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Trolls Trailer #2 Gets Animated with Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani

29 June 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released a new full-length trailer for&#160Trolls! From the genius creators of Shrek,&#160Trolls&#160stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Trolls&#160also stars Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Icona Pop, Ron Funches and Kunal Nayaar. Together, the Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they've ever known.&#160

DreamWorks Animation's Trolls is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! This animated adventure promises to be the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year! This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comedicly pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach.

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Animated family comedy Boss Baby assembles its voice cast

14 June 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming family comedy Boss Baby has assembled its voice cast, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, Patton Oswalt, Steve Buscemi and Miles Bakshi have all signed on for roles in the project alongside Alec Baldwin.

Boss Baby is being directed by Tom McGrath (Madagascar, Megamind) and is based upon Marla Frazee’s award-winning picture book, which “centers on a seven-year-old who decides he has to win back the love of his parents after the arrival of his brother, a bossy baby, who has uncanny ways of hogging the spotlight. In the process, the brothers discover a secret plot and must unite to save their parents and restore order to the world.”

“Tom and [producer Ramsey Ann Naito] have brought together a film that is not only hilarious and heartwarming, but is relatable for anyone who has ever been a parent, a baby, a sibling or a boss,” said DreamWorks Animation co-presidents of feature animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. “We believe the best animated stories are the ones that are rooted in personal experience, and then set in an imaginative world that can only be created through the wonder and art of animation.”

Boss Baby is slated for release on March 10th, 2017.

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- Gary Collinson

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Hollywood Helps Boost Annecy to Record Levels

13 June 2016 4:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy — Energised by the largest Hollywood presence ever, the 2016 Annecy Intl. Animation Film Festival also looks set to the biggest ever, and a bellwether of the forces driving a now near global industry.

Six of the eight upcoming Hollywood studio animation releases for 2016 receive privileged play at Annecy, the Cannes of the animation industry, including one world premiere, a European premiere, a slew of never-seen sequences and a first-time Annecy presence from Warner Animation Group.

Of the big U.S. highlights, Universal’s Illumination Entertainment will world premiere “The Secret Life of Pets” at Annecy on June 16, three weeks before it U.S. July 8 general release.

DreamWorks Animation look set for its biggest roll-out ever at Annecy: a Guillermo del Toro Masterclass, focusing on his career, then a showrunner reel and about 10 minutes-plus of clips or scenes from “Trollhunters”; a sneak peek of Mike Mitchell’s animated comedy musical “Trolls,” presented by production designer Kendal Cronkhite (“Madagascar” film series), who will preview about 20 minutes of final footage; 15-20 minutes of never-before screened footage from Alec Baldwin comedy “Boss Baby,” unveiled by movie’s director Tom McGrath.

From Blue Sky Studios, longtime producer Lori Forte and co-director Michael Thurmeier team to present the new characters, palette and worlds of Fox’s “Ice Age: Collision Course,” via multiple never-seen sequences.

Directorial duo Ron Clements and John Musker (“Aladdin,” “The Princess and the Frog”) will be in Annecy to show new artwork and work-in-progress sequences from“Moana,” Walt Disney Animation Studio’s big late 2016 bow. Slated for a Nov. 23 U.S. release, the comedy adventure turns on a teen girl who sets out on the Polynesian high seas to prove herself a master way finder.

Co-director Andrew Stanton introduces the European premiere of Pixar’s “Finding Dory” which opened at Los Angeles Theater on June 8, Variety calling it “ravishing.” It has scored a Rotten Tomatoes 93% approval rate, though some reviewers thought it just a notch below “Finding Nemo.

Genndy Tartakovsky will be on hand to talk about his reboot for Cartoon Network of cult TV series “Samourai Jack”

Producer Brad Lewis will introduce the Warner Animation Group and its upcoming “Storks,” set for a Sept 23 release. “This is exciting for us because it’s the first time in quite some time that Warner Bros. has a real presence at Annecy and we plan to make a statement there.” said Chris deFaria, president, animation, digital production, VFX, Warner Bros. Pictures.

In other highlights, Aardman Animations will be presented with the Mifa/Variety Animation Personality of the Year Award. The 2016 Annecy Festival kicks off June 13 with a screening of Michael Dudok de Wit’s “The Red Turtle.”

Total accreditations were running on June 10 at 7,800, including Mifa, and expected to end up 10%-15% above 2015, said Patrick Eveno, at event organiser City of Moving Images (Citia). Registered attendance at Annecy’s Intl. Animated Film market (Mifa) was at 2,460 last Friday, 6% up on the same day in 2015, said Mifa head Mickael Marin. Final Mifa attendee numbers could be near to 2,800. Figures are 120% up on 2004, with Annecy posting significant increases in 2015 and 2016.

