DreamWorks Animation Announces Release Slate Through 2014

Six original feature films will be anchored by three upcoming sequels over the course of the next four years.
Kung Fu Panda 2 Kicks of DreamWorks Animation Release Slate through 2014
Kung Fu Panda 2 Kicks of DreamWorks Animation Release Slate through 2014
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced its feature film release slate through 2014. The Company's current plan features six original films and is anchored by three sequels based on its hit Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.

DreamWorks Animation's theatrical release schedule is currently planned as follows: Kung Fu Panda 2 for May 26, 2011 and Puss in Boots for November 4, 2011; Madagascar 3 for June 8, 2012 and Rise of the Guardians for November 21, 2012; The Croods for March 1, 2013, Turbo for June 7, 2013 and Me and My Shadow for November 8, 2013; Mr. Peabody and Sherman for March 21, 2014 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 for June 20, 2014.

"At DreamWorks Animation, our creative ambition has never been greater and the release schedule we're unveiling today is designed to give our movies the time and resources they need to realize their full potential so each one can become a true event for our audiences," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation.

"Thanks to the extraordinary talent base at DreamWorks Animation today, our feature film slate is full of both original story ideas and exciting new franchise chapters that will form a solid foundation for the studio's creative output through 2014," added Bill Damaschke, the Company's Chief Creative Officer.

Below is additional detail on the feature films that comprise DreamWorks Animation's theatrical release schedule:

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, Jean-Claude Van Damme , 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 M. 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: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe) and Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy) 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: Escape 2 Africa) and Mark Swift (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa). It is being written by Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) 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 William Joyce. The film is being produced by Christina Steinberg (Bee Movie) 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) 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.

Turbo will be released on June 7, 2013. It is being directed by David Soren (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), 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 David 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) and produced by Melissa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda) and Teresa Cheng (Shrek Forever After). It is being written by Tom J. 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 and Sherman will be released on March 21, 2014. It is directed by Rob Minkoff (The Haunted Mansion) and produced by Jason Clark (Red State) and Denise Nolan Cascino (MegaMind). It is being written by Craig Wright. 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 Dean DeBlois. How to Train Your Dragon 2 again stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig.

Kung Fu Panda was released June 6th, 2008 and stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Ian McShane, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross. The film is directed by Mark Osborne, John Stevenson.

Madagascar was released May 27th, 2005 and stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath. The film is directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath.

How to Train Your Dragon was released March 26th, 2010 and stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig. The film is directed by Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders.

Kung Fu Panda 2 was released May 26th, 2011 and stars Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, Lucy Liu, James Hong, Gary Oldman. The film is directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

Puss in Boots was released October 28th, 2011 and stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris, Constance Marie, Guillermo del Toro, Rich Dietl. The film is directed by Chris Miller.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted was released June 8th, 2012 and stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Tom McGrath. The film is directed by Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon.

Rise of the Guardians was released November 21st, 2012 and stars Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Khamani Griffin, Kamil McFadden. The film is directed by Peter Ramsey.

The Croods was released March 22nd, 2013 and stars Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke, Chris Sanders, Randy Thom. The film is directed by Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders.

Turbo was released July 17th, 2013 and stars Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña, Samuel L. Jackson, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Snoop Lion, Maya Rudolph. The film is directed by David Soren.

Me and My Shadow comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Bill Hader.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman was released March 7th, 2014 and stars Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Lauri Fraser, Guillaume Aretos, Patrice A. Musick, Ariel Winter, Karan Brar, Joshua Rush. The film is directed by Rob Minkoff.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes to theaters June 13th, 2014 and stars Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, Jay Baruchel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou. The film is directed by Dean DeBlois.



Sources: DreamWorks Animation

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Comments (25)

  1. Emmytt

    i hope most of these movies are good!

    3 years agoby @emmyttFlag

  2. Furankisan

    @dan1 Disney/Pixar are getting their due for treating Sir Elton Gnomes so crappy and shy of $100 at that B.O. but it did find it's audience, again the little Gnome that could. Also in Cars 2 what's up with the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    3 years agoby @furankisanFlag

  3. Furankisan

    @diaigma lol, good one. While Rango was funny it works best paying homage to the old classic westerns, i you know the better nudge nudge wink wink it is. Some say its not original by poking at so many pics like Phantom Menace c(ILM did do this). Paul is the same, a love letter to E.T. but that has a whole subplot about Darwin's theory not shown in the trailers so RAngo also works on different levels. Oscar nod for Rango yes! The levl has gone up a notch and the competition is mostly sequels.
    Lastly Turbo for the little train that could meets the Turtoise underdog. Now that's winning! Here that Carlos?! (man that shtick is getting old quick, go away!, lol)

    3 years agoby @furankisanFlag

  4. TheMime

    Interesting list....hoping to see all of them......

    3 years agoby @themimeFlag

  5. SpaceCowboy

    Looking forward to Kung Fu Panda 2, Mr. Peabody, and HTTYD2...can't wait! DreamWork, you've been doing good so far...keep it up.

    3 years agoby @SpaceCowboyFlag

  6. K.Guy

    Can you uh... change the title 'Rise of the Guardians'. I don't have to explain 'why?'.

    3 years agoby @kguyFlag

  7. Dan

    Pixar might just get their asses handed to them, looks like Dreamworks is looking to bring the thunder. Nice.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  8. moviegeek

    Turbo and Me and My Shadow sound terrific!

    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  9. Rudy

    Why does Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek always team up? Turbo sounds stupid, but I obviously and most likely will be wrong.

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  10. Diaigma

    @furankisan - you and I think alike, good sir :)

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  11. skywise

    I loved the original but i really cant wait to see Rango. That looks hillarious.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  12. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @diaigma Indeed there are. Damn my college for giving me such a hellish week of work. I must see Rango and review it ='(

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  13. Diaigma

    @bawnian-dexeus - well, that's next year. I would be surprised if Rango didn't make it in there somehow. Rio might as well. Hard to tell. There's so many.

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @diaigma Have any forsight on which of these seem likely to be part of the 2012 Oscars?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. Furankisan

    Wow that's alot in a short span especially for animation, not only sequels to some favorite but originals with some good storylines. Be afraid Pixar be very afraid.
    Well at least we have Cars 2 this summer...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

    3 years agoby @furankisanFlag

  16. Daveactor7

    @diaigma definitely. The animation in "Rango" was outstanding work

    3 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  17. Diaigma

    @daveactor7 - I'm curious about ILM's future in animation, too.

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  18. Daveactor7

    @diaigma okay...okay.... lol

    3 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  19. Butso

    Bravoooo. This are good news.

    3 years agoby @detegolomesheFlag

  20. Diaigma

    Nice. I just mentioned Turbo on my Animation Forum :P

    @daveactor7 - you said it. What does Pixar have that we know of? A taken-from-the-story's-creator Brave and Monsters 2. Nothing but original and planned sequels from this fine list. I hope to hear good things from each and every single one of them! :D

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  21. fanboy

    Awesome! Cant wait for some of these, others ill just have to wait and see.

    3 years agoby @fanboyFlag

  22. Daveactor7

    This is awesome. Pixar u better watch out :P

    3 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  23. Dragon1991

    Can't wait for HTTYD 2 :D

    3 years agoby @Dragon1991Flag

  24. CUPID

    I'll see one or two thats bout it.

    3 years agoby @cupidFlag

  25. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    That's a pretty good list they got their

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag