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Fox Reveals DreamWorks Animation 12-Picture Future

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation SKG

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?

Fox Animation helping Maguire bend “Cardboard”

Cardboard

Cardboard

Fox Animation is optioning the recently published Graphix novel Cardboard, with plans for actor Tobey Maguire’s Material Pictures, graphic novelist Doug TenNapel and the Gotham Group to be executive producers.

Fox plans to have the picture developed under its WedgeWorks subsidiary. WedgeWorks director Chris Wedge (Ice Age) is producing, and is considering directing the film as well.

In TenNapel’s book, a poor widower gives his young son the inadequate birthday present of a cardboard box. The two convert the box into a boxer named Bill that comes to life. This draws the attention of a neighborhood bully who plans something bad.

Maguire, the voice of the lead character in Warner Bros.’ Cats & Dogs, may get the chance to voice one of the main roles in Cardboard if the film proceeds, according to a source close to the project.

Meanwhile, Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios are in post-production on Wedge’s Epic, a 3D CG-animated action-adventure movie scheduled for release next May.

TenNapel projects being developed also include Ghostopolis at Disney and Monster Zoo at Paramount.

DWA enters into distribution agreement with Fox

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation announced Monday that the Glendale, California-based company has entered into a new five-year distribution agreement with Twentieth Century Fox.

Under the terms of the agreement, Fox will assume certain marketing and distribution responsibilities in both domestic and international markets for all animated feature films produced by DreamWorks Animation for release from 2013 through 2017.

“Fox has long been an industry leader in both theatrical and home video, thanks in large part to its well-integrated approach to distribution across a wide range of platforms around the globe,” said DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. “Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman have built a world-class distribution team, and we are excited to apply their expertise, robust infrastructure and global resources so that DreamWorks Animation’s films can reach their fullest possible potential over the next five years.”

“DreamWorks Animation is a great company that makes terrific films and everyone here feels privileged and honored to have been chosen to distribute their marvelous work throughout the world,” stated Fox Filmed Entertainment CEOs and chairmen Gianopulos and Rothman. “We are particularly excited to add DreamWorks Animation’s films to the strong and growing slate of movies from our outstanding Blue Sky Studios division, which is coming off another global blockbuster with Ice Age: Continental Drift, and has Epic and Rio2 in advanced production. Together we will be a dominant force in animated entertainment for years to come.”

“Starting in 2013, DreamWorks Animation content will be distributed in the more traditional markets under a fee structure that is similar to our existing arrangement with our current distributor,” continued Katzenberg. “However, our new agreement with Fox presents more favorable economics overall for DreamWorks Animation because we are taking advantage of lower costs associated with the emerging digital distribution landscape and managing domestic television distribution in-house.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Fox will receive a distribution fee on worldwide theatrical and home video gross receipts as well as on international television, and on certain digital businesses, including rentals, SVOD and EST. DreamWorks Animation will retain the rights to distribute its product in the domestic television windows without paying a fee to Fox.

“Ice Age 4″ surpasses $500 million

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift” grossed $50.7 million at 15,932 screens in 69 foreign countries over the weekend, raising its overall gross abroad to $516.3 million.

The second highest-grossing movie overseas this past weekend, Ice Age: Continental Drift – the fourth installment of the computer-animated franchise — has now made nearly as much as 2009 Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs, the series’ most successful entry, which made a total of $693.9 million abroad.

Opening in first place in China this weekend, Continental Drift made $15.7 million in about 3,500 locations.

National records for a Fox animated film were set during opening weekends in South Korea ($3 million at 501 venues) and in India ($1.6 million on screens).

Leading the foreign box office this weekend was Warner Brothers’ live-action The Dark Knight Rises. It made $126.2 million at 17,200 locations in 57 countries during its second weekend.

Pixar’s Bravewas No. 5 internationally, making $9.6 million for a total foreign gross of $92 million. It was seen in 24 countries, which distributor Disney says is about 38% of the international market. North American revenues now total $217.3 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wantedopened in first place in Spain ($2.6 million at 395 theaters) and Portugal ($1.1 million at 67 locations for an average of nearly $16,000 per venue). Over the weekend, it made a total of $6.9 million at 2,366 venues in 41 countries for a cumulative foreign total of $291.7 million. Distributor Paramount will open movie this week in seven countries, including Japan and Hong Kong.

