DreamWorks Animation unveils slate of 9 movies through 2014

MUMBAI: DreamWorks Animation SKG will be releasing a total of nine movies between 2011 and 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 – 26 May, 2011
Puss In Boots – 4 November, 2011
Madagascar 3 – 8 June, 2012
Rise of the Guardians – 21 November, 2012
The Croods – 1 March, 2013
Turbo – 7 June, 2013
Me and My Shadow – 8 November, 2013
Mr. Peabody & Sherman – 21 March, 2014
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – 20 June, 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 DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

"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 DreamWorks Animation chief creative officer Bill Damaschke.

Kung Fu Panda 2 is being directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson and stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong and Michelle Yeoh.

Puss In Boots is directed by Chris Miller (Shrek the Third) and stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris.

Madagascar 3 is directed by Eric Darnell and stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer and Andy Richter.

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 and co-directed by Joyce. It stars Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law.

The Croods 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). It stars Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman.

Turbo is being directed by David Soren, who first brought the project to the studio, and produced by Lisa Stewart. It is being written by Darren Lemke together with Soren.

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.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman is directed by Rob Minkoff. 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.

How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the Academy Award-nominated original film from 2010, is being directed and written by Dean 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.