You've known for a while now that "Kung Fu Panda 2" and Puss in Boots" were right around the corner. Or maybe you didn't find out until clips from each were released a few days back. Or maybe you're just now finding out that they'll be here May 26 and Nov 4, respectively.
In any event, in addition to those animated films, DreamWorks today announced release dates for "Madagascar 3" for June 8, 2012 and "Rise of the Guardians" for November 21, 2012; "The Croods" for March 1, 2013, "Turbo" June 7, 2013 and "Me and My Shadow" for November 8, 2013; "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" for March 21, 2014 and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" for June 20, 2014.
You can read from the press release for more details:
KungFuPanda2will be released on May 26, 2011. It is being directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson (KungFuPanda), produced by Melissa Cobb (KungFuPanda) and written by Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger (KungFuPanda). It stars Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, James Hong and Michelle Yeoh. In the sequel, Po is living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five. But Po's life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain, who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins... only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.
PussInBootswill be released on November 4, 2011. It is directed by Chris Miller (Shrekthe Third) and produced by Joe Aguilar (MerryMadagascar) and Latifa Ouaou (Monstersvs.Aliens). It is being written by Tom Wheeler (TheCape). Andrew Adamson (Shrek,TheChroniclesofNarnia) and Guillermo del Toro (Pan'sLabyrinth) are serving as executive producers on the film, which stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss In Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. It's the adventure of nine lifetimes!
Madagascar3will be released on June 8, 2012. It is directed by Eric Darnell (Madagascar, Madagascar:Escape2Africa)and produced by Mireille Soria (Madagascar,Madagascar:Escape2 Africa)and Mark Swift (Madagascar:Escape2Africa). It is being written by Noah Baumbach (Fantastic Mr.Fox) and once again stars Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric The Entertainer and Andy Richter. Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple and of course, King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are all along for the comedic adventure. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style.
RiseoftheGuardians, based on the forthcoming books by William Joyce, will be released on November 21, 2012. It is directed by Peter Ramsey (Monstersvs.Aliens:MutantPumpkinsfromOuter Space) and co-directed by Joyce. The film is being produced by Christina Steinberg (BeeMovie, National Treasure) and Nancy Bernstein, long-time head of Production at DreamWorks Animation. Riseofthe Guardiansis being written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (RabbitHole) and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro and Michael Siegel. It stars Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher and Jude Law. More than a collection of the well-known childhood legends, Riseofthe Guardiansis an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
TheCroodswill be released on March 1, 2013. It is being written and directed by two-time Academy Award® nominee Chris Sanders (HowtoTrainYourDragon, Lilo&Stitch) and Kirk DeMicco (SpaceChimps) and produced by Kristine Belson (HowtoTrainYourDragon) and Jane Hartwell (Shrek). It stars Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Catherine Keener, Clark Duke and Cloris Leachman. TheCroodsis a comedy adventure that takes us back to a previously undiscovered era in the history of our planet known as the Croodaceous, when nature was still a work-in-progress... full of never-before- seen creatures and landscapes. Audiences will relate to the hilarious family antics as an imaginative and resourceful newcomer helps the Croods navigate their way through the fantastic world beyond their cave.
Turbowill be released on June 7, 2013. It is being directed by David Soren (MerryMadagascar), who first brought the project to the studio, and produced by Lisa Stewart (Monstersvs.Aliens). It is being written by Darren Lemke (ShrekForeverAfter) together with Soren. Turbotells the story of an ordinary garden snail with an impossible dream: to become the fastest snail in the world. When a freak accident gives him extraordinary speed, Turbo sets out to try to make this dream come true.
In MeandMyShadow, which will be released on November 8, 2013, the studio will pioneer a groundbreaking combination of both CG and traditional animation techniques seamlessly together throughout the film. The film is directed by Mark Dindal (ChickenLittle, TheEmperor'sNewGroove) and produced by Melissa Cobb (KungFuPanda, KungFuPanda2) and Teresa Cheng (ShrekForever After, Spirit:StallionoftheCimarron). It is being written by Tom Astle and Matt Ember (GetSmart). Me andMyShadowtells the story of Shadow Stan, an extremely frustrated shadow who yearns for a dynamic life but happens to be stuck with Stanley Grubb, the world's most boring human. Finally pushed to the brink, Shadow Stan breaks the singular rule of the Shadow World – "They lead, we follow" – and takes control of Stanley!
Mr.Peabody&Shermanwill be released on March 21, 2014. It is directed by Rob Minkoff (StuartLittle, TheLionKing) and produced by Jason Clark (MonsterHouse, StuartLittle) and Denise Nolan Cascino (Megamind). It is being written by Craig Wright (UnitedStatesofTara, SixFeetUnder). Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Bullwinkle Studio's Tiffany Ward and Classic Media's Eric Ellenbogen are serving as executive producers on the film, which stars two-time Academy Award® nominee Robert Downey Jr. Based on Jay Ward's classic cartoon, Mr. Peabody is the world's smartest person who happens to be a dog. He and his "pet" boy Sherman discover that someone has stolen their time traveling WABAC machine and is changing moments in history to disastrous and comical results. It's up to this most unexpected of father-son teams to somehow put a stop to this villain before his actions destroy the space-time continuum in Mr.Peabody&Sherman.
HowtoTrainYourDragon2, the sequel to the Academy Award®-nominated original film from 2010, will be released on June 20, 2014. It is being directed and written by Dean DeBlois (HowtoTrain YourDragon) and produced by Bonnie Arnold (HowtoTrainYourDragon). Also based on the book series by Cressida Cowell, the sequel is being executive produced by Chris Sanders (HowtoTrainYour Dragon) together with DeBlois. HowtoTrainYourDragon2again stars Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig.