air date. This didn't stop Treehouse TV in Canada from airing the show early, though.
  • 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 Hungarian dub of The Owl House was going to premiere on January 2, 2021. However, the show was removed from the schedule before it could even air.
  • PAW Patrol's "Dino Rescue" arc, which introduced new team member Rex, was supposed to air on July 10th, 2020. But following the episode's first airing being in Canada rather than the US, it aired on June 26th.
  • 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 to December 26, making it a rare post-Christmas Christmas Episode.
  • The Rocketeer was slated to premiere in January 2020, but it got bumped two months ahead to November 2019.
  • The premiere of Rugrats on Nick on CBS, which was originally February 1, 2003, was delayed until February 8th, 2003 on affiliates that aired the show after 9:00AM EST due to coverage of the Columbia Space Shuttle explosion pre-empting most of the block that day. Those that aired the show that day either aired it without incident, or if it aired at 9AM EST, had it interrupted partway through for the aforementioned news coverage. However, one station which aired it at the time of the explosion, WDJT, aired it, as well as the program that followed, without interruptions.
  • The Simpsons:
    • "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.
    • "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star" was intended to air on April 10, 2005, but it was bumped back to May 15 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 Incredible Lightness Of Being A Baby" was scheduled for April 7, 2019, but it was delayed for over a whole year to April 19, 2020. While the official reason has never been disclosed, a likely reason is because that episode is a direct continuation of the theatrical short "Maggie Simpson in "Playdate with Destiny"", which was added to Disney+ nine days before the episode aired.
    • "Treehouse of Horror XXXI" was scheduled to air on October 18, 2020, but was rescheduled at the last minute to November 1, due to playoff baseball. This will be the first time in 10 years that it will air after Halloween. It still aired as scheduled in Canada.
  • South Park:
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episodes "Grandmum's The Word" and "Old Man Patrick" were both originally given a premiere date of March 27, 2018, but they were moved ahead to February 16th, 2018 so Nick could use it to counter-program the premiere of the Disney Channel's original movie Z-O-M-B-I-E-S on the same day. Coincidentally, another unaired episode, "Bunny Hunt", was shown on the date of the original premiere.
  • 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 indefinitely. The Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm may have been a factor of the indefinite delay of Detours.
  • If the copyright date in the credits is anything to go by, The Brothers Flub was meant to premiere in 1998. It ultimately premiered in January 1999 instead.


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