"Right now we have 10 movies in production and eight or nine in pre-production or advanced form of script development," DWA chief Bill Damaschke told audiences at Comic-Con today. And one of the new ones? A "Madagascar" spin-off called "Penguins of Madagascar" set for a 2015 release that will be directed by Tom McGrath, the voice actor and animator who co-directed all three animated animal films with Eric Darnell. Those three films have a combined worldwide total of $1.5 billion so DWA clearly are no dummies and will keep that gravy train running as long as it can. Expect 'Penguins' to spawn its own trilogy unless it somehow falls flat with unpicky kids.
Other DreamWorks Animation pictures in the hamper are "Rise of the Guardians" (November 20, 2012), "The Croods" (March 22, 2013), "Turbo" (July 19, 2013), "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" (November 8, 2013), "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (June 20, 2014), "Happy Smekday!" (due late 2014) and a fantasy comedy called "Me and My Shadow," voiced by Bill Hader and "Book of Mormon" actor Josh Gad that has been set for a March 14, 2014 release.