DreamWorks Animation and Netflix’s long term partnership has started bearing fruit. May be as a result of that, the two have announced a massive six show slate for 2018. These include adaptations of recent theatrical films like The Boss Baby and Captain Underpants as well as the revival of She-Ra: Princess of Power. Trolls: The Beat Goes On will debut on January 19 on Netflix. Picking up where the film left off, the Netflix original series is an all-new chapter in the adventures of the Trolls Poppy, Branch and all of Troll Village. Executively produced by Matthew Beans, the series features Skylar Astin and Amanda Leighton as the voices of Branch and Poppy respectively with original songs written and produced by Alana Da Fonseca. The series will premiere exclusively on Netflix in th
Let us begin by noting that November 21, 1997 marked the wide theatrical release of Anastasia, the first feature from Fox Animation Studios and the ninth of the directing-producing team of Bluth and Goldman who co-directed for the first time besides producing. The film performed well earning around $140 million globally and became the highest-grossing Bluth film ever. It even generated a direct-to-video spinoff Bartok the Magnificent. That same year, Turner Feature Animation also launched its first effort Cats Don’t Dance. The next year, three more studios each debuted their hand-drawn efforts. They were Warner Bros. (Quest for Camelot), Nickelodeon Movies (The Rugrats Movie) and Dreamworks Animation (The Prince of Egypt). But hand-drawn films proved no match for the groundb
The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation Television and Israel’s Hop! Media Group have all joined Hope Works, a project created by BBC Children’s and Sky Kids. Launched in February last, Hope Works is currently making a series of 12 short films meant to reassure and inspire kids who are growing up with a 24-hour news cycle and overwhelming social media resources. Focusing on compassion, healing and good news, the films will be aimed at children aged four to 12 and will be supported on the HopeWorks website with additional resources and activities for parents and teachers. Disney Channels UK & Ireland has partnered with RagDoll Productions to create an original short under the Hope Works banner, which will be available on Disney Channel platforms and other networks in 2018.
DreamWorks Animation has hired Joel Crawford as director for The Croods 2 that has been slated for a 2020 release. Studio veteran Mark Swift will be the producer. Incidentally, Crawford is known for being head of the story department in the recent Trolls film. The Croods sequel will mark his directorial debut. His earlier credits include the Kung Fu Panda series, the Rise of the Guardians, and Bee Movie. Swift, on the other hand, has produced other notable DreamWorks projects such as Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, two Madagascar films, Bee Movie, and Shark Tale. “Joel has done masterful work in his career and has proven himself to be an artist with a keen eye for character and story,” said Chris deFaria, president of DreamWorks Animation Film Group. “His wonderful work at
DreamWorks Animation has teamed up with Blumhouse Productions for a film tentatively titled Spooky Jack. The film’s a dark comedy that takes a look at the world of eerie things that are conjured from the imaginations of children from the Monsters Under Your Bed to Leprechauns, Boogeymen, Bigfoot and the Chupacabra – about which parents for years have offered the assurance that there is no such thing. In Spooky Jack, three siblings move into a new house and accidentally discover that the monstrous things they’ve been told don’t exist, do exist and they are as afraid of us as we are of them. The project initially started out as a live action film written by Robert Ben Garant, known to have written Night at the Museum‘s. He is still on board for the animation version. The live actio
Shotgun Software has made public the winners of its fourth annual Pipeline Awards that recognises outstanding achievement in pipeline tool development. This year’s winners showed innovation in overcoming common challenges faced by VFX and animation studios, efficiency in scaling to meet the demands of large-scale projects and generosity in making their tools open source to be leveraged by the wider community. This year’s winners are: DreamWorks Animation for the DWATV Credits Tool: Originally designed to streamline credits by tracking and spell checking the names and titles of thousands of people who work across DreamWorks Animation, this tool grew to also track approvals and revision history, and connects to Shotgun. It’s now one of the studio’s most widely-used tools,
Paramount Pictures has appointed Mireille Soria as president of Paramount Animation. At Paramount, Soria will be responsible for all operations of the animation group from creative development to release and will also work closely with the various Viacom teams to develop animated feature films. Before this, the lady served as co-president of feature animation at DreamWorks Animation (DWA) until last December. At DWA, Soria oversaw the animated movies Trolls and Boss Baby and recently produced Captain Underpants. She also produced movies in the Madagascar franchise that grossed nearly $1.9 billion worldwide, as well as earlier films such as Home, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos said, “I’ve known
Mummies and papas, while going through our earlier dispatches of Throwback Thursday, you must have learnt a lot about different genres of animation films. Today, we get you a list of six animation movies featuring talking animals. Hope you enjoy these films with your kids. Happy viewing. A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures The film is a 2010 English-language Belgian-French 3D computer-animated adventure fantasy comedy-drama film co-written and directed by Ben Stassen. The film deals with a sea turtle who was hatched in 1959 and spends the next 50 years travelling around the world while it is being changed by global warming. Finding Nemo It is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pict...
NBCUniversal has disclosed its first wave of theme park plans that capitalise on its 2016 acquisition of DreamWorks Animation. Accordingly, a brand-new DreamWorks Theatre attraction that will open at Comcast-owned Universal Studios at Hollywood in 2018. Created in partnership with Universal Creative and DreamWorks’ Artists, a Kung Fu Panda multi-sensory adventure featuring state-of-the-art projection mapping and LED lighting effects will be the theater’s first branded experience in the newly designed venue. Other yet-to-be-announced DreamWorks characters will be featured in their own immersive attractions at the theater. Prior to the theatre’s opening, new DreamWorks costumed characters from Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Trolls and Shrek will head to Universal Studios Hollywood this sum
With it being taken over by Comcast/NBCUniversal recently, there has been a major shake-up at DreamWorks Animation. Capturing this shake-up is a new animated micro-series Disrupted created by director Brian Newlin and inspired by his own experiences. It was launched in collaboration with Nimble Collective’s Virtual Studio Service Platform. Disrupted is set in a real-life coffee shop (Backyard Coffee in Redwood City, California), depicting the events in the life of an animated avatar of Newlin: Ben a 40 something unexpectedly out of work animator on a disillusioned and absurd path back to the work force. To follow the episodes posted in a blog format, one can follow the series at www.disruptedliving.com and take advantage of the subtle dischord of 3D characters on live-action backgrou