Screen Junkies » dreamworks animation http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:39:03 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Anna Kendrick Loaning Her Oscar Cred To ‘Trolls’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anna-kendrick-loaning-her-oscar-cred-to-trolls/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anna-kendrick-loaning-her-oscar-cred-to-trolls/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:06:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262320 It's like a ninety-minute version of the slowest part of 'Frozen'.

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Sadly this is not another entry in the Troll film saga. Having found massive success animating creepy, small, cloying things in the Despicable Me films, Dreamworks will double-down and next turn their attention to Trolls, a film based on the Olsen twin-like troll dolls that have reemerged as a toy fad every other decade since the ’60s like the herpes of the toy world. The Wrap reports that Anna Kendrick will lead the voice cast. She will play “Poppy, the relentlessly upbeat princess at the center of Trolls, a fun-filled adventure that will reveal the story behind the beloved, colorful nature of the Trolls‘ trademark, gravity-defying hair.”

If that origin is just hairspray that will be a bit of a disappointment.

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Ryan Reynolds Is The Fastest Snail In The World http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-reynolds-is-the-fastest-snail-in-the-world/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-reynolds-is-the-fastest-snail-in-the-world/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 02:05:08 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204930 Next, see Ryan Reynolds as the world's tallest dwarf.

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Ryan Reynolds is already the world’s slowest (to popularity) super-hero in Green Lantern. Now he wants to be the inverse of that (how’s that for a segue?) in Turbo, a movie from DreamWorks Animation about a snail who achieves his dream of becoming the world’s fastest snail after a freak accident gives him super-speed. Expect lots of life lessons about being an individual in the face of conformity, and jokes about a fat kid torturing snails with a magnifying glass. Seriously, I can guarantee both of those things will be in the movie.

Turbo is being produced by Lisa Stewart. Stewart was also behind Monsters Vs Aliens, which will be forgotten by the time Turbo comes out in summer of 2013. (via Variety)

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DreamWorks Animation Contracts A Case Of ‘Release Date Fever’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-animation-contracts-a-case-of-release-date-fever/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-animation-contracts-a-case-of-release-date-fever/#comments Tue, 08 Mar 2011 22:05:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=105324 DreamWorks has assigned release dates to every animated film it has in the pipeline.

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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)

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DreamWorks Animation To Pull A Rabbit Out Of A Hat http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-animation-to-pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-animation-to-pull-a-rabbit-out-of-a-hat/#comments Mon, 07 Mar 2011 20:17:41 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=102608 DreamWorks Animation has some more sweet voice-over gigs for any actors not interested in having to change out of sweats.

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DreamWorks Animation has some more sweet voice-over gigs for any actors not interested in having to change out of sweats. They’ve optioned The Unwilling Witch (The Rumblewick Letters).

The story centers around a magician’s rabbit (probably voiced by Steve Carell) who hops at the chance to become a witch’s familiar and learn real magic. When he learns that he’s actually a pawn in a game between two rival witches, he has to find a way to outsmart them and save himself in the process.

Tim Johnson will direct with Jim Herzfeld (Meet The Fockers) helping with scripting duties.

“The fascinating world of witches and witch’s familiars is perfectly suited for the medium of animation, where anything goes,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke in a statement.

It’s also the best way to get Emma Stone to voice a black cat. (Variety)

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Everybody Is Still Kung Fu Fighting In ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everybody-is-still-kung-fu-fighting-in-kung-fu-panda-2-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/everybody-is-still-kung-fu-fighting-in-kung-fu-panda-2-trailer/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 20:09:57 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=99937 Time to teach children to settle their conflicts by kicking one another once again.

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Time to teach children to settle their conflicts by kicking one another once again. Jack Black is back in Kung Fu Panda 2.  The panda out of bamboo story picks up this time with Po having to defend kung fu itself. But how do you use kung fu to fight something that can stop kung fu? With poop jokes, I assume. Albeit, sublimely crafted, esoteric poop jokes.

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New ‘Puss In Boots’ Teaser And Poster Has Adorable Kitty Action http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-puss-in-boots-teaser-and-poster-has-adorable-kitty-action/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-puss-in-boots-teaser-and-poster-has-adorable-kitty-action/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 19:59:19 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=99579 It's like a 'Shrek' movie but without 'Shrek'.

