DreamWorks Animation's Line-Up Through 2012 Announced
by Alex Billington
May 28, 2009
Jeffrey Katzenberg has announced the line-up for DreamWorks Animation through 2012 today. The studio plans to release five feature films every two years, which is a step up from their two films per year previous release schedule. They will 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. I'm glad they want to tell new stories and not just rehash the same crap again, but let's continue. In addition to some title changes and casting announcements, the studio has announced five original projects today.
How to Train Your Dragon - March 26th, 2010 - Written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois. Voices includes Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah 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 four friends 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 - 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 hidden amongst humans in a department store.
Super Secret Ghost Project - Not much known about this project, except that it will "ask what ghosts think about humans." Sounds a bit like Monsters Inc. maybe?
So there you have it, DreamWorks Animation's line-up of eight features through 2012. I guess that means we won't be seeing the Neil Gaiman-based Interworld movie or their Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie until at least 2013. I've heard that since they've been criticized for only ever making movies about animals, the studio is going to make a push for a few more human projects, like Oobermind and The Guardians. I'm interested in seeing How to Train Your Dragon and Oobermind, but the only one I'm genuinely excited for is Kung Fu Panda 2. DWA doesn't have any other movies this year, but we'll keep you updated anyway!
Reader Feedback - 22 Comments
I'd be excited for Kung Fu Panda 2....if this wasn't frickin' Dream Works. I mean, Shrek 1 was good (not half as good as Kung Fu Panda, but still fun) and look how they have raped that movie with two horrible sequels. Same with Madagascar. DreamWorks can't make a good sequel to save its life, and Kung Fu Panda definately didn't need a sequel. Especially one with such a stupid title. The same director isn't even lined up, so color me skeptical at best.
DinoChow on May 28, 2009
Sweet! New crap!
Fuelbot on May 28, 2009
If it were me, I'd scrap all the shitty sequels and concentrate on fewer films to strengthen their content and story.. out of that rather BIG list, only 2 films sound interesting - How to Train Your Dragon and Croods, but the latter would be better off at Aardmann.
dom on May 28, 2009
Call me jaded (it's okay... I do), but I'm really tired of seeing the same types of movies come out of animation studios over and over. From the list of sequels here, it looks like Dreamworks has caught a case of "disneyeisneritis" - the relentless pursuit of ever-worsening sequels. Plus, when was the last time we saw something original from Dreamworks? I love Shrek like anyone else, but it doesn't change the fact that it's just a buddy/travel/inner beauty genre pic with an ogre instead of a middle aged man. The reason Pixar leads the pack is that they always try to go somewhere new with their movies, even if they do fit inside a genre. Dreamworks just picks a genre, writes a generic script, then changes the main characters from people to bees, or sharks, or ghosts, or lions, etc, right down to the bubblegum pop soundtracks and slick editing.
Pete the Geek on May 28, 2009
Dreamworks is going to be the end of animated films... It's a good thing PIXAR already made it's name before Dreamworks began flooding the market with crap. Otherwise I'd be worried that their next generation animated classics would get lumped in the same crap basket by audiences.
Widescreen Wonderland on May 28, 2009
Dreamworks animated films mostly suck. And they'll be shoving those G.D. "Shrek" films down our throats until the end of time.
Film Fan on May 28, 2009
Dont hate shrek is the awesomeist thing ever.
someone on Feb 28, 2011
I'm a little interested in Guardians and perhaps Oobermind, if only cuz they sound a little more original, although Oobermind can totally end up being a ripoff of The Incredibles. Meh. I'll stick to Pixar.
Alfredo on May 28, 2009
Great, more crap.
SlashBeast on May 28, 2009
So much hate... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgd5S-X-_dQ
Johnathan on May 28, 2009
These guys are shameless, pathetic and disgusting.
Devon Shaw on May 28, 2009
Dreamworks makes sub par movies. They succeed financially only because people love Pixar movies, and assume these will be no different. I wish more people would do some homework before just responding to ad campaigns. That would cause a lot of trash projects in a lot of industries to disappear.
Mark on May 28, 2009
Alex, I agree, I'm totally excited for Kung Fu Panda 2!
