The animation world was rocked this week as Dreamworks Animation closed its PDI Studio in northern California. The closure comes as part of an expected round of Dreamworks Animation layoffs, but the 500 jobs that were cut this week far exceeded expectations, and the closure of the studio had not been predicted at all. Along with these layoffs comes a significant reduction in production, as the company’s planned three film per year output will now back off to only two films: one original per year, and one sequel.
Along with this closure comes another push for the How to Train Your Dragon 3 release date — the film will now arrive in 2018. Read More »
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Steven Spielberg has chosen a newcomer to play Sophie, the young girl at the center of his next film The BFG. The character Sophie is a young Londoner who meets a “big friendly giant,” to be played by Mark Rylance. Now Ruby Barnhill is The BFG star — she will play Sophie in the film scripted by Melissa Mathison based on the book by Roald Dahl. More info is below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Had DreamWorks stuck with its original plan, Home would be opening tomorrow. But the studio pushed it back to spring, so now we’re getting Penguins of Madagascar in theaters instead and all we’re getting of Home this week is a new trailer.
Based on Adam Rex‘s 2007 children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday, Home sees planet Earth getting taken over by an overly confident alien race called the Boov. It falls to a resourceful a human girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) and an outcast Boov named Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons) to save the day. Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez round out the voice cast as Boov leader Captain Smek and Tip’s mother Lucy, respectively.
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DreamWorks Animation had it’s own Ghostbusters-style movie, B.O.O.: Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations, set for summer 2015 release. But now the company is rethinking the release date. ”We regularly evaluate how to maximize [our films'] value, including determining the most opportune time to release a film,” said a DWA spokesperson, and it turns out that summer 2015 is not the opportune time for B.O.O. The film is now floating in the aether without a release date, like one of its own ghosts. Read More »
Yesterday news broke that DreamWorks Animation had entered merger talks with toy-maker Hasbro. If the merger happens, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenberg would head the new single-family entertainment company known as DreamWorks-Hasbro. I’m surprised something like this hasn’t happened sooner as the combination seems oh-so-obvious. But Hasbro isn’t just a toy company, it has quite a few brands of its own that a company such as DreamWorks Animation could leverage into big screen computer animated features. Which movies could work under the new company? Which movies don’t we want to see from the Dreamworks-Hasbro merger? Find out after the jump.
Update: It’s entirely possible that the merger won’t happen, as Hasbo’s stock price tumbled when word of the possible merger went public. THR and Deadline both report that merger talks are off, though there is caution that talks could be revived if a different valuation of Dreamworks Animation is floated as part of the merger. We’ll still present our list below, and if talks re-open, we’ll report back.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s been a big 24 hours for animated spinoffs about adorable groups of tiny, often incompetent helpers. Last night we got our first Minions trailer, and today we have the last Penguins of Madagascar trailer.
The action adventure sees Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio), and Private (Christopher Knights) facing a threat from Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich), an octopus with ties to the penguins’ past. In order to take him down, they join forces with an elite organization called the North Wind, led by the cranky, no-nonsense Agent Classified (voiced by notable penguin mispronouncer Benedict Cumberbatch).
Watch the new Penguins of Madagascar trailer after the jump. Read More »
Binge watching television is a relatively new practice. It really became a thing when full seasons of TV shows hit DVD and were traded between friends and family. It got even more popular when streaming services like Netflix and Hulu began featuring hit shows. Now fans could watch entire seasons, or even a full series of television without leaving their couch or buying discs. It was all at their fingertips.
Once Netflix started creating their own content, like House of Cards, some people blew threw the whole season in a day. Others took their time. Some wanted to discuss episodes others hadn’t seen yet and television became a game of avoiding spoilers. A whole new kind of entertainment was born: Netflix binge watching.
Throughout all this, Netflix seemed dead set on always uploading entire new full series at once. Now, with a new show, they’re bucking that trend for a very specific reason. Find out which new series is abandoning the binge watch style and why it’s not being uploaded all at once, below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Actually completing a tale shouldn’t feel like a bold choice. But in an era when every major studio effort seems to be made with not just a sequel but an entire Marvel-style universe in mind, true endings are rarer than they should be. Instead, we get plot threads left dangling for installments on end, epilogues awkwardly tacked on at the last minute, and single stories split into two or three pieces.
So kudos to How to Train Your Dragon director Dean DeBlois for sticking with his three-film plan. While DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg has hinted at the possibility of a How to Train Your Dragon 4, it seems DeBlois is sticking to his guns. Although he says spinoffs aren’t out of the question. Hit the jump for DeBlois’ comments.
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