HOME and PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Comic-Con Panel Recap: New Footage, Evil Scientist Octopus, 28-Second Alien Invasion and More

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Walt Disney Pictures hit it big at New York Comic-Con the other day with Big Hero 6 and now DreamWorks Animation just gave it a go with two of its upcoming releases, Home and Penguins of Madagascar.  Home is an adaptation of Adam Rex’s children’s book, The True Meaning of Smekday, and focuses on an alien race called the Boov and their effort to make a new home for themselves – on Earth.  And for those of you who haven’t kept up with the Madagascar film franchise, Penguins of Madagascar involves Skipper, Rico, Kowalski and Private teaming up with an inter-species task force called the North Wind to stop Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over the planet.

Hit the jump for my Home and Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel recap.

Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey to Voice DreamWorks Animation’s BOSS BABY; Quvenzhane Wallis Will Lead COUNTING BY 7S

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DreamWorks Animation is putting together the voice cast for one of its upcoming films.  Heat Vision reports that Alec Baldwin and Kevin Spacey will lead the voice cast for Boss Baby, which is described as a fantastical comedy revolving around a “fast-talking briefcase-carrying baby (Baldwin) and his seven-year-old brother, who is jealous of the new arrival.”  The brother sets out on a mission to win back the sole affection of his parents and ends up stumbling upon a secret plot by the CEO of Puppy Co. (Spacey).  The two brothers are then forced to come together in order to stop the dastardly scheme.  Megamind director Tom McGrath is set to helm the pic, which is slated for release on March 18, 2016.

Hit the jump for news concerning an adaptation of Counting by 7s that is being developed as a star vehicle for young Quvenzhane Wallis.

PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR Comic-Con Panel Recap: A Great DreamWorks Animated Film Might Be on the Way

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Following the panel for Home, DreamWorks Animation moved to Penguins of Madagascar.  In the upcoming spinoff, the scene-stealing penguins take the lead, and are joined by a wolf named Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his covert team of protective animals as they try to stop Dave (John Malkovich), a malevolent octopus.  Even though I’ve never been much for the Madagascar movies, the Penguins have always been wonderful, and I was interested to see if they could carry their own movie.  Judging by what they showed us today, they could have one of the funniest films of the year.

Hit the jump for my Penguins of Madagascar Comic-Con panel recap.

HOME Comic-Con Panel Recap: DreamWorks Animation Presents Dazzling, Colorful Footage from the Sci-Fi Comedy

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Our Hall H coverage begins with the DreamWorks Animation panel.  I’ve stated my issues with DreamWorks Animation films in my reviews of their recent movies, but I’m always open to being surprised, and what they had to show today was encouraging.  They started off with Home, which is about a race of aliens, the Boov, who invade Earth, and follows Boov social pariah Oh (Jim Parsons) and his unlikely friend, a human named Tip (Rihanna).

Hit the jump for my Home Comic-Con panel recap. 

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Wednesday’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th Includes CONSTANTINE, HANNIBAL, BATMAN ’66, and More

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The Comic-Con 2014 scheduled for Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th has been announced.  As they’ve done in previous years, Preview Night will offer fans a first look at the pilots for upcoming shows.  This year’s lineup is for The Flash, Constantine, and iZombie plus a brand new episode Teen Titans Go!.  On Thursday, you’ll get a much stronger Hall H lineup than last year with presentations from DreamWorks Animation, The Giver, Paramount Pictures, Entertainment Weekly’s: The Visionaries (the “visionaries” haven’t been announced yet, but usually this is a fascinating panel), and a look at the upcoming Batman ’66 Blu-ray set.  Folks in Ballroom 20, which hosts plenty of TV panels, will get to see presentations for 24, Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Penny Dreadful.  Then there’s an outlier with Sony Pictures doing a presentation in the Indigo Ballroom over the in Hilton Bayfront Hotel.  That’s how packed Comic-Con is this year: there’s no room for a major studio that’s bringing Goosebumps and Pixels.

