DreamWorks Animation Unveils Film Slate Through 2016

20th Century Fox will be distributing three films a year from the animation studio, starting with ‘The Croods’ next March.

DreamWorks Animation unveils its slate through 2016
DreamWorks Animation unveils its slate through 2016
New distributor Twentieth Century Fox today unveiled DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc.'s feature film release slate for 2013 to 2016, which includes twelve CG animated films in four years - a major industry first.

The following DreamWorks Animation films will be distributed by Fox: The Croods for March 22, 2013, Turbo for July 19, 2013 and Mr. Peabody and Sherman for November 1, 2013; Me and My Shadow for March 14, 2014, How to Train Your Dragon 2 for June 20, 2014 and Happy Smekday! for November 26, 2014; The Penguins of Madagascar for March 27, 2015, Trolls (working title) for June 5, 2015, B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations for November 6, 2015 and Mumbai Musical (working title) for December 19, 2015; Kung Fu Panda 3 for March 18, 2016 and How to Train Your Dragon 3 for June 18, 2016.

"We have had the privilege not only to view many of these films in their various stages but also to meet the incredible leadership teams behind each one, and we are very confident about DreamWorks Animation's robust future slate," said Fox Filmed Entertainment CEOs and Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman. "We are truly excited about our new partnership and bringing these extraordinary films to audiences around the world."

"What we are announcing today is the result of the amazing work and devotion from DreamWorks Animation's vast roster of directors, producers and artistic talent over many years," added Bill Damaschke, DreamWorks Animation's Chief Creative Officer. "Every one of the movies in our lineup - whether it is an original film or a sequel to one of our beloved franchises - comes from the unique and special vision of our filmmakers, and we look forward to joining together with Fox to make them available to family audiences starting next year."

Below is additional detail on each of DreamWorks Animation's 2013-2016 releases:

The Croods

The Croods will be released on March 22, 2013. It is being written and directed by Academy-Award nominee Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) and Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps) and produced by Kristine Belson (How to Train Your Dragon) and Jane Hartwell (Shrek). The film stars Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke, and Cloris Leachman. When their cave is destroyed, the Crood family is forced to embark on an epic adventure into a pre-historic world in search of a new home. With the help of a brash, know-it-all nomad named Guy, The Croods learn to conquer their fears and discover what it takes to survive - each other.


Turbo will be released on July 19, 2013. It is based on an original idea by David Soren (Merry Madagascar), who is directing the film. It is produced by Lisa Stewart (Monsters Vs. Aliens). Soren is writing the script with Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler) and Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After). The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson. Turbo is the story of a garden snail with an impossible dream: to win the Indy 500. When a freak accident gives him extraordinary speed, Turbo sets out to try to make this dream come true.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Mr. Peabody and Sherman will be released on November 1, 2013. It is directed by Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little, The Lion King) and produced by Alex Schwartz (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bridge to Terabithia) and Denise Nolan Cascino (MegaMind, Shrek the Third). Bullwinkle Studios' Tiffany Ward and Classic Media's Eric Ellenbogen are executive producers, along with Jason Clark (Monster House, Stuart Little). It is being written by Craig Wright (United States of Tara, Six Feet Under). The film stars Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Emmy Award winner Allison Janney, Ariel Winter and Stephen Tobolowsky. Based on Jay Ward's classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody is the world's smartest person who happens to be a dog. When his "pet" boy Sherman uses their time traveling WABAC machine without permission, events in history spiral out of control to disastrous and comical results.

Me and My Shadow

In Me and My Shadow, which will be released on March 14, 2014, the studio will pioneer a groundbreaking combination of CG and traditional animation techniques seamlessly together throughout the film. Animation veteran Alessandro Carloni (How to Train Your Dragon) will make his directorial debut and Melissa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2) will produce. Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart) are writing the screenplay. The film stars Josh Gad, Bill Hader and Kate Hudson. Dan, our hero's shadow, yearns for a more exciting life but happens to be stuck with Daniel Grubb, a timid guy with an aversion to adventure. When both of their lives are put in danger, Dan is forced to take control of Daniel, commencing a madcap adventure in which they both learn the meaning of true friendship.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 3

How to Train Your Dragon 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 3, the next two chapters to the Academy Award-nominated original film from 2010, will be released on June 20, 2014 and June 18, 2016, respectively. Both are being directed and written by Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon) and produced by Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon). DeBlois and Chris Sanders (The Croods, How to Train Your Dragon) are serving as executive producers. Also inspired by the book series by Cressida Cowell, the sequels will again star Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig.

Happy Smekday!

Happy Smekday!, based on the critically acclaimed book "The True Meaning of Smekday" by Adam Rex, will be released on November 26, 2014. It is directed by Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Antz) and produced by Christopher Jenkins (Surf's Up) and Suzanne Buirgy (Kung Fu Panda 2). The screenplay is being written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart). The film stars Jim Parsons and Rihanna. When the galaxy's most annoyingly optimistic alien finds himself on the run from his own alien race, he's forced to team up with a fiercely stubborn teenage girl. Together they become the most unlikely fugitives ever to save the planet.

The Penguins of Madagascar

The Penguins of Madagascar, featuring the beloved penguins from DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar franchise, will be released on March 27, 2015. It is directed by Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie) and produced by Lara Breay (MegaMind). It is being written by Michael Colton and John Aboud. Executive producers include Mireille Soria, Tom McGrath and Eric Darnell (Madagascar series).


