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Dreamworks Animation: 2010 through 2012

Dreamworks Animation announced its release slate today. Here’s what’s coming up:

&#149 How to Train Your Dragon will be released on March 26, 2010. Written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois about a teenager who fights dragons as a way of life.

&#149 Shrek Forever After will be released on May 21, 2010. Directed by Mike Mitchell.

&#149 Oobermind (formerly titled Master Mind) will open on Nov. 5, 2010. Directed by Tom McGrath and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Tina Fey; It’s about a super villain (Oobermind) who falls into despair after defeating his foe, the super hero Metro Man.

&#149 Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom will be come out June 3, 2011. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Panda will feature the return of the original voice cast including Jack Black and Dustin Hoffman.

&#149 The Guardians, based on forthcoming books by William Joyce, will be released on Nov. 4, 2011. The world’s five unlikeliest heroes – Jack Frost, North (aka Santa), Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny), Tooth (the Tooth Fairy), and Sandy (the Sandman) band together to stop an ancient spirit called Pitch (the Boogeyman) from plunging the world into eternal darkness. Sounds intriguing.

&#149 Puss In Boots will be released on March 30, 2012. Antonio Banderas is back as Puss, who tackles an evil Humpty Dumpty and a street-savvy Kitty who have stolen the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.

&#149 Another Madagascar sequel will be released on May 25, 2012.

&#149 On Nov. 2, 2012, the company plans to release one of three projects currently in pre-production: The Croods directed by Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco, about a caveman; Truckers about a society of tiny beings living in a department store; or an untitled Super Secret Ghost Project, about … ghosts.

More details on these releases is posted at the San Francisco Business Times.

  • Paul N

    Glad to see “Truckers” is getting some love – read the books back when they optioned them, and they could make for an interesting action-adventure film.

  • I don’t get the William Joyce fascination at animation studios.

  • tgentry

    All of those in just 2 years? Man they’re really crankin’ ’em out.

  • joecab

    FloydB: Me neither. I thought they had already produced all of his books by now,

  • Jim

    Actually, 3 years (2010, 2011, 2012). And some of these films sound pretty interesting… here’s hoping for some more KFP-style successes.

  • Nick

    Notice they’re not planning anything after 2012. bum, bum, BUM. JK. Seriously though does anyone else think there are way too many Shreks and Madagascar films? I mean the next Shrek is all a big What-if scenario. Which I can pretty much guarantee will end up pulling a huge Dynasty in the end. “How to Train Your Dragon” sounds like a great film but then I remember it’s a Dreamworks film.

  • Shrek Forever?

    Oh, I can just see more sequels in the near future: Shrek and Robin, Shrek Begins, The Dark Ogre

  • I’m especially looking forward to How to Train Your Dragon, I’m a big fan of Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois since Lilo & Stitch!!!

  • droosan

    Holy Title Changes, Batman! o_O

    SHREK GOES FOURTH –> SHREK FOREVER (inviting the Batman comparison?)

    MASTERMIND –> OOBERMIND (purposely ‘mis-spelled’ for the sake of trademarks, I assume)

    CROOD AWAKENINGS –> THE CROODS (still looking forward to this, regardless of its now ‘less-clever’ title)

  • Gobo

    Also, droosan:

    What’s up with neutering all of their upcoming titles? Very weird. Especially since the 4th Shrek movie now reminds me of both BATMAN FOREVER and “Ramona Forever”…

  • Gill

    Oobermind has an interesting plot summary. Also, glad Tina Fey will be doing some voice work!

  • Looking forward to Chris Sanders films and the Panda sequel. How will the new director handle the pressure of a sequel? :)

  • Back in 2006, there were news stories going around that Dreamworks had a CGI remake of Jay Ward’s “Peabody & Sherman” (directed by Rob Minkoff) in the pipeline? I don’t think we heard anything since. Is this project dead?

  • Bob

    The title for the Shrek movie is actually “Shrek Forever After” according to Variety (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118004228.html?categoryid=18&cs=1).

  • Jonah Sidhom

    The ones that sound interesting to me are Oobermind and The Guardians.

    And Shrek Forever is a weird title. But I guess they still need the “four” sound.

    I wonder if there’ll be a fifth…
    Shrek and Fievel Go West

  • Perhaps not all stellar concepts, but I wish Disney would display some of the same confidence as Jeffrey.

    I’m just sayin’…

  • Cadpig

    Is it too much to ask for just ONE movie that doesn’t
    feature a “misfit” or “band of misfits” that train for two hours
    only to fight ___________( fill in the blank) in an anti climactic,
    cliche ridden finale??


    In keeping with the hard times… the economic downturn and high cost of EVERYTHING. We’ve just gotten negative and downright pissy.


    The Kung Fu Pandemic


    and last but not least…. Nevermind.

  • I agree with floyd.

  • Katella Gate

    Shrek Forever… well, Shrek may go on forever, but it’s certainly worn out its welcome. An army of interchangeable secondary characters, and one sidekick too many. We’re deep in Jaws territory now.

  • Aerial Flyer

    This information is great for our economy (*it employs artists) but i’m personally not a fan of Dreamworks so these dates don’t mean anything to me.

    Any studio that can get away with Shrek-like designs, is a little sketchy.

    But hey, if theres merchandise and money to be had..

  • haha

    Quantity vs Quality

  • Both Shrek the Third and Shrek Goes Forth sounded similar to “Blackadder The Third” and “Blackadder Goes Forth.”

    Unfortunately, calling it “Shrek Forever” sounds like a corporate Freudian slip about extending the franchise beyond its breaking point.

