Friday, 13 June 2014

DreamWorks Stuff: Release Dates, Trailers and More!

DreamWorks have been busy. The Shrek shack has released two new trailers, some high-res stills and a brand-spanking new line-up of animated films for between now and 2018! So to check out more from The Penguins of Madagascar, Home, Puss in Boots 2, Captain Underpants and more, see below!

First, a few weeks back, DreamWorks swapped the release dates of the Madagascar spin-off, Penguins of Madagascar, and the quirky alien comedy Home around. Penguins is now coming out on 26th November (US)/6th December (UK) and Home is due on 27th March, 2015. Yet we got trailers for both! Check out the Penguins one first:

Well that looks rather fun! It's the same comic, anarchic tone as the main Madagascar series, and the penguins were always a highlight of those films, so this one should be at the very least funny. There were also some snazzy hi-res stills from the film released too - Rotoscopers have the lowdown on those.

The Penguins of Madagascar is directed Simon J. Smith (Bee Movie) and Eric Darnell (all 3 Madagascar movies) and - alongside the DreamWorks staff voices of the penguins - also features the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich and Ken Jeong. Here's the synopsis:
”Skipper (Tom McGrath), Kowalski (Chris Miller), Rico (John DiMaggio) and Private (Christopher Knights) join forces with a super-secret animal organization called North Wind to fight a many-tentacled menace named Dave, an octopus who has made it his mission to kill off all the penguins.(Dave is voiced by John Malkovich.)”
Next up, check out the trailer for Home, starring the voices of Rihanna, Jim Parsons and Steve Martin (yep, it's a strange mix, alright):

Sure, it's kind of hectic and a bit, y'know, barmy, but I think Home looks pretty good! It's certainly got a great, vibrant look to it, I liked the Pushing Daisies-style voice-over, and I love Jim Parsons. And that cat bit was hilarious.

Home's directed by Tim Johnson (Antz, Over the Hedge).

And the final port of call for DreamWorks news: the studio has announced a glut of new release dates (via Hypable)! This includes finally confirming the long-rumoured sequel to 2011's Puss in Boots, which is called Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves; there are also dates for the studio's Captain Underpants film and a bunch of sequels. Here's the breakdown:
  • Kung Fu Panda 3: 23rd December, 2015
  • How to Train Your Dragon 3: 17th June, 2016
  • Captain Underpants: 13th January, 2017
  • The Croods 2: 3rd November, 2017
  • Madagascar 4: 18th May, 2018
  • Puss in Boots 2: Nine Lives & 40 Thieves: 2nd November, 2018

Great to finally see we're getting a sequel to the wonderful Puss in Boots (odd that it took so long though...)

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