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Dreamworks Animation announces “Rumblewick”

GLENDALE, Calif., March 3, 2011 — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that it will bring Rumblewick to the big screen. Director Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Antz) and writer Jim Herzfeld (Meet the Fockers, Meet the Parents) are collaborating on the feature project, which is inspired by the children’s book, My Unwilling Witch (The Rumblewick Letters) by Hiawyn Oram and Sarah Warburton. DreamWorks Animation development executives Chris Kuser and Gregg Taylor are overseeing the project at the studio.

“The fascinating world of witches and witches’ familiars is perfectly suited for the medium of animation, where anything goes,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer, Bill Damaschke. “Combined with the magically creative and comedic sensibilities of Tim Johnson and Jim Herzfeld, we look forward to bringing the world of Rumblewick to life.”

“The odds are stacked against our main character, a hard-working rabbit. Telling the story of his struggle and triumph is a fantastic journey. I know audiences are going to fall in love with Rumblewick,” added Tim Johnson.

Rumblewick will follow the adventures of a magician’s rabbit for whom the invitation to learn real magic and train as a witch’s familiar seems like a dream come true! But the dream becomes a nightmare when he discovers he’s really a pawn in a game between rival witches. Having learned the hard way that when something seems too good to be true it probably is, he must outsmart them both to save his fuzzy little hide.

  • tedzey

    I think this might work! I like the idea of parlor trick magic meeting folk-magic, though I’m a little worried about the execution. The guy who wrote Meet the Fockers and the director of Antz doesn’t shout “the next great animated epic since ‘Bambi'”, you know what I mean?

    • Hank

      True, but you do have a director that has given direction to a movie about animals, plus a writer that has done comedy, so maybe that union with a Dreamworks creative team will be enough to make it a success.

      • mat

        That’s sort of like saying that you can build a building when it’s designed by a guy who has designed a building before, and built by a guy who’s worked on buildings before. It changes a little bit when it’s the guys from the tower of Piza doesn’t it?

  • Meg Casey

    Isn’t Sony making an animated film about familiars too? Hm.

  • Lily

    DreamWorks is gearing up their game alright. Lovely drawing, can’t wait to learn more about this one!!

  • Jim Herzfeld, who also wrote Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, will be attending and participating in panels at the 2011 Austin Film Festival Conference on October 20-23. Visit austinfilmfestival.com for more information!