DreamWorks Animation has firmed dates for its animated feature slate through 2014, which includes six original properties and three franchise installments, all in 3D.
Added to this year’s already-dated “Kung Fu Panda 2” on May 26, and “Puss in Boots” on Nov. 4, DWA moved back series three-quel “Madagascar 3” from May 18, 2012, to its new date on June 8, while “Rise of the Guardians,” about a superhero team of childhood legends, is aimed for Thanksgiving 2012, bowing on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
“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,” DWA CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg said in a statement.
Filling out a busy pipeline in 2013, “The Croods” debuts on March 1, telling the original story of a prehistoric family that encounters an unknown world, followed by “Turbo” on June 7, about a snail with super speed. DWA’s fall 2013 offering, “Me and My Shadow” (Nov. 8), will combine CGI and traditional animation techniques to tell the story of a shadow who yearns to break free from his boring human companion.
In 2014, the toon studio slotted spring and summer releases, led by “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” on March 21, then the “How to Train Your Dragon” sequel on June 20.
Based on Jay Ward’s classic cartoon, “Peabody” follows the titular dog and his owner Sherman as they attempt to divert plans of a time-travelling villain, while “Dragon 2” continues the story of DWA’s hit original, which grossed last year nearly $484 million worldwide.