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The DreamWorks Animation Shrek spin-off Puss In Boots dares to be a mainstream kids’ movie with the word “Puss” in the title. I dunno, it just looks off to me. Anyway, here’s a new teaser trailer, which opens with an homage to the Inception trailer and closes with a cat stunt-riding a horse. Why not? There’s also a new poster which you can see below. The thing that strikes me about the poster is the tagline, “Pray for Mercy.” Kind of a dark tagline for a kids’ movie, isn’t it? Maybe they’re going for a Princess Bride vibe or something. The movie, starring Antonio Banderes, is set for a November 4 release .(via ComingSoon)

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DreamWorks’ ‘Flawed Dogs’ Isn’t About Doggie-Rehab Sadly http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-flawed-dogs-isnt-about-doggie-rehab-sadly/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-flawed-dogs-isnt-about-doggie-rehab-sadly/#comments Mon, 14 Feb 2011 22:33:54 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26839 Berkeley Breathed's 'Flawed Dogs' has been optioned by the studio in their never ending pursuit of giving Jonah Hill voice over work.

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DreamWorks Animation has plans to anthropomorphize show dogs. Probably with smug facial features for good measure.

Berkeley Breathed’s Flawed Dogs has been optioned by the studio in their never ending pursuit of giving Jonah Hill voice over work. The story follows Sam, a dachshund who goes on an epic adventure to reunite with his family after being ousted by a spoiled show dog. He must survive on the streets until he finds his way back. Just like the Incredible Hulk. (Variety)

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‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ Writers Aren’t Even Trying http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kung-fu-panda-2-writers-arent-even-trying/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kung-fu-panda-2-writers-arent-even-trying/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 14:03:56 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=24005 Why wait until Sunday to unveil the Super Bowl spot that you paid a kajillion dollars to air?

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Why wait until Sunday to unveil the Super Bowl spot that you paid a kajillion dollars to air? That’s the thinking for the next few days. Yesterday we saw Bumblebee go house on a car dealership mascot, and today we have a preview from Kung Fu Panda 2. In this short teaser, Jack Black‘s Po uses a wok to Ike Turner some bad guys. This is accompanied by the catchphrase, “We will WOK you!” This is equal parts sadistic and presumptuous. Sadistic because it would be like Rambo telling his victim to “Have a knife day,” and presumptuous because I doubt the target audience really knows what a wok is. Four year-olds and developmentally disabled adults aren’t exactly dynamos in the kitchen. Looks like script-polisher Charlie Kaufman was asleep at the wheel.

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‘Monkeys of Bollywood’ To Be a Real Thing http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/monkeys-of-bollywood-to-be-a-real-thing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/monkeys-of-bollywood-to-be-a-real-thing/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 19:01:24 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15658 It is in this tradition that DreamWorks Animation is releasing a movie that represents an intersection between two of the hottest trends in the world today: Bollywood musicals and monkeys.

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Hollywood has always been great at capturing the zeitgeist at that crucial moment in order to create cultural shockwaves that are felt for decades to come. It is in this tradition that DreamWorks Animation is releasing a movie that represents an intersection between two of the hottest trends in the world today: Bollywood musicals and monkeys. The name of that movie, which will soon be bouncing off the tongues of every living person on the planet, is Monkeys of Bollywood.

The plot of the movie will be based on the Indian epic poem “The Ramayana,” which according to Wikipedia is about “the duties of relationships, portraying ideal characters like the ideal servant, the ideal brother, the ideal wife and the ideal king.” More specifically, the story will be about ““two monkeys who try to stop an ancient demon from conquering the world.” There is no release date yet, but there will probably also be a funny fat monkey, perhaps with a stereotypical Indian accent. And it will make more money than you or anyone you know will ever see in your entire life. Bring a date! (SlashFilm)

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DreamWorks Animation Getting Into Custodial Work http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-animation-getting-into-custodial-work/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-animation-getting-into-custodial-work/#comments Tue, 28 Dec 2010 19:18:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=13477 DreamWorks Animation is ready to clean up at the box office again. They've snagged the film rights to the Oni Press comic Maintenance.

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DreamWorks Animation is ready to clean up at the box office again. They’ve snagged the film rights to the Oni Press comic Maintenance, which was in turnaround at Warner Bros.

