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The big animated films of 2015

15 December 2014 6:38 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Looking for a handy guide to 2015's biggest animated movies, from Shaun The Sheep to Minions and Peanuts? Then step this way...

There have been far better years for family entertainment, and for animated films, than 2014. Whilst there have been highlights - Paddington, The Wind Rises, How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Boxtrolls - the mix of material on offer hasn't particularly sparkled.

A quick glance at the 2015 release schedule suggests, to a degree, the same, with some notably absentees from the year's releases. And yet as we dug deeper for our traditional look ahead at the year's animated films, there might just be some real treats here. Starting with this one...

Strange Magic

Let's start with one of the wildcards. A film that only recently arrived on the 2015 release schedules is Strange Magic, which belatedly marks the feature directing debut for Gary Rydstrom.

Rydstrom, a hugely acclaimed sound designer, »

- ryanlambie

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Jeffrey Katzenberg interview: Penguins, DreamWorks, universes

1 December 2014 12:15 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The boss of DreamWorks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, on too many blockbusters, 20 years of DreamWorks, Marvel, and Penguins....

It's been 20 years since DreamWorks Animation set up its stall, originally as part of the broader DreamWorks Skg project, but since splintering out on its own. One of the constants in that time has been the man heading it up: Jeffrey Katzenberg. Having overseen animation at Disney from the mid-1980s through the second golden era for the studio in the early 1990s, his company has made 30 animated films.

Here, he chats to us about film 30, The Penguins Of Madagascar, as well as the state of the business, the changing face of animation, and his fears for 2016...

Let's start with The Penguins Of Madagascar. I'd argue that the Madagascar films to date make for about the best comedy trilogy of recent times. I'd take them over The Hangover for a start...

[Laughs] Alright!

Where »

- simonbrew

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New trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s Home fetauring Rihanna and Jim Parsons

25 November 2014 1:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from the latest poster comes a new trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s extraterrestrial comedy adventure Home, which you can check out below after the official synopsis…

When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

Adapted from Adam Rex’s childrens book The True Meaning of Smekday, Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Antz, Over the Hedge) and also features Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez in the voice cast.

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- Gary Collinson

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Jim Parsons Hides on Earth in Second Full Trailer for Animated 'Home'

24 November 2014 9:54 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Originally slated for release this week, DreamWorks Animation opted to send their sci-fi adventure Home to theaters next spring. And since Penguins of Madagascar gets the prime holiday release slot this weekend, that means we get a new trailer for the film featuring the voice of Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory") as the unfortunately nicknamed Oh, a clumsy alien in hiding on Earth. Speaking in a dialect that seems lifted from cat memes (you'll see what I mean), this guy seems to be a lovable walking accident, but there are more of his race (including Steve Martin as their leader) coming to our planet, looking for a new home. Watch! Here's the new trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Home, originally from Yahoo: Watch the original animated short film over here along with the first theatrical trailer right here. Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and written »

- Ethan Anderton

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Steve Martin, Rihanna and Jim Parsons Talk Home; Plus Our Thoughts on the First Footage From the New DreamWorks Animation Film

24 November 2014 8:31 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Even though it’s based on a novel, called The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex, the animated feature Home (due out in theaters on March 27, 2015) creates a world that feels wholly original, beautifully inventive and fun.  After checking out select scenes from the film, it’s also clearly a story of family and friendship that will tug at your heartstrings. Collider was invited over to the DreamWorks Animation campus for a presentation from director Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge, Antz) that previewed a handful of scenes that gave a glimpse into the world that the film is creating, along with its rather unique inhabitants.  Hit the jump to find out what we thought about the footage, what you should know about the film, and a Q&A with voice actors Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin. Home tells the story of what happens when Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, »

- Christina Radish

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The Rise And Rise Of Steve Carell

29 October 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

From regional manager in NBC’s The Office to the evil turned good supervillain in the Despicable Me franchise, Steve Carell has carved a career as one of Hollywood’s best loved funny men.

To celebrate the release of his new family film, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,  which is in cinemas now, we take a look at the rise and rise of Steve Carell.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004 and 2013)

One of Carell’s first leading roles was starring alongside Will Ferrell in the 1970s set cult hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Carell played curiously dim witted weatherman Brick Tamland alongside Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, and the film went on to gross $90.6 million worldwide. Following its success and cult following, a sequel entitled Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and starring Carell was released in 2013.

