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It's always a good idea to look ahead, especially if you happen to be a major studio. In the case of DreamWorks Animation, they aren't just looking ahead, they are lining up all the necessary elements and locking in release dates for a long slate of new films. The list of projects will secure their continued presence at the multiplex through 2016. Some of the projects you may have already heard about, but we're willing to bet there are a few surprises unveiled in this lineup. Here's how it shakes out...
The Croods--March 22, 2013--Centers on a neanderthal family on an epic quest after their cave is destroyed. Featuring the voice talents of Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, and Cloris Leachman.
Turbo--July 19, 2013--The story of a garden snail who wishes to win the Indy 500. Featuring the voice talents of Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Lion, and Samuel L. Jackson.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman--November 1, 2013--Based on the classic cartoon about a time-traveling dog and his loyal assistant. Features the voice talents of Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney, Ariel Winter, and Stephen Tobolowsky.
How To Train Your Dragon 2--June 20, 2014--Sequel to the popular 2010 dragon-riding adventure. Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and Kristen Wiigare all set to return.
Happy Smekday!--November 26, 2014--An overwhelmingly optimistic alien must team up with a teenage girl to save the galaxy after his own alien race comes after him. Starring Jim Parsons and Rihanna.
Trolls (working title)--June 5, 2015--Based on the Troll doll toyline. Seth Rogenis set to star.
B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations--November 6, 2015--Very few details are known about this project other than that it revolves around ghosts. It will also star Seth Rogen.
Mumbai Musical (working title)--December 19, 2015--DreamWorks' first Bollywood-style animated musical. Stephen Schwartz ('Wicked,' 'Enchanted') is writing the lyrics while A.R. Rahman ('127 Hours,' 'Slumdog Millionaire') will write the music.
Kung Fu Panda 3--March 18, 2016--The third installment of DreamWorks' wildly successful 'Kung Fu Panda'franchise. Guillermo del Toro is set to produce.
How To Train Your Dragon 3--June 18, 2016
So there you have it, the full roster. I was a big fan of 'How to Train Your Dragon' so I am looking forward to the sequels. However, conceptually the most interesting film on the list, in my opinion, is 'Me And My Shadow.' The idea of a man and his own shadow striving to lead separate lives is quite intriguing, and actually seems like solid basis for a Pixar short; never a bad jumping off point for any animation studio. Obviously, with a list like this there are going to be some projects that don't excite us as much as others. I have a supremely bad feeling about 'Happy Smekday!' Its central conceit feels like that of a bad sitcom, and the biggest star they could attach happens to be Rhianna. Uh oh.
What do you guys think? Is there anything on the list you didn't previously know about that piques your interest? Anything you're concerned about?
Source: Geek Tyrant