DreamWorks Animation, in association with 20th Century Fox, presented a sneak peek of its 2013 work-in-progress slate of films. The new distribution deal, signed this past summer, includes an ambitious plan to release three animated features a year. Hosted on the Fox lot, the presentation was introduced by Bill Damaschke, head of creative for DreamWorks, with the directors of each project showing clips – in various stages of completion – from their respective films.
Releasing March 22 in 3D, The Croods, is a comedy adventure set in prehistoric times directed by Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) and Kirk De Micco (Space Chimps). The story follows a family of cave dwellers as they are forced to search for a new home after their cave is destroyed. With a belief that anything new is bad, the Croods must accept a new world filled with spectacular landscapes and fantastic creatures, an experience that forever changes their outlook on life. Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman form the stellar voice cast.
Actor and storyboard artist David Soren makes his directorial debut with Turbo, a story inspired by his six-year-old son’s fascination with racecars and the infestation of snails in his front yard. With a dream of racing against the fastest cars on the planet, the title character Turbo, voiced by Ryan Reynolds, is a snail that gets a chance at what he most desires when a freak accident endows him with incredible speed. The featured voice cast includes Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel Jackson. The film opens July 19 in 3D.
The final animation, Mr. Peabody and Sherman. brings to the big-screen the beloved Jay Ward characters first introduced on the Rocky and Bullwinkle show in the 1950s. Turning the typical boy and his dog story around, the premise follows a stuffy know-it-all dog, Mr. Sherman (Ty Burrell) and his adopted boy, Sherman (Max Charles), as they travel through time in the brilliant dog’s WABAC machine. Although a year from completion, in the introductory clip, director Rob Minkoff (The Lion King) takes the title characters from their original 2D worlds into fully realized 3D computer-generated animation. The project is executive produced by the Ward’s daughter, Tiffany. Featuring the voices of Ariel Winter, Allison Janney, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Tobolowsly, Mel Brooks, Leslie Mann and Stanley Tucci, the film releases Nov. 1, 2013 in 3D.