Tag: DreamWorks Animation

DreamWorks Animation hires Joel Crawford to direct The Croods 2

DreamWorks Animation hires Joel Crawford to direct The Croods 2

Animation
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 teams up with Blumhouse Productions for a film titled Spooky Jack

DreamWorks Animation teams up with Blumhouse Productions for a film titled Spooky Jack

Animation
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 announces winners of Pipeline awards

Shotgun Software announces winners of Pipeline awards

Animation, VFX
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,
From Dreamworks to Paramount Pictures, Mireille Soria takes a big jump

From Dreamworks to Paramount Pictures, Mireille Soria takes a big jump

Animation
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
Throwback Thursday: Six best animated animal movies

Throwback Thursday: Six best animated animal movies

Animation
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 comes out with its theme park plans

NBCUniversal comes out with its theme park plans

Studio
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
After acquisition of Dreamworks Animation a new micro-series comes up

After acquisition of Dreamworks Animation a new micro-series comes up

Animation
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
Boss Baby 2 to arrive in March 2021

Boss Baby 2 to arrive in March 2021

Animation, Headlines
It’s become a sort of norm in Hollywood that within a week of announcing a sequel to the original movie, the makers announce the date and the year of release. Following the makers of Angry Birds 2, Universal and DWA have announced that The Boss Baby 2 will hit theatres on March 26, 2021. If that is not all, another good news is that  Alec Baldwin is reuniting with DreamWorks Animation for the film. The Boss Baby about a power-obsessed infant voiced by Baldwin went on to be a sleeper hit at the global box office earning $468.4 million to date. The film, that opened in theaters on March 21 this year coincided with Baldwin's standout ongoing impersonation of President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. The Boss Baby film franchise is based on Marla Frazee's picture-book series about
Sequel of The Boss Baby planned

Sequel of The Boss Baby planned

Animation
It was only yesterday, we gave you the news about the home video of The Boss Baby releasing on July 25. Today, we get you the news that DreamWorks Animation has revealed that it’s expecting a sequel of The Boss Baby. The second feature, slated for release on March 26, 2021 will be released through Universal Pictures. The Boss Baby 2 will bring back voice star Alec Baldwin as the business-savvy bundle of joy. He will be reunited with the creative team behind the original film based on Marla Frazee’s picture-book series. Directed by Tom McGrath, The Boss Baby released on March 31 and exceeded box-office expectations by dethroning Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from the No. 1 spot wth a $50 million+ opening weekend. The CG family comedy has since cashed in $167 million domestically and o

Sprout to be renamed as Universal Kids

Channels
In its biggest evolution move, NBC Universal’s pre-school net Sprout will rebrand to become Universal Kids, a US network for two- to 11-year-olds on September 9. The network will include pre-school content, a lineup of DreamWorks Animation TV series, unscripted entertainment and live-action scripted originals. Growing from Sprout’s linear base of 60 million US homes, the new brand will undoubtedly benefit from promotion across Universal’s portfolio of brands that includes DreamWorks Animation which the parent company Comcast purchased for US$3.8 billion last year—and feature film unit Illumination Entertainment. The network, which will square off in a competitive kids TV landscape currently dominated by Viacom-owned Nickelodeon, Turner’s Cartoon Network and Disney Channel, will be led