Explanations for this hiked influx cut several ways.

At 27 for 2012 but 20 for 2014, according to a report, “Mapping the Animation Industry in Europe,” the number of animated features being released in the U.S in recent years may not have grown. With Sony, then Universal and now Warner Bros. driving into animation in the last 10 years, however, the number of Hollywood studios making them most certainly has.

Animation is a huge global box office driver, and not just when it comes to animated features, another argument runs. Factoring in spectacle films that are 90%-plus SFX, the majority of the top 10 global box office is has an animation base. It makes sense that Hollywood studios beyond Disney-Pixar and DreamWorks would want to get more and more involved in this world.

Also, animation, of what is understood as animation, is broadening its technological and artistic options. One example: Google Spotlight Stories will showcase from June 13 a sneak-peek of Felix Massie’s “Rain and Shine,” the Tribeca-screened “Pearl,” from Patrick Osborne, and Aardman’s “Special Delivery,” from Tim Ruffle, all made-for-smartphones 3D Vr animated shorts, allowing viewers to explore stories unspooling in real time in an immersive 360-degree space. “Pearl” was made in five different formats simultaneously, Jan Pinkava, Google Spotlight Stories creative director, told Variety at Annecy.

April’s CinemaCon, which targets exhibitors, and San Diego’s Comic-Con, held in July, both feature animated movies. But Annecy is unique in focus and size. “Annecy is solely focused on animation of different types. It’s the world’s biggest animation festival, pretty unique in its size,” said Mireille Soria, DreamWorks Animation’s co-president, feature animation.

Also building attendance and attracting big players is Annecy-s track record. Illumination Ent. head Chris Meledandri world premiered “Despicable Me,” “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions” there. “Minions” went on to rank as the second highest-grossing animated feature in history.

Over the last few years, Walt Disney Animation Studios bowed shorts “Feast” and “Paperman” in the small French Alps town. Both went on to win an Oscar. Little wonder it’s back this year with new short film, “Inner Workings,” presented by producer Sean Lurie and its director, Leo Matsuda, a story artist on “Big Hero 6” and “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Annecy is a very good place to sneak peek a work-in-progress, said Bonnie Arnold, DreamWorks Animation’s co-president, feature animation.

“You’re really getting a worldwide audience this week, professionals, students, a rapt fanbase. It’s a good place to get good word-of-mouth started,” she added.

“Everybody’s in a good mood. It’s a very good place to work and introduce your company or film,” Marin concurred.

The U.S. presence, including some very-probable award season contenders, has had a knock-on effect.

“There are more and more companies, from more and more countries,” Eveno said.

If production numbers are swelling, it’s in smaller countries in Europe and in world cinema.

“It used to be near impossible to make a high-quality CGI feature for less than $100 million. Now it’s possible to make a beautiful CGI film for a fraction of the cost, at budgets that used to be reserved solely for 2D,” argued Dave Jesteadt at Gkids, the U.S. distributor of eight Oscar-nominated animated features.

For the first time, Canada will host a national pavilion at Annecy. Exhibition space sold has also increased to spill over onto an island on the lake adjoining Mifa’s Imperial Palace location.

“Annecy is now the annual gathering of an industry large enough to need one. “It’s the great meeting place for the animation world, and I literally mean world: The studios, the independents, feature films, experimental films , short films, it’s really representative of what’s going on in the world of animation,” said Arnold adding that the animation community rarely gets together in this kind of way.

In anticipated highlights from outside the U.S., of the deans of European animation, Didier Brunner will present a Work in Progress of “Big Bad Fox and Other Tales,” Benjamin Renner’s TV short series follow-up to “Ernest and Celestine.” Superprod will present classic reboot “White Fang,” Folimage will unveil a 15 short film series turning on France’s Chauvet-Pont d’Arc prehistoric caves, dazzling for their cave art.

Marking another sign of the explosive nature of the sector, 60-plus companies, and not just from the U.S will use Annecy to recruit new animators, Marin said.

Annecy bowed Monday cloudy with forecast of rain. Air and rail strikes may affect French industry access to Annecy, though the town is not much more than a five-hour car ride from Paris. Bused into the festival by its shuttle service from Switzerland’s Geneva, foreign guests should not be affected.

Whatever the weather, animators love Annecy. They’re treated like rock stars. Also, they enjoy its knowledgeable audiences who “have a sense of legacy in animation – the animation that’s come from  the past – how what they’re seeing dovetails and differs from what’s come before – how it’s taking animation someplace new,” said “Moana” director John Musker.

He added: “It’s an amazingly discerning audience it’s like “New York, New York” – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.”

