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Dreamworks' entire animated slate gets plots and release dates through 2014

Mar. 8, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Despite Paramount finding success without them for RANGO, Dreamworks Animation is still busy busy, and has finally now organized all their upcoming films in a press release giving out release dates, writers, directors and plots for each of their upcoming films.

What's on the docket? Some you know, some you don't.

KUNG FU PANDA 2 for May 26, 2011

PUSS IN BOOTS for November 4, 2011

• MADAGASCAR 3 for June 8, 2012

• RISE OF THE GUARDIANS for November 21, 2012

• THE CROODS for March 1, 2013 • Turbo for June 7, 2013

• ME AND MY SHADOW for November 8, 2013

• MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN for March 21, 2014

• HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 for June 20, 2014

Despite this being my job, I haven't heard of RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, THE CROODS, TURBO or ME AND MY SHADOW, but as they're not sequels I applaud their existence. To find out what each is about, consult the mammoth info sheet at the bottom of this post.

It seems a bit strange that HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is waiting until all the way to mid 2014 for release, as that's a solid three years out. Sarah Palin will be halfway through her first time by then!

Anyway, check out the plot descriptions for each of these below if you're curious.

Kung Fu Panda 2 will be released on May 26, 2011. It is being directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda), produced by Melissa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda) and written by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda). It stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong and Michelle Yeoh. In the sequel, Po is living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po’s life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins… only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

Puss In Boots will be released on November 4, 2011. It is directed by Chris Miller (Shrek the Third) and produced by Joe Aguilar (Merry Madagascar) and Latifa Ouaou (Monsters vs. Aliens). It is being written by Tom Wheeler (The Cape). Andrew Adamson (Shrek, The Chronicles of Narnia) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) are serving as executive producers on the film, which stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss In Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. It’s the adventure of nine lifetimes!

Madagascar 3 will be released on June 8, 2012. It is directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa) and produced by Mireille Soria (Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa) and Mark Swift (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa). It is being written by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr. Fox) and once again stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer and Andy Richter. Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.

Rise of the Guardians, based on the forthcoming books by William Joyce, will be released on November 21, 2012. It is directed by Peter Ramsey (Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space) and co-directed by Joyce. The film is being produced by Christina Steinberg (Bee Movie, National Treasure) and Nancy Bernstein, long-time head of Production at DreamWorks Animation. Rise of the Guardians is being written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole) and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and Michael Siegel. It stars Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. More than a collection of the well-known childhood legends, Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

The Croods will be released on March 1, 2013. It is being written and directed by two-time Academy Award® nominee Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) and produced by Kristine Belson (How to Train Your Dragon) and Jane Hartwell (Shrek). It stars Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman. The Croods is a comedy adventure that takes us back to a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet known as the Croodaceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before- seen creatures and landscapes. Audiences will relate to the hilarious family antics as an imaginative and resourceful newcomer helps the Croods navigate their way through the fantastic world beyond their cave. urbo will be released on June 7, 2013. It is being directed by David Soren (Merry Madagascar), who first brought the project to the studio, and produced by Lisa Stewart (Monsters vs. Aliens). It is being written by Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After) together with Soren.

Turbo tells the story of an ordinary garden snail with an impossible dream: to become the fastest snail in the world. When a freak accident gives him extraordinary speed, Turbo sets out to try to make this dream come true. In Me and My Shadow, which will be released on November 8, 2013, the studio will pioneer a groundbreaking combination of both CG and traditional animation techniques seamlessly together throughout the film. The film is directed by Mark Dindal (Chicken Little, The Emperor’s New Groove) and produced by Melissa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2) and Teresa Cheng (Shrek Forever After, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron). It is being written by Tom Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart).

Me and My Shadow tells the story of Shadow Stan, an extremely frustrated shadow who yearns for a dynamic life but happens to be stuck with Stanley Grubb, the world’s most boring human. Finally pushed to the brink, Shadow Stan breaks the singular rule of the Shadow World – “They lead, we follow” – and takes control of Stanley!

