DreamWorks Animation Dates 'The Croods' & 'Puss in Boots' Sequels
by Ethan Anderton
June 12, 2014
With How to Train Your Dragon 2 hitting theaters this weekend, DreamWorks Animation is staying busy by keeping their name alive on the movie news front. We've already seen brand new trailers for The Penguins of Madagascar and Home, and now the animation studio has just dated four more animated projects that will hit theaters much further down the road. For better or worse, 75% of these forthcoming movies are sequels with The Croods 2 arriving on November 3rd, 2017, followed by Madagascar 4 hitting theaters on May 18th, 2018 and the Shrek spin-off sequel Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves debuting on November 2nd, 2018. That's a lot of numbers in that last title there. More below!
The only non-sequel title is the adaptation of the popular childrens' book series Captain Underpants, which arrives on January 13th, 2017. The film has already been confirmed to feature the voices of Ed Helms, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll, Jordan Peele and Thomas Middleditch. The film follows a couple of precocious fourth graders named George Beard and Harold Hutchins (Middleditch and Hart), looking to get back at nasty, student-hating principal Mr. Benny Krupp. So the boys hypnotize the principal and turn him into Captain Underpants (Helms).
As for The Croods 2, the voice cast of Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leechman were all in talks to return when the sequel was announced last spring, but nothing has been made official just yet. The same can be said for the Puss in Boots sequel, which featured the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Zach Galifianakis. You can bet Banderas will be back, but the other two might sit this one out. But with Madagascar 4, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Cedric the Entertainer are all back. Stay tuned for any news on these forthcoming animated projects.