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DreamWorks Animation Hires Paramount Exec as Head of Development

23 May 2016 3:23 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

DreamWorks Animation has hired Jennifer Howell, Paramount’s former head of comedy. She will be the new head of development, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap. Howell will be taking over for Gregg Taylor and will report to Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. In August, Taylor began producing duties on “Larrikins,” the animated film that has an expected release date in 2018. Taylor oversaw the development of both “Trolls” and “The Boss Baby” during his five year stint as head of development at DreamWorks. He served as the production executive on films like “How to Train Your Dragon.” Also Read: 'Kung Fu Panda 3'. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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DreamWorks Animation Hires Exec From Paramount As New Head Of Development

23 May 2016 3:11 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Jennifer Howell, who was Paramount’s Head of Comedy for the past two-and-a-half years, has joined DreamWorks Animation as the company’s new Head of Development. She is taking over for Gregg Taylor who began producing duties last August on DreamWorks’ Larrikins, the animated musical film. Like Taylor (who had the gig before her), Howell will report to Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. Taylor had been maintaining the job duties while also juggling his… »

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Jeff Shell: DreamWorks Animation Deal Turns Chris Meledandri into Universal’s John Lasseter

28 April 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

NBCUniversal has big plans for Chris Meledandri to serve as the creative guru overseeing its animation operations, Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, told Variety on Thursday.

NBCU parent Comcast’s $3.8 billion investment in DreamWorks Animation, announced Thursday, is a bold bid to challenge Disney in the family film space. But the studio is being careful to stress that the new acquisition isn’t intended to edge out Meledandri, whose Illumination Entertainment is responsible for the studio’s “Despicable Me” franchise.

“The model that we’re trying to use is John Lasseter,” said Shell, referencing the Pixar co-founder who oversees the creative direction of both Pixar and Disney Animation.

“Chris has built Illumination from scratch, so we want to make sure that whatever we do with Chris, we don’t lose the special sauce that made that place so fantastic,” he added. “The number one most important thing »

- Brent Lang

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Comcast in Talks to Buy DreamWorks Animation for $3 Billion

26 April 2016 6:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Comcast is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation a deal worth more than $3 billion, sources confirm to Variety.

Dwa has been on the block for more than three years, drawing overtures but no suitors that went all the way to a deal. Comcast could be a good fit for the indie animation studio that has a deep well of content, from its library of film and TV production to classic toon characters to the millennial-friendly content engine in Brian RobbinsAwesomenessTV digital hub.

Comcast could make use of DreamWorks’ IP-rich vault in its theme parks as well as to feed its global film and TV pipelines. It’s understood that the deal on the table envisions bringing Dwa into the Universal Pictures fold.

Sources cautioned that the negotiations are still in the early stage and that a deal may not come to fruition. A source familiar with the situation said »

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DreamWorks Animation Taps Terry Curtin as Theatrical Publicity Head

21 March 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks Animation has tapped Terry Curtin as head of theatrical publicity.

She joins the company from Stx Entertainment, the newly formed studio behind the “The Gift” and “Hardcore Henry,” where she was head of strategic marketing and global communications. Curtin is a veteran executive, having done stints at Universal, 20th Century Fox and Disney. She also had senior leadership roles at Revolution Studios, MGM/UA and Relativity Media.

Robin Chandler, who previously served as head of theatrical publicity, will step down from her role in order to launch an independent consulting practice. DreamWorks Animation will be a client, the studio said.

Curtin joins DreamWorks Animation on April 11. She comes aboard as the studio behind “Shrek” and “How to Train Your Dragon” is in rebuilding mode. Following a series of film flops such as “Penguins of Madagascar” and “Turbo,” the company went through a management shakeup and layoffs, reducing its staff »

- Brent Lang

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Fantasizes About Merging DreamWorks Animation With Paramount

1 March 2016 11:06 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg told investors he isn’t interested in buying a minority stake in Paramount Pictures, but he sounded pretty attracted to the prospect of one day merging the two studios.

“I could imagine that with a good financial partner coming with us, putting the assets of Paramount and DreamWorks together could be extremely valuable and we could bring a lot to that business,” said Katzenberg.

At this juncture, Viacom, Paramount’s parent company, has only said it will bring in an equity partner, but that didn’t stop Katzenberg from hinting to the crowd at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Tuesday, that he’s game to buy the company outright if someone else wants to join him.

He noted that he hadn’t looked under the hood of the company or spent a great deal of time thinking about such a union, but »

- Brent Lang

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'Trolls' Trailer: DreamWorks Animation Brings the Hair-Raising Dolls to Life

28 January 2016 6:58 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released the first trailer for&#160Trolls! DreamWorks Animation's Trolls is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of Shrek, Trolls stars Anna Kendrickk as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls. And her polar opposite is Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. We have the first hair-raising trailer, which brings these icon dolls to life.

