DreamWorks 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.
Frostbite 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.
USA 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.
DreamWorks 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.
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.
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.
It’s Oscar time! Disney comes in strong and stop motion is this years darling.
This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for this years Oscars. There are two main areas of competition for animation, the Feature Length and the short awards. This year, the nominees are…
In a word, Disney. The perennial animation powerhouse leads the field with three films in consideration for Best Animated Feature. Perhaps even more surprising is that DreamWorks best hope- Rise Of The Guardians- was left out altogether. Also interesting is that there are three stop-motion features in the list this year, in a short field of only five films.
For Best Animated Feature, the nominees are:
The field for Best Animated Short Film is a diverse field, as usual. The nominees here are:
The Oscar nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced this morning by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone. The announcements were made at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood California and hosted by Seth MacFarlane. This year, the Oscar show also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
Dreamworks Animation’s “Rise Of The Guardians” was named Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media at the Satellite Awards, held Sunday night by the International Press Academy at the Intercontinental Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Other nominees in the category were DWA’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Brave (Disney*Pixar), Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (20th Century Fox Animation), Wreck-it Ralph (Walt Disney Studios) and Frankenweenie (Walt Disney Pictures).
Two tunes from animated films had been nominated for Best Original Song: “Learn Me Right,” performed by Birdy and written by Birdy & Mumford And Sons, from Brave, and “Love Always Comes As A Surprise,” performed by Peter Asher and written by Peter Asher and Dave Stewart, from Madagascar 3. However, they lost to “Suddenly,” performed by Hugh Jackman and written by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Alain Boubil and Herbert Kretzmer, from the live-action Les Misérables.
The David O. Russell comedy Silver Linings Playbook won five awards, including Best Motion Picture.
“Rise of the Guardians” went past the $100 million benchmark at the foreign box office over the weekend.
A distant second at the movies, the DreamWorks Animation movie made $20.1 million in its fifth overseas weekend overseas from 7,400 venues in 59 countries. The total foreign gross now stands at $119.4 million.
Distributed by Paramount, Rise of the Guardians opened in second place in Australia, collecting $3.7 million from 259 locations.
Budgeted at $145 million, the animated fantasy features the voices of Alec Baldwin and Hugh Jackman. This week, it’s opening in India.
As in North America, the live-action The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey topped the foreign box office. It made $138.2 million at 18,200 screens in 56 countries.
Meanwhile, the Disney 3D family animated film Wreck-It Ralph brought in $4.7 million in its seventh week in 29 countries. It’s made $57.7 million in foreign countries so far. Strong North American results mean a worldwide total of $226.5 million.
Sony Animation’s horror comedy Hotel Transylvania, grossed $1.9 million at 1,755 screens in 50 overseas countries. Its total foreign gross has reached $162 million.