Originally slated to be a sucky live-action film directed by McG, Maintenance follows two janitors who work for and must clean up after the world’s biggest collection of evil scientists. With DreamWorks Animation on board, this has the potential to be a big hit along the same lines of Monsters Vs. Aliens and Megamind. Let’s ge Paul Rudd and Danny McBride attached to this and call it a day. (THR)

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‘Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom’ Trailer Is a Tease http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kung-fu-panda-the-kaboom-of-doom-trailer-is-a-tease/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/kung-fu-panda-the-kaboom-of-doom-trailer-is-a-tease/#comments Mon, 08 Nov 2010 16:33:18 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=7193 Megamind was big at the box office this weekend, and moviegoers who saw the film were also treated to a teaser trailer for Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom. Jack Black returns as the voice of Po, an anthropomorphic bear who is skilled in Chinese martial arts.

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Megamind was big at the box office this weekend, and moviegoers who saw the film were also treated to a teaser trailer for Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom. Jack Black returns as the voice of Po, an anthropomorphic bear who is skilled in Chinese martial arts. The trailer itself doesn’t give away much of the plot. In fact, it’s basically just a bear silently staring at the screen. That being said, it’s still a thousand times better than the original trailer for Morning Glory.

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Review: Megamind http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-megamind/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-megamind/#comments Fri, 05 Nov 2010 21:38:50 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=6977 Megamind is going to suffer for being the second animated superhero movie. In fact, it follows a long line of Dreamworks being second to Pixar (fish, monsters although they did beat them to insects). I’m not saying it’s The Incredibles, but Megamind is the best Dreamworks animated movie and certainly the best animated movie this year.

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Megamind is going to suffer for being the second animated superhero movie. In fact, it follows a long line of Dreamworks being second to Pixar (fish, monsters although they did beat them to insects). I’m not saying it’s The Incredibles, but Megamind is the best Dreamworks animated movie and certainly the best animated movie this year.

This is a complex story with very sophisticated forward momentum. There are five and a half characters involved with heroics, villainry, romance and training. It’s about what makes people a hero or villain, and the answer is not just simply one is bullied and the other is revered. Many characters play alternate identities because they feel their original selves are inadequate. These are deep themes for any movie, let alone a genre movie, let alone a mass appeal movie.

Both sent to earth from the same planet Megamind (Will Ferrell) lands in a prison and grows up to be a villain, while Metroman (Brad Pitt) lands with rich folks and grows up to be a popular superhero.  They take turns kidnapping and rescuing reporter Roxanne Ritchi (Tina Fey), but things start to break formula about 20 minutes in. Ritchi’s cameraman Hal (Jonah Hill) becomes much more than the generic Jimmy Olsen and Megamind’s Minion (David Cross) has a character arc too.

The film begins with irreverence for the tropes of superhero genre. Ferrell and Fey definitely contribute some knowledge of the genre, and Ferrell’s desperation is so engaging he has fun with the villain monologues.  It has something to say about hero worship, from children to grown-up society, even before it messes with the genre further. There’s some pop culture reference but it’s the smartest possible reference and it’s not the crutch of the movie’s humor.

The trailers are already giving away too much, so I don’t want to ruin it, but Megamind asks questions that have never been asked in a superhero movie before.  What does a villain do if he actually gets to be in charge? The answer isn’t a simplistic life lesson. It just sends the film in another deeper direction.

Ritchi, Hal and Megamind face real relationship issues, albeit with vague kid-friendly language. Ritchi may say she doesn’t want to “be with you” but the grown-ups know what she’s really talking about.  These feel like real characters, not caricatures with one-liners.

The classic rock soundtrack makes the movie feel relatable to our world. These are artists we’ve heard of, not cover versions or pop songs created just for the soundtrack. And it rocks, much better than the “Move It Move It” song from Madagascar.

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Watch These First Five Minutes of ‘Megamind’ With Your Binkie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/watch-these-first-five-minutes-of-megamind-with-your-binkie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/watch-these-first-five-minutes-of-megamind-with-your-binkie/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Dreamworks Animation has released the first five minutes of their upcoming film Megamind starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. The trailers seemed a little too The Incredibles-y to me, but this new footage has peaked my interest. Just the fact that Brad Pitt and not Steve Carell is voicing the film's hero, Metro Man, is intriguing. Carell must have been busy on one of his fifty-thousand other projects. Check out the prologue (which autoplays) after the jump...

