DreamWorks executive think if they work really, really hard in 2011, they can TOTALLY take off 2012 and maybe even some of 2013. As such, they’ve established release dates for all their animated films in the pipeline, presumably telling producers and directors that if they can’t make their release dates, it’s their own damn problem.
The schedule doesn’t appear to be too consistent, averaging 2-3 releases per year in the spring, summer, and Thanksgiving. 4 of their 9 releases are either sequels or spinoffs, which seems to be the industry average for big-budget releases.
Not ones to be bested, expect Pixar to disseminate their release schedule through 3714, including a business plan to beam Cars 27 directly into people’s brains, and their plans for zero-gravity movie theaters on Mars colonies. (/Film)