To have one project waiting for release should be sort of a big deal. Putting twelve out into our line of sight, however, isn’t the same ballpark (it ain’t the same league, man — it ain’t even the same f*ckin’ sport), which only makes the recent merger between DreamWorks Animation and Fox all the more a big deal. There are an innumerable number of things to be done with this transition on either company’s part, a fact reflected by both having set a schedule which will see three films coming each year — in the case of 2015, we’ll even get four.
This is not a group of people who deal in surprises, however, so it’s refreshing to hear them announce a project that isn’t another sequel or spin-off — in this case, a Seth Rogen-starrer entitled Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, which Tony Leondis (Igor) is directing from a screenplay by Tom Wheeler (Puss in Boots). Keep an eye out for more in the near future.
But then there was a revelation that can’t really be called a revelation at all: How to Train Your Dragon 3 is arriving on June 18th, 2016 — how is 2016 even a year? — and will see the return of director Dean DeBlois. It’s our only note right now, which doesn’t exactly mean my hopes the kid meets a fiery end in the 2014 sequel are dashed.
Meanwhile, The Croods — for which we’ve already received a peek — will be coming March 22nd, 2013. Turbo, which boasts a massive cast, will land on July 19th, 2013; November 1st, 2013 will make way for Mr. Peabody & Sherman; Bill Hader jumps into voice work with Me and My Shadow on March 14th, 2014; June 20th, 2014 will see the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2, it of the aforementioned franchise.
Further down, Happy Smekday!, starring Jim Parsons and Rihanna, will be coming on November 26th, 2014; The Penguins of Madagascar (exactly what it sounds like) has been set for March 27th, 2015; the Jason Schwartzman-led Trolls will anger on June 5th, 2015; Mumbai Musical, once known as Monkeys of Mumbai, jai hos its way toward us on December 19th, 2015; finally, the inevitable Kung Fu Panda 3 comes on March 18th, 2016.
Taking it all into account, how does the DreamWorks assembly come across to you?
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