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.
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?