Together, Poppy and Branch must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they've ever known.&#160Trolls&#160also stars Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Ron Funches and Kunal Nayyar. This irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music comes to theaters&#160November 4, 2016!&#160

Justin Timberlake will write and perform original songs for this DreamWorks Animation comedy. His character Branch is a hilariously hardcore survivalist who hides his surprising true colors. About the project, the pop star had this to say.

"I have »

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DreamWorks Animation Celebrates ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’ With Chinese Performers, Dragons and Noodles

16 January 2016 10:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks Animation pulled out all the stops for its premiere of “Kung Fu Panda 3,” with Chinese performers and dragons wowing the crowd — which included stars Angelina Jolie, Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Bryan Cranston, J.K. Simmons and Kate Hudson — at the pre-screening party outside the Tcl Chinese Theater on Saturday. There was something for everyone: activity stations for the kids, costumed characters for photo ops, and plenty of Po’s favorite foods, especially noodles.

Dwa’s “noodle dream” for the pic is for auds to love it as much as they loved the first two films, and co-president of feature animation Bonnie Arnold says she doesn’t think they’ll be disappointed. “We were just telling Jack Black that there’s a big ‘wanna see’ on the movie and we feel good about that,” she said. But does this mark the end of the adventures for Dragon Warrior Po and his Furious Five friends? »

- Terry Flores

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DreamWorks Animation's 'Trolls' Cast and Characters Revealed

6 January 2016 12:07 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Trolls are coming! To get ready for DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox's new hair-raising adventure Trolls, Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Russell Brand, Icona Pop, Ron Funches and Kunal Nayyar have all taken to Twitter to reveal their characters! Check out their tweets below to get your first look at the Trolls characters before their motion picture debut on November 4, 2016.

DreamWorks Animation's Trolls is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of Shrek, Trolls stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they've ever known.

Justin Timberlake will write and perform original songs for this DreamWorks Animation comedy. His character Branch is a hilariously hardcore survivalist who hides his surprising true colors. »

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Justin Timberlake To Act As Music Producer And Star In DreamWorks Animations’ Trolls

5 January 2016 2:26 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Nine-time Grammy and four-time Emmy Award winning musician and actor Justin Timberlake will serve as executive music producer as well as pen original music for DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls.

In this role, Timberlake will oversee all creative direction for the film’s music as well as perform multiple songs on the soundtrack. The multifaceted artist also stars as Branch, a hilariously hardcore survivalist who hides his surprising true colors, in DreamWorks Animation’s upcoming comedy.

Joined by Academy and Tony Award nominee Anna Kendrick as Princess Poppy, the two embark on a hair-raising adventure as the globally iconic Trolls make their motion picture debut. The film will be distributed on November 4, 2016, by 20th Century Fox.

“Justin is an amazingly versatile artist and producer whose unprecedented creative talents provide a unique voice and sound for our movie,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Co-Presidents of Feature Animation Bonnie Arnold and Mireille Soria. “Trolls »

- Michelle McCue

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DreamWorks Animation Expands Netflix Pact, Sets Guillermo del Toro ‘Trollhunters’ Series

5 January 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have expanded their film and TV rights agreement, adding a number of original series and the studio’s feature film library in a pact that will bring Dwa content to all markets outside of China.

Beginning this year, Netflix will launch several new Dwa-produced series, including a reimagining of the Voltron franchise, and “Trollhunters,” shepherded by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The studio said the latter series “will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.”

The Netflix-Dwa pact deal extends the rights of current original series airing on the streaming giant. It also expands the deal to include  second-window rights for the series around the world, outside China. Among the series included in the deal are “The Adventures of Puss in Boots,” “Dinotrux,” and “Dragons: Race to the Edge.”

Other new series will be developed »

- James Rainey

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DreamWorks Animation Expands Netflix Pact, Sets Guillermo del Toro ‘Trollhunters’ Series

5 January 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have expanded their film and TV rights agreement, adding a number of original series and the studio’s feature film library in a pact that will bring Dwa content to all markets outside of China.

Beginning this year, Netflix will launch several new Dwa-produced series, including a reimagining of the Voltron franchise, and “Trollhunters,” shepherded by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. The studio said the latter series “will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around two best friends who make a startling discovery beneath their hometown.”

The Netflix-Dwa pact deal extends the rights of current original series airing on the streaming giant. It also expands the deal to include  second-window rights for the series around the world, outside China. Among the series included in the deal are “The Adventures of Puss in Boots,” “Dinotrux,” and “Dragons: Race to the Edge.”

Other new series will be developed »

- James Rainey

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