Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The Schedule

A bunch of upcoming movies at Jeffrey's place, now with release dates!

DreamWorks Animation has announced its release calendar through 2014, setting dates for seven toons, including How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Mr. Peabody & Sherman.

The place has a lot of stuff in development and/or production.

It's relatively sleepy at some other studios, but not at the facility next to the lovely Los Angeles River. Nobody is twiddling their thumbs in the Lakeside Building.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm cautiously optimistic about Mr. Peabody. I love the old Bullwinkle cartoons. The 2D/3D mix of Shadow also has me intrigued.

Anyone else feel like Turbo sounds like a joke trailer from an episode of Robot Chicken? I'm interested in seeing how they'll manage to make a whole cast of snails, to be honest... and, you know... what they do about their lack of any sort of limbs.

Anonymous said...

"Turbo" sounds EXACTLY like a Robot Chicken skit. One that mocks the idea of the "little engine that could" trope. Sometimes that trope does work - such as in the case of a fat panda with an eating disorder who, somehow, after a day's training, becomes a Kung Fu master able to defeat a muscular master who trained for years (well...it SORT of works). But a snail who wants to become the fastest snail in the world? Well, given the average speed of your average snail, at least that goal seems more achievable than the goal of the aforementioned panda. But who'd want to WATCH a snail become faster than all of the other snails? Seems to me that someone at Dreamworks went hunting for yet another incongruous hero and did a little reaching...:P

Anonymous said...

Turbo reminds me of that old joke about the racing snail who drove a race car:

A snail bought himself a snazzy fast car but took it in to get a more eye catching color. At the car paint shop, he asked that the car be painted neon yellow and have a large red ‘S’ printed on each side.

Confused, the worker asked, “Why a big ‘S’?”

Grinning, the snail replied, “When people see me drive past, they’ll notice and say, ‘Hey, look at that ‘S’ car go!’”

Anonymous said...

"Turbo"=snail fail.

Anonymous said...

What the hell? We have to wait until 2014 to see the sequel to How To Train Your Dragon?

Will people still be interested by then?

Come on, Jeffrey, dump the stupid snail movie. We want dragons!

Anonymous said...

What a shame dw doesn't focus on telling original stories. I know it's a lot harder to do, but I'd love to see what they would do.

Anonymous said...

William Joyce "directing?" HAAA Ha ha ha!!! That ought to be something to watch.

Tony_k said...

He's not directing...

Anonymous said...

"Nov. 21, 2012: Rise of the Guardians (Peter Ramsey, director, William Joyce, co-director; Christina Steinberg and Nancy Bernstein, producers)"

fish said...

"What a shame dw doesn't focus on telling original stories. I know it's a lot harder to do, but I'd love to see what they would do."

did you really just type that?
the shadows show is original. the guardians show is original. the snail show is original. dragons was original. kung fu panda 1 was original. Its funny how none of you homers balk at pixar making sequels, and frankly no one seems to balk at blue sky making sequels. but even when dw makes original movies they are still somehow not seen as "original stories"?!? wow ... just, wow.

if pixar were to take it upon themselves to make 2 or 3 movies a year, lets just see how "original" each and every movie would be, huh?
Dreamworks has the distinction of being the last big animation studio who is independent, and their business model is no secret. It works for them. I doubt that any other studio would do it better than them under the same circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Who was talking about sequels or Pixar? None of the projects you mentioned are original. They're all based on books or other previosly published (or in galleys) media. dw fanboys sure do get their panties in a bunch

Anonymous said...

Road to Eldorado was original--even if it was boring an flopped.

And Chicken Run, but that wasn't really dw.

Anonymous said...

Ice age was original, as was Robots and Rio. Good for Blue Sky!

Anonymous said...

they've got some reeeeeeeeal winners in the line up - eek!

Anonymous said...

And there you have the reason why Glen Keane will jump ship to Dreamworks.

Actual stuff to work on without some dude in an Hawaiian shirt breathing down your neck waiting to boot you off the directorial chair so that one of his yes-men can take over and sing the praises of his parent company and the chief creative officer.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, but what if Glen gets stuck with the snail movie? Bet the Mouse House'd look pretty good right then...

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of How To Train Your Dragon, and I'm totally PISSED about having to wait 4 FREAKING YEARS for the sequel. I'm beginning to understand how the die-hard TRON fans felt.

And yeah, snails, WTF?

Anonymous said...

You guys are ridiculous. Have you taken a look at Pixar movie plots?

And yeah, clownfish. WTF?

And yeah, flying houses. WTF?

And yeah, cooking rats. WTF?

And yeah, talking toys. WTF?

And yeah, talking cars. WTF?

Anonymous said...

Good point, but PIXAR usually takes those crazy concepts to a very mature level, and DreamWorks simply doesnt have that skill.

Anonymous said...

"DreamWorks simply doesn't have that skill"?

