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Immersed in Movies: Gary Trousdale and Tiffany Ward Talk "Rocky and Bullwinkle' Short

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 29, 2014 1:10 PM
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Rocky and Bullwinkle are back in their own short, thanks to DreamWorks' Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature, and, although they didn't make it to the big screen, you can see their latest antics on the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD (Oct. 14). June Foray, of course, voices her iconic squirrel but the lovable moose (voiced by Tom Kenny) is the star, getting hoodwinked into marrying a robot controlled by Boris (Robert Cait). Like Peabody & Sherman, it captures the zany spirit of Jay Ward only the CG animation is fittingly less refined and more squashy and stretchy.

"Dragon 2" Soars Past $500 Million At Global Box Office

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 15, 2014 2:45 PM
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It's official. DreamWorks Animation’s sequel becomes highest grossing animated film of the year.

TRAILER #2: "The Penguins Of Madagascar"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 6, 2014 7:11 PM
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On of the big surprises (to me) at Comic Con was the footage screened for the forthcoming Dreamworks feature The Penguins of Madagascar. The film simply looks hilarious. Directed by Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich - here is trailer 2.

Immersed in Movies: Tim Johnson and Jim Parsons Talk DreamWorks' 'Home' at Comic-Con

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2014 1:30 PM
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DreamWorks gets a little sci-fi trippy with Home (March 27, 2015), a new animated take on alien invasion and buddy comedy. Last week at Comic-Con, I spoke with director Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon), who plays the banished Oh, who teams up with the resourceful human, Tip (Rihanna).

Immersed in Movies: DreamWorks Demos New Apollo Platform

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 16, 2014 7:05 PM
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DreamWorks Animation unveiled its new Apollo software platform with How to Train Your Dragon 2, and I got an in-depth presentation last month at the Redwood City campus. Taking advantage of Intel’s multi-core technology and its own hybrid cloud computing resources, DreamWorks has come up with a next-gen platform for visual computing from data center to chip set. Harnessing more power out of the CPU, it is intuitive, interactive, artist-friendly, fully scalable, and makes computing a powerful animation and enterprise tool.

Contrary to Popular Belief, Hiccup and Toothless Have Not Killed DreamWorks

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • June 26, 2014 2:15 PM
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Reading the news, you would think that DreamWorks Animation was preparing for a visit to the morgue. Nothing could be further from the truth however; DWA remains in business and HTTYD 2 has begun its long commercial life. So it didn't make a profit on the first weekend. The first film didn't either and it ended up doing just fine.

Snooping For Scoops At The Licensing Show 2014

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 19, 2014 2:15 PM
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I've been in Las Vegas this week at the 2014 Licensing Show - one of the first places the studios preview some of their forthcoming animation projects. However NOT everything that happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Here's a selection of snapshots off the exhibitor floor that offer a taste of things to come.

Dreamworks Acquires The Rights To 'Felix The Cat'

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 17, 2014 1:58 PM
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Jeffrey Katzenberg said during a speech at the Licensing Expo, in Las Vegas today, that DreamWorks Animation has acquired all rights to Felix the Cat.

Dreamworks TV's Margie Cohn and Titmouse's Chris Prynoski talk 'TURBO FAST'

  • By Martin Goodman
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  • June 17, 2014 12:30 AM
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Dreamworks Animation's Turbo FAST made its debut last December as Netflix's first original animated series, the first of 300 hours of programming arrangement between Netflix and Dreamworks. It is produced by DreamWorks through Hollywood's Titmouse Inc. I spoke with Dreamworks's Margie Cohn and Titmouse topper Chris Prynoski about the show.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper Into 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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The first thing you notice about How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a lot more detail in the characters as well as in the more expansive environments, which reflect a real world sensibility and the beauty of Norway. And a lot of credit goes to the new Premo software package, which empowered the artists to go further creatively than ever before at DreamWorks.