Fox Reveals DreamWorks Animation 12-Picture Future

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20th Cen­tury Fox has leaked the next bak­ers dozen Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion movies-releases through the mid­dle of 2016– mark­ing the most ambi­tious slate for an ani­ma­tion house in Hol­ly­wood his­tory, and an indus­try first in output.

Newly announced Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion projects inlude B.O.O: Bureau of Oth­er­wordly Oper­a­tions, set to hit the­aters on Nov. 6, 2015, and How to Train Your Dragon 3, dated for June 18, 2016.

The other films set to release through the new Dream­Works and 20th Cen­tury Fox part­ner­ship: The Croods (March 22, 2013), Turbo (July 19, 2013), Mr. Peabody & Sher­man (Nov. 1, 2013), Me and My Shadow (March 14, 2014), Drag­ons: Rid­ers of Berk (How to Train Your Dragon 2) (June 20, 2014), Happy Smek­day! (Nov. 26, 2014), The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car (March 27, 2015), Trolls (work­ing title, June 5, 2015), Mon­keys Of Mum­bai (work­ing title, Dec. 19, 2015) and Kung Fu Panda 3 (March 18, 2016).

The Seth Rogen-voiced B.O.O: Bureau of Oth­er­wordly Oper­a­tions is based on an orig­i­nal idea by Tony Leondis (Igor), who is direct­ing the ghost pic. It is pro­duced by Maryann Garger (Flushed Away) and the screen­play is being writ­ten by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots).

We have had the priv­i­lege not only to view many of these films in their var­i­ous stages but also to meet the incred­i­ble lead­er­ship teams behind each one, and we are very con­fi­dent about Dream­Works Animation’s robust future slate,” said Fox Filmed Enter­tain­ment CEOs and Chair­men Jim Gianop­u­los and Tom Roth­man. “We are truly excited about our new part­ner­ship and bring­ing these extra­or­di­nary films to audi­ences around the world.”

Many of these films have been in the works for many years, in vary­ing stages of the pipeline. With the uncer­tainty of a dis­tri­b­u­tion part­ner, Dream­Works has been hes­i­tant to release much about them.

Last month, Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion announced its dis­tri­b­u­tion deal with 20th Cen­tury Fox, clear­ing up the dis­tri­b­u­tion for the next seven years.

What we are announc­ing today is the result of the amaz­ing work and devo­tion from Dream­Works Animation’s vast ros­ter of direc­tors, pro­duc­ers and artis­tic tal­ent over many years,” added Bill Dam­aschke, Dream­Works Animation’s Chief Cre­ative Offi­cer. “Every one of the movies in our lineup – whether it is an orig­i­nal film or a sequel to one of our beloved fran­chises – comes from the unique and spe­cial vision of our film­mak­ers, and we look for­ward to join­ing together with Fox to make them avail­able to fam­ily audi­ences start­ing next year.”

Releas­ing three films per year is prac­ti­cally unheard of rate of release for an ani­ma­tion stu­dio, with Dis­ney only shoot­ing for two dur­ing it’s “new renais­sance” period in the late 1990’s.  Cur­rent indus­try leader Pixar only puts out only one title a year.

What do you think– is the shot­gun approach to ani­mated film-making going to work, or do you think that despite the vol­ume, Dream­Works can keep the qual­ity level up and make some films with stay­ing power?

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