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NYC Licensing Show! Dreamworks With WALLACE & GROMIT, The BEE MOVIE, OVER THE HEDGE & More!!

Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...

I like the fact that Dreamworks doesn’t seem devoted to slavishly aping every move Pixar makes, which would be a losing battle. Instead, they seem to be making all sorts of movies. Sure, their output’s been uneven, but the sheer bulk of what they’re attempting has to earn them some credit, right?

There’s the ultra-safe:

There’s the ultra-cool:

There’s the unknown Aardman entry:

And then there’s that Seinfeld BEE movie:

When I went to an all-day presentation about Dreamworks Animation over a year ago, the project I thought looked most promising was this one:

Don’t know a thing about this:

Or about this, although it makes me laugh:

There’s also a film that isn’t, strictly speaking, animated, but it’ll have a hell of a lot of CGI in it if it’s going to work, and here’s the logo they’re using for the moment:

See what I mean? Busy much, fellas? Thanks, Pitdoc.

"Moriarty" out.





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  • June 22, 2005, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Okay, here's a rundown

    by Anna Valerious

    "Flushed Away"-A posh rat (Hugh Jackman) is accidentally flushed to the sewers where he meets a gal (Kate Winslet) and runs afowl of an evil frog (Sir Ian McKellan). Also stars Bill Nighy and Andy Serkis. "The Barnyard"-Nickelodeon film with Kevin James and Courtney Cox. "Kung Fu Panda"-Adam Sandler vehicle.

  • June 22, 2005, 5:15 a.m. CST

    I WANT TO SEE THESE!

    by bubcus

    Wow... that is quite a volume of films. (That PANDA one looks great). WALLACE & GROMIT is my big priority to see. I wanted to see that more than Star Wars Episode 3 this year. TRANSFORMERS scares me to death..., I grew up loving transformers but I am really skeptical on them being true to the SPIRIT of the (flawed) original cartoon. I don't want a glorified P.O.S. fan film! (AVP was aesthetically nice but pissed me off). I'd better quickly finish learning 3D (am a 2D animator) so I can apply to work on it here in Vancouver and keep an eye on how it progresses. Anyhow, GREAT PREVIEW images and Posters... I'm looking forward to these. Good job, Dreamworks.

  • June 22, 2005, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Kung Fu Panda

    by moviemaniac-7

    Hopefully a PG-13 kick-ass movie, but likely to be some kiddie schlock with a great premise, but a disappointing result. But these images look great.

  • June 22, 2005, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Dreamworks taking a back door approach to its Pixar competition

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Instead of trying to make good movies to compete, they're going to try and single handedly over-saturate the market of CGI family films, flooding it with lots and lots of Shark Tale level crap, and, if they're plan goes well, destroy the public's appetite for these films, forcing every Pixar release to be marketed and played along with the same junk they'll be throwing out at the same time, thus burying every Pixar film under a tidy pile of garbage. Quite devious.

  • June 22, 2005, 9:47 a.m. CST

    "Making *all sorts* of movies?!" *GACK*

    by Laserbrain

    Yeah, right-- all sorts of movies about the SAME goddamned thing- Animals That Act Like People- How charming, how imaginative... how fucking twee... The "sheer bulk" of their output is not to be commended when it's all generic dross. No disrespect intended to the hard working and capable animators who have to realize these lazy concepts. May you all fly away free to Pixar one day.

  • June 22, 2005, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Sexual Harrassment Panda was better

    by Rupee88

    I loved his little song.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Kung Fu Panda looks like...

    by QuinnTheEskimo

    Jim Belushi. Anyone else see that? Not saying he's in it, just that the panda reminds me of him.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Kung Fu Panda... Ranma 1/2????????

    by Proman1984

    Nevermind.

  • June 22, 2005, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Over the hedge looks promising

    by K-pobuibo

    Hopefully the writer of the comic strip has control over the script. In any case, I sincerely hope they are not re-using the people who wrote Shark Tale, which was the first movie I walked out on in 20 years - I saw it Election night, hoping to escape all the tv coverage, but realized I'd rather be bored at home instead of at the theater. As we left, we noticed that the other couple in the theater had ALSO left. Please don't repeat that disaster, S, K, or G!!!

  • June 22, 2005, 11:52 p.m. CST

    These all look bland. Where's my GET FUZZY movie? Garfield

    by FrankDrebin

    Maybe with the success of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, they'll make an OVERBOARD movie, about my favorite slacker pirates. The strip is well past its peak, but there was a time I could rely on it to make me do a spit take with my morning cereal. In a perfect world (where everybody was exactly like me), there would also be a RED MEAT movie, directed by Todd Solondz or Neil LaBute.

  • June 23, 2005, 12:14 a.m. CST

    WHOOO-EEE all that looks bad

    by Undead03

    especially that fucking honey nuts cheerio bee movie and the kiddie panda toy movie. Shrek 3, however, looks REALLY bad.