Trolls (working title), inspired by the mythology behind the wildly popular Troll dolls, will be released on June 5, 2015. It is directed by Anand Tucker (Leap Year) and produced by Gina Shay (Shrek Forever After). Aron Warner (Shrek films) is serving as executive producer, alongside Andrew Adamson (Shrek series, The Chronicles of Narnia series) and Dannie Festa. The screenplay is being written by Wallace Wolodarsky and Maya Forbes (Monsters Vs. Aliens). The film stars Jason Schwartzman and Chloe Moretz.

B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations

B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, in which DreamWorks Animation will bring you ghosts as you've never seen them before, will be released on November 6, 2015. It is based on an original idea by Anthony Leondis (Igor), who is directing the film. It is produced by Maryann Garger (Flushed Away) and the screenplay is being written by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots). The film stars Seth Rogen.

Mumbai Musical

Mumbai Musical (working title), the studio's first-ever Bollywood-style animated musical adventure inspired by the great Indian epic tale of The Ramayana but told from the point of view of the monkeys, will be released on December 19, 2015. Kevin Lima (Enchanted, Tarzan) is directing and Lisa Stewart (Turbo, Monsters Vs. Aliens) and Christopher Chase (Enchanted, Tarzan) are producing. Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, The Prince of Egypt, Enchanted) is writing the lyrics, A.R. Rahman (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is writing the music, and both are executive producers on the film. It is being written by David Sussman.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3 is being released on March 18, 2016. Filmmakers returning for the third installment of the franchise include director Jennifer Yuh Nelson, producer Melissa Cobb and writers Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Guillermo del Toro will serve as executive producer.

Sources: 20th Century Fox

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  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise True, but they are only that good when it comes to making cinematic trailers for their cames

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus One thing is certain, Blizzard's animaton teams are amazing.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @narrator Same here, butI guess it has a purpose. Marketing the game to a younger audience and cash in on the similarities. No doubt by the time Panda 3 comes out, the marketing team have their segment

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. the Narrator

    Oh, @bawnian-dexeus! I thought I was the only one who saw the uncanny resemblance! I thought the exact same thing, and my mind screamed "ripoff". Lol.

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  5. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- Yeah, I've seen some footage. It was kind of funny, watching him kill practically defenseless cubs with his ridiculous moves.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  6. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @mcleve02 Or at least Papa Po or Brother/Cousin Po

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag


    @bawnian-dexeus That would be pretty stellar if they did him that way...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag


    @bawnian-dexeus Yes... the preview has popped up on a couple of videos on here as one of the sponsers... I thought it was a trailer for it at first to be honest... I was like "f*ck... Po is suddenly a badass..."

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  9. Bawnian©-Dexeus


    Assuming you do or don't play World of Warcraft, have any of you seen the trailer for their new expansion pack "Mists of Pandaria"

    Swear to God, I thought it was an older looking bad-ass PO in Kung Fu Panda 3

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  10. Diaigma

    @bawnian-dexeus - thanks to insider information, I know a little more about it than most places talk about it. She was let go over creative differences, even though SHE INVENTED THE STORY! *pause for breath* Which explains the stilted pacing of the film that I've heard people complain about (or that the directorial change is obvious midway through).

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @diaigma What happened with Chapman? I can't seem to find a coherent concrete article on it

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag


    @diaigma haha awesome reference! See this is why movieweb has missed you!!!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  13. Diaigma

    @mcleve02@Jacob-Fredrick - I'd say it demands a sequel, but anything outside of Lasseter's "brilliant" mind won't fly. Just ask Brenda Chapman :P

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag


    @Jacob-Fredrick I think you are correct!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  15. Jacob Fredrick

    @mcleve02 i may be wrong but i think the incredibles is the only pixar movie that teases a sequel,but never got it

    3 years agoby @Jacob-FredrickFlag


    @diaigma haha yeah which is making angry because you have seen I am a Disney freak... grrr...

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  17. Diaigma

    @mcleve02 - I know, right? And on other note, where's (idea-bankrupted) Pixar's lineup through 2016? Come on, guys. You're falling behind :P

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag


    @diaigma I was wondering how long it was going to take you to appear on this post!!! ;)

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  19. Diaigma

    What a line-up, and I'm glad Disney didn't get their hands on Dreamworks' distribution. 2016 will be epic for them. Of the non-sequels, I look forward to Turbo and Me and My Shadow most :P

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag


    @Jacob-Fredrick Not so much for the Wall-E... what happens next is kind of implied, but The Incredibles is one I am angry with Disney for not doing!!!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  21. Jacob Fredrick

    @mcleve02 i would love an incredibles 2! heck maybe even wall-e based on its ending credits where robots and humans coexist

    3 years agoby @Jacob-FredrickFlag


    @Jacob-Fredrick I agree with that, unless they were made with it being meant to have a sequel, then go for the stand alone! I am with you now! Although Pixar seems to be bad at making sequels for ones they shouldn't and not for ones they should... ex: THE INCREDIBLES

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  23. Jacob Fredrick

    @mcleve02 i know, but sometimes i feel they should have some movies like pixar, just one title and no sequels

    3 years agoby @Jacob-FredrickFlag


    @Jacob-Fredrick Shrek has run it's course... Sharktale could have worked though... but they are still giving us awesome films like How to Train Your Dragon!

    3 years agoby @mcleve02Flag

  25. SpaceCowboy

    Bring it on! Since 2010 I've been liking DreamWorks more than Pixar so can't wait!

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  26. Corey W.

    Looks like I don't need to worry about a Shrek 5 happening anymore.

    2016 for Panda 3 is a long, long time though. Like too long.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

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