DreamWorks Promotes Upcoming ‘Home’ with New Short ‘Almost Home’

DreamWorks premiered online a new short Almost Home on Buzzfeed this morning to promote their next original feature, Home, which will debut on November 26, 2014. The short, which has also been playing in front of the theatrical release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, was directed by Todd Wilderman. The upcoming feature is based on the 2007 book The True Meaning of Smekday.


  • Mike!

    I saw the short before Peabody, didn’t realize it was tied into a future film.
    Guess it makes sense, they wouldn’t waste Steve Martin for just a three minute short.
    But the short was really awful, in my opinion. Not very original or amusing at all. Doesn’t bode well to me that this will be a full feature.

    • cetrata

      I’m still not sure of how home will be after I saw it.

  • Rigamix

    Watching it I was thinking that it would be pretty cool (although not very original) to see different planets and creatures in an animation movie, like Lost in Space. But then they went to Earth…

  • Joseph Patrick

    It kind of pisses me off that this was the short that premiered in front of “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” and not the CG “Rocky and Bullwinkle” short I’ve read about.

    • IJK

      Someone wanting to see a familiar brand over an original creation? Why I never…

    • Googamp32

      Indeed, Mr Tedesco. Seeing a new Rocky and Bullwinkle short was the selling point for me. But no, they went with something that they HOPED I’d really like rather than something I WOULD really like. Good thing I waited for Animat’s review before deciding whether or not to see it. At least we still have “Muppets Most Wanted” to look forward to!

  • Roberto Gonzalez

    I kinda liked the designs but I didn’t find it very amusing or funny.

    On the other hand Peabody and Sherman surprised me in a good way. There were some generic aspects in it but it was quite more faithful to the original series than I was expecting it to be. I think it deserves a talkback,

    • celticmoon

      Yes, where did the talkback posts go? I always enjoyed reading everyone’s comments. They have been off and on (but more off than on) since late last year. Cloudy 2 didn’t get one. Then, Free Birds and Frozen did. But nothing since. The LEGO Movie was huge and still didn’t get one. Hmmm…

  • Rufus

    If it’s anything like the book (SPOILERS!!) the Boov invade earth and force the humans into a reservation (Florida) – and then force them to move again ala trail of tears. So I’d say there’s a good chance that not only will this movie provide a rollicking good holiday viewing experience but we can learn something important about American history and man’s inhumanity to man in the process.
    = winning!

    • Mr. James

      Rufus, I COMPLETELY agree. If this lives up to even a 10th of the book’s fun and well developed characters and story this movie will be AWESOME! I’m a bit apprehensive seeing this short but I’ll give it a shot since I loved the book so much.

    • http://www.geloyellow.com/ Gerard Lopez

      Mr. Peabody showed how humans can be inhuman to man

  • George Comerci

    Well, now the short makes sense. Clever of DreamWorks to put it in front of Mr. Peabody and Sherman :)

  • k

    when it started up, I thought it was part of the movie, and going to be some sort of non-copyright-offending fake cartoon Sherman was going to be shown watching or something.

  • Pedro Nakama

    I saw the Rocky and Bullwinkle short a few months ago. I thought it was suppose to be at the head of Peabody and Sherman . I guess maybe for the DVD release.

    • wever

      Nowhere did Dreamworks promise or even state that the Rocky And
      Bullwinkle short would premiere in from of the movie. We misread that. That said… you got to see the short!? It’s already finished!? Where did they show it?

      • Pedro Nakama

        At Animation Magazine’s Summit in November Jay Ward’s daughter said it would be in front of Peabody and Sherman.

        May it was pulled for political reasons. Whats going on with Russia today.

  • Strong Enough

    let’s speculate how much money this will lose for dreamworks.

  • Hankenshift

    This looks to be the most appealing and original film Dreamworks has made. I hope the feature lives up to the short.

  • Mike

    Yikes. It’s always one step forward, two steps back for Dreamworks character design..

  • Steven Bowser

    OF COURSE they go to earth. That made me so mad. It’s the most predictable thing that could’ve happened. That disappointed me so much.

  • IJk

    “DreamWorks premiered online a new short Almost Home on Buzzfeed this morning to promote their next original feature, Home, which will debut on November 26, 2014.”

    Guess I got it from CartoonBrew. I also guess you have a serious bias against Dreamworks.

    • Joseph Patrick

      Sure. Except the part where you missed, “Based on the 2007 book ‘The True Meaning of Smekday.’”

      • AmidAmidi

        By Hollywood standards, this is technically considered an original film property. Just like Prince of Egypt and the first Shrek are based on old books, yet are still considered original films.

  • Googamp32

    You know, I’m starting to see why Dreamworks has been having a dry run as of late.

  • Joseph_Hudak

    This really does not bode well for Dreamworks’ upcoming movie. The main character is extremely annoying, the art is both ugly and uninspired, and worst of all, these are the main characters! Even the whole “incompetent aliens invade Earth” premise seems tired at this certainly doesn’t bring much new to the table. I can already predict that it will end with the humans and aliens living together in peace after some sort of stupid battle

    Say what you will about Despicable Me, which has the same problem of trying way too hard with its humor and “funny body language”, but Gru was a fully realized character that you could actually care about–heck, pretty much the only reason to sit through Despicable Me 2 (and the chicken)

    This is obviously an attempt to ape the success of Despicable Me’s Minions and as much as I hate them, Universal played it smart by having them speak gibberish to avoid the sort of badly written jokey dialogue seen here. Dreamworks can do much, much better than this dreck.

  • http://tresportfolio.tumblr.com/ Tres Swygert

    I think what would be nice is if DreamWorks would start creating some shorts in the beginning of their films. Then, with the results from audiences’ reactions and inputs, see which ones could be pushed further into becoming a full length feature, or a television series.

    If they go straight to television series, and the series does very well, could option for it to become a full length feature, keeping the story and the characters consistent of what’s happening…or not. Either way, I think they tapped into something that I hope they would continue. Not Disney and Pixar can be the only ones to do animated shorts before movies. lol