Universal’s 3D animation Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax opened in second place in the United Kingdom, where a month of school holidays began. There, it made $2.9 million at 502 venues. It opened in China to garner $964,000 million on 1,060 screens. Overall, it made $5.9 million at 3,506 venues in 13 countries this weekend, contributing to a foreign cumulative total of $110.6 million.

Another Universal release, the partly animated Ted, made $2.7 million this weekend at 497 locations in 10 countries for a foreign total of $44.1 million.

Beyoncé Knowles Colin Farrell go Epic

Blue Sky Studios

Blue Sky Studios

Twentieth Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios announced the voice cast for Epic, a new 3D CG action-adventure comedy that reveals a hidden world unlike any other. From the creators of the Ice Age series and the very popular feature film RioEpic tells the story of an ongoing battle deep in the forest between the forces of good and the forces of evil. When a teen age girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she must band together with a rag-tag team of fun and whimsical characters in order to save their world… and ours.

This new feature will be directed by Chris Wedge and produced by Lori Forte and Jerry Davis. Here’s a the voice cast and the characters they will be portraying:

Beyoncé Knowles (Queen Tara)
Colin Farrell (Ronin)
Josh Hutcherson (Nod)
Amanda Seyfried (Mary Katherine)
Johnny Knoxville (Mandrake)
Aziz Ansari (Mub)
Pitbull (Bufo)
Jason Sudeikis (Bomba)
Steven Tyler (Nim Galuu)
Blake Anderson (Dagda)
Judah Friedlander (Larry)

No production images, or any artwork from the film yet.

The announcement also put the release date as May 24, 2013, which means this film has been in production for a while. It also means the previously announced Leafmen- which was also slated for a May 24, 2013 release- is either pushed back or cancelled.

Simpsons Meet The Ice Age

 

The Longest Daycare

The Longest Daycare

Ice Age: Continental Drift will feature more than pals Manfred, Sid, Diego, Ellie and Scrat when it premieres in July. Rather than the usual short featuring Scrat chasing his acorn, the fourth Ice Age movie will reach out to America’s most dysfunctional family with The Longest Daycare.

Announced after the season finale of The Simpsons on Sunday, the new theatrical short will feature the youngest family member, Maggie. The short has been produced in 3D, as has Ice Age: Continental Drift.

“It’s hard to do a 20-minute Maggie episode, but in four minutes it’s great. She’s like Charlie Chaplin,” Simpsons executive producer Al Jean commented to Entertainment Weekly exclusively. David Silverman directs.

Maggie go back to the Ayn Rand School for Tots. Each child through an airport security-style testing machine to measure their future. Maggie is scanned and the machine responds, “Nothing Special”, so they put her in an area that’s not all that great.

The Longest Daycare and Ice Age: Continental Drift will premiere in the United States on July 13, 2012.

Ice Age Experience at San Diego Zoo

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Ice Age: Continental Drift

Over the weekend, The San Diego Zoo, in conjunction with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and SimeEx-Iwerks,unveiled the new Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs – The 4-D Experience. The completely immersive attraction takes the Ice Age action from the big screen and brings it directly to the viewer by combining 3-D film elements from the third film in the franchise with an exhilarating array of synchronized physical effects.

Keke Palmer, who voices Peaches, a young wooly mammoth, in the upcoming feature film Ice Age: Continental Drift was on hand for the opening.

Ice Age: Continental Drift opens in theaters everywhere on July 13th 2012.

Keke Palmer

Keke Palmer

 

“Axe Cop” breaking into Saturday late-prime on FOX

Axe Cop

Axe Cop

Animation Domination HD, the new animation unit created by Fox Broadcasting Company, has acquired the rights to the hit comic phenomenon Axe Cop, Nick Weidenfeld, head of Animation Domination HD, announced Tuesday.

Axe Cop will premiere as part of FOX’s new Saturday late-prime Animation Domination HD block (11 to 12:30 p.m. ET/PT), debuting in 2013, and across digital platforms.

Axe Cop is one of the most creative, hilarious and naturally viral comic properties to emerge in the last decade,” Weidenfeld said. “I’ve hoped someone would adapt Axe Cop for television for years, and couldn’t be happier that we get to be that someone. Axe Cop has all the makings of an iconic animated series, and it will help set the tone for FOX’s new late-prime Saturday animation lineup.”

