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DreamWorks Announces Animation Slate
Five films every two years

28 May 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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A welter of upcoming projects were announced by DreamWorks Animation yesterday, as they set themselves a target of five animated films every two years - and laid our their plans for the next three years, mixing sequels to existing properties with all-new stories. And all of them will be in 3D, of which DreamWorks head Jeffrey Katzenberg is a leading proponent. Here's what we can expect.

How To Train Your Dragon is out first, on March 26, 2010. That stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Jonah Hill in a story set in Viking times about a loner teen who befriends an injured dragon.

Next up is Shrek 4, now titled Shrek Forever After (what's the betting that at least one poster dubs it "Shrek 4ever After"?), which comes out on May 21, 2010. There's still no word on the plot there, but we don't feel that we're going too far out on a limb when we guess that it will involve Shrek learning that being grumpy is not the appropriate response to every situation.

Following that comes the very promising Oobermind, with stellar voice casting in Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr. It's due on November 5, 2010, and sees the sometime-Iron Man voice a supervillain who finds life dull and meaningless after vanquishing his superhero arch-enemy. Previously called Master Mind, the film's based on a script from Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films.

June 3, 2011, sees the launch of Kung-Fu Panda: The Kaboom Of Doom, with Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman already confirmed to return for that, and the rest of the cast presumably running through their martial arts moves in negotiations to join them.

On November 4, 2011, we'll see The Guardians, based on an as-yet unpublished book from William Joyce, who previously wrote the source novel for another animated film, Meet The Robinsons. That sees familiar kid's characters like Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny unite to save the world from a Bogeyman-type bad guy.

For 2012, first up is Puss-In-Boots, a Shrek spin-off / prequel on March 30 that pairs Antonio Banderas' Puss with a Salma Hayek-voiced love interest, Kitty. Yes, another prequel. We're thinking it'll be like X-Men Origins: Wolverine pretty much, only with more claws and less fur.

In May 2012 there will be a Madagascar 3, set in a European travelling circus as the zoo animal stars, still badly lost, continue their global trek. As long as the penguins are back, we don't mind.

And finally in November 2012 DreamWorks will release one more film, but they're not sure which of three projects currently in development it will be: options are The Croods, a caveman comedy once set to be made with Aardman Entertainment; Truckers, Simon Beaufoy's adaptation of Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad Trilogy, or the Super-Secret Ghost Project, which asks what spooks think about humans.

The line-up is further boosted by Katzenberg's plans to turn Kung Fu Panda and How To Train Your Dragon into Cirque de Soleil-style touring arena shows.

It's certainly a bumper, and promising-sounding, slate. Oobermind sounds like it's thoroughly up our street, and Truckers is a project we've long been looking out for, but which ones stand out for you here? And do you think these films can equal Pixar or Aardman's output?


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I'm just so, so glad they changed the Kung Fu Panda subtitle from Pandamonium. That was just the wors pu i've ever seen printed. and i've made some bad ones mysefl in the past. Agreed on Truckers.. though that Sure-Secret Ghost Project sounds interesting too so I wont be too disapointed if they go with that instead. I just hope they dont just do the caveman one just because the jack black caveman film does well in a glaring example of bandwagon jumpage. The Guardians to me seems like a &q More

Posted by Adrian at 14:51 on 29 May 2009 | Report This Post

Oobermind
I really like the sound of Oobermind. Sounds clever and mature in a way and its got strong legs for many laughs. More

Posted by Bond at 18:37 on 28 May 2009 | Report This Post

Too much.
I don't think they'll equal PIxar. They just don't have the right mindset.It all seems like quantity over quality. 8 films in 3 years? 4 sequel/spinoffs? and Pixar have 4, inc. 2 sequels, precisely half what Dreamworks have. Dreamworks are just a machine (not in a good way). More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 16:03 on 28 May 2009 | Report This Post

please please please please
let them make Truckers.. More

Posted by jameswhaleofatime at 13:56 on 28 May 2009 | Report This Post

Oobermind?
What was wrong with Master Mind? It reminded me of the fact that the premise sounded great when I read about it years ago, now it's kinda oddish. More

Posted by Ethanial at 13:54 on 28 May 2009 | Report This Post

RE: SOunds ok
L: cj5ar I'm sure the majority of them will all be fine, as long as they ditch any ideas of using 3D 'm sure i read, in an interview that Dreamworks plan to do all future projects in 3D. More

Posted by morg1138 at 12:41 on 28 May 2009 | Report This Post

SOunds ok
I'm sure the majority of them will all be fine, as long as they ditch any ideas of using 3D More

Posted by cj5ar at 12:07 on 28 May 2009 | Report This Post

Oobermind sounds very interesting, might make for a slightly more serious take via the animation genre, a-la Wall-E. . . More

Posted by Anduril666 at 11:12 on 28 May 2009 | Report This Post

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