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The main cast has been put together for The Lego Ninjago Movie, a new animated adventure in Warner Bros. Pictures' Lego franchise. The film will star Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Munn, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, Zach Woods and the legendary Jackie Chan. The Lego Ninjago Movie is slated to open nationwide on September 22, 2017.
In this big-screen Ninjago adventure, the battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret warriors and Lego Master Builders. Led by kung fu master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, the Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd's dad. Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull »
Netflix and DreamWorks have 16 TV series in development, says DreamWorks CEO.
Director Guillermo Del Toro was joined by DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg during an Annecy Film Festival masterclass this week in which the two men revealed some insider titbits on projects they have worked on and more general thoughts on animation.
“In my early days at DreamWorks, Jeffrey said I increased the murder rate at the company by 100%,” Pan’s Labyrinth director Del Toro joked.
The colourful Mexican director has been a consultant and executive producer on a handful of DreamWorks titles, and the audience heard how he was responsible for significant edits to 2010 feature Megamind and for some of the more exuberant action scenes in Kung Fu Panda 2.
Del Toro and Katzenberg have most recently collaborated on animated series Trollhunters, of which they showed several clips.
The recent Netflix acquisition about a school kid who takes possession of a magical amulet that transforms him into »
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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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