  • Blik

    I’m looking forward to a new Dean DuBois film! His work on Lilo and Stitch was amazing.

  • Al

    There’s still hope JK might resurrect “Oink-lahoma” in turnaround from Disney for 2013.

  • Enoch Allen

    Some of these titles make me laugh. Others make me retch.

    Guys, honestly–Kaboom of Doom? *guffaw*


    I like how some of you are referencing Batman Forever and doing a compare to Shrek. That gives me some funny visuals in my head to mentally chew on, including a possible ogre-tastic parody of Seal’s Kiss From a Rose music video, with a Fiona stand-in for Kidman’s character. And Shrek obviously leaping off of a gargoyle-ified likeness of himself to spread his cape and land safely (hilariously) on the ground below.

    Yes, DreamWorks can cop the above suggestions without fear of a lawsuit from me, or (I hope) any of us commenters who in turn provoked the above speculation.

    Looking forward to Oobermind, I tell ya. That looks like it could turn into something big, with the focus apparently placed on the villain and not the hero.

    Much love for Puss In Boots, but here’s hoping DW takes the character somewhere other than in predictable directions.

  • Julian Carter

    “There’s still hope JK might resurrect “Oink-lahoma” in turnaround from Disney for 2013.”

    Is that one of those initially proposed then dumped projects, Al? What is it about? And when you say Disney, do you mean Pixar or Walt Disney Animation Studios?

  • John A

    I’d be more excited if at least ONE of these films were traditionally animated (I’m just an old purist, that’s all)

  • You know, Dreamworks has proven it can make a decent movie stand on its own. Do you think someday Jeffrey will be okay with having a success without milking it with 20 sequals?

  • The ones that are not sequels sound interesting.

  • Stanley MH

    “Oinklahoma” was in development during production of “Oliver and Co”. Once “The Little Mermaid” began taking shape, JK and others at Disney realized that maybe more projects like “Oliver” were not the way to go. The true silver age Disney stuff began with the arrival of Ashman and Mencken.

  • DC

    Looking forward to Chris Sanders Works, cant say the same for Shrek and Madagascar.

  • I’m gonna hate the year 2012, just hearing that the Madagascar sequel is coming out on my birthday is a sin. Not too mention that both it and I are the third. Totally ridiculous. The only good concept I am willing to really see is Oobermind, other than that, I can’t say I’m excited to see the other stuff from DreamWorks. I still can’t get over the fact that Jeffrey puts money over a good storyline when he does sequels…or when he’s looking to make one after an original gets that money.

  • Scott Harpel

    How anyone can sell this stuff with a straight face after the one two punch of Wall-E and Up and perhaps the third of Princess and Frog is simply mind boggling.

  • Brian Kidd

    Hmm. First of all, wouldn’t it be “Ãœbermind”? I guess Hukked on Foniks worked for them! Also, I wonder if Joss Whedon knew that there was an animated sequel to Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog in the works? I’m just saying.

    I’m always willing to give Chris Sanders a try. He’s an interesting director.

    Other than his films, though, everything sounds safe and bland. I know Mike Myers needs the money after The Love Guru, but can Dreamworks please stop with the Shrek films? The first two were at least enjoyable fluff, but the last one was unwatchable. Kung Fu Panda was far better than it had a right to be, but I think it was because it truly paid homage to the genre of films it was spoofing. There were people behind that film that had an obvious love for Kung Fu movies. If the sequel doesn’t have the same kind of care put into it, then it will be a waste. I’ll remain cautiously-optimistic.

    I think I’m just frustrated that Dreamworks has some very talented people working for them but seem to be shackled by strict formulas. It’s the same thing I see at Disney. There are moments where you can tell that there are creative artists behind the scenes, but those moments poke their heads out and then quickly retreat back to the safety of focus-tested mediocrity. Pixar is the only mainstream animation studio today that has been able to strike the right balance of pushing boundaries whilst remaining accessible to a broad audience. It *can* be done, but chances have to be taken. I’m not saying that there will never be failures, but I firmly believe that most of Pixar’s films will still be watched and loved decades from now. These “safe” may initially make money, but will have no shelf life. An investment in quality now can lead to financial returns almost indefinitely.

  • Hooray for Truckers movie, that’s a dandy book. And hooray for Chris Sanders involvement. Boo to more Madagascar and Shrek sequels, meh to a Kung-Fu Panda sequel (it’s good but I’m not sure many of the surviving characters are interesting enough to warrant a return outing, especially if they insist on bringing back the furious fighting five + however many other under-developed celebrity voiced characters they can shoehorn in to drag the picture down.)

    Little disappointed there’s no plans for a MvA sequel. I really think they could get it right a second time with the art-style, characters and voice cast they had; lots of franchises have ropey starts, I think this one deserves another chance.

    Oobermind sounds like it’ll be to The Incredibles what Shark Tale was to Finding Nemo (ie. not a threat)

  • Sean

    I love Truckers, but I don’t think Dreamworks should ruin Pratchett. Spare me.

  • Anonadado

    DW has prooven they can give quality and quantity.. KFP and Sequels… and it’s sad that after talking so bad about them.. mostly from Pixar and Disney side… Jhon Lasseter now wants to copy DW producing a lot of disney gimmick films.. and now opening a studio in vancouver for ‘direct to DVD’ movies, ads, more ‘Cars-toons’.. ugh! he realised that DW is probably is the second in quality or stories in their movies BUT in the top of the business… Mad2 made a fortune compared to Wall-e and I was also blown away… cuz i liked Wall-e better than Mad2.. but still I was entertained by the sequel..