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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.

TRAILER: Dreamworks 'Home'

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 12, 2014 4:11 PM
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20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation have just released the first trailer for "Home!" the 3D comedy featuring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez, now scheduled for release on March 27, 2015. Take a look.

FIRST TRAILER: Dreamworks 'Penguins of Madagascar'

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 11, 2014 1:05 PM
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Here's our first glimpse at Dreamworks new Penguins Of Madagascar feature due November 26th - recently swapping release dates with Home (now 3/27/15). Simon J. Smith directs the comedy, leading a voice cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich.

REVIEW: "How To Train Your Dragon 2"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • June 11, 2014 6:00 AM
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 sets a new standard for excellence for the DreamWorks studio. Writer/director Dean DeBlois has created a powerful, exciting and touching film that proves animation can challenge the summer’s big-ticket live-action movies, just as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King did 20 years ago.

Immersed in Movies: Dean DeBlois Talks Directing 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 4, 2014 1:10 AM
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is quite simply the best animated feature yet from DreamWorks, and the obvious frontrunner for the Oscar race. Dean DeBlois has therefore exceeded all expectations with an ambitious vision for Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless and the world they inhabit in Berk and beyond. It's an important rite of passage as humans and dragons struggle to co-exist amid the forces of hatred and destruction. And DeBlois and I recently discussed his stunning achievement as first-time solo director.