Hit the jump for Comic-Con 2014 schedule highlights from Wednesday’s July 23rd’s Preview Night and Thursday, July 24th.  The 2014 San Diego Comic-Con will run from July 23rd to July 27th.

Teresa Palmer Joins POINT BREAK; Emilia Clarke Set for VOICE FROM THE STONE; Anna Kendrick, Albert Brooks, and More Take Voice Roles

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake.
  • Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone.
  • Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls.
  • Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

Composer John Powell Talks HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, the State of Film Scoring Today, His Career, Taking a Break, Hans Zimmer, and More

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If you’ve seen DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, you know that not only is it an incredible film, but the entire feature is elevated by a truly magnificent score from composer John Powell.  He imbues the compassionate story with a genuine sense of wonder and emotion, and Powell resumes his composing duties on the upcoming sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 to fantastic results.  I recently got the opportunity to speak with Powell for an extended conversation in anticipation of the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 on June 13th and the soundtrack, which is available now, and we covered a wide range of topics.

During the interview, Powell discussed his approach to scoring the follow-up without repeating himself, working with Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi to craft original songs for the movie, whether the knowledge of another sequel (or sequels) impacted his work, looking back over his career, collaborating with Hans Zimmer, how working in animation differs to live-action, his thoughts on the state of film and TV scoring today, the evolution of DreamWorks Animation, his decision to take a break, and much more.  If you’re at all interested in the world and process of film scoring, Powell is full of great insights.  Read on after the jump.

HOME Trailer Featuring the Voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez

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DreamWorks Animation’s Home trailer is now online for your viewing pleasure.  The Tim Johnson-directed picture centers on the Boov, a squat race of confident little aliens who relocate Earth’s human population in order to take over the planet.  One clever little girl manages to escape and eventually crosses paths with a banished Boov named Oh.  You can probably guess where the story goes from there.  This early look at the movie – the humor, the animation style, the dialogue – is pretty much everything you’d expect from DWA’s more run-of-the-mill films, but it’s probably a safe bet that it’ll be a fine film for the family.

Featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer LopezHome opens March 27, 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the Home trailer.

DreamWorks Animation’s CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS & THE CROODS 2 Open in 2017, MADAGASCAR 4 and PUSS IN BOOTS 2 in 2018; HITMAN Sequel in 2015

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Here’s a look at the latest new release dates:

  • Hitman: Agent 47Aleksander Bach’s Hitman sequel starring Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto is set to open February 27, 2015.
  • Captain UnderpantsRob Letterman’s adaptation featuring the voices of Ed HelmsKevin HartNick KrollJordan Peele, and Thomas Middleditch will open January 13, 2017.
  • The Croods 2 – The first film featured the voices of Emma StoneNicolas Cage, Ryan ReynoldsCatherine KeenerCloris Leachman, and Clark Duke, who might all return for the sequel opening November 3, 2017.
  • Madagascar 4 - The fourth installment in the animated animal sequel featuring the voices of Chris RockBen StillerJada Pinkett SmithDavid SchwimmerSacha Baron Cohen, and Cedric the Entertainer opens May 18, 2018.
  • Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves - The sequel to Chris Miller’s animated adventure comedy that featured the voices of Antonio BanderasSalma Hayek, and Zach Galifianakis opens November 2, 2018.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Collider Gets a Behind-the-Scenes Look at HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 with Director Dean DeBlois at DreamWorks Animation Studios

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Arriving in theaters this Friday is How to Train Your Dragon 2, the highly anticipated follow up to 2010′s surprise critical and commercial success How to Train Your Dragon, which won over audiences and critics alike with its immersive world, lovable cast of characters, and emotional heft.  The sequel picks up five years later on the island of Berk where dragons and Vikings have learned to thrive harmoniously together after decades of mutual destruction.  But when a menacing dragon trapper threatens their newfound way of life, Hiccup and Toothless set off on another adventure, facing bigger and broader challenges with the threat of greater consequences.  Returning cast members Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-PlasseKristen Wiig, T.J.  Miller and Jonah Hill are joined by newcomers Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington.