The Office (2005-2013)

Following a five year »

- Paul Heath

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Home and Penguins Of Madagascar Comic-Con Panel Recap: New Footage, Evil Scientist Octopus, 28-Second Alien Invasion and More

12 October 2014 6:37 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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. Home After screening the film’s trailer, director Tim Johnson (Antz, Over the Hedge) hit the stage to share the short film, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Tim's Toons: A field guide to animated raccoons

31 July 2014 5:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Tim here. Tomorrow, the much-hyped latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Franchise Expansion Plan opens, Guardians of the Galaxy. While reviews have promised a broad, inventive space comedy/adventure, the marketing to date has focused on two specific things:

1) Chris Pratt plays Han Solo.

2) Bradley Cooper voices Han Solo as a raccoon.

And since I take it as axiomatic that two Han Solos is better than no Han Solos (as graphically demonstrated by the Star Wars prequels) I’m actually perfectly okay with that. Anyway, it’s pretty clear at this point that Disney wants the Raccoon – Rocket Raccoon, to give him his proper name – to be the film’s big breakout character, so the time was perfect to launch into a brief history of the talking raccoon throughout animation history.

Rj, Over the Hedge (2006)

To date, the most visible of all anthropomorphic raccoons has been this character in DreamWorks Animation »

- Tim Brayton

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First Trailer Is Here For Animated Film Home – Features Jim Parsons And Rihanna

12 June 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have released the first trailer for their upcoming animated film, Home.

The movie is based upon the novel The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex.

The film features the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez.

When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons).

The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.

From director Tim Johnson (Antz, Over The Hedge), get intergalactic when this 3D comedy hits the »

- Michelle McCue

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Check Out The First Trailer For DreamWorks Animation’s Home

12 June 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It looks like DreamWorks Animation finally has another hit on its hands with sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, which opens in theaters tonight. If Dragon does indeed breathe fire at the box office, the company’s executives will finally be able to relax a little, considering that three out of four of the studio’s last efforts - Rise of the Guardians, The Croods, Turbo and Mr. Peabody and Sherman – have been financial disappointments. Next up, the studio has Home, about a girl (voiced by Rihanna) who befriends an alien (Jim Parsons) on the run from his race.

Based on the first trailer, Home is a bit more risky than some of DreamWorks’ other ventures, but hopefully kids will show up in droves to see the cute aliens, called Boovs, at the movie’s center. The studio is clearly putting a lot of trust in director Chris Johnson (Antz, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The 'Home' Trailer Features One Adorably Awkward Alien (Video)

12 June 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Home" is a true fish out of water story, if you sub in an alien and an alternate universe for the fish and the water.

The animated flick follows a banished alien named Oh (voiced by Jim Parsons), part of an alien race hiding on Earth from their mortal enemies and looking to make a new life on the planet. Unfortunately, Oh has accidentally tipped off his enemies to the aliens' location, and now, Earth is in danger.

He teams up with a resourceful girl named Tip (voiced by Rihanna) to try to save the day, though her exasperation with his alien powers coupled with his misunderstanding of the workings of the planet make for some high-stakes hijinks. There are also plenty of good gags involving Oh's reaction to everyday Earth events (he thinks Tip's purring cat is about to explode, and at one point exclaims while dancing, "My hands »

- Katie Roberts

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Rihanna and Jim Parsons make us laugh in new trailer for DreamWorks' 'Home'

12 June 2014 10:13 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Boov may not be able to shoot lasers from their eyeballs, but they can totally make your car hover.  That may be the single most important takeaway message we got from the new trailer for DreamWorks upcoming movie, "Home." If you are looking for more details, we can tell you that the animated feature is directed by Tim Johnson ("Over the Hedge") and is all about what happens when an alien race, the aforementioned Boov, decide to use the Earth as their home and relocate the pesky humans.  A comedy, "Home" follows the misadventures of one particular member of the Boov alien race, Oh (Jim Parsons), and a human girl, Tip (Rihanna).  We found the trailer truly amusing and as we see more of the movie, which isn't due out until next March, it will be interesting to see if they're able to generate that same level of humor throughout. »

- Josh Lasser

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Watch: Full Trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Delayed 'Home'

12 June 2014 9:37 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Though 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation may have decided to swap release dates for their original alien adventure Home and their action comedy The Penguins of Madagascar, that doesn't mean they're not going to plug the hell out of both films with the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 nearly upon us. The trailer for the latter Madagascar spin-off just debuted yesterday, and now we get full trailer for Home as well. We finally get to see our main human character Tip (Rihanna) and her relationship with outcast alien Oh (Jim Parsons). There's some really cool animation and amusing elements at work here with the aliens themselves and this just may turn out to be another hit for DreamWorks Animation. Watch! Here's the full trailer for DreamWorks Animation's Home, originally from Apple: And check out the short featuring Steve Martin's character from earlier this year right here. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Win A Family Four Pack of Tickets To The Advance Screening Of How To Train Your Dragon 2 In St. Louis

2 June 2014 12:28 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From DreamWorks Animation, the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Croods,” comes the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award®-nominated How To Train Your Dragon, based on the children’s book series by Cressida Cowell.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 opens on June 13th, but you can take the whole family to see it on Tuesday, June 10th.

