Dreamworks Animation – Puss In Boots
As a spin-off from the massively succsessful “Shrek” Movies “Puss In Boots” has an awful lot to live up to.
You may think this film has been released purely as a money spinner, to feed the fat cats. But before you cast judgement take a look at the trailer and be prepared to laugh out loud.
I tell you this it ain’t over easy. What a line.
Puss In Boots is Due for release November 4th 2011
Jennifer Yuh Nelson has lent her talents to four of DreamWorks Animation’s motion pictures: 2008’s Kung Fu Panda (as head of story), 2005’s Madagascar (as story artist), 2003’s Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas (as head of story) and 2002’s Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (also as story artist).
Prior to joining DreamWorks, Nelson worked at HBO Animation, developing various projects and short series. She has worn many hats, serving as director, story artist and character designer for HBO’s animated series Spawn, which won an Emmy Award in 1999 for Outstanding Animated Program.
Nelson’s career in animation has spanned several countries, including Korea and Japan, where she oversaw animation for HBO. Nelson has also worked in Sydney, Australia, serving as a story artist and illustrator for the live-action feature Dark City for Mystery Clock Productions.
Nelson attended California State University, Long Beach where she received a BFA in Illustration. Nelson has also published several independent comic books.
Jennifer Yuh Nelson is the first female to join the small but elite group of animation directors.
Why has it taken this long for a female to get top directing job? Animation is still a niche industry compared to Live-action films and thus competition for directing jobs is fierce.
Hopefully there will be an influx of diversity into the animation scene which should give our future animations new and exciting direction.
Are you looking forward to the release of Kung Fu Panda 2? Then you’ll be exited to hear that Dreamworks has teamed up with Nickelodeon to bring you a Kung Fu Panda TV series called “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness“
Kung Fu Panda 2 Trailer
Did You love Kung Fu Panda? Are you Looking forward to Kung Fu Panda 2?
Well now you have “Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness” to look forward to as well.
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness tells the continuing adventures of [Master] Po . . . as he trains, protects, fights, teaches, learns, stumbles, talks too much, and geeks out as the newest hero in the Valley of Peace. Now living in the barracks with the Furious Five, Po will have to take on his many new responsibilities, his many new adversaries, and his many old pounds in the continuing education and adventures of the Dragon Warrior. And kick some serious boo-tay. Yeah, that goes without saying. For being the Dragon Warrior is not a destination, it’s a journey. Unfortunately for Po, most of that journey is uphill.
“Legends of Awesomeness” is a new Animated TV series for Nickelodeon. Originally due to air January 2011, the shows air date had to be pushed back numerous times due to Dreamworks and Nickelodeon disagreeing on the best time to capitalise on the publicity gained from the release of the Film.
Now due to air sometime this fall after Kung Fu Panda 2 hits our screens.
2 Seasons worth of episodes (52 in total) have already been order for the series, which shows how confident both Dreamworks and Nickelodeon are.
A total of 1 Voice Actors from the Movie have been retained for the TV series and unfortunately it’s not Jack Black. James Hong who returns to voice Po’s father, is the 1 voice actor to resurrect his role. This either means no one was asked (probably because of the monetary cost to hire them) or they simple refused to do it.
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Just because you loved the film, you shouldn’t assume that you’ll like the series as well. That would be a mistake.
You will not see the same type of humor in the TV show as you did in the Movie. The voice actors are different, you can’t expect the same comic timing you get from Jack Black from Mick Wingert (new voice of “PO”). Everything will be reworked in order for it to fit into the shorter TV episodes and hit the right notes with its new audience.
You will be relieved to know that the “Furious Five” are still at the centre of the plot, with “PO” at the forefront. The TV series will not just focus on comedy, much like the film there will be a concrete storyline flowing through each episode.
Kung Fu Panda is not the first movie to be adapted for a TV series. Do You know that “How to Train Your Dragoon” and The plucky commando Penguins from “Madagascar” also have their own TV series, on Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon respectively. DreamWorks also made a pilot for Monsters vs. Aliens and is considering a pilot for Megamind, watch this space.
Dreamworks have announced their schedule that runs through until 2012 which is packed with originals and sequels.