I recently had the opportunity to visit the DreamWorks Animation studio in Glendale, California with a number of other journalists where we caught an advanced screening of the film, participated in a Q&A with director Dean DeBlois, and got an inside look at the behind-the-scenes process of creating an animated film.  Hit the jump to check out my thoughts on the How to Train Your Dragon 2 and a bullet point summary of what I learned from the visit.

Antonio Banderas Says He Just Started Work on PUSS IN BOOTS 2

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While some animation studios take a very calculated, conservative approach to its films, DreamWorks Animation is known for churning out as many as three feature films in the span of a year; the studio has become a well-oiled animation machine.  Though the Shrek franchise came to a close (maybe) with 2010’s Shrek Forever After, DreamWorks Animation kept the spirit of the series alive with the 2011 spinoff feature Puss in Boots.  The pic focused on the adorably feisty titular kitty, voiced by Antonio Banderas, and grossed $554.9 million worldwide.  We’ve known that the studio was developing a sequel to the fairy tale film, but extensive information on the follow-up has thus far failed to materialize.

However, when we recently spoke with Banderas in anticipation of the action sequel The Expendables 3, the actor revealed that he actually started work on Puss in Boots 2 a few days ago.  Hit the jump to read on.

Ty Burrell and Max Charles Talk MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN, Bill Scott, Honoring the Original, Recording with Cookies, FINDING DORY and More

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Based on the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman tells the story of a boy who’s adopted by the smartest dog in the world.  However, much unlike the original 1960s material, this 3D CG-animated version doesn’t just feature the pair exploring the past courtesy of Mr. Peabody’s time travel machine, the WABAC; it also chronicles the evolution of their relationship as father and son.

With Mr. Peabody and Sherman making its way into theaters on Friday, March 7th, Collider got the opportunity to sit down with the duo responsible for bringing these characters back to life, Ty Burrell and Max Charles.  Catch what Burrell had to say about paying homage to the man responsible for voicing the original Mr. Peabody, Bill Scott, the tricks Charles used to put himself in Sherman’s shoes while in the sparse sound booth, an update on Finding Dory and loads more after the jump.

First Look at TURBO F.A.S.T. from DreamWorks Animation and Netflix

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DreamWorks Animation has two feature films in the running for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, but one of them is getting new life as a Netflix original series.  Based on the Ryan Reynolds-voiced feature Turbo, a new animated series Turbo F.A.S.T. is debuting on Netflix starting Tuesday, December 24th.  Reid Scott (Veep) will step in to voice the title character in a kids’ show that features the racing snail and all his tricked-out friends in brand-new adventures.  We have the trailer and poster for the series for you to check out, along with the first clip.  Hit the jump to take a look.

First Trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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DreamWorks Animation has released the first trailer for director Rob Minkoff‘s (The Lion King) new film Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been released online.  Based on the titular characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman. Sadly, this trailer did absolutely nothing for me other than one kind of funny joke at the end.  It’s different footage than the Spanish-language version we posted yesterday, but even in English this feels incredibly forgettable.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

First Images from DreamWorks Animation’s MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN

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The first official images from DreamWorks Animation’s new film Mr. Peabody & Sherman have been released online.  Based on the titular characters from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, the film features the voices of Ty Burrell as the genius dog Mr. Peabody and Max Charles as his adopted son Sherman.  They use a time travel machine called the WABAC to go on various adventures and learn about history, and as glimpsed in these images we can see that Peabody & Sherman will find themselves in the time of Leonardo da Vinci and in ancient Egypt.  The Lion King helmer Rob Minkoff directs, and we should see a first trailer very soon.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also features the voices of Stephen Colbert, Ariel Winter, Leslie Mann, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Patrick Warburton, and Mel BrooksMr. Peabody & Sherman opens on March 7, 2014.

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