????? on May 28, 2009
Let's sic Mickey on them!!! I keep thinking about that South Park episode. "Are you from Dreamworks!?!" Man they suck and now even more so by just doing sequels and spin-offs. Shrek needs to die along with Kung-fu Panda. Stupid kids and stupid people that act like kids thinking that shit is funny. Everytime I heard that stupid "gadoosh" I was going to punch someone. Pixar needs to buy them and shut them down.
LSP on May 28, 2009
Wow, at least Dreamworks gives us new content apart from the sequels and the spin-offs. Gotta keep my eye on Oobermind.
3d animation studio on May 29, 2009
Seriously, another Shrek?!?! Haven't we been through enough?
Brian on May 29, 2009
are you really hating on shrek?
someone on Feb 28, 2011
I do agree with most of you here who are stating that Pixar is better than Dreamworks by a long shot because they do come up with very original ideas that have a great story that's for both kids and adults. But, I think that Dreamworks has released some really well done movies. Maybe not five star stuff but four star yes. Shrek is one of them even though in my opinion Shrek 2 was even better but that's just me. Also, Madagascar is excellent and the sequel was also great. Lastly, Kung Fu Panda was very good as well. Those 3, only 3 Dreamworks classics is what keeps them going, I think. They might just be trying to recreate that spark that Pixar has done with almost every movie it's released while they've only been lucky with 3. Now with their idea to release 5-6 films in like what 2 years is to me a bad idea indeed, but we'll see. I agree with some of you that they do need to put more time and effort into making their movies if they want some of the good stuff. Isn't funny how Pixar released maybe 1 movie a year and pretty much all were phenomenal while Dreamworks has way more than that and yet most aren't really that great? It is quite the coincidence... and they(Dreamworks) need to rethink their strategy and be more like Pixar in taking their time but NOT copy off of Pixar because if they create a classic on their own I don't know why think they can by cheating, and with their history it does not turn out well. I am looking forward to seeing Kung Fu Panda 2 because I'm curious if it will measure up to even the 1st one. And Oobermind seems relatively interesting even though I actually just want to see it because of Robert Downy Jr. The only things I honestly cannot wait for is Madagascar 3, Shrek Forever After, and Puss in Boots. I know they may suck, but I want to see for myself though I truly they do not suck. How to Train Your Dragon looks ok but to me not that interesting and the same goes for The Guardians even though that also seems a bit odd... As for which original story they should chose for a November 2012 release slot I have no idea because, and I'm disappointed to say but none seem all that great. But I guess I could settle for Truckers, it seems the most interesting and the most eligible to make for a decent comedy and since they've been working on it since 2001, they should just release it already whether it's a hit or miss. But, even though Dreamworks' lineup isn't all that good, the Pixar one is looking great with some more of it's classics coming soon in the coming years. You can check it out (and please do) here http://www.firstshowing.net/2008/04/09/disney-and-pixars-full-animated-line-up-through-2012/ if it's not highlighted and you can't click on it just copy and paste... you won't regret it... Enjoy!
Fac on Jul 16, 2009
Wow you all must really be lame you are excited about a movie coming out and its for little kids? really? wow.
someone on Feb 28, 2011
Well, I see most of you here are Disney-Pixar fans!! Honestly, keep in mind that Pixar was founded in 1979 and Disney in 1923, and DW JUST in 1998. Can't you see, that Pixar and Disney have more experience????? I agree, that the sequels DW is planning suck, BUT, the first movies were awesome- Shrek, Madagascar, Megamind, HTTYD, Shark Tale, Antz, the Legend of Simbad, the Prince of Egypt etc. We know that in Hollywood it's ALL about money, srsly... Disney has some most sucking sequels ever e.g Pocahontas II. And all you who hate DW, why on earth are you commenting?? Are you so low-life, that you browse internet just to find a thread about DW and tell your stupid opinion? DW is great, it's so ''young'', yet has it created great movies, and believe me- they will never sell themselves to Pixar, as the founders of DW are the SKG- titans, who won't give up.
Alex on Jun 4, 2011
While it looks like a rough year ahead, all their original content sounds very promising. Pixar making sequel after sequel and canning anything that pushes the boundaries a little, while Dreamworks is (seemingly) making genuinely interesting films…what’s going on here?
Animation Institute on Jul 23, 2011
I like Dreamworks movies.
Kajtoukjd_1412 on Aug 27, 2011
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