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Marvel may have made the biggest splash in terms of a deal with Netflix, but DreamWorks Animation got there first. The first animated show DreamWorks put on Netflix was Turbo Fast, a spin-off from the film featuring a Ryan Reynolds-voiced snail. Now they’ve announced three new shows. The shows are Puss In Boots, from the Shrek franchise; King Julian, starring the lemur from Madagascar; and Veggie Tales in the House, based on the popular family franchise.

Sticking with the short form animation front, Disney and Pixar will premiere a new Cars themed short film, The Radiator Springs 500 ½, on their new Disney Movies Anywhere app later this spring. It’s the first in a new Pixar series of shorts called Tales from Radiator Springs. Check out the first images below. Read More »

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Smurfs 3 to be a reboot

In a Sequel Bits column published last month, we learned that Sony was fast-tracking Smurfs 3 but doing it as a completely animated movie rather than a live-action animated hybrid like the first two movies. Today we learn more about the project, which turns out is a complete franchise reboot/origin story. Yes, already.

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Hotel Transylvania

Sony loves Genndy Tartakovsky so much, they’re never letting him go. The animation director scored a huge hit with his first film for the studio, Hotel Transylvania, and has since been hard at work on a second, Popeye. Now he’s signed on to direct two more projects for Sony.

One is the sequel to Hotel Transylvania, naturally, but the other is an intriguing original work tentatively titled Genndy Tartakovsky’s Can You Imagine? One for them, one for him. Hit the jump for more details on both.

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The Lego Movie 2 has found its director and it’s one of the major creative forces behind the original. Chris McKay, who headed up the bulk of the animation for directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, has been tapped to direct The Lego Movie 2, set for release May 2017. Read More »

home short film

Steve Martin voices the main character in Home, a DreamWorks Animation film opening this Thanksgiving. He’s Captain Smek, the leader of a race of aliens called the Boov who are searching for a new planet to call… you know. With a film like this, the studio surely hopes they’re sitting on a new animated franchise. But since Home isn’t based on a well-known property, how does one build buzz? How about releasing a Home short film that serves as a prequel to the movie?

Below, check out exactly that. A four minute short film called Almost Home which tells the amusing backstory to the Boov’s perilous journey. Read More »

‘The Art of Rio:’ Exclusive Concept Images

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Every year, animated movies are released that fly under the radar and end up being big hits. One of those in recent years was Rio. A sequel, Rio 2, hits theaters next month. Leading up to that release, Titan Books is releasing The Art of Rio, a collection over 300 pieces of concept art, character sketches, storyboards and digital paintings from Rio as well as the upcoming sequel Rio 2.

Below, check out an exclusive set of images from the book. Read More »

‘The Simpsons’ Couch Gag by ‘Triplets of Belleville’ Director

Possibly the best recent take on Homer Simpson is in The Simpsons couch gag, by Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet. Homer is the sort of guy who would probably turn up his nose at “snooty” French stuff, only to discover that escargots can be pretty delicious. So it’s pretty neat to see the French animation director, who also did The Illusionist, taking charge of latest couch gag for The Simpsons.

Chomet pushes the TV family into slightly new territory, but the underlying jokes are all pretty familiar: Homer is fat, Bart is impish, and Lisa likes animals. But it’s a pretty weird take on all that, and very much worth watching. Read More »

Monsters University short Party Central

A dozen years passed between Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University, but Disney/Pixar isn’t waiting nearly that long to bring the dynamic duo of Mike and Sulley back again. The Monsters University short Party Central is due to be released in theaters with Muppets Most Wanted later this month, and today we have a new clip featuring the Oozma Kappa brothers getting a bit devious. Watch it after the jump.

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