Tag Archives: DreamWorks

DreamWorks Extends Partnership With NetFlix

dreamworksDream­Works has promised over 300 hours of new ani­ma­tion for stream­ing part­ner Net­flix. Three new series have just been announced to help fill that hefty plan for pro­gram­ming. Before the end of the year, Net­Flix should be stream­ing three new series: Puss In Boots, King Julien and Veg­gie Tales In the House.

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Annie Awards Animation Winners Frozen Over

Annie Awards Statue

Annie Awards Statue

Last night saw Dis­ney freeze out most of the com­pe­ti­tion when the best and most cre­ative in ani­ma­tion met at UCLA’s Royce Hall for the 41st Annual Annie Awards. Spon­sored by ASIFA Hol­ly­wood, the awards rec­og­nize great works in tele­vi­sion, the­atri­cal film and games. This years awards were hosted by voice actor Tom Warburton.

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Clip From Mr. Peabody & Sherman

peabodyDream­Works Mr. Peabody & Sher­man has a new clip for you to judge it by. The film, which is due out in the­aters on March sev­enth, is a film based on Jay Wards’ Peabody’s Improb­a­ble His­tory, a seg­ment on the long-running Sat­ur­day morn­ing series Rocky and His Friends. Long fod­der for the­atri­cal films, the show has spawned at least two the­atri­cal films– three if you count the related George of the Jungle.

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DreamWorks Partners With YouTube

youtubenationDream­Works car­toon arm Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion has part­nered with web video shar­ing site YouTube for a new daily show for the Inter­net. Titled YouTube Nation, the show is expected to run five min­utes per day, and will high­lights of the best of YouTube pro­gram­ming. YouTube Nation will be co-produced by the two com­pa­nies, with YouTube financ­ing the ven­ture, and is expected to debut next week.

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Writer & Director Now In Captain Underpants

Captain UnderpantsDream­Works Ani­ma­tion has attached a direc­tor and a writer to their in-development project Cap­tain Under­pants. Rob Let­ter­man, who also directed Dream­Works’ Shark Tale and Mon­sters vs. Aliens will direct the film, with Nicholas Stoller who penned The Mup­pets writ­ing this film.

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Moose and Squirrel Return With Peabody & Sherman

rocky_bullwinkleFrost­bite Falls most famous res­i­dents are com­ing to the big screen in 2014, accord­ing to Dream­Works Ani­ma­tion. Not only are Moose and Squir­rel mak­ing their big screen debut in a new the­atri­cal short, but a long-time voice actor is return­ing to pro­vide one of the duo’s voices. While not explic­itly stated in the release, it is expected that the short will accom­pany the the­atri­cal fea­ture film release of Mr. Peabody & Sher­man.

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The Look of Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Peabody & ShermanUSA Today has given us our first look at the design for the forth­com­ing Dream­Works fea­ture Mr. Peabody & Sher­man. Based on char­ac­ters from the early six­ties clas­sic Jay Ward series Rocky and His Friends and its seg­ment Peabody’s Improb­a­ble His­tory, the movie fol­lows the lives of a bespec­ta­cled dog and his pet boy Sher­man. The movie is cur­rently sched­uled to hit the­aters on March 07, 2014.

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DreamWorks Adds Two To Head Home

smekdayDream­Works Ani­ma­tion has added two hot names to the voice cast of next year’s Home. Look for come­dian Steve Mar­tin to take on Cap­tain Smek, the leader of the alien race known as Boov. Jen­nifer Lopez is also mov­ing Home, play­ing the teenage girl Tip’s mother. Lopez and Mar­tin join the exist­ing cast of “The Big Bang The­ory” star Jim Par­sons as the alien Oh and singer Rihanna as Tip, the teenage girl.

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Croods Posters Evolve

The Croods Theatrical Poster

The Croods The­atri­cal Poster

Dream­Works Animation’s next ani­mated film, The Croods, today got two new updated posters, one domes­tic and one Inter­na­tional. Both posters fea­ture the whole pre­his­toric fam­ily, and a view of the exotic lands they live in. The domes­tic poster fea­tures the film release date– March 23, while the inter­na­tional ver­sion just says com­ing soon.

Dream­Works has been notable in their goal to ramp up pro­duc­tion to two or three ani­mated fea­tures a year. The Croods will be the first for the stu­dio for 2013, and will be fol­lowed by Turbo this sum­mer and Mr. Peabody & Sher­man in November.

A com­edy adven­ture that takes us back to a pre­vi­ously undis­cov­ered era in the his­tory of our planet known as the Crooda­ceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before-seen crea­tures and landscapes.

An old-school cave­man must lead his fam­ily across a volatile pre­his­toric land­scape in search of a new home. The out­sized flora and fauna are chal­lenge enough, but the real com­pli­ca­tion arises when the fam­ily is joined by an alarm­ingly mod­ern cave­man whose search for “tomor­row” is at odds with our hero’s reliance on the tra­di­tions of yes­ter­day. The imag­i­na­tive and resource­ful new­comer helps the Croods nav­i­gate their way through the fan­tas­tic world beyond their cave.

The Croods Theatrical Poster

The Croods The­atri­cal Poster

 

The Croods International Poster

The Croods Inter­na­tional Poster

Animated Films Made Up 6 of Year’s Top 20 Grossers

Brave

Brave

Six of the 20 highest-grossing North Amer­i­can films of 2012 were com­pletely ani­mated pic­tures, includ­ing Pixar’s Brave, which was sev­enth over­all with $237,262,307.

Oth­ers in the top 20 were Mada­gas­car 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (#10; $216,391,482), Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (#11; $214,030,500), Wreck-it Ralph (#13; $175,990,019), Ice Age: Con­ti­nen­tal Drift (#14; $161,990,019) and Hotel Tran­syl­va­nia (#16; $145,321,690).

In total, the ani­mated films in the Top 20 deliv­ered grosses of $1,150,135,597.

Although Rise Of The Guardians made much less than pre­dicted, its North Amer­i­can box office gross is expected to exceed the $100 mil­lion mark some­time next week.

Almost all other films in the Top 20 had con­sid­er­able amounts of spe­cial effects CGI, includ­ing the year’s top per­former, The Avengers ($623,357,910). Oth­ers using CGI were The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Sky­fall, Twi­light: Break­ing Dawn Part 2, The Amaz­ing Spider-Man, The Hob­bit: The Unex­pected Jour­ney, Ted, Men In Black 3, Snow White and the Hunts­man and Prometheus.

Using lit­tle or no ani­ma­tion were the 17th, 18th and 19th fin­ish­ers, Taken 2, 21 Jump Street and Lin­coln.