If you love animation – particularly the DreamWorks variety – this post is guaranteed to brighten up your Monday.
20th Century Fox has just revealed the release schedule for DreamWorks’ animated films through the year 2016 – the list is pretty huge, and includes not only sequels to popular established franchises (Kung Fu Panda 3, How to Train Your Dragon 2) but a whole host of new properties as well.
The news comes in the wake of last month’s announcement that Fox will take over distributing DreamWorks’ animated projects for the next five years. The studio replaces former distributor Paramount. Naturally, Fox is excited about the new venture. Fox Filmed Entertainment CEOs and chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman offered up the following thoughts:
“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. We are truly excited about our new partnership and bringing these extraordinary films to audiences around the world.”
So, what can fans expect for the next four years and when can they expect it? We’ve got the full rundown for you. Get your calendars ready.
The Croods: Nic Cage and Ryan Reynolds headline this prehistoric tale about a family forced to find a new home when their cave is destroyed. The film is slated to hit theaters on March 22, 2013.
Turbo: The story of a garden snail who dreams of winning the Indy 500 – and gets one step closer to making it happen when an accident leaves him with super speed. Ryan Reynolds and Paul Giamatti lead an ensemble cast in this summer release. Expect Turbo to hit theaters on July 19, 2013.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman: The world’s smartest man is a dog and has his own pet human in this updating of two characters who amused us on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. When Sherman (the human), uses Peabody’s time machine, he goes back through history and messes up everything, it’s up to Peabody to restore order. Take a trip back in time on November 1, 2013.
Me and My Shadow: DreamWorks will blend CG and traditional animation in this tale of a shadow who yearns for excitement but is attached to a really boring man. Things change when they find themselves in danger, and it’s up to the shadow to take control and save the day. Me and My Shadow releases on March 14, 2014.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 3: The second and third films in the popular franchise will continue the tales from the book series. The second installment lands on June 20, 2014 while audiences can check out the third entry on June 18, 2016.
Happy Smekday!: Jim Parsons and Rihanna star in this animated take on the book The True Meaning of Smekday. An “annoyingly optimistic alien” is forced to run from his own people – and teams up with a stubborn teenage girl to save the planet. We’ll learn the true meaning of Smekday on November 26, 2014.
The Penguins of Madagascar: The title says it all – the penguins from the Madagascar films get their own feature. These penguins will march into theaters on March 27, 2015.
Trolls (working title): No, it’s not an animated sequel or updating of Claudio Fragasso’s cult classic Troll 2 – it’s a movie tie-in revolving around those hideous troll dolls. No plot details have been revealed, but this one is currently slated for a June 5, 2015 release.
B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations: All we know about this one is that Seth Rogen will star in a feature that promises to “bring us ghosts as we’ve never seen them before.” Your guess is as good as ours when it comes to what that means – but the guys at B.O.O. will be open for business on November 6, 2015.
Mumbai Musical (working title): Bollywood’s lavish musicals will serve as the inspiration for this animated updating of the Indian epic Ramayana – only this time told from the point of view of the monkeys apparently. No stars are attached yet, but the film is currently scheduled for a December 19, 2015 release date.
Kung Fu Panda 3: Fans waiting for the third installment of the popular franchise will need to make sure they schedule time off for March 18, 2016.