The original How To Train Your Dragon, released in 2010, is still one of the best films Dreamworks ever created. An actual classic animated story, with rich worldbuilding and memorable characters, somehow came to exist during the peak of this studio’s “hire a bunch of celebrities and make snarky jokes” period. And the cream doesn’t always rise to the top with the moviegoing public, but they actually responded to HTTYD, allowing an endless number of sequels and TV spinoffs to be created.
Who would have guessed that a failed horse movie from the early 2000s would wind up being this lucrative? Dreamworks released Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron at a time in which traditional 2-D animated features were on their way out (Shrek, from their own studio, had already made his first farting appearance). Yet Spirit, these days, is somehow getting a lot more work than Shrek is. He has his own multi-season Netflix series, and soon there’ll be a Spirit video game where kids can take that light brown horse for a ride themselves.
For The Honor Of Greyskull! Though the TV networks have long since abandoned the entire concept of action cartoons, streaming services like Netflix are more than happy to pick up the slack (and that’s a good thing). From Voltron to The Dragon Prince, they’ve been churning out some excellent toonage these days, and the streak should continue with She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.
In the 1980s He-Man ruled Eternia, She-Ra ruled Etheria, and both ruled children’s popular culture. Though Prince Adam has come back several times since his original show was cancelled, his twin sister hasn’t had her time in the sun again…until now. She-Ra returns this November in a new animated series, produced by Dreamworks and helmed by Noelle Stevenson.
It’s official NBCUniversal/Comcast now owns DreamWorks Animation, ending the company’s independent ownership. The announcement was made today in an official press release by NBCUniversal, which is a division of the Comcast Corporation. The acquisition includes all of DreamWorks Animation’s animated brands, feature films, TV series, specials, live entertainment and related consumer products.
DreamWorks Animation finally returns to the Kung Fu Panda franchise with the upcoming sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 later next year. The latest trailer for the film has now been released online, offering a much broader view of the film, the main villain and story. You can check out the new video in the player below.
You have to admit, Kung Fu Panda has legs, metaphorically speaking of course. From a hit movie that went on to win numerous awards, to a sequel that did very well at the box office, and a spinoff TV show that had a good run on Nickelodeon, it’s hard to say it’s not done well. Now, the franchise it has the chance to continue that trend with Kung Fu Panda 3. DreamWorks Animation has released the official trailer for Kung Fu Panda 3. You can check out the video in the player below.
A Fruit Ninja entry is about to hit the market in a joint venture between Halfbrick, THQ, and Dreamworks featuring none other than Puss in Boots.