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Megamind Out On Bluray/DVD Today!

February 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Dreamworks’ “Megamind” hit on Bluray and DVD today, so go grab your copy!

I don’t want to brag, but I happen to know the brother of the Director of “Megamind,” which makes me the same loser I was before I typed that part about knowing the brother of a Director.

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Dreamworks Animation Takes On Berkeley Breathed’s “Flawed Dogs”

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

If you spend more than 5 minutes with me on any given day, chances are that I’ll bring up Berkeley Breathed and what an influence he was on my own personal work. So I was thrilled to learn that Dreamworks Animation has picked up his “Flawed Dogs” book, and will be turning it into an animated feature!

From Variety:
DreamWorks Animation will adapt picture book and novel “Flawed Dogs,” by cartoonist Berkeley Breathed, for the bigscreen.
Story centers around a dachshund who must reclaim his place in the family after being wrongly exiled by a jealous show dog.

Breathed, who will exec produce the project, is best known for creating “Bloom County,” the 1980s comicstrip featuring Opus the Penguin.

DreamWorks Animation head of development Alex Schwartz and development exec Damon Ross will oversee the project.

“All my stories are sparked by a nugget of truth hiding in plain sight,” Berkeley said in a statement. “In this case, it’s that all animals dream… but only dogs dream of us.”

As you may or may not know, the very-soon-to-be-released (and somewhat questionable) “Mars Needs Moms” is also based on one of Breathed’s books:

I’m really looking forward to seeing what a top-notch animation house like Dreamworks Animation can do with “Dogs,” and I’m hoping this finally leads to a Bloom County movie.

Director Dean Deblois Talks “How to Train Your Dragon” Sequel

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The epic Director of the epic film, “How to Train Your Dragon,” has said the epic sequel will be way more epic!

From Latino Review:

Sequels must be bigger and better.

The sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” will be “quite epic,” described Dean DeBlois, who co-directed the first film.

“It’s going to be quite epic,” said Deblois. “We are treating ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ as the first act in a much larger story. As we head into this one, the world expands. Everything is much bigger with still the heartfelt qualities that made the first one resonate so much with audiences. There are no longer restrictions to this tiny island in the North Sea. They have the entire Northern hemisphere within their grasp.”

DeBlois will write and direct the sequel. His original film’s co-director Chris Sanders will serve as executive producer for the sequel.

“The only way of tracing the story is to draw on elements that were in the first movie and set up for elements for a third movie, so it doesn’t feel like a random adventure with the same five or six characters. This truly is a second chapter in a larger story,” he said.

Bonnie Arnold will return as a producer for the sequel. She provided more plot details on the sequel.

“It’s going to be more fun adventures with Hiccup and Toothless,” she added. “There will be some new dragons and maybe some new characters. It’s the further adventures of Hiccup on his journey of becoming a man and the ultimate leader of the Viking clan.”

Epic.

Kung Fu Panda 2 “We Will Wok You” Superbowl Spot

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I am so excited for this film!

I may just head down to my local theater and start camping out now. Of course if anyone asks what I’m doing there, I’m going to tell them I’m waiting to see the new Bieber movie… just to mess with them.

Dreamworks Announces “Lidsville” Animated Film

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

If you weren’t a child of the 80s or a raging pothead, you probably don’t remember Sid and Marty Krofft. The duo is responisble for some of most drug-reference-riddled children’s television to ever grace the boob tube, and I still have nightmares featuring some of their characters to this day.

So I instantly broke out in a cold sweat upon learning that Dreamworks is adapating their “Lidsville” series to the big screen.

Here is the press release from Dreamworks:

GLENDALE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that it will bring the well-loved Sid & Marty Krofft characters from the 1970’s television series Lidsville to the big screen in a feature film by the same name.

Conrad Vernon (Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2) — animation veteran and lifelong fan of the Krofft’s work — brought the project to DreamWorks Animation. Brothers Sid & Marty Krofft will serve as executive producers. Vernon, DreamWorks Animation’s head of development Alex Schwartz and development executive Chris Kuser are overseeing the project at the studio.

“Sid and I have had a longstanding relationship with Jeffrey Katzenberg and we’re excited to bring Lidsville to DreamWorks Animation,” said Marty Krofft. “It’s incredible to envision a high-quality 3D animated movie being made out of one of our favorite shows.”

“The Krofft brothers helped define a generation with the wildly imaginative characters and worlds they created,” said Alex Schwartz, head of development for DreamWorks Animation. “I am thrilled that Conrad is joining forces with them on the first animated feature film adaptation of their work.”

“Over the past year I’ve had the privilege of working with and getting to know Sid and Marty and I thought their brand of crazy kookiness would work well at DreamWorks Animation,” added Vernon.

Lidsville will take inspiration from the premise of the original television series, in which a young rebellious kid falls into an alternate reality world of living hats and talking caps. The Los Angeles public TV station KCET Kids & Family Channel recently announced that it will feature the Lidsville television series in an all-new “The Sid & Marty Krofft Hour” together with H.R. Pufnstuf during its weekend programming block on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

About Sid & Marty Krofft
Brothers Sid & Marty Krofft have been producing quality family entertainment for over 40 years. Sid & Marty became a household name in the ’70s with a series of remarkable programs that featured elaborate sets and fanciful characters. H.R. Pufnstuf was the first in a long line of beloved programs created by the Kroffts, including The Bugaloos, Lidsville, Land Of The Lost, Far Out Space Nuts, Sigmund & The Sea Monsters and The Krofft Supershow which included Electra Woman & Dyna Girl, Wonderbug, Dr. Shrinker and Bigfoot & Wildboy. The Kroffts’ success with Saturday morning television prompted a demand for them to produce prime-time programming. They produced various prime-time series and specials, including The Brady Bunch Hour, The Donny & Marie Show and Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters. On April 5, 2011 Vivendi Home Entertainment will begin releasing The Complete Series Collector’s Editions of all the classic Krofft shows, including H.R. Pufnstuf, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, and The Bugaloos.

It’s an odd choice for a film, but frankly it’s pretty exciting. The Dreamworks team has a lot of fun characters to play with, and the chance to take the plot in one of several mind-bending directions. I’ve also heard rumors that instead of theaters supplying 3D glasses for the release, they’re just going to hand out acid tabs shaped like Shrek.

Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

I’m not sure what to make of the latest concpet and synopsis from Dreamworks’ just announced “Rise of the Guardians.” If anything, shouldn’t they consider changing the name to something that doesn’t so closely resemble “Legend of the Guardians”?

From Dreamworks’ Official Facebook Page:

An all-star cast featuring Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher & Jude Law will voice “Rise of the Guardians”, in theaters November 21st, 2012.

“Rise of the Guardians” 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.

Toy Story 3 and How to Train Your Dragon Get Oscar Nods

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Big news for the folks over at Pixar today, as their film, “Toy Story 3” was not only nominated for Best Animated Film, but also for the coveted Best Picture statue.

“How to Train Your Dragon” also received Best Animated Film and Music nods, and “TS3,” received additional nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Original Song, Sound Editing, and Best Use of a Stuffed Unicorn in a Motion Picture.

Congrats to both Dreamworks and Pixar, as both films are more than deserving of the honors.

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