Two weeks ago, Pixar released its latest original film, Luca, straight to Disney+. Some reviews (like the one from /Film’s own Hoai-Tran Bui) praised the film for being a fine depiction of the coming of age of two young boys, while others dubbed Luca as “minor Pixar”. Pixar movies, fairly or not, are graded on a curve. Audiences and critics expect the very best from Pixar – even after a decade in which they released sequels and prequels far more than original stories – and when they get something less, it feels like a big disappointment.
But here are we are at the start of a new month, with another studio releasing its animated film to its own streaming service. DreamWorks Animation movies aren’t graded on a curve, in part because when they’re good, it’s a miracle. The Boss Baby: Family Business is many things. But it’s the opposite of a miracle.
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Trolls came out in 2016, and it’s taken me this long to get Justin Timberlake‘s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” song from the film out of my head. But my relief was short-lived, because DreamWorks Animation just lodged that song back in my brain again by announcing the official title of the second movie in the franchise: Trolls World Tour. Read more about the upcoming sequel, as well as a new project they’re working on called Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts. Read More »
Yesterday, Hulu announced they now have over 20 million users subscribed to their streaming service. That’s a lot of people clamoring for TV shows and movies (and there are even more joining with the new Spotify combo deal), and now they’ll be able to watch them without needing an internet connection all the time.
Hulu has confirmed plans to make offline viewing available so users can download which shows and movies they might want to watch when they don’t have the luxury of being connected to the world wide web. Furthermore, they’ve also struck an exclusive new deal with DreamWorks Animation for their upcoming movie slate and original programming from DreamWorks Animation Television. Read More »
The high-octane world of street racing and outrageous car-based heists is coming to the small screen in a new The Fast and The Furious animated series from DreamWorks Animation. The series is being developed for Netflix, and has franchise star Vin Diesel on board to executive produce. And since this is Fast & Furious we’re talking about, you know this show has to be about #family. But it won’t explicitly be about the adventures of Diesel’s Dominic Toretto – instead it’ll follow his younger cousin, Tony Toretto. Read More »
Very busy filmmaker Guillermo del Toro just added several more projects to his plate. The Shape of Water director just inked a deal with Dreamworks Animation to write, produce, and direct animated family films for the studio. Does this mean we’re about to get the Guillermo del Toro reboot of Shrek? No, it does not, but we can dream.
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DreamWorks Animation brought their trippy animated musical adventure Trolls to Comic-Con this year. As we’ve seen in the trailers, it’s a feature film adaptation of the wild-haired dolls that became popular in the 1990s, and it brings a bunch of pop music hits to the big screen with a so many bright colors, weird characters and creatures, all making for a delightful acid trip that’s safe for kids.
The studio showed off about 15 minutes of footage from the movie, and I was surprised to find that this wasn’t just a showcase for a bunch of pop songs for no reason. Instead, it’s a musical where the songs really motivate the story and help develop the characters. Plus, the original songs executive produced by Justin Timberlake are bound to be favorites of kids and adults alike.
Read more about the Trolls Comic-Con panel after the jump, including some additions to the cast that just might get you even more interested in an animated movie that looks truly original despite being based on a toyline. Read More »
If you’ve been holding out hope that we might see the Shrek franchise return to the big screen, we have some good news. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the original DreamWorks Animation film featuring the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz, and to celebrate the milestone, the studio is figuring out a way to bring the franchise back from the dead.
Comcast’s NBC Universal recently bought DreamWorks Animation, and part of their plan for the animation studio includes creating more Shrek sequels, as revealed by NBCU chief executive Steve Burke during the Guggenheim TMT Symposium in New York. Find out more about the revival of the Shrek franchise after the jump. Read More »
Director Edgar Wright has been a feature filmmaker for about 11 years now, and in that time he’s delivered four outstanding films with near-flawless screenplays, tight editing and visuals that truly use the medium of film to its full potential. Knowing what he’s pulled off in the live-action realm with Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End and Scott Pilgrim vs the World, I’ve always wanted to see what he can do in animation, and now we’ll get to find out.
The Wrap has learned that Wright has signed on to direct and co-write his first animated feature film for DreamWorks Animation. At this time details are scarce, but the movie reportedly focuses on a concept involving shadows, and it seems to have loose ties to a project that DWA was developing awhile back. Read More »
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Pitch Perfect leading lady Anna Kendrick has been situated to lead DreamWorks Animation’s musical adaptation of the Danish toy known as Troll dolls for over a year now. The project is simply called Trolls, and sees the Oscar nominee playing a relentlessly upbeat character named Princess Poppy.
Now Kendrick finally has some company on the animated adventure as recording star turned actor Justin Timberlake (The Social Network, Runner Runner) has just signed on to voice a lead character. And since this is a musical, it’s likely safe to assume that he’ll be doing some singing as well. Read More »
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 »