GLENDALE, Calif., March 1, 2011Â — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq:DWA) and IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX) (TSX:IMX) announced today that the studio’s two upcoming releases, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots, will open in digital IMAXÂ® theatres in IMAXÂ® 3D. Kung Fu Panda 2 will be released to IMAX theatres in select international territories in conjunction with each of the territory’s release dates; Puss in Boots will have a two-week IMAX release day-and-date with the domestic release. Both films are produced by DreamWorks Animation and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.
“The IMAX ExperienceÂ® remains among the premiere viewing experiences in the world and we are thrilled that our audiences overseas will have the opportunity to watch Kung Fu Panda 2 and that movie-goers here in the U.S. will get to see Puss in Boots in IMAX 3D later this year,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Katzenberg.
“The addition of these two DreamWorks Animation films reinforce the strong offering of titles we have slated for the rest of the year,” said IMAX Chief Executive Officer Richard L. Gelfond. “Kung Fu Panda 2 and Puss in Boots are the next incarnation of blockbuster franchises and we are happy to make them available to our moviegoers around the world.”
“Clearly these beloved DreamWorks Animation characters have resonated around the world with audiences young and old alike and we are excited to be able to once again showcase them and their new adventures to IMAX fans through our long-standing alliance with DreamWorks Animation,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.
In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.
Way before Puss ever met Shrek, our suave and furry feline hero goes on a swashbuckling ride in Puss in Boots, as he teams with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.