We see the latest of Dreamwork hits such as Kung Fu Panda 2, Madagascar 3 and How to Train Your Dragon 2 and originals such as Me and My Shadow which combines CG and Traditional Animation. You got to love the hybrids.
“At DreamWorks Animation, our creative ambition has never been greater and the release schedule we’re unveiling today is designed to give our movies the time and resources they need to realize their full potential so each one can become a true event for our audiences,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation.
“Thanks to the extraordinary talent base at DreamWorks Animation today, our feature film slate is full of both original story ideas and exciting new franchise chapters that will form a solid foundation for the studio’s creative output through 2014,” added Bill Damaschke, the Company’s Chief Creative Officer.
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.
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!
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.
Released on November 21, 2012
Based on the forthcoming books by William Joyce. 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.
Released on March 1, 2013.
It is being written and directed by two-time Academy Award® nominee Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) and produced by Kristine Belson (How to Train Your Dragon) and Jane Hartwell (Shrek). It stars Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman. The Croods is a comedy adventure that takes us back to a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet known as the Croodaceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress… full of never-before- seen creatures and landscapes. Audiences will relate to the hilarious family antics as an imaginative and resourceful newcomer helps the Croods navigate their way through the fantastic world beyond their cave.
Released on June 7, 2013.
It is being directed by David Soren (Merry Madagascar), who first brought the project to the studio, and produced by Lisa Stewart (Monsters vs. Aliens). It is being written by Darren Lemke (Shrek Forever After) together with Soren. Turbo tells the story of an ordinary garden snail with an impossible dream: to become the fastest snail in the world. When a freak accident gives him extraordinary speed, Turbo sets out to try to make this dream come true.
Released on November 8, 2013
The studio will pioneer a groundbreaking combination of both CG and traditional animation techniques seamlessly together throughout the film. The film is directed by Mark Dindal (Chicken Little, The Emperor’s New Groove) and produced by Melissa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2) and Teresa Cheng (Shrek Forever After, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron). It is being written by Tom Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart). Me and My Shadow tells the story of Shadow Stan, an extremely frustrated shadow who yearns for a dynamic life but happens to be stuck with Stanley Grubb, the world’s most boring human. Finally pushed to the brink, Shadow Stan breaks the singular rule of the Shadow World – “They lead, we follow” – and takes control of Stanley!
Released on March 21, 2014.
It is directed by Rob Minkoff (Stuart Little, The Lion King) and produced by Jason Clark (Monster House,Stuart Little) and Denise Nolan Cascino (Megamind). It is being written by Craig Wright (United States of Tara, Six Feet Under). Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Bullwinkle Studio’s Tiffany Ward and Classic Media’s Eric Ellenbogen are serving as executive producers on the film, which stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Robert Downey Jr. Based on Jay Ward’s classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody is the world’s smartest person who happens to be a dog. He and his “pet” boy Sherman discover that someone has stolen their time traveling WABAC machine and is changing moments in history to disastrous and comical results. It’s up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to somehow put a stop to this villain before his actions destroy the space-time continuum in Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
Released on June 20, 2014
The sequel to the Academy Award®-nominated original film from 2010. It is being directed and written by Dean DeBlois (How to Train Your Dragon) and produced by Bonnie Arnold (How to Train Your Dragon). Also based on the book series by Cressida Cowell, the sequel is being executive produced by Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) together with DeBlois. How to Train Your Dragon 2 again stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig.
Wonder when Pixar release there and we all do the nervous scroll down to see if Toy Story 4 is listed.
Pandas may be going into extinction but there’s one that will still be alive and kicking! Dreamworks have released the new trailer for Kung Fu Panda 2. The first movie was hilarious and exciting, the trailer proves the sequel will have as much Pandamoniom as the first.
We enter to see Po living his dream as the legendary Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace but what would the movie be if the Valley of Peace was always peaceful.
Po alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey are threatened by a villain who plans to conquer China with an unstoppable weapon and destroy Kung Fu.
They pick their words very carefully when giving names. Po must find a way to stop an unstoppable which can stop Kung Fu. Looking deep into his past Po will try and to uncover the secret to becoming victorious and stop the Valley of Peace being torn into pieces.
Enjoy the trailer…