Axe Cop is the first new series in development by Animation Domination HD. The new unit has ordered six quarter-hour episodes of the series. Additional auspices will be announced.

The Axe Cop Web comic was created by then five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and his 29-year-old brother Ethan, and chronicles the adventures of an axe-wielding police officer and his loyal team of allies as they fight bad guys. Written by Malachai and drawn by Ethan, the first five installments of Axe Cop were put online on January 25, 2010 and went viral in a matter of days.

Three days after AxeCop.com went live, it was featured as Entertainment Weekly‘s “Site of the Day,” and the series quickly became an Internet meme. Since its debut, Axe Cop has gained cult status and prominent recognition in the comic sphere through Dark Horse, on the Web, and through various media circuits.

FOX gives moms a special gift on Sunday

Fox Animation Studios

Fox Animation Studios

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the animated kids of FOX Sundays reveal what they’re getting their moms — Donna Tubbs, Marge Simpson, Linda Belcher, Lois Griffin and Francine Smith.

Plus, FOX promises no regifting with all-new episodes of The Cleveland Show, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy and the season finale of American Dad, airing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. ET/PT Sunday, May 13.

The Cleveland Show (7:30 to 8 p.m.)

Roberta Tubbs: “I’m gonna sign my name to whatever Junior gets her.”
Cleveland Brown Jr.: “For Mother’s Day, I’m going to make breakfast in bed. Then, after I’m done eating, I’m gonna give Miss Donna some socks.”
Rallo Tubbs: “I’m gonna sign my name to whatever Junior gets her.”

The Simpsons (8 to 8:30 p.m.)

Bart Simpson: “Every year my prayer for Mother’s Day is that Mom’s not a widow by the time it rolls around.”
Lisa Simpson: “I hope Mom gets to spend the day with her favorite child: not Bart.”

Bob’s Burgers (8:30 to 9 p.m.)

Tina Belcher: “It’s Mother’s Day. Mom has glasses. I have glasses. I’m gonna clean her glasses.”
Gene Belcher: “Mother’s Day is the reason I don’t just give hugs out willy nilly. Make her wait, and she’ll love you for it.”
Louise Belcher: “Mother’s Day Present: Take a piece of paper, scribble some shape, sign it, done. One year, I literally drew a circle. Mom cried.”

Family Guy (9 to 9:30 p.m.)

Chris Griffin: “I got her a pineapple!”
Meg Griffin: “A picture of her from when she was my age to remind her she wasn’t as hot as she claims to have been.”
Stewie Griffin: “What would I get Lois for Mother’s day? Hmm, what did Rosemary’s baby give her mother?”

American Dad (9:30 to 10 p.m.)

Hayley Smith: “I want to say a facial or pedicure, but I’m probably going to go with a Sharper Image gift certificate. It’s the polite way to get a middle-aged woman something that vibrates.”
Steve Smith: “I gave her a gift 14 years ago, and it didn’t come from a store. It came bursting from her uterus; it was me.”

50 Days of Futurama

Futurama

Futurama

Comedy Central is taking “Futurama” fans on a 50 day multi-platform journey leading up to the series’ seventh season premiere on Wednesday, June 20 at 10:00 p.m.  The “Countdown To ‘Futurama’” launches on Facebook on Tuesday, May 1 and for 50 consecutive days  will provide fans with exclusive content including preview clips, character designs, episode stills, story boards and more each day.  For the countdown kick-off, Comedy Central will post a sneak peek clip from the season premiere episode, “The Bots and the Bees.”  “Futurama’s” Facebook page has over 20 million fans and ranks among the top five animated television show pages.

Beginning on Monday, May 7, CC Digital will feature the first of seven weekly podcasts, which will include a week’s worth of “Countdown To ‘Futurama’” content. Hosted by Executive Producer David X. Cohen, who will be joined by a rotating cast of other “Futurama” writers and producers, this all-new feature will provide viewers with inside commentary on each piece of exclusive content along with a first look at images from upcoming episodes, as well as character designs, stills, storyboards and concept sketches. The “Futurama” weekly podcasts will only be available on iTunes.