Enter to win 4 tickets to the 7 Pm screening.

Winners will be notified on Monday, June 9th.

Click here:

http://l.gofobo.us/UYk0qPFA

Official Rules:

1.  You Must Be In The St. Louis Area The Day Of The Screening.

2.  No Purchase Necessary.

Check out the first five minutes of the film.

In the thrilling second chapter of the epic trilogy, five years have passed since the heroic young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriended an injured dragon and forever changed the way the residents of Berk interact with the fire-breathers. »

- Movie Geeks

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 Stops Traffic On The Croisette At The 2014 Cannes Film Festival

15 May 2014 4:51 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On Thursday, Toothless and the cast of How To Train Your Dragon 2 stopped traffic at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

The film’s stars, Jay Baruchel, Djimon Honsou and America Ferrera, as well as DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, posed for the paparazzi on the Croisette, while Toothless roamed around through the crowd.

Check out the photos and watch the latest featurette from the film.

From DreamWorks Animation, the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Croods,” comes the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award-nominated How To Train Your Dragon, based on the children’s book series by Cressida Cowell.

In the thrilling second chapter of the epic trilogy, five years have passed since the heroic young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriended an injured dragon and forever changed the way the residents of Berk interact with the fire-breathers. Now, Vikings and dragons live side-by-side in peace on »

- Melissa Thompson

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"The Nut Job" Was Better When It Was "Over the Hedge"

7 May 2014 9:34 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

As someone who prides themselves on watching a large variety of films regularly, I firmly believe that the more new things a director or writer tries in their films the better off the film and the audience are. Consequently, with a movie like The Nut Job, which represents some of the first efforts of a number of different studios, you can’t help but feel like you’re stifling some of that variety you value when you say that it’s absolutely terrible and advise people against watching it. Though, that’s exactly what the film deserves. Though written, oddly enough, by one of the screenwriters of Dreamworks’ Over the Hedge, The Nut Job feels like poorly crafted imitation of that very film. Even the animation, which in some respects is well-polished, feels jerky and appears like it’s only 2/3 complete, as if it’s the semi-complete rendering and the »

- Lex Walker

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DreamWorks Animation's Sci-Fi Comedy Short - Almost Home

12 March 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

DreamWorks Animation has released their fun sci-fi comedy short Almost Home online for everyone to see. You can see the short on the big screen as well. It's attached to the studio's feature film Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which was actually a really fun kids flick. 

Almost Home is an adaptation of the children's book by Adam Rex, and the story follows an alien race on a search for a planet to hide from a mortal enemy. The leader of the alien race is actually voiced by Steve Martin. The movie was directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and it was written by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). Here is the synopsis:

An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, led by Captain Smek (Martin), invades Earth to hide from their mortal enemy and make it a new home. Convinced they are doing a favor, »

- Joey Paur

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Watch: DreamWorks Animation Short Introduces Aliens from 'Home'

11 March 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

This fall, DreamWorks Animation has their film Home hitting theaters. Formerly known as Happy Smekday!, the film is an adaptation of Adam Rex's children's book, The True Meaning of Smekday. The film follows an alien race invading Earth as their new home to hide form a mortal enemy. But when one lowly alien (Jim Parsons) accidentally notifies the enemies of his whereabouts, he is forced to go on the run with a stubborn teenage girl (Rihanna) to right all of his wrongs. Now an animated short film introduces us to the alien characters trying to find a new home planet, including the leader voiced by Steve Martin. Watch! Here's the DreamWorks Animation short film Almost Home from the studio's YouTube: Home is directed by Tim Johnson (Shrek, Over the Hedge) and written by Tom J. Astle & Matt Ember (Get Smart, Epic). An overly optimistic, yet inept, alien race named Boov, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Rihanna to Make Concept Album for Upcoming Animated Movie

25 February 2014 2:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rihanna will create a concept album based on DreamWorks Animation’s toon “Home,” out in theaters in November. She will also perform new songs in the film.

Dwa chief Jeffrey Katzenberg announced the news during the company’s fourth quarter and full 2013 year earnings results on Tuesday.

“Home,” formerly known as “Happy Smekday!,” is based on Adam Rex’s book “The True Meaning of Smekday” and features the voices of Rihanna, Jim Parsons, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin.

The film is directed by Tim Johnson, who helmed DreamWorks’ “Antz,” “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Over the Hedge.”

DreamWorks Animation will release “Home” on Nov. 26 through 20th Century Fox.

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- Marc Graser

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