Mr. Peabody & Sherman will be released on March 21, 2014. It is directed by Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little, The Lion King) and produced by Jason Clark (Monster House, Stuart Little) and Denise Nolan Cascino (Megamind). It is being written by Craig Wright (United States of Tara, Six Feet Under). Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Bullwinkle Studio’s Tiffany Ward and Classic Media’s Eric Ellenbogen are serving as executive producers on the film, which stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Robert Downey Jr. Based on Jay Ward’s classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. He and his “pet” boy Sherman discover that someone has stolen their time traveling WABAC machine and is changing moments in history to disastrous and comical results. It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to somehow put a stop to this villain before his actions destroy the space-time continuum in Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the Academy Award®-nominated original film from 2010, will be released on June 20, 2014. It is being directed and written by Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon) and produced by Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon). Also based on the book series by Cressida Cowell, the sequel is being executive produced by Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) together with DeBlois. How to Train Your Dragon 2 again stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig.

Extra Tidbit: Annnd this is officially the longest post word count-wise I've ever posted on JoBlo.
Source: Dreamworks

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11:13PM on 03/09/2011
I will almost be 26 by the time Dragon 2 comes out...that depresses me...
I will almost be 26 by the time Dragon 2 comes out...that depresses me...
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11:10PM on 03/09/2011
I will almost be 26 by the time Dragon 2 comes out...that depresses me...
I will almost be 26 by the time Dragon 2 comes out...that depresses me...
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9:03AM on 03/09/2011
If you can find a pop culture reference in How To Train Your Dragon, let me know, cuz I don't remember any. It would be nice if some people could lay off the Dreamworks bashing long enough to see how these movies play out. As I've said before, Dreamworks is taking a turn in a new direction with Rise of the Guardians and the movies following it. No less than 5 brand new animated movies are coming from the studio in this 3 or 4 year period, outweighing the sequels. Give em a chance, guys, the
If you can find a pop culture reference in How To Train Your Dragon, let me know, cuz I don't remember any. It would be nice if some people could lay off the Dreamworks bashing long enough to see how these movies play out. As I've said before, Dreamworks is taking a turn in a new direction with Rise of the Guardians and the movies following it. No less than 5 brand new animated movies are coming from the studio in this 3 or 4 year period, outweighing the sequels. Give em a chance, guys, the trash talk is getting old.
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12:42AM on 03/09/2011
Dreamworks Animation = Shit.
Dreamworks Animation = Shit.
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8:47PM on 03/08/2011
How is Madagascar getting another sequel ,it was easily one of my least favorite Dreamwork films. Glad to see some original films, but too bad none of them are coming out this year because than they might have a chance of beating Pixar for best animated film since they only have Cars 2 this year.
How is Madagascar getting another sequel ,it was easily one of my least favorite Dreamwork films. Glad to see some original films, but too bad none of them are coming out this year because than they might have a chance of beating Pixar for best animated film since they only have Cars 2 this year.
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8:05PM on 03/08/2011
why is HTTYD 2 so far out..?
why is HTTYD 2 so far out..?
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8:50PM on 03/08/2011
Probably because they want it to be good. Pixar films take longer than three years from inception to release.

What I'd like to know is how they can come up with an exact release date three years out when the film is barely started.
Probably because they want it to be good. Pixar films take longer than three years from inception to release.

What I'd like to know is how they can come up with an exact release date three years out when the film is barely started.
6:21PM on 03/08/2011

Great

More noisy animated features with dialogue consisting entirely of pop culture references.

How original!

What ever happened to more realistic animated features from the the action/adventure genre?




More noisy animated features with dialogue consisting entirely of pop culture references.

How original!

What ever happened to more realistic animated features from the the action/adventure genre?




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5:30PM on 03/08/2011
After seeing the amazing RANGO I can only assume these films are yet another stage in the dumbing down of the moviegoing public
After seeing the amazing RANGO I can only assume these films are yet another stage in the dumbing down of the moviegoing public
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4:57PM on 03/08/2011
Rise of the Guardians sounds like an animated version of "Ink"
Rise of the Guardians sounds like an animated version of "Ink"
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4:06PM on 03/08/2011

DAMN...

I really thought Rise of the Guardians was a sequel to Legend of the Guardians... unfortunately it's not, and I don't think that was a DreamWorks movie anyway... too bad...
I really thought Rise of the Guardians was a sequel to Legend of the Guardians... unfortunately it's not, and I don't think that was a DreamWorks movie anyway... too bad...
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3:16PM on 03/08/2011
Can't wait to see Rise of the Guardians. It has a cool concept and the cast is really interesting.

Also want to see the obvious How To Train Your Dragon 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
Can't wait to see Rise of the Guardians. It has a cool concept and the cast is really interesting.

Also want to see the obvious How To Train Your Dragon 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
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