Taking the filler out of filmmaking.

DreamWorks Animation Plans Through 2012

Posted by Brian on 05/28/2009


Source: DreamWorks Animation

Jeffery Katzenberg announced plans this morning for DreamWorks Animation to release five movies every two years. The plan is to release one or two sequels every year along with an original project. “We now have three very successful franchises, but we also want to tell new stories,” Bill Damaschke says. Five new projects were announced along with details on sequels currently in development.

How to Train Your Dragon – March 26th, 2010 – Written and directed by Chris Sanders and Den DeBlois. Voices includes Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Johan Hill. Set in the world of Vikings and dragons, it centers on an awkward teen who befriends an injured dragon.

Shrek Forever After – May 21st, 2010 – Previously titled Shrek Goes Fourth. Directed by Mike Mitchell. The further adventures of the giant green ogre, Shrek, living in the land of Far, Far Away.

Oobermind – November 5th, 2010 – Previously titled Master Mind. Directed by Tom McGrath. A satirical take on superhero movies, in which a notorious villain loses his oomph after he accidentally kills his nemesis Metro Man. Voice talent includes Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey.

Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom – June 3rd, 2011 – Previously titled Kung Fu Panda 2. Longtime story executive Jennifer Yuh Nelson makes her feature directorial debut with this. The continuing adventures of Po, the Kung Fu panda. Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman will reprise their roles.

The Guardians – November 4th, 2011 – Based on a not-yet-published book series from author William Joyce, whose work has previously inspired Disney’s Meet the Robinsons. Jeff Lynch is attached to direct the film, which unites characters every child knows – Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost and the Sandman – to defend the world from a Bogeyman-like villain.

Puss in Boots – March 30th, 2012 – Shrek the Third helmer Chris Miller will direct. Imagines the events before the character’s appearance in Shrek 2, while introducing all-new characters. Antonio Banderas returns as Puss and Salma Hayek will lend her voice to love interest Kitty.

Madagascar 3 – May 27th, 2012 – Madagascar helmer Eric Darnell will direct. The story in this will relocate the critters from Africa to Europe via a traveling circus.

Katzenberg will choose just one of the following three projects for its November of 2012 release slot.

The Croods – Directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco. Previously an Aardman Animations collaboration known as Crood Awakening. A comedy set in the Stone Age about a caveman named Crood whose status in the village is threatened by the arrival of a prehistoric genius who comes up with revolutionary new inventions.

Truckers – A story derived from the first book in Terry Pratchett’s The Bromeliad Trilogy. Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is adapting. A story about the Nomes, a race of tiny people from another world who now struggle to survive in a department store hidden amongst humans.

Super Secret Ghost Project – Not much known about this, except that it will “ask what ghosts think about humans.”

I never saw Kung Fu Panda which got pretty good reviews, and long ago gave up on the Shrek franchise as it seemed interested in nothing more than burning us all out on Mike Myers. In my opinion, DreamWorks Animation is pretty much the anti-Pixar. Their movies are almost always boring, pandering, and derivative. I’m surprised that no Monsters Vs. Alien sequel was announced. It’s the only film I even slightly enjoyed from Dreamworks. And seriously, come on. Madagascar 3?


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