DreamWorks Animation Announces Feature Film Release Slate

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2011 08:01 am GMT -5 by

DreamWorks Animation is a powerhouse when it comes to delivering high quality entertainment.  Whether you’ve got a family of your own or you’re young at heart, the movies that DreamWorks Animation releases have something for everyone.  Recently they’ve announced their upcoming schedule of movies and from now until 2014 we’re in for a sweet surprise (that is, unless the Mayans are right and the world does end in 2012).

 Here’s what you can expect to see from DreamWorks Animation in the near future:

‘Kung Fu Panda 2’ will be released on May 26, 2011.  It is being directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (‘Kung Fu Panda’), produced by Melissa Cobb (‘Kung Fu Panda’) and written by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger (‘Kung Fu Panda’). It stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong and Michelle Yeoh. In the sequel, Po is living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five.  But Po’s life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu.  Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins… only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

‘Puss In Boots’ will be released on November 4, 2011. It is directed by Chris Miller (‘Shrek the Third’) and produced by Joe Aguilar (‘Merry Madagascar’) and Latifa Ouaou (‘Monsters vs. Aliens’).  It is being written by Tom Wheeler (‘The Cape’). Andrew Adamson (‘Shrek,’ ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’) and Guillermo del Toro (‘Pan’s Labyrinth’) are serving as executive producers on the film, which stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris.  Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss In Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs.  It’s the adventure of nine lifetimes!

‘Madagascar 3’ will be released on June 8, 2012. It is directed by Eric Darnell (‘Madagascar,’ ‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’) and produced by Mireille Soria (‘Madagascar,’ ‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’) and Mark Swift (‘Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa’).  It is being written by Noah Baumbach (‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’) and once again stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer and Andy Richter. Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure.  Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.

‘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 (‘Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space’) and co-directed by Joyce.  The film is being produced by Christina Steinberg (‘Bee Movie,’ ‘National Treasure’) and Nancy Bernstein, long-time head of Production at DreamWorks Animation. ‘Rise of the Guardians’ is being written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (‘Rabbit Hole’) and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and Michael Siegel.  It stars Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. More than a collection of the well-known childhood legends, ‘Rise of the Guardians’ is an epic adventure that 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.

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