Have you ever seen Kung Fu Panda or Dragon?

What a thoroughly ignorant statement.

And truthfully, I didn't find Cars to be "very mature." It has Larry the Cable Guy acting like Larry the Cable Guy the Tow Truck, fer cryin' out loud.

Yeah, that's "very mature."

Anonymous said...

Road to Eldorado was original--even if it was boring an flopped.

Uh, actually, it wasn't (original, that is): Road was a fairly straightforward adaptation of Kipling's "The Man Who Would Be King", right down the book plot--
And I'm not schooled enough on the history of Disney's "Kingdom of the Sun" to be sure exactly how JK hit on that idea--Or why he turned so Hamlet-cagey about the Kipling book and tried to sell the "It's Hope & Crosby, that's why it's 'Road'!" alibi.

Anonymous said...

" And truthfully, I didn't find Cars to be "very mature." It has Larry the Cable Guy acting like Larry the Cable Guy the Tow Truck, fer cryin' out loud.

Yeah, that's "very mature."

Thats only if you just focus on Larry The Cable Guy and not the message of the movie witch is really beautiful and deep.

"DreamWorks simply doesn't have that skill"?

Have you ever seen Kung Fu Panda or Dragon?

What a thoroughly ignorant statement"

Panda and Dragon are not really crazy concepts, they are all recycled concepts.

Anonymous said...

Ah, the TAG Blog - Steve puts up a message about organizing the VFX side of the industry and do the TAG posters rally and offer their support with a flurry of postings?

Nope.

Put a DreamWork's slate posting up and watch them come out of the wood work to snark and snarl.

Someone posted that this blog was Aint-It-Cool-News w/o Harry Knowles wit and charm and they were right on the money.

Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

I am left speechless and more than a little ashamed of myself. 4:35:00PM is, as much as I hate to say it, right. Look at us, "Oooh,Dreamworks is better than Disney!" and the other way around.

As he/she has stated, pathetic.

It's the old, We-Got-Ours mentality in print form. Let's offer as much posting support to our VFX brothers-in-arms as we do to bashing each others tastes in what makes animated film great, shall we?

Anonymous said...

"Thats only if you just focus on Larry The Cable Guy and not the message of the movie witch is really beautiful and deep."

So the message of Cars is "beautiful and deep" but Panda and Dragon are not? Again I ask, did you even see either Panda or Dragon? If you did, you obviously didn't comprehend them.


"Panda and Dragon are not really crazy concepts, they are all recycled concepts."

Says the dude who's unaware Cars is simply Doc Hollywood with carburators.

Anonymous said...

Cars was created based on JL own life experience, not in a movie that not even god knows about. And yes, i have seen Panda and Dragon but those movies arent really giving any message, both are just the typical unlikely hero stories and that is why i said they are recycled concepts.

Anonymous said...

You mean they stole Doc Hollywood from JL's life story?
Or is JL really Doc Hollywood?

Pixies are soooo funny

Anonymous said...

Boy, you DreamWankers never can have a serious debate.

Anonymous said...

Please, fanboys, go back to sleep. This is a blog for working professionals, who actually know what they're talking about. The childish fanboy posturing belongs on other sites, where you might actually impress someone who doesn't recognize your woeful ignorance.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone seriously debate a Pixie? What's the point. When your idea of facts is that Cars was based on JL's own life experience all that is left is to make fun of you.
And BTW, Pixie, anyone who disagrees with you isn't automatically a DW employee.

Anonymous said...

Why would anyone debate with a DreamWanker? Whats the point. When you want to start an unnecesary fight in this blog just because DW fanboys like you dont like Cars all that is left is to bash you. And BTW, DreamWanker, anyone who disagrees with you isnt automatically a Pixar employee.

Anonymous said...

lol....just so you're not completely confused no one ever thought a Pixie was someone who worked at Pixar. Most Pixar employees have their heads screwed on better than that.

Anonymous said...

Give me a break, you always call other people "Pixie" to anyone who step up and defend Pixar, witch its not always the fans but professionals from there and from other rival studios like me. And by the way i think the nickname Pixie is not even an insult to be taken serious, is actually kind of cute if you think about it, DreamWanker in the other hand, it cant be said the same thing.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, how cute he likes being called a Pixie.

Anonymous said...

At least is better than being call a DreamWanker.

Anonymous said...

Give me a break, you always call other people "Pixie" to anyone who step up and defend Pixar, witch its not always the fans but professionals from there and from other rival studios like me.

Dude, we already know you're a Pixie fanboy, and not a working professional at some rival studio. Your silly ill-informed gushing praise and childish attacks give you away. We know you'd absolutely love to do what we do, and work at an actual studio, but you're just a naive kid, so stop pretending. You're only fooling yourself.

Anonymous said...

Well if you are so uncomfortable with my presence then i leave you alone with the other idiot wondering here.

But in case you want to talk to me, come down to Blue Sky Studios.

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