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Dreamworks Animation has released the first five minutes of their upcoming film Megamind starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. The trailers seemed a little too The Incredibles-y to me, but this new footage has peaked my interest. Just the fact that Brad Pitt and not Steve Carell is voicing the film’s hero, Metro Man, is intriguing. Carell must have been busy on one of his fifty-thousand other projects.

Check out the prologue (which autoplays) after the jump…

 

MEGAMIND SNEAK PEEK

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Guillermo del Toro is an Epic Troll…Hunter http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guillermo-del-toro-is-an-epic-troll-hunter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/guillermo-del-toro-is-an-epic-troll-hunter/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Guillermo del Toro has inked a deal with DreamWorks for his first animated film: Trollhunters. Based on a children's book authored by del Toro himself, the story will be geared toward kids (duh) and will focus on...wait for it...trolls! "I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary," he tells the Heat Vision Blog. "It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be a kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it's thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff." No word yet on whether these trolls will deny the holocaust and claim Obama is a secret Muslim Homojew, or if they'll just stick to living under bridges and eating bones. (Heat Vision via Empire)

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Guillermo del Toro has inked a deal with DreamWorks for his first animated film: Trollhunters. Based on a children’s book authored by del Toro himself, the story will be geared toward kids (duh) and will focus on…wait for it…trolls!

"I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary," he tells the Heat Vision Blog. "It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be a kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it’s thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff."

No word yet on whether these trolls will deny the holocaust and claim Obama is a secret Muslim Homojew, or if they’ll just stick to living under bridges and eating bones. (Heat Vision via Empire)

 

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‘Megamind’ Trailer Pretty Much Just Teases http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/megamind-trailer-pretty-much-just-teases/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/megamind-trailer-pretty-much-just-teases/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Stroke humor in its purest form. Dreamworks has released a full length trailer for their new animated film Megamind. It wants so very badly to be The Incredibles, but without the voice talent of Coach, a.k.a Craig T. Nelson, it's pretty much S.O.L. They could have at least tried for Jerry Van Dyke. The trailer plays out more like a teaser that pimps the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. I had to read the film's official synopsis to get a firm grasp of the plot, and the major turning point isn't even revealed in the trailer. Also, can we please put a cap on how many animated movies an actor can lend their voice to? Brad Pitt was a good get, but Jonah's shuffled up to the microphone in his P.J.s far too many times recently. Check out the trailer after the jump, and the synopsis so you can fill in the blanks. Megamind takes over theaters November 5, 2010.

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Stroke humor in its purest form.

Dreamworks has released a full length trailer for their new animated film Megamind. It wants so very badly to be The Incredibles, but without the voice talent of Coach, a.k.a Craig T. Nelson, it’s pretty much S.O.L. They could have at least tried for Jerry Van Dyke.

The trailer plays out more like a teaser that pimps the voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and Jonah Hill. I had to read the film’s official synopsis to get a firm grasp of the plot, and the major turning point isn’t even revealed in the trailer. Also, can we please put a cap on how many animated movies an actor can lend their voice to? Brad Pitt was a good get, but Jonah’s shuffled up to the microphone in his P.J.s far too many times recently.

Check out the trailer after the jump, and the synopsis so you can fill in the blanks. Megamind takes over theaters November 5, 2010.


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From the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Madagascar” and “Kung Fu Panda.” “Megamind” is the most brilliant supervillain the world has ever known. And the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way. Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as “Metro Man,” an invincible hero until the da Megamind actually kills him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, Megamind has no purpose. A supervillain without a superhero. He realizes that achieving his life’s ambition is the worst thing that ever happened to him.  Megamind decides that the only way out of his rut is to create a new hero opponent called “Titan”, who promises to be bigger, better and stronger than Metro Man ever was. Pretty quickly Titan starts to think it’s much more fun to be a villain than a good guy . Except Titan doesn’t just want to rule the world, he wants to destroy it.  Now, Megamind must decide: can he defeat his own diabolical creation? Can the world’s smartest man make the smart decision for once?  Can the evil genius become the unlikely hero of his own story?

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