Briefly: The animated Madagascar spin-off movie intended to showcase the four scene-stealing pengiuns from that series now has a director. Simon Smith, who co-directed Bee Movie for Dreamworks, is now set to hold the reins on the film, which was fast-tracked back in March. That was when Megamind writers Alan J. Schoolcraft and Brent Simons were hired to script.

The penguins have proven to be one of the most popular aspects of the Mardagascar films and have already been given their own short, and an animated show on Nickelodeon. We still don’t have any new info on the story or casting for this one, but with a director in place that should all be announced sooner rather than later. [THR]

The four roguish penguins that have been in both Magadascar movies (and will be in the third film, to be released next year) are one of the most popular aspects of that series. They starred in their own spin-off short when the first film hit DVD and have a TV show on Nickleodeon.

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First Look: DreamWorks Animation’s Oobermind


AICN have posted a batch of new promotional images and posters from the Licensing Show in Las Vegas, including a promotional poster for Spider-Man 4, a generic Iron Man 2 character banner and a poster featuring Shrek and Donkey for Shrek Forever After.

But the thing that caught my attention was the first promotional art for DreamWorks Animation’s Oobermind. Maybe just because we havent seen any of these character designs before. This is the superhero project being produced by Ben Stiller, formerly titled Master Mind. I’ve cleaned up some of the images and posted them after the jump. Head on over to AICN to see the promotional art in higher resolution.

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DreamWorks Animation Announces 2009-2012 Releases

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DreamWorks Animation has announced plans to release five feature films every two years, up from their previous two films a year schedule. The company cites their “three very successful franchises” as one of the reasons to produce an extra film every other year. Apparently the plan is to release one or two sequels a year, as well as an original project, all of which will be produced in digital 3D